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With Biden Victory, It’s Time to Follow the Science and Rebuild Our Food System and the USDA

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

It’s time for the USDA to follow the science, not reward industry. It’s time to rebuild US agriculture, from the ground up. It’s time to protect essential food workers and ensure everyone can eat. With decent people who respect science back in charge, a healthier, more just, resilient, and sustainable food system is possible. Read more >

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During Pandemic, It’s All Tricks and No Treats for Mars Wrigley Workers

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Everybody knows eating too much candy can make you sick. But if that candy was made by Mars, chances are the workers who packaged and distributed it also put their health at risk.

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Climate Justice and the Debate about Community Solar on Farmland

Kristal Hansley, Founder and CEO of WeSolar and Doug Boucher, former Director of Climate Research at the Union of Concerned Scientists, , UCS

Changes in agricultural zoning are a part of government that generally get very little attention, and are seldom seen as involving issues of racism and climate justice. But increasingly, states and counties across the country are seeing that questions of local land use and how we can prevent dangerous climate change are also matters of environmental justice.

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El trabajo más difícil dentro del sector de la pesca no es pescar sino procesar el pescado durante una pandemia global

Amanda Moeser, , UCS

Las vacaciones en casa no existen para las personas que trabajan sin cesar para pescar, cultivar, procesar, empacar, transportar y distribuir los mariscos en Estados Unidos. Denominada inmediatamente como un servicio esencial, la industria pesquera cuenta con ingresos anuales de $244 mil millones, aporta 1,74 millones de puestos de trabajo y es el alma  de los pueblos costeros a lo largo de EEUU, desde los puertos pintorescos de Nueva Inglaterra hasta las comunidades del Golfo y los puertos bulliciosos del Nordeste Pacífico y Alaska. Read more >

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The Most Dangerous Job in Fishing Isn’t Fishing—It’s Processing Fish During a Global Pandemic

Amanda Moeser, Ph.D. Environmental Science student, , UCS

There is no such thing as a “staycation” for the people working tirelessly to fish, farm, process, package, transport, and distribute seafood in the United States. Immediately deemed an “essential service,” the $244 billion/year seafood industry supports 1.74 million jobs and is the heart and soul of seaside towns across the United States. Read more >

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