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Meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for COVID-19

In documents dating to 2006, government officials warned them to prepare. Meatpacking companies largely ignored them, and now nearly every one of the predictions has come true.

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Justice

The struggles of sustainable farming

If you're paying $1 for lettuce, somebody's being exploited. So is the environment.

www.newyorker.com
Justice

The coronavirus crisis will lead to “catastrophic” hunger

Arif Husain, of the World Food Programme, describes how the coronavirus pandemic will worsen hunger and food insecurity around the world.
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Food

California is the nation's ag capital. Here's how it's addressing the food crisis

We spoke to Karen Ross, head of the state’s food and ag agency, about supporting farmers, connecting to food banks, and meeting the bottom line for feeding the state.
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Toxics

Bill Schubart: Building a regional food supply system out of the pandemic

Vermonters turning in greater numbers to their neighbors for food and local farmers are seeing an upsurge in direct local buyers.

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Climate

A burst of home-grown food, farming, in Alaska

The coronavirus pandemic underscores Alaska's vulnerability to food disruptions, renewing calls for local agriculture and inspiring residents to get down in the dirt.

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Justice

Why meatpacking plants have become COVID-19 hot spots

Frigid temperatures, cramped conditions, and long hours put meat processing workers at higher risk for contracting the novel coronavirus.
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Locusts in Africa: New, massive swarms invade Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia

A second infestation of locusts has taken flight, and experts fear a third could arrive during the year’s most crucial harvest, causing calamitous food shortages.
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Toxics

Coronavirus: Food supply chains 'need a rethink'

A food shortage after the Covid-19 crisis should see local produce prioritised, an academic says.
Justice

Alberta’s meat plant workers share their fears and anger

As Cargill prepares to reopen, voices from the frontlines of Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreak.
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Justice

As Tyson claims food supply is breaking, its workers continue to suffer

An advocate for poultry workers argues that Tyson Foods values chicken profits more than human lives.
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Food

Day of reckoning dawns for industrial livestock farms

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing livestock farms and grocery stores to consider whether the meat industry is primed for a new way of doing business.
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Toxics

Small farms struggle for federal coronavirus relief

Stressed farms are grappling with lower demand and fewer markets to sell in, as well as a presidential administration that favors relief for big businesses over small.

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Climate

When meat plants shutter, what happens to market-ready animals?

With meat packing plants closed, the end for hundreds of thousands of pigs is likely to arrive in an orgy of waste that turns the stomachs of even the most pragmatic.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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