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¿Qué tipo de sociedad somos? Jornaleras y jornaleros agrícolas a merced del cambio climático

, Director, Food & Environment

El cambio climático está desestabilizando nuestras vidas cotidianas, desde los estragos meteorológicos cada vez mas violentos hasta las temperaturas extremas. Estos fenómenos nos afectan a todos, aun a quienes consideremos que no estamos expuestos directamente a sus daños. Puesto que el sistema que nos provee alimento diario inicia con la agricultura—la cual se conduce mayoritariamente a la intemperie—el cambio climático amenaza con disrumpir el suministro fiable y asequible de alimentos, con lo cual contamos todos de manera hasta inconsciente. Read more >

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Pesticides, Heat, and the People Who Feed Us: Climate Change Is Making Farmworkers’ Dangerous Job Even Worse

, Scientist, Food and Environment

In a new report released this week, we show that climate change poses dire threats to farmworkers. While conversations around agriculture and climate change have increasingly focused on the devastating impacts of extreme weather, or ways in which farmers might help fight climate change, the farmworkers that are the backbone of our agricultural system have often been left out. This is a problem. Read more >

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Trump’s Newest SNAP Rule Will Leave Families in the Cold

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

As the weather turns colder, many of us are pulling out our bulkiest sweaters and diving headlong into hygge. But as we reach for all of our coziest creature comforts to stay warm this winter, there’s one thing that no one should have to worry about: choosing between our heating bill and our grocery list.

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Reasons to Be Thankful—8 Food and Farm “Good News” Stories

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Sometimes gratitude feels like a stretch, and this fall has been one of those times. We’re in the home stretch of a difficult year. Bad news abounds, and even the holiday that many of us will celebrate this week is complicated—a day of thanks that also evokes loss and grief for many Native people, along with expressions of resilience. With Thanksgiving approaching, I went looking for hopeful stories, scanning the news of food and agriculture for signs of progress and promise. And though I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface, I actually found quite a lot. Here’s a roundup of good news food and farming stories. Got more? Share ‘em in the comments.

And happy Thanksgiving. Read more >

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Facing Climate Change on US Farms: An Urgent Need for Science-Based Policy

, senior scientist

It’s already November, but farmers across the nation are still suffering in the aftermath of a series of extreme weather events that wrought havoc this year. It began with devastating spring flooding and wet weather that was record-setting, visible from space, and had ripple effects far beyond the farm.

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