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Cacao Makes a Comeback in Puerto Rico

Jen Ruiz Modern Farmer
In the 1900s, tax incentives lured major pharmaceutical corporations to the island. Puerto Ricans left the land for the office. But gourmet crops like cacao have enticed islanders to return to agriculture, building a burgeoning chocolate hot spot.

Will the Next Pandemic Start With Chickens?

Boyce Upholt The New Republic
This spring, a virulent strain of bird flu ripped through U.S. farms. The public hardly noticed. That we could ignore the disease shows just how little we’ve learned about the origin of new viruses.

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Meet the Georgia Farmers Who Love to Jam

Emily Baron Cadloff Modern Farmer
The goal of Farmers Jam is to create a more sustainable regional food system, and fruit trees are an integral part of that. They also prioritize BIPOC farmers, in part because of “the history of agriculture in the south and the lack of reparations.”

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The 20th Century Rise of the Confederate Soybean

Mathew Roth Zocolo Public Square
Confederate generals, memorialized through the south in monuments, parks, towns, and military bases, were an available form of nostalgia for naming soybean cultivars, part of a larger pattern of systemic racism whose legacy can be felt to this day.
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