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Hot Farm

7 EpisodesProduced by Food and Environment Reporting NetworkWebsite

Winner of the Institute for Nonprofit News 2022 Insight Award for Explanatory Journalism. Climate change is coming for your food. In the American Heartland, farmers are battling increasingly severe weather, with epic floods and heat. Agriculture accounts for an impossible to ignore 10 percent of U.… read more

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Hot Farm, coming April 12

March 15th, 2022


Over four episodes, host Eve Abrams and her team travel the Midwest, engaging with farmers who are confronting the difficult reality of climate …

Part 1. Change Is Hard

April 12th, 2022


In 1988, a drought made Dave Bishop a different farmer. Back then, he was a freak in farm country. Today, he is the model that we need all farmers to be if we are to have any chance of fighting climate change and …

Part 2. Enlisting the Unconvinced

April 19th, 2022


Most American farmers don’t believe man-made climate change is real. Yet we need those farmers to be part of the climate change solution. So how can …

Part 3. Grain of the Future

April 26th, 2022


Modern agriculture has been tweaking the same system for decades, but scientists think we need a new approach for a warmer world — one that involves …

Part 4. The New California

May 3rd, 2022


More than a fourth of our food, including most of our fruits and vegetables, comes from California. But what happens when drought parches the region we depend upon to eat? Producer Travis Lux travels into the Delta …

Bonus Episode: "Should I Give up Beef?" from How to Save a Planet

June 28th, 2022


We have a bonus episode from a show called “How to Save a Planet,” a Spotify Original podcast produced by Gimlet Media. This show looks at climate change from the lens of — OK, so what do we do about it? The episode …

Bonus Episode: Climavores - "Bursting the 'eat local' bubble"

July 28th, 2022


From our friends at Climavores: The eat local movement is huge. Bumper stickers in liberal towns across the U.S. tell us to “Eat local” or ask “Who’s your farmer?” But eating local food may be wildly overrated when it …

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