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Ted Genoways
Ted Genoways, OnEarth's editor-at-large, is the author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food (HarperCollins, online at, an examination of Hormel Foods and the great recession. The recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim fellowship, Genoways has contributed to Bloomberg Businessweek, Harper's, Mother Jones, Outside, and his work has appeared in the Best American Travel Writing series. He edited the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2003 to 2012, during which time the magazine won six National Magazine Awards.
Stories by Ted Genoways
December 10, 2012
Even as their crops withered and died, big Midwestern farming operations harvested record profits this year. How can that be? A Nebraska native investigates.
December 7, 2012
Nebraska officials hired a company to review Keystone XL that has done business with TransCanada and touts itself as helping energy companies overcome government regulation to do “what they do best -- delivering oil.”
September 13, 2012
If it isn't going in your backyard, whose backyard does it go in? A titan of environmental justice won't stop asking.
July 21, 2012
John Bolenbaugh, the oil worker who claims he was fired for blowing the whistle on a top-down cover-up that followed the 2010 spill of more than a million gallons of tar sands crude in Michigan, has made good on his vow to... read more >
July 10, 2012
Investigators blame Enbridge’s 'culture of deviance' for the worst oil spill in Midwestern history but fail to address the role of tar sands crude in escalating the danger and toxic aftermathThe rupture of an underground... read more >
June 20, 2012
Thirty-five years ago today, a national recession and high fuel prices led to the opening of the massive, controversial Trans-Alaska Pipeline System -- and a host of problems and pollution that came with it. Sound familiar?“... read more >
June 8, 2012
The Library of Congress announced yesterday that the next Poet Laureate of the United States will be Natasha Trethewey. Chip McGrath pointed out in the New York Times that she is “the first Southerner to hold the post since... read more >
April 26, 2012
With the outcome of his trial in doubt, a Michigan cleanup worker who alleges a cover-up takes a deal -- but only on the condition that he can continue his crusade against the Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.
April 20, 2012
He claims he was ordered to cover up dirty crude from the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Now a jury will consider if he's a legitimate crusader or a publicity hound motivated by his own personal drama.
April 13, 2012
After a dramatic EPA meeting at which he revealed his secret shame -- and despite a campaign to intimidate him -- a fired oil spill cleanup worker continues his single-minded quest to prove that large pockets of tar sands crude were covered up in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.
April 12, 2012
After one of the worst inland oil spills in U.S. history, a fired cleanup worker turns crusader on a mission to expose what he calls a cover-up by the pipeline company and its contractors. But revelations about his past threaten to destroy his reputation -- and his credibility.
April 11, 2012
In July 2010, more than a million gallons of tar sands crude spilled into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. A fired cleanup worker with a dark past claims he was ordered to cover up oil to meet federal deadlines. His case goes to trial next week.
November 7, 2011
Yesterday more than 10,000 protestors gathered under a clear November sky in Lafayette Square, north of the White House, before fanning out to create what author and environmentalist Bill McKibben called “a big O-shaped hug... read more >
November 4, 2011
The sacrilege of Cornhusker fans booing the scoreboard at their own stadium provided an unexpected opening for the underdog foes of the Keystone XL pipeline. They took the ball and ran with it, scoring unexpected victories against energy giant TransCanada.