Agriculture

Federal Drug Administration

197 people in 35 states have become sick due to contaminated romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region.  Of those, five people have died and 89 have been hospitalized.  The Federal Drug Administration is investigating the E. coli outbreak, but as KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports, the source of the contamination is still unknown…

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

In Yuma, Arizona, the Colorado River is not what it was.  For thousands of years, its raging water deposited rich soil in the delta, creating one of the most verdant agricultural areas in the world.  Today, the river flow is 1 percent of what it was a century ago, but agriculture continues to thrive even as the water needed to maintain it dwindles due to over-allocation and drought. 

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Over-use of the Colorado River has long concerned environmentalists, but a short film has set out to explore the human impacts of over-allocation.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett attended a viewing in San Luis, Arizona…

Jeff Servoss

A snake once thought lost has been rediscovered near the Colorado River.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

Aging Farmworkers Face Challenges with Retirement

Nov 2, 2017
Stephanie Sanchez

While much of the American workforce looks forwards to retiring around 65, many seasonal farmworkers have no choice but to keep working well past that age.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more.

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