Christopher D. Cook
Author, award-winning journalist, consultant
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Selected Works
Christopher is an award-winning journalist and author of the acclaimed book, Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. His writing appears in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Harper's, The Economist, The GuardianMother Jones, The Christian Science MonitorThe Nation, The American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review and others. His work has been republished in numerous anthologies. He has 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 Articles
  • A Chemical of Concern  OnEarth  May 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...

  • 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 2006
  • In a Ditch: America's Blue-collar Temps  The Economist  April 2002
  • Drilling for Water in the Mojave  The Progressive  Oct. 2002 
  • Streetcorner, Incorporated  Mother Jones  March 2002
  • The Bingo Connection  Mother Jones (award winner)  Sept. 2000
  • High-Tech's Toxic Toll  San Francisco Bay Guardian (cover story, award winner)  April 2000 
  • Temps Demand a New Deal  The Nation (cover story)  March 2000
  • Losing Life and Limb on the Job  The Progressive (award winner)  February 2000
  • The New Farm Crisis  In These Times (cover story)  June 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 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 1997
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