25 Jun '11, 2pm

Why laying off ag reporter Philip Brasher is bad for food

Why laying off ag reporter Philip Brasher is bad for food

Philip Brasher. Well-known D.C.-based agriculture reporter Philip Brasher was recently let go by the Des Moines Register . His reporting also often appeared in USA Today ; both papers are owned by the parent company Gannett. The loss is a reflection of the climate in journalism today, in which most mainstream media is forced to make cutbacks to editorial and reporting staff due to losses in advertising revenue. But here is why you should really be concerned about the future of food and agriculture policy in this country. Journalism is necessary to inform the public and maintain our democracy. The agriculture beat was once an important area of coverage at all major outlets, delivering information about rural areas as well as policymaking on food in Washington. But the "agriculture beat" has been dying a slow death for five decades. As I have written before , this issue area...

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