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In the 1970s, many rivers, streams and lakes in America were choked with trash, waste and sewage. The Androscoggin River, which flows between Lewiston and Auburn in Maine, was so quenched with toxic waste that 20-foot drifts of yellow and brown foam were said to float down it, and the rotten-egg odor would peel paint […]

Jun 14, 2024

Quintina Ayvar de la Cruz is the living embodiment of the environment that has been her home for 97 years. She has a brightness that matches the green mangroves near her house in Juluchuca, Mexico and she sparkles like the salt that has been the focus of her life’s work—and a great source of her […]

In the wake of the Northern hemisphere’s hottest summer on record, Cruz Salucio, a longtime farmworker and current educator with the Fair Food Program, recalled the painful effects of heat stress: “I remember the heat of the sun and the intense exhaustion during my first years in the tomato and watermelon fields,” he recalls. Over […]

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Lauren Rothman
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Farm

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Libby Leonard
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Lindsey Beatrice
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Kathleen Willcox
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Daniel Walton
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Marin Scotten
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Modern Farmer
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This story is part of our ongoing PFAS series, The PFAS Problem: Demystifying ‘Forever Chemicals’... (more)

Lena Beck
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PFAS: Behind the Label

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