A week before Trump's order protecting meat plants, industry sent draft language to feds

As thousands of their employees fell ill with COVID-19, meatpacking executives pressured federal regulators to help keep their plants open, according to emails obtained by USA TODAY and The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

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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.

Iowa farmers face climate-fueled destructions, while the industry says it's 'just weather'

Flooding, drought, and a derecho storm have recently upended Iowa’s farms, but the Iowa Farm Bureau and the USDA are actively pushing back on the climate narrative.

Marion Nestle imagines an 'enlightened' approach to national food policy

In her latest book, ‘Let’s Ask Marion,’ Nestle answers all your burning food policy questions—and makes a case for a singular national food policy agency.

USDA seeks to permanently speed up poultry plant line speeds

Food safety advocates say the move, despite COVID-19 risks and longstanding worker safety concerns, is due to industry influence at the agency.

Bob Klein: Will the real 'whole grain' please stand up?

A recent test determined that many products labelled '100 whole grain' don't contain anywhere near that amount.

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.

USDA moves forward with sweeping plans to prevent fraud in organics

The Trump administration has let other changes to the label stall out, but advocates and farmers say the USDA should do more to support organic.

COVID brought SNAP users online. Advocates say mega-retailers are selling them junk food

Just two retailers—Walmart and Amazon—are approved to accept online SNAP sales in most states. A new report shows how they're making it harder for low-income shoppers to avoid processed foods high in sugar and sodium.

Workers groups say Tyson and JBS violated Civil Rights Act

People of color make up 87 percent of meat-processing plant covid-19 cases. Worker groups allege that is a sign of racial discrimination.

New Bayer-engineered seed raises questions among experts on the future of weed control

A new genetically engineered corn seed designed by Bayer to be sprayed by up to five herbicides could represent the future of farming. But for how long?

National parks are being overrun by invasive species

Causing more habitat damage than natural disasters, these creatures put native wildlife at risk. Here’s how you can help stop them.

Fishermen hope for change as the seafood industry faces a crisis

The pandemic has spurred policies and fishermen-led actions to try to keep the domestic seafood industry afloat—but questions remain about the best approach to the nation’s fisheries.

How food hubs and co-ops are overcoming the USDA farm box program's flaws

Despite a botched launch and execution, some small distributors are making big strides in supporting small farms and feeding hungry people.
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