Mission: To shine a light on the injustices and abuses of power — both corporate and governmental — within the food system as well as the real impact that industrial-scale food production and agriculture have on public health and the environment.
About the Organization: Founded in 2010, the nonprofit produces investigative reporting on food, agricultural, and environmental health issues. With the aim of explaining how food, agriculture, and environmental health impact Americans' everyday lives, the organization commissions articles, provides editorial oversight, and distributes the finished stories to mainstream publications.
Current Programs: Topics of interest to the New York City-based organization include the overuse of , , , , , , and , while its has explored Cuba's new farming model, examined violence against environmental activists in Malaysia, and looked at the hidden toll of World Bank-financed development in Indonesia. The organization's media partners include the American Prospect, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Guardian, Harper's, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Pacific Standard, Slate, and the Washington Post.
Website: Visitors to the FERN site can browse or articles by topic; check out accompanying different articles; and/or read about the impact individual stories have had in terms of readership, domestic and international distribution, and influence in policy discussions. Visitors also can check out the organization's for highlights from the week's stories; sign up to receive the ; and/or subscribe to the Ag Insider for daily news and analysis focused on food, agriculture, and the environment. The site also has information for journalists who want to , and for members of the public and funders who want to support the organization's work with a or .
Funding: The Food and Environment Reporting Network is funded by , including , the , the Fund for Nonprofit News at the , the , the , the , the Loews Foundation, and the .