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Food

Industrialization has pushed out more and more chicken

The pounds of chicken available to consumers on a per capita basis has increased more than 500 percent since 1909, according to USDA data.
www.politico.com
Climate

Unions fracture over climate

Organized labor is often viewed as a cheerleader for the left, helping shape the agendas of Democratic lawmakers. But in statehouses from coast to coast and at the national level, unions have had no problem blocking green initiatives if they decide they're not in their members' interests.

Climate

Labor, environment group endorses Biden for president

The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of large U.S. labor unions and environmental groups, on Wednesday endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president, saying he has put forward achievable plans to tackle climate change and the health and economic hits from the coronavirus pandemic.

theintercept.com
Justice

Meat industry donates to officials stopping COVID-19 lawsuits

Two meat giants, Smithfield and Mountaire Farms, are among the interests pushing for laws waiving wrongful death suits — also a priority for Republicans.
Toxics

Coal company Rhino Resource Partners files for bankruptcy

Kentucky-based coal company Rhino Resource Partners LP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday.
nymag.com
Interplay

Why the economy is headed for a post-Coronavirus depression

Nouriel Roubini predicted the 2008 crash. Now, he’s warning that the America is hurtling toward food riots — and then a decade-spanning depression.
www.pghcitypaper.com
Justice

Sen. Bernie Sanders endorses state Rep. Summer Lee

In a statement, Sanders said that Lee "is workers' rights, environmental justice, and social justice."

www.fairwarning.org
Justice

Small farms immune to safety investigations, even when a worker dies

For decades, a rider on OSHA's budget has barred the agency from enforcing safety standards on farms with 10 or fewer employees.

www.abc.net.au
Climate

Windy and wet weather coming, climate change fire 'threat' to world heritage area

A Federal Government report acknowledges one of the biggest threats to Tasmania's wilderness is fires made more frequent and intense by climate change.

www.thenation.com
Climate

Sorry, conservatives - unions do support the Green New Deal

Most labor organizers think the plan will save our jobs, not end them.
www.post-gazette.com
Justice

Homestead panel examines bridging the blue-green divide

One easily might have assumed the parties gathered in the historic Pump House at The Waterfront Saturday were there to take up opposite ends of a bitter debate that has raged for generations.

truthout.org
Toxics

Corporate front group smears list of its enemies as "Deniers for hire"

The industry front group American Council on Science and Health has received funding from Monsanto.
From our Newsroom

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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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