California’s strawberry growers rely on heavy amounts of dangerous pesticides to deliver fruit year-round at an affordable price. But the health and environmental problems that come with those chemicals have threatened the foundation of a $2.6 billion industry.
Recent protests have ignited a national debate about police violence, renewing concerns about the lack of national data on officer-involved shootings. But another group of law enforcers operates under even more secrecy: armed security guards.
The federal government recently removed the Richmond Housing Authority from its worst-of-the-worst list, but the San Francisco Bay Area city's public housing system continues to be plagued with problems.
Since our investigation of dangerous pesticides used to grow California strawberries, we’ve heard from people who say we’ve ruined the fruit for them. Here are a few reasons not to give up on strawberries quite yet.
Strawberries grown on both conventional and organic farms get their start in nurseries with the help of fumigants, a class of pesticides that have been linked to health problems and the hole in the ozone layer.
The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX are pleased to announce that Kevin Sullivan will be the executive producer of “Reveal,” the new Peabody Award-winning, one-hour public radio program and podcast hosted by Al Letson. “Reveal” will launch monthly in January 2015 and weekly in July 2015.