Darby Minow Smith

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Venisons and daughters

Meat is never simple when it’s the family business

From carnivore to vegetarian to carnivore: Here's the tale of a rancher's daughter.

Food

Chipotle’s new tortillas could be huge news for farmers

The fast-food company is teaming up with the Bread Lab to reinvent the mass-produced tortilla.

Food

What’s behind the mysterious mass slayings of 320,000 chickens?

If this true crime story doesn't make you mad about the U.S. poultry industry, nothing will.

tusk tusk

Walrus cam or the Entourage movie? Either way, bunch of dudes on a beach

The boys are back in town. And by boys, we mean Vince, E, Drama, Turtle, Ari, and thousands of male walruses.

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.