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What does climate change mean for strawberries, cheeseburgers and corn on the cob? How about the country’s food security? Back this project, and I’ll show you how the shifting climate will impact what Americans eat.

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100% funded! Let’s keep this going.

Thanks to your support, Climate Change on Your Plate has reached its funding goal—with two days to spare! That means the project is a go, and I’ll start posting articles in August. I’m now posting “stretch goals”—with more funding I’ll be able to do more research, reporting and writing.

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When you subscribe to me, you’ll get:

✓ Original monthly features investigating the impact of climate change on American dinner plates and national food security.

✓ Regular “dining in a high CO2 world” updates with low-carbon recipes, photos and notes from the field.

✓ Weekly discussions on Beacon forums.

✓ Access to every story, by every writer on Beacon.

Climate change can sound pretty abstract.

But what if it means not being able to access the foods you normally eat? What if they become too scarce?

Warming temperatures, droughts, heat waves, storms and the other erratic weather patterns that are hallmarks of climate change are already impacting the food we grow and eat. But we’re just starting to come to grips with what this means for Americans as we sit down to breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Climate change presents a direct threat to the availability, accessibility and quality of our food—and to the lives of people who grow, raise and produce that food.

When disaster strikes, stories of failed harvests make the headlines. But things are changing on a daily basis, too. These stories will dig deep, go out into the field, introduce the people on the front-lines of food production and explore how they’re responding to climate change and what all this means for our local markets.

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I’ve spent the past 15 years writing about environmental and science issues, traveling from the Arctic to south of the Equator to learn how our industrial activities affect the environment and human health—and how we’re learning to solve these problems. At the heart of these issues, which range from e-waste to green chemistry, are concerns about family. And what could be more central to family than food?

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Food connects us to our environment. These stories will connect our food to our changing climate, and will bring home to your kitchen table what’s happening in the field, including innovative and unexpected solutions.

There are still a lot of questions.

Back me, and join me as I try to find out what we know—and what we don’t—about what climate change means for the food we eat.

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I’m a Portland, Oregon-based science and environmental journalist, covering environmental health, science and policy for publications that have included Scientific American, The Washington Post and Salon. I’ve reported on climate change, on chemicals, occupational health, green chemistry and high-tech in articles and books that include “High Tech Trash” and “Chasing Molecules,” which Booklist named one of the Top 10 Science & Technology Books of 2009 and received a Gold Nautilus Award for investigative reporting. I’ve been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC and science journalism fellow at the Woods Hole Marine Biology Lab and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

You can find out more about my work here: http://www.elizabethgrossman.com/Elizabeth_Grossman/Home.html.

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The last 24 hours

July 30 at 8:30 pm

Hi,

Thank you all so much for your support. I can’t wait to start writing!

We’re in the home stretch with just 24 hours left in my crowdfunding campaign. If you know anyone else who might be interested in subscribing to Climate Change on Your Plate, please share this link with them today: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/climate-change-on-your-plate. Additional subscribers will let me do even more in-depth reporting and writing on this subject.

Thanks again, Lizzie


100 percent -- thank you!

July 29 at 12:43 am

All,

Thanks so much for your support! I hit my goal today and will be launching a project on Beacon next month.

There are 2 days left in my campaign, so I’ve introduced some ‘stretch’ goals that will enable me to produce even better stories and to explain and investigate even more of the effects climate change is having on the country’s food.

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Please continue to share this link — www.beaconreader.com/projects/climate-change-on-your-plate — with your friends, family and colleagues to help me hit these goals.

I can’t wait to share these stories with you!

Best, Lizzie & The Beacon Team


Thanks--and 10 days left!

July 21 at 7:53 pm

All,

I’m enormously touched by the support I’ve received so far for the project I’m launching on Beacon. We’re almost halfway there!

Just this past week, UC Davis scientists released a new report showing the toll the ongoing California drought is taking on agriculture there – a drought whose effects are exacerbated by climate change effects, including reduced mountain snow, surface water and drying soil. (You can read the report here: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10978.)

The month-long campaign to reach the $3,500 goal I need to raise from subscribers in order to launch the project is now 47 percent done. To get to the research and writing, I’ll need your help over the next 10 days. If each of you shares the link to my project with just one friend who subscribes, I’ll meet my goal.

Here it is: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/climate-change-on-your-plate.

Needless to say, I’d be unendingly grateful if you would help me reach my target.

If you have any questions about subscribing to my stories or Beacon, please let me know. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks for your support!

All the best,
Lizzie


A progress report & thank you

July 10 at 10:18 pm

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for your continued support and backing of this project. I’m a quarter of the way to my goal with 20 more days to go, and I just wanted to let you know how much your support actually means.

Since the project was launched, scientists and policy-makers around the world have voiced new concern about the impacts of climate change on food security. Extreme weather conditions – among them flooding, drought, and storms – are increasingly threatening agricultural production. Ocean conditions are also suffering, impacting seafood sources. These changes are also already negatively impacting farmworkers and fishing communities. It’s important that these stories be covered now.

By backing this project, you are supporting crucial reporting. Please share the following link with your friends, family, and networks. Every little bit of help counts: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/climate-change-on-your-plate.

Best, Lizzie


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Elizabeth Grossman BIOGRAPHY

I am a Portland, Oregon-based science and environmental journalist, specializing in environmental health and policy. My work has appeared in Scientific American, Yale e360, Environmental Health Perspectives, The Washington Post, Salon, The Pump Handle and a variety of other publications. My books include “High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health” and “Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health and the Promise of Green Chemistry,” which Booklist named one of the Top 10 Science & Technology Books of 2009 and received a Gold Nautilus Award for investigative reporting. I was thrilled when Booklist called me “an eloquent scientific muckraker.”

I’m a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and National Association of Science Writers and have been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. When not at my desk, I’m out hiking, biking, exploring wild and unfamiliar places or cooking and tending to my woodland backyard. You can follow me on Twitter @lizzieg1.

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