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Q&A: How peanuts’ popularity spurred slavery and upended agriculture

Q&A: How peanuts’ popularity spurred slavery and upended agriculture

EHN talks with Jori Lewis about her new book, Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop that Changed History.

Award-winning journalist Jori Lewis, a former EHN contributor and researcher based in Dakar, Senegal, has just published Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop that Changed History.
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glifosato aspersión de pesticidas agricultura cosecha

El glifosato, explicado

Desde que salió al mercado en 1974, el glifosato se ha utilizado para el control de las malas hierbas, como exfoliante para erradicar la vegetación no deseada y los cultivos ilegales, y como desecante de cultivos, una sustancia química que se aplica a los cultivos para secarlos más rápidamente antes de la cosecha.

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glyphosate herbicide pesticide crop spray

Glyphosate, explained

Since it first went on the market in 1974, glyphosate has been used for weed control, as an exfoliant to eradicate unwanted vegetation and illegal crops, and as a crop desiccant—a chemical applied to crops to dry them out more quickly before harvest.

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PFAS water

What are PFAS?

PFAS are a group of manmade chemicals used in a vast number of consumer and industrial products. They’re often referred to as “forever chemicals,” because most don’t break down. Use this guide to understand PFAS and how to limit your exposure.

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wildfire spraying

Estamos vertiendo montones de productos químicos retardantes para combatir los incendios forestales. ¿Qué significa esto para la vida silvestre?

Cuando el incendio de Caldor se dirigió hacia el lago Tahoe azotado por la sequía en los últimos días de agosto, los bomberos se enfrentaron a un escenario aleccionador: los fuertes vientos aumentaron desde el suroeste, empujando el fuego hacia áreas pobladas y provocando que decenas de miles de personas huyeran.

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wildfire retardant

We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As the Caldor Fire roared toward drought-stricken Lake Tahoe in the last days of August, firefighters faced a sobering scenario: Strong winds increased from the southwest, pushing the fire toward populated areas and prompting tens of thousands to flee.

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Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length
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Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length

Women exposed to the herbicide glyphosate were more likely to experience shorter pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Research.

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ski wax PFAS

Workers exposed to PFAS in a variety of industries

From construction to skiing, PFAS are an important, but understudied, source of on-the-job chemical exposure.

1872 mining law

Peter Dykstra: The steal of the last century and a half

The General Mining Law of 1872 turned 150 this month. It hasn’t changed a bit.

environmental justice

Op-Ed: Black gold and the color line

How historical racist redlining practices are linked to higher exposures to oil and gas wells.

Words of wisdom from three leaders in the environmental health and justice field

Words of wisdom from three leaders in the environmental health and justice field

A Q&A with Black and Latina researchers about health equity research and career advice for early career scientists.

PFAS Testing

Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies

Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

Our mothers' gifts: Readers respond

Our mothers' gifts: Readers respond

We asked you to share one "big lesson" from your mother. And you responded

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