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217 Today: A new grain has potential to feed more people in a warming climate

Monday, May 16, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • In the race for Illinois Governor, Darren Bailey is trying to put some distance between himself and the rest of the Republican primary field.
  • Some parents are turning to donated breast milk as a substitute amid a major baby formula shortage.
  • Black farmers in the U.S. lost more than $300 billion worth of land in the 20th century, according to a new study.
  • Champaign County public health officials report just over 800 active COVID-19 cases in the county.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a closer look at the grain, kernza, and why some people think it could be a solution to feed more people in a warming climate.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Tim Shelley, Dana Cronin and Rachel Yang.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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