Christopher D. Cook
Author, award-winning journalist, consultant
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Christopher is an award-winning journalist and author of the acclaimed book, Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Harper's, The Economist, Mother Jones, The Christian Science MonitorThe Nation, The American Prospect, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review and many others.  His writing has been republished in numerous anthologies. He has also worked as a reporter for The Oakland Tribune and United Press International and as city editor for The San Francisco Bay Guardian. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive.

Selected Publications
  • A Chemical of Concern OnEarth, May 30, 2012
    Luis Medellin has lived most of his 25 years in what he calls "a box of trees" -- a trailer park surrounded by orange groves in California’s Central Valley, one of the most prolific agricultural regions in the world. His home lies about 20 feet from where growers regularly spray a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, which slays bugs and worms by attacking the critters’ central nervous systems. Over the years, Medellin has seen the pesticide’s effect on humans, too...

  • The Wages of Words The Progressive, April 2012  I recently had the strange fortune, born of necessity, to take a small sip from the public welfare trough. As my income and savings sank frightfully low, this January I signed up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. I thus joined America’s burgeoning forty-six-million-plus food stamp rolls, which have become an all-too-ignored economic indicator and an election-year lightning rod...
  • Coal Miners Slaughter, In These Times, January 25, 2006
  • In a Ditch: America's Blue-collar Temps, The Economist, April 13, 2002
  • Streetcorner, Incorporated, Mother Jones, March 2002
  • The Bingo Connection, Mother Jones (award winner), September 2000
  • High-Tech's Toxic Toll, San Francisco Bay Guardian (cover story, award winner), April 26, 2000 
  • Temps Demand a New Deal, The Nation (cover story), March 27, 2000
  • Losing Life and Limb on the Job, The Progressive (award winner), February 2000
  • The New Farm Crisis, In These Times (cover story), June 13, 1999
  • "Fowl Trouble: In the Nation's Poultry Plants, Brutality to Worker As Well As to Bird," Harper's, August 1999
  • "Revolt over Conditions at Poultry Plants," The Christian Science Monitor, April 28, 1999
  • "Plucking Workers: Tyson Looks for a Captive Labor Force," The Progressive (award winner), Aug. 1998 
  • "Texas Move to Privatize State Welfare Programs Draws Fire," The Christian Science Monitor (page-one story), March 20, 1997
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