On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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The Myth of a Food Crisis 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

World Agriculture Towards 2030/2050 is a major report predicting global agricultural trends (Alexandratos & Bruinsma, 2012). It was produced by the economics division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its abstract the FAO authors make a prominent disclaimer. Its projections, they stress (both on p. i and p. 7), are not to be used for normative purposes; that is, their report is not a prescription of how the global food system should develop.

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'The Real Looting in America Is the Walton Family': GAO Report Details How Taxpayers Subsidize Cruel Low Wages of Corporate Giants 24.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

"I say to the Walton family: Get off welfare," declared Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to the government study he commissioned. "Pay your workers a living wage—at least $15 an hour."

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Returning the ‘Three Sisters’ – Corn, Beans and Squash – To Native American Farms Nourishes People, Land and Cultures 24.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. 

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Which Companies Have the Highest Number of Workers on Medicaid and Food Stamps? 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
Working for Walmart or McDonald’s has never been particularly lucrative. But a new report shows just how underpaid employees for these companies are, by revealing how many of them need to lean on government assistance programs as they eke out a living. Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, released a report on Wednesday showing […]
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Building back better: how Lampung, Indonesia is innovating for a brighter future 16.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Building back better: how Lampung, Indonesia is innovating for a brighter future
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Doesn't Everyone Deserve Organic? 4.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

I got an article this week. It appeared in Civil Eats, and it had quotations from Linley Dixon, Kathleen Merrigan, and others about COVID, farm scale, and feeding people. It raised very important questions.

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Many California farmworkers fear a winter of hunger and homelessness amid the pandemic 26.10.2020 LA Times: Health

After fires and the coronavirus cut wages for many Central Valley farmworkers, a winter slowdown means families are unable to pay for necessities.

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These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health 26.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health Oliver Camp Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30 On the recent World Food Day, the clarion call was clearer than ever: We must fix our food systems to improve human health, drive economic growth and save the planet from environmental collapse. The challenges facing us are wide-ranging. The way the world produces and consumes food causes huge environmental impacts, and yet 3 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a healthy diet, and up to a third of the food we produce is wasted. What’s more, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies are concentrated among the poorest and most vulnerable — often including those who produce the food we eat. Meanwhile, the so-called double burden of malnutrition is on the rise: hunger and malnourishment coexisting with overweight and obesity, often in the same countries, communities or even individuals. Tackling these multiple challenges and threats requires coordinated action from the public sector, private ...
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Research Links Industrial Pig Farming and Virus Outbreaks 20.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In recent months, meatpacking companies in different parts of the world have been associated with large clusters of COVID-19 infections. The Tönnies meat-processing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was temporarily closed, and U.S.-based pork processor Smithfield became a major focus of the disease in South Dakota, one of the country’s least-populated states. In Brazil, complaints abound about COVID-19 at slaughterhouses: 20% of the industry’s workers have been infected, according to the National Confederation of Workers in Food and Related-Industries (CNTA).

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Applying Climate Services to Transformative Adaptation in Agriculture 16.10.2020 WRI Stories
Applying Climate Services to Transformative Adaptation in Agriculture
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What does a ‘K-shaped’ recovery look like? Christmas spending may expose deep economic inequity in US. 30.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
“The United States was already deeply unequal prior to the start of this crisis,” said Zach Parolin, a researcher with the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. “What the pandemic has done — and the economic crisis associated with it — has been to reveal and exacerbate those inequalities.”
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A California Chicken Plant Just Had the Deadliest Meatpacking Outbreak Yet 30.9.2020 Mother Jones
The coronavirus has fallen heavily on the people who cut and pack the US meat supply. After blitzing meatpacking plants all spring and summer, the illness has infected at least 43,100 of these workers and killed 206, according to the running tally kept by the Food and Environment Reporting Network’s Leah Douglas. Lately, new cases […]
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Rural Women Must Be at the Heart of COVID-19 Response and Recovery 21.9.2020 WRI Stories
Rural Women Must Be at the Heart of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintManioc farmer in Lukolela, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, and has now spread from the developed world to the global South.  With rural populations making up three-quarters of the world’s poor, the impact of the pandemic will inevitably be most devastating in developing nations.   Emerging evidence from this pandemic and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery 21.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable – providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic ...
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A Critical Tool to Address Child Hunger Is About to Expire 19.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Food and Environment Reporting Network. A critical tool for fighting child hunger is set to expire at the end of the month, despite persistent need among millions of children due to the pandemic. The Pandemic-EBT program was created in March to give families funds to buy groceries in […]
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Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open 18.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order aimed at keeping […]
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Here’s How Big Farms Got a Big Government Pass on Air Pollution 16.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.  On nice days, Elsie Herring can sink back into her porch rocking chair, enjoying the rural property that’s been in her family since 1891. Other days, the wind carries a foul-smelling mist that chokes Herring and coats the pink siding of her home. It’s […]
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Trump’s Paltry Meatpacking Fine Signals That “Workers’ Lives Are Worth Less Than Pork Shoulders” 11.9.2020 Mother Jones
On Thursday, federal regulators announced they’re finally going to punish a meatpacker flouting the rules for protecting workers during the pandemic. But there’s a catch.  Since March the novel coronavirus has ripped through the meatpacking industry, sickening at least 42,123 workers and killing 201, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network. The Occupational Safety […]
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4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery 11.9.2020 WRI Stories
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintMany on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis are also most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Photo by Omotayo Tajudeen/Pexels The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable —providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems 10.9.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems Meredith Storton Thu, 09/10/2020 - 02:00 The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the inequities and fragility of our industrialized food system and accelerated the movement to create strong regional food systems that support local growers, provide food security, give communities agency over their food supply and yield environmental benefits. These systems will remain out of reach, though, unless we address persistent, decades-old structural issues. Price pressures continue to challenge the viability of decentralized food systems and communities of color continue to be underserved — as farmers, food chain workers, supply chain entrepreneurs and consumers. We need to change both who we fund and how we fund if we want to create equitable, thriving regional food systems. What will it take to achieve such massive shifts? RSF Social Finance has been reflecting on that question as we wind down our Food System Transformation Fund, a pooled loan fund ...
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