IRE Radio Podcast | Product of Mexico

We’re changing up the podcast this week and spending our entire episode on one story. IRE’s Shawn Shinneman talked with Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Marosi about his 18-month investigation into the working conditions of Mexican agribusinesses supplying produce to major U.S. supermarkets and restaurants. Tune in to hear Marosi discuss the reporting challenges he…

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Story Shorts goes behind the scenes with NBC Bay Area

A tip from a source prompted the NBC Bay Area team to launch a major investigation into Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest food distributor. Using a wide variety of cameras and surveillance techniques, the station exposed the company’s dangerous practice of storing fresh food in unrefrigerated storage sheds. The food was then delivered to restaurants, hotels,…

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Behind the Story: Tracking food waste at a local institution

Forty percent of food grown in the United States goes uneaten, according to the National Institutes of Health. That’s everything from misshapen potatoes left in the field to the half jar of salsa going bad in your refrigerator. Most of us believe wasting food is bad, but many large institutions write off that waste as…

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Transparency Watch: The Argus Leader’s legal battle with USDA over food stamp data

By Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader Here’s a novel idea: If you take money from the federal government, the public should know how much you’re taking and for what. That basic premise is at the heart of the Argus Leader’s lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture. The paper filed suit in 2011 seeking to force…

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Journalism organizations call for greater transparency

Last week, The Association of Health Care Journalists, along with IRE and five other journalism and open-government groups, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for the release of public information about the country’s food stamp program. From the AHCJ blog:  Currently, the USDA refuses to reveal how much money individual retailers…

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