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The Future of Food

Original story at The Nation• 2 mentions • 6 days ago

Something strange and troubling is sweeping the fields of New Morning Farm in South Central Pennsylvania. Over the past few years, Jim Crawford has watched unfamiliar diseases strike at the 40 acres of organic vegetables he grows, destroying some crops entirely. Last year was the worst of his 45 years farming: Crawford finished $60,000 in the red. He’s not confident this year will be much better. It was a wet, humid summer, and the moisture incubated blight. When Crawford was new to farming, he remembers, he’d open up local newspapers to see five, eight, even 10 ads at a time ...