Rebecca Boehm

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Rebecca Boehm is an economist with the Food & Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she conducts applied economic research to advance the development of a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food system. See Rebecca's full bio.

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Pollution, Hurricanes, and the Pandemic Spell Trouble for Gulf Shrimp and Seafood Industries

Today researchers announced the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, the official measurement NOAA uses to track its size year over year. This comes on the heels of bad news from another NOAA report indicating that the volume of Gulf shrimp landings in June 2020 was the lowest ever recorded.   Read more >

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Reviving the Gulf Dead Zone Is Worth it: Our New Report Shows the Benefits of Action  

Earlier this month, NOAA forecast that this summer in the Gulf of Mexico an area the size of Delaware and Connecticut combined would have so little oxygen that marine life flees from it or dies in it. In 2017, this “dead zone” was the size of New Jersey, the largest one ever recorded. Read more >

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¿Se han convertido las procesadoras cárnicas en bombas de relojería debido a la orden ejecutiva de Trump?

El 28 de abril el Presidente Trump pretendió dictaminar, mediante una orden ejecutiva, que los mataderos y plantas cárnicas siguieran fungiendo en plena pandemia por constituir “infraestructura crítica.” La orden advirtió que estos planteles deberían observar los lineamientos de la CDC (Centro Para el Control de la Enfermedad) para proteger a los trabajadores. Sin embargo, la orden reconoció que esos lineamientos son optativos, por lo cual no existen mecanismos que obliguen su uso. Las condiciones al momento son tan graves que el organismo AFL-CIO, representante de los mayores sindicatos obreros del país, anunció el 18 de mayo que demandaría a la Administración de Salud y Bienestar Ocupacional (OSHA, por sus siglas en inglés) por no proteger a los trabajadores americanos contra el COVID-19. Nosotros investigamos lo que pudiera ocurrir bajo la trayectoria presente a falta de remediar las circunstancias nocivas creadas por esta orden ejecutiva. Read more >

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With Trump Executive Order, Are Meat and Poultry Plants a COVID-19 Ticking Time Bomb?

On April 28, President Trump issued an executive order intended to direct slaughterhouses and meat and poultry processing plants to remain open as critical infrastructure. The order noted that these facilities should follow CDC guidelines to protect workers from COVID-19. However, the guidelines in the order were described as voluntary, and no enforcement mechanism yet exists to ensure that these measures are being taken. Conditions right now are so bad that the AFL-CIO, which represents the nation’s largest labor unions, announced Monday that it is suing the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration for not protecting American workers from COVID-19. We wanted to know how much worse this situation might get. Read more >

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It’s the Economy, Sonny: Why the Coronavirus Demands Maximum SNAP Benefits Now  

As we face a pandemic—and what is rapidly becoming a serious economic crisis in reaction to it—the strength of our social safety net truly could not be more important than it is right now. Read more >

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