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Workplace tensions flare over whether employees can wear Black Lives Matter masks 6.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
As the mask-wearing forced by the pandemic collides with a national reckoning on racial injustice, workplaces are seeing tensions arise over whether employees should be permitted to wear Black Lives Matter masks at work.
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FDA, CDC investigating Fresh Express facility in Streamwood after bagged salads linked to intestinal parasites 30.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is inspecting a Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, after bagged salads made there and sold at chains like Jewel, Aldi and Walmart were linked to a multistate outbreak of intestinal infections caused by the Cyclospora parasite.
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Open Letter to Food Producers: We Need You to Do a Better Job Than the FDA! 18.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

During the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and unequal access to healthy food, we need more integrity and safety in our food supply, not less. Whenever there are job losses and lack of insurance many families are less likely to call an ambulance or get hospital care during a food allergy reaction, increasing the risk of death.

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Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic 4.6.2020 Mother Jones
If you’ve ever bought organic meat, you’ve noticed the hefty price tag: An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular green and white “USDA Organic” label guarantees that the meat comes from an animal raised on feed that’s grown without pesticides or chemical […]
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15 Indigenous Crops to Boost Your Immune System and Celebrate Biodiversity 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This Friday, May 22, marks the International Day for Biological Diversity. Every year, the United Nations uses this day as an opportunity both to celebrate the Earth’s stunning biodiversity and to recognize our task to protect it. 

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Tell Congress: No Bailout for Big Meat! 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
There’s a serious flaw in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES Act) just passed by the House: It includes a bailout for the four largest factory farm meat companies—Tyson, Cargill, JBS and Smithfield. Congress should help independent family farmers, who are on track to lose billions as a result of the COVID-19 crisis—instead of coming up with more ways to funnel money to huge agribusiness corporations. After all, Big Meat’s monopolistic practices and unsafe, unfair labor practices are what’s largely to blame for causing a shortage  of processing facilities during the ...
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As Major Meat Processors Buckle Under COVID-19 Crisis, Busy Smaller Competitors Fight Red Tape 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Could America’s small- to mid-sized meat processors pick up the lost capacity when large packers have to close? They might. But federal meat-inspection laws and regulations are standing in the way.

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Meatpacking relies on immigrants. But coronavirus fears, border moves could trigger labor shortage. 26.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Meatpacking companies struggling to hire before the pandemic are spending millions on fresh incentives. Their hiring capability hinges on unemployment, industry changes, employees' feelings about safety, and President Donald Trump’s aggressive and erratic immigration policies.
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Federal meatpacking safety recommendations are largely unenforceable 21.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees’ lives at risk.
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Op-Ed: Everything wrong with our food system has been made worse by the pandemic 4.5.2020 LA Times: Commentary

Trump's executive order to keep meat processing plants open, despite coronavirus risks to workers, is utterly consistent with the federal law's long-standing disregard for food worker safety.

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Now more than ever, it seems we can't live without plastic 1.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Companies and governments are working to minimize environmental harm of plastic packaging and products, but they face a nuanced reality.
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Hard freeze nearly destroys Western Slope peach crop, state seeks disaster aid 25.4.2020 Denver Post: Local
Up to 95% of the peach crop could be lost, according to a joint news release from the governor's office and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
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The US needs a Green New Deal for farmland 22.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Right now is the time to ensure farmland is conserved and that farmers have opportunities to combat climate change — and to right the wrongs of an unjust history.
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A roadmap for restoring our life support system 21.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Ecologist John Harte explains how we can use the same interconnectedness that is spurring catastrophe to promote health and sustainability.
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There’s Another Plague. This One Is of Huge Locust Swarms in Africa. 18.4.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. As the coronavirus pandemic exploded across the world earlier this year, another even more conspicuous plague was tearing through East Africa: locusts. The voracious little beasts are particularly fond of carbohydrates like grains, a staple of subsistence farmers […]
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Trump Moved to Ease the Farm Labor Shortage—While Also Trying to Cut Workers’ Pay 17.4.2020 Mother Jones
As the coronavirus lockdown settled in last month, the US government made a decision that sent shockwaves through the agriculture industry: It closed its embassy and consulates throughout Mexico. The move abruptly halted the issuance of new temporary-work permits, known as H-2A visas, for Mexican citizens seeking work in the United States—shutting off a key […]
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Here’s How Trump’s USDA Could Help Struggling Farmers and Hungry People in One Go 11.4.2020 Mother Jones
During the Great Depression, the United States encountered a food paradox: rampant unemployment left millions of people struggling to find enough to eat, even as low prices and overproduction led to a surge in farm bankruptcies. As the economy seizes up during the COVID-19 lockdown, are we heading in a similar direction?  Here’s NPR’s Dan […]
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How safe is it to eat takeout? 9.4.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
With fear of infection on our minds these days, it's easy to get panicky about everyday choices. Infectious disease and food safety experts weigh in on ordering dinner to go.
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The internet says you should use soap to clean your groceries. Don't listen. 9.4.2020 LA Times: Health

Contrary to viral videos, the FDA says to not use dish soap to wash fruits and vegetables because soap is not meant for human consumption and could make you sick.

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Best practices for reducing cadmium in food: New review from FDA scientists 7.4.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant Note to readers: As we all grapple with the grave global health challenge from COVID19, we want to acknowledge the essential services that the professionals at the Food and Drug Administration and in the food production, processing and retail industries provide in continuing to deliver […]
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