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Wall Street Journal

David Luhnow

Juan Montes

25 June 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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In New Mexico, the world’s largest wholesale food market managed to contain the spread of Covid-19 by taking an aggressive, early intervention course of action that included widespread testing, contact tracing and iso...

edibleWOW

Kate Roff

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Special Edition 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, small farmers in Michigan are coming up with different business models in order to get their produce into consumers’ hands. Fisheye Farms in Detroit created a community-supported agricult...

Yes! Magazine

Stephanie Hiller

21 May 2020

California, United States

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To help small farmers stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, some organizations in California are aiding in their transition to community supported agriculture, or CSA, models that directly connect farmers to consu...

KQED

Deepa Fernandes

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17 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Community Services Unlimited (CSU) is a local organization in Southern California that is helping to increase access to healthy foods for families all year round, but especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlik...

LAist

Carla Javier

Chava Sanchez

28 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Since closing schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Unified School District has been working to create an efficient and manageable food distribution program for students who rely on school meals. Al...

BBC

Dina Newman

21 April 2020

Paris, France

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The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated challenges in food supply at an international scale, and one way to make food more accessible is to grow it locally. From hydroponics and aeroponics, where plants are grown in the...

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Brianna Baker

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16 April 2020

Pennington, New Jersey, United States

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With grocery stores at capacity with delivery services, and people not wanting to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, local farms like Honey Brook Organic Farm are seeing huge increases in business. The Ne...

WLS-TV

Zach Ben-Amots

30 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago-based Closed Loop Farms, dependent on farmers markets, had to pivot to online sales with the closure of many public spaces as a response to COVID-19. Running a virtual farmers market, the local grower also sel...

Texas Monthly

Dan Solomon

Paula Forbes

26 March 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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With experience from past regional disasters and supply-chain disruptions, supermarket chain H-E-B faced the coronavirus chaos with calm preparation, ensuring employees and management act quickly to mitigate their los...

CNN

Danielle Wiener-Bronner

20 March 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Grocery stores across the United States frantically respond to the "panic buying" brought on by fear of the coronavirus quarantine. As Americans rapidly stock up on supplies, grocery stores expand their network of sup...

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Oscar Perry Abello

19 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, bodegas offer local supplies in many food deserts across the country. While the bodegas struggle to find funding and stay in business for their neighborhoods, they also fight their way into...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

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10 March 2020

The Spirit Lake Reservation, North Dakota, United States

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Native American communities combat pervasive food insecurity with novel approaches to their Food Distribution Program which is a part of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The Spirit Lake Reservat...

Equal Times

Guillaume Pajot

28 January 2020

Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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The Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world, is overcrowded and increasingly isolated. A program by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Bangladeshi NGO BRAC offers refugees equipment, a...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

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7 January 2020

Wimbledon, North Dakota, United States

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Small, rural grocery stores around the country keep their doors open by using creative, cross-sector financing, recruiting local volunteers, and thinking outside the box as many residents move closer to urban areas. O...

The Christian Science Monitor

Patricia Leigh Brown

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20 December 2019

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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In Santa Cruz County, California, Dr. Ann López, of the Center for Farmworker Families, organizes a secret monthly food bank for marginalized farmworkers who are mostly indigenous and undocumented. Organized completel...

OpenGlobalRights

Wangũi wa Kamonji

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5 December 2019

Tharaka, Kenya

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To build resilience against climate change, women in Kenya are spreading the knowledge of traditional farming and grains, offering sustainable alternatives to mass-produced crops like corn and wheat. By reinstating na...

New Haven Independent

Samantha Bashaw

5 December 2019

Hamden, Connecticut, United States

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To reduce food waste, a pilot project in Connecticut organized by a professor aims to deliver the still-viable thrown-out products to a local food pantry. With the help of her students, the project has successfully he...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

26 November 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Finding alternatives for uneaten or imperfect food reduces waste. In Denver, multiple initiatives, ranging from the city’s Certifiably Green Denver program to tech startups and nonprofits, are working to tackle the pr...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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13 November 2019

Westlake, California, United States

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Improving community nutrition requires making healthy food accessible and affordable. In Westlake, California, LaRayia’s Bodega provides healthy food at a convenience store price point of five dollars or less. Donatio...

Bitterroot

Jodi Hausen

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8 November 2019

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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A company called Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming employs people with developmental and physical disabilities to work in their 3-story greenhouse to address the exclusion of people with disabilities in the labor p...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

7 November 2019

Bennett, Colorado, United States

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Emerald Garden farm in Colorado is a microgreens hydroponic farming operation that is using a comprehensive approach toward conducting business. From experimenting with new practices to reduce food waste to diversifyi...

Yes! Magazine

Biba Adams

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4 November 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Whereas urban farms provide supplemental nutrition, agricultural neighborhoods make farming one of their central features. In Detroit, Michigan, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has grown from a local comm...

Yes! Magazine

Timothy A. Wise

26 October 2019

Cuetzalán, Puebla, Mexico

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A collection of remote villages in Mexico have banded together to create "a union of cooperatives that is achieving food sovereignty through agroecology." Their efforts started in the 1990s, when corporations were loo...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

16 October 2019

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Several colleges in the U.S. use a third-party corporation to manage their dining services, but Auburn University's contract is unique in that it specifies 20 percent of all food must be locally sourced. This partners...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

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15 October 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Philadelphia Zoo has created an in-house, vertical garden – housed in a shipping container provided by the nonprofit, CropBox – to grow food for the animals. So far, it has shown to be a more sustainable way of fe...

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