Darby Minow Smith

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Clucking Nuts

John Oliver lays out everything wrong with our crazy chicken industry

Watch this segment that manages to condense the problems of contract farming and corporate consolidation into 18 hilarious minutes.

We spent the last month talking to farmers about food. Here’s what matters

Farm size matters because farmers should be able to make a living raising our food without becoming a gigantic operation. Here's why Grist matters, too.

Food

The future of bread comes from a lab — here’s why that’s good

Take a video tour of the Bread Lab and learn how it could reinvent wheat farming.

Food

What farm cooperatives can do for the food system — and farmers

Cooperatives aren't a panacea, but they could get regionally sourced pancetta to a supermarket near you. 

420 acres

Marijuana is a gateway drug … to backyard goats

Watch this dope video about pot growers who transitioned into urban farming.

Food

Willie Nelson: The man, the myth, and what he means to farmers

The country icon talks 30 years of Farm Aid, pot legalization, and more.

Food

America has fewer and larger farms. Here’s why that matters

Join Grist as we explore agriculture of the middle.

Food

Watch Ohio trade awful chili for awesome creameries and kimchi

Get great gardening tips and recipes for tandoori chicken wings and fermented salsa.

Food

Fresh food finds a home in Memphis’ Southern comforts

Watch awesome urban gardeners, hospital directors, and chefs discuss Memphis' growing food scene.