"The Quinoa Quarrel"
Quinoa has global promise for food security, but it is also central to the food sovereighty of the Andean people who domesticated it. Who owns this superfood?
"Linux for Lettuce"
Virginia Quarterly Review
To fight back against patents on crop plants, a band of public breeders tries to make like software geeks and create the world's first "open-source" seed.
"The Brown Revolution"
Ranchers in South Dakota have a plan to address climate change globally, but to succeed they must challenge the independence at the core of the Western Plains identity.
"Spirit Lake Rising: The Endless Flood of Devils Lake" (read sections one, two, and three of three-part series)
The two-decade-long flood of North Dakota's Devils Lake has dissolved entire communities and more than 160,000 acres of farmland; why hasn't it been stopped?
"Water: A Road Trip" (pdf or text-only printable version)
San Francisco Panorama (McSweeney's Issue 33)
Water has transformed California's Central Valley into an unrivaled agricultural empire. But what happens to the place and its people as that water disappears?
"Draining the Gene Pool"
At last, researchers have found a way to stop GMO pollen from contaminating non-GMO crops. There's only one hitch: someone just patented it.
"Let's Grow a New Crop of Farmers"
Op-Ed for newspapers including Grand Forks Herald, Garden City Telegram, and Country Today
A closer look at the census suggests we should redefine what farmers mean to us, as consumers and as a society.
"In Praise of Rental Cars and the Slow Motion of Farmers"
A reflection on the writing of "Deeply Rooted," this essay explores what writers can learn from farmers.
"My Organic Coming-of-Age"
The Complete Organic Pregnancy
What happens when we make food choices that vote for the things we believe in, rather than against the things to which we object?
"In Farms as in Finance: Diversify"
While local food might be looking up this spring, the bulk of our nation's calories are in trouble.
"To Create Heaven on Earth" (pdf)
Learning to understand the Japanese spiritual food and farming movement Shizen Nouhou or "Natural Agriculture."
"Faith in the Land" (pdf)
In praise of the working relationships between people in agriculture and the land that sustains them.
"Pass the Spinach, Please"
Marin Independent Journal
In the wake of the e-coli scare, we can find solace in a seemingly unlikely source: the hands of farmers.
"The American Farmers Market"
Over the course of United States history the farmers market has taken many forms. Today, it has the chance to become a vital, modern institution and an instrument for changing our food system.