Jake Stangel for Medium


Holy Crop is Jake Stangel’s latest adventure for Medium’s Pro Publica platform; a nonprofit, independent newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Holy Crop looks at how federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the west. The incredible images were taken by Jake in Coolridge, Arizona where Abrahm Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivam were investigating the state of water use in the American west, and the ways in which it relates to farms pumping water uphill into the desert to grow cotton, an extremely water-intensive crop.

Peep a selection from the stunning series below, and see more here.