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

El 28 de abril el Presidente Trump dictaminó, mediante una orden ejecutiva, que los mataderos y plantas procesadoras 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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Bettina Elias Siegel’s “Kid Food” Explains My Daughter’s Love Affair with a Fast Food Chain

I’m not a purist about much when it comes to parenting, and that’s by design. And so, I confess: on occasion, our family indulges in a fast food meal, mostly out of what feels like necessity—think ill-planned long car rides or exhaustion after a stomach bug that started at 1 AM. Read more >

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Baby Shark Cereal and Maple Syrup Collusion: Why Competition in Our Food System Matters

The cereal aisle in your typical American supermarket is remarkable. Though dazzling to the eyes, it’s overstimulating, especially to any parent who has bravely marched down this aisle with a child in tow. But behind the cast of cereal box characters – Tony the Tiger, Toucam Sam, Dig’em Frog, Lucky, Snap, Crackle and Pop – is a story about competition in our food system and how it impacts consumers, the farmers who grow our food and quite possibly the very soil they grow it in. Read more >

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