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A News21 food and health reporting project by UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Kate McLean, reporter/producer

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Kate McLean is a freelance reporter and producer interested in science journalism. Her written work has appeared in the Bay Area pages of The New York Times and The Bay Citizen. She's also worked on public television productions, most recently the PBS special "The Botany of Desire."

Stories by Kate McLean

VIDEO: The Farm

Their idealism gave rise to the local and organic food movement.

Some stayed, most left. It’s been forty years since busloads of hippies caravanned to Tennessee to go “back to the land,” and create a commune — The Farm. The seeds they planted helped give rise to today’s organics movement. Continue reading

VIDEO: GMOrganic, A Botanical Love Story

He's an organic farmer. She's a genetic engineer. They're married.

It seems like their professions put them on opposing sides of agriculture, but UC Davis Professor Pamela Ronald and her husband Raoul Adamchak share a vision: they believe genetic engineering is a tool to make farming more sustainable. Continue reading

VIDEO: The Dark Future of Food Advertising

DORITOS 626 interactive ad campaign

The Doritos Asylum 626 ad campaign is a super interactive kind of experience where kids log in and connect their cameras and mics and Facebook accounts and experience a kind of personalized horror film. All in the name of selling Doritos chips. Continue reading