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Gosia Wozniacka Civil Eats

In recent weeks, Civil Eats has been focusing its in-depth reporting on how the pandemic is reshaping our food system. This includes COVID-19’s impacts on farmers, food and farm labor, communities, and much more. So far, I’ve contributed stories about how farmworkers are especially vulnerable to the virus and hundreds have already tested positive. I’ve covered the Trump administration’s rollback …

AP STORY: Labor shortages, a new reality in agriculture?

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

I’m usually a big skeptic when it comes to labor shortages in agriculture. I put on my reporter hat and ask: are these shortages real, or are they just slogans used by the agriculture industry to advance an agenda? I say this, because for years – for decades – the U.S. had been awash in farmworkers streaming in from Mexico. …

AP STORY: Latino Strawberry Growers

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

Early this week, I drove to the Watsonville-Salinas valley on California’s Central Coast – half of the strawberries grown in the state come from this area. And California grows 90 percent of the nation’s strawberries. It is clear to see why Watsonville-Salinas is ‘strawberry central.’ As soon as you get off the highway, you are completely surrounded by strawberry fields. …

STORY: California drought or PR mirage?

Gosia Wozniacka Uncategorized

When I first moved to the Central Valley nearly four months ago, I saw signs pronouncing a terrible drought everywhere I drove. The farmers and ag industry advocates bemoaned the lack of water and the injustices they faced. Yet, everywhere in the state, water was plentiful in the form of an above-average snowpack and heavy rains. New drought signs kept …