Lisa Elaine Held
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Lisa Elaine Held is a freelance journalist based in New York City who covers the food system. She focuses on stories that show how what and how people eat intersects with environmental issues, health, culture, and social justice. Her work has been published in various magazines and on many websites, including Civil Eats, Eater, Tasting Table, Cosmopolitan, and Conde Nast Traveller. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and was formerly an editor at Well+Good.

How Female Farmers Are Changing the Field

When the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) surveyed more than 3,500 farmers under 40 in 2017, 60 percent of the farmer respondents were women. And in 2012, the USDA Census of Agriculture found that 14 percent of principal farm operators were women, a nearly 300 percent increase since 1978, whe