Supermarkets struggle to stop HFC leaks in freezers fueling global warming

Empowered by new legislation and the White House, the United States is setting up a program to curb climate-warming refrigerants. A new undercover survey suggests that leaks of these refrigerants are more common than assumed.

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Walmart selling beef from firm linked to Amazon deforestation

Three of the biggest US grocery chains sell Brazilian beef produced by a controversial meat company linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, an investigation has revealed.

Nicholas Kristof: The ugly secrets behind the Costco chicken

An investigator went under cover and brought back disturbing video from a farm growing those famous birds.

UK supermarkets not doing enough to cut plastic use, says report

Supermarkets are still putting nearly 900,000 tonnes of plastic packaging on to the market, representing a plastic footprint which is bigger than in 2017, a new report has found.

Record 500,000 people pledge to eat only vegan food in January

A record 500,000 people have signed up to the Veganuary challenge to eat only plant-based foods for a month. The milestone is double the number who pledged to go vegan for January in 2019.

Tesco removes 20m items of plastic from Christmas range

The UK's largest supermarket removes more than 20m pieces of single-use plastic from its Christmas range this year – including crackers, lights, cards and the packaging for puddings – as part of a national drive to reduce plastic pollution.

Major retailers in Britain say no to glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

Morrisons to remove plastic 'bags for life' and trial paper alternative

Supermarket says move follows evidence that reusable plastic bags are being thrown away after one use.

For the Navajo Nation, a fight for better food gains new urgency

As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing.
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Use of plastic bags in England drops by 59% in a year

Shoppers' use of plastic carrier bags in England has continued to fall – by 59% in the last year alone – since the introduction of the 5p charge, according to recent figures.

Plant-based ‘meats’ catch on in the pandemic

As the meat industry struggles to respond to the outbreak, makers of vegan substitutes are ramping up production to meet new interest from shoppers.

With coronavirus roiling food supply, local agriculture seeks resurgence

Coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking facilities and shortages in groceries are driving some consumers to reconsider local food options.

Coronavirus is also creating a food security crisis in Indian Country

‘There’s no way this is going to end well.’ The coronavirus is devastating Indigenous communities, long been shut out of traditional food supply chains and infrastructure development.

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi: Nowhere is remote anymore

Coronavirus in the Navajo Nation exposes underlying vulnerabilities.

What grocery workers say stores have done wrong amid COVID-19

Policies incentivized sick and vulnerable workers to report for duty. Masks and gloves were forbidden. Confusion reigned within chains.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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