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Farming news and analysis from The Nation
April 29, 2021
The Story Behind Your Salad: Farmworkers, Covid-19, and a Dangerous Commute
Each day, Mexican farmworkers endure a grueling journey to get to their jobs in US lettuce fields. This year, that journey turned potentially deadly.
April 21, 2021
Climate Change and Capitalism Are Forcing Chilean Farmers to Abandon Their Land
Severe drought and a privatized water system have left small growers high and dry.
February 23, 2021
President Biden, Who Controls Our Food System Matters
We need a democratic, decentralized farm and food industry that works for people and our planet. The status quo is not sustainable.
February 16, 2021
Bill Gates, Climate Warrior. And Super Emitter.
The billionaire’s new book, a bid to be taken seriously as a climate campaigner, has attracted the usual worshipful coverage. When will the media realize that with Gates you have to follow the money?
February 13, 2021
Senator Chuck Grassley Pretends to Be a Principled Republican. Don’t Buy It.
The Iowa senator has played “Aw-Shucks” Chuck for too long. It’s time to get him out of office.
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February 4, 2021
In India, Farmers Are Resisting Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine
The government is using a pliant media and its social-media warriors to paint protesting farmers as secessionists.
January 28, 2021
Biden’s Buddy Tom Vilsack Is No Friend to Farmers
Confirming him as secretary of agriculture adds insult to the Democratic Party’s long record of malign neglect toward rural Americans.
January 12, 2021
Housing Is a Right. During a Pandemic, It’s Also a Fight.
In California’s agricultural heartland, farmworkers are fighting back against expensive rents, substandard housing, and economic disenfranchisement.
October 27, 2020
Want to Win Rural Voters? Fight Big Ag.
Too many Democrats are missing on an issue fundamental to farmers: the consolidation of the agriculture sector.
October 13, 2020
In California’s Agricultural Heartland, a Mayor Is Running on Compassion
Maria Orozco, the mayor of a small farming town, is fighting to protect her constituents, regardless of immigration status.