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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.

Groups Across the South Are Working to Fix a Broken Farm Labor System

Jonah Goldman Kay Facing South
"Looking at these corporate supply chains, we've been able to achieve more by getting union agreements through supply chain actions than we've ever been able to achieve in legislative campaigns," says Justin Flores, FLOC's vice president.

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Growers of New, Pricey Strawberry Are Selling a Sweeter Experience

Michel Martin npr
The "new" strawberry has twice as much sugar content compared to the average American variety; it's bigger, and has an airier texture and unexposed seeds. Although it thrives in the mountains of Japan, a New Jersey farm is now growing it here.

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Iowa Crops Look Like Food — But No One’s Eating

Mark Bittman Medium
Inside a system that traps farmers and screws up the planet Iowa is unrecognizable from centuries ago, when Europeans took the land for themselves. What were prairie and wetlands are now neatly partitioned grids of intensely cultivated land: the model for the farm as factory.
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