Harvest Public Media

KUNC is a member of Harvest Public Media, a public media collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest is comprised of an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and competition for resources has widespread ramifications. We all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced. Our goal is to provide in-depth and unbiased reporting on things like climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality and sustainability.

Harvest Public Media is edited by Erica Hunzinger

There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the takeover of Smithfield Foods Inc., the company that sells all-American hams, hot dogs and bacon, by China's Shuanghui International.

Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Protesters gathered in cities across the country Saturday to protest seed giant, Monsanto, and the prevalence of genetically modified foods.

The local food movement has a powerful new poster girl.

More glowing than American Gothic, Oprah Winfrey and her pal, Bob Greene, appear on the cover of the June issue of The Oprah Magazine, standing in what looks to be a field of kale.

"Oprah's New Farm!" reads the headline splashed across the pair's checkered shirts. "How She's Growing Healthier — and You Can Too."

Federal Funds Flow Into Rural Communities

May 22, 2013
Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

How does a new craft brewer stand apart from the pack? A few have hitched their brewery onto the local food bandwagon. Sourcing the ingredients that form beer’s DNA straight from the fields around them.

Conservation Acres Harder to Come By

May 10, 2013
Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

For 27 years the popular Conservation Reserve Program has transformed small parcels of land, contributing to cleaner water, more habitat for migrating birds and less soil erosion.

Cantaloupe roadside stand in Rocky Ford
Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Drive into the small southeastern Colorado community of Rocky Ford and it’s clear the very character of the town is tied to cantaloupe.

Missouri River Home To Endangered Pallid Sturgeon

May 3, 2013
Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

More than 20 years after being listed as an endangered species, the pallid sturgeon is just treading water in the Missouri River. Thanks to an ongoing restocking program, the fish population is stable but not recovering.

This Little Piggy Has A Market Niche

Apr 30, 2013
Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

The pork business certainly has its challenges. Hog farmers continually grapple with high feed prices, environmental hiccups and criticism from animal welfare groups.

Cagey Issues for Egg Industry

Apr 26, 2013
Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Eggs are simple, versatile and popular. In fact, each American consumes about 250 eggs per year. However, the poultry business – which grapples with the environmental challenge of caring for the millions of hens that lay all those eggs – is anything but simple.

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