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

Natalie Jones, reporter

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Natalie grew up in Washington, D.C., going to farms only on special occasions to pick berries, apples or pumpkins. She went west for college in Southern California, where she majored in environmental studies, and worked her way up to the Bay Area after that. Natalie originally intended to find a career in environmental education before she decided to pursue journalism. As a journalist, she has worked in a variety of media, producing content for Aspen Public Radio in Aspen, Colorado, Bay Area public radio stations KQED and KALW and the Point Reyes Light newspaper in Marin County. She has lived in the Bay Area since 2004. Natalie is interested in reporting on politics, health, science and environmental issues.

Stories by Natalie Jones

An infographic that takes you to the sounds of a food desert

INFOGRAPHIC: Soundscape of a Fresno food desert

Click a point on the map to hear an audio portrait and learn more about the neighborhood.

Fresno sits in the middle of the Central Valley, one of the highest-producing agricultural regions in the country, where historical farmhouses, upscale subdivisions, fruit orchards and strip malls coexist within city limits. Yet many people here lack access to healthy food. This interactive graphic takes you through the valley were you can experience first hand the sounds of a food desert. Continue reading

A photo of a girl with degrading strawberries over her head

INFOGRAPHIC: Grandma Had Better Tomatoes

Your fruits and veggies are less nutritious than they used to be.

In 1950, your parent, grandparent, or a perhaps a smaller version of you could eat a handful of string beans — about three and a half ounces — and get about 9 percent of the calcium you needed for the … Continue reading

An infographic that shows how much the world spends on food.

INFOGRAPHIC: Mapping Global Food Spending

How does America measure up?

Less than 7 percent of the money Americans spend goes to buy food, the lowest of any country that keeps such data. Each number on the map represents a country and the percentage of people’s total expenditures spent on food in that country. . Continue reading

Oxheart carrots grown in the garden. UBUNTU RESTAURANT/Rose Robertson

Restaurant Gardens a Boon to New Farmers

In this era when consumers want to know how many “food miles” their carrots traveled and restaurant menus list the distance from farm to fork, restaurant owners are increasingly putting in their own farms on rooftops, abandoned lots and nearby agricultural plots.

The trend has caught on with high-end, Michelin-starred restaurants in California such as The French Laundry in Napa and Manresa in Los Gatos as well as more casual places, such as Pauline’s Pizzeria in San Francisco and the Fremont Diner in Sonoma. Continue reading