Julia Scott

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An essay for The Walrus about how we grapple with the deep question of belonging in Trump’s America, seen though the lens of growing up in a Quebec that was pushing for separation — and pushing my family out.

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One of San Francisco’s best-known characters, Indian Joe, likes to dress up as his inspiration: Alice Cooper. He talks about overcoming addiction and making friends in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, the Tenderloin.

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The Loneliest Man in Belize

New York Times Magazine
May 22nd, 2015

Caleb Orozco. Photo credit Julia Scott

Five years ago, Caleb Orozco lent his name to a legal challenge to overturn Belize’s anti-sodomy laws. Now his name is a national slur.

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Superlettuce! Extreme weather calls for extreme crops

Modern Farmer
September 30th, 2013

Global warming will dictate the world’s salad bar in the future – and scientists are rushing to prepare our produce.

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Tracking honeybees to save them

Nautilus Magazine
July 16th, 2013

Could a breakthrough in radio tracking help solve colony collapse disorder by outfitting bees with tiny radio transmitters?

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Maple syrup takes turn toward technology

New York Times
March 31st, 2013

Modern maple syrup collection is two-thirds technology, one-third nostalgia. As maple farmers get more sap from their trees than ever before, critics say flavor and tradition are disappearing for good.

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A Hawaiian nene. Credit: Julia Scott

How did the first Canada goose fly all the way to Hawaii? The unlikely story of how Canada’s most reviled bird became Hawaii’s most coddled endangered species.

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The father of all pumpkins

Maclean's
October 25th, 2011

Courtesy Macleans

Revered by giant pumpkin growers everywhere but otherwise obscure, Nova Scotia farmer Howard Dill invented the Atlantic Giant pumpkin that became the forbear for the truck-sized gourds weighed at competitions today. His children explain how he did it.

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The race to grow the one-ton pumpkin

The New York Times
October 6th, 2011

A group of amateur gardeners share a single, consuming obsession with growing giant pumpkins. They’ll stop at nothing – drain their own bank accounts, experiment with radical products and techniques – to trounce the competition and bring home the top prize: a new world record and eternal pumpkin glory.

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The water supply of more than two million Californians has been exposed to harmful levels of nitrates over the past 15 years – a time marked by lax regulatory efforts to contain the colorless and odorless contaminant. First in a two-part series produced in collaboration with California Watch.

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Sasha Khokha

Experts say that nitrate pollution is a major threat to California future water supply, while some cities already spend millions of dollars to treat nitrates in groundwater. Second in a two-part series produced in collaboration with California Watch.

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Pesticides indicted in bee deaths

Salon.com, Best American Science Writing
May 18th, 2009

Agriculture officials have renewed their scrutiny of the world’s best-selling pest-killer as they try to solve the mysterious collapse of the nation’s hives.

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