Caught between depleted stocks, collapsing prices, and commercial trawlers, small-scale fishermen join forces to create new niche markets for their sustainably harvested product. Can they succeed?
Faced with declining returns, hardy Georgia shrimpers hold tight to their traditions of pageantry and prayer. (Photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen.)
A Vermont farmer decides to reinvent how goods are shipped to market; will the shipping gods listen?
Photo by Jim Pepper
Hint: it’s pronounced fee-CAL-uh-bak-TEER-ee-um
An Indiana grandma killed off a devastating superbug with a homemade fecal transplant and then embarked on a crusade to win over the FDA.
(Art by Laurel Lynn Leake)
With the combined powers of nature and machines, innovators can gather secret intelligence, protect our crops, and someday even deliver the mail.
How a few seedlings in a warehouse delivered a father and son from grief by giving them hope for a sustainable future.
(An ancient sculpture from the Israel Beer Breweries (IBBL) museum in Ashkelon, Israel. Rafael Ben-Ari/Alamy )
Ilya Metchnikoff laid the foundation for modern probiotics.
(Art courtesy of Pasteur Institute)
For the brave omnivores, Croquetas de Chapulin is a must. Made from yucca and grasshopper flours, they come decorated with little shiny chapulines, which stick their long legs up in the air like practicing ballerinas.
The putting-green yard sucks up to 10,000 gallons of water a year. So amateur scientist Jackson Madnick decided to breed a hardy, drought-resistant green grass. (Robert Schlie/Alamy)
The mother tongues of today’s readers span from Russian to Turkish and from Greek to Farsi, as they follow Verne’s characters through the inner workings of his vessel and the mysteries of the aquatic life, discovering their own passions.
I grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to bedtime stories about black holes, volcanoes and intrepid explorers. Since then, I have survived Siberian winter, Jordanian summer and Columbia J-School. I’ve edited features at the Nautilus magazine, won two awards for a story about poo, and have written for Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Oprah Magazine, Alaska Airlines, Hemispheres, Audubon Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Hakai, Nature, and Scientific American. Along the way, I’ve munched on Mexican crickets, slurped stinging nettle soups in the Ukraine, sipped a drink made from a venomous snake in Peru—and I always lived to write the story. I specialize in narrative and longform writing, I am a culture shock junkie, and I camp out in New York so I can fly nonstop to almost anywhere.
Thanks for checking me out! You can browse through my stories in the top slider or on my portfolio page. Please take a look at my two award-winning features, The Sailing Farmer and The Magic Poop Potion, and follow me @linazeldovich.
February 2016: Hooray!!! The Sailing Farmer wins Silver in NATJA’s Special Purpose Travel Category! Guess who beat me to Gold? National Geographic Adventure magazine. A good rival to lose to! And a good way to start the year.
January 2016. I am off to Washington DC for a fellowship with the National Press Foundation “What’s New in Covering Cancer.”
May 2015: The Magic Poop Potion just won its second award: The Deadline Club Award: Reporting for Independent Digital Media.
September 2014. The Magic Poop Potion just won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York!
April 2014: Great news! A story I edited at Nautilus about fire ants’ unstoppable march through the southern states was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 anthology. Reported and written by Justin Nobel. Totally thrilled!