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Investing in Dietary Guidelines Will Leave Us Better Prepared for the Next Pandemic

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

As US cases of COVID-19 near 1.7 million, we continue to learn more about the nature of the disease, including the factors that influence susceptibility to COVID-19 and the severity of symptoms.

Some of these risk factors, like age and certain health conditions, are beyond our ability to control.

Others, we have a shot at improving. Read more >

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

, Economist

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?

, Economist

On April 28, President Trump issued an executive order directing 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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Kids, Families, and Food Workers Need a “HEROES Act.” Will Congress Deliver?

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Yesterday, House Democrats released the text of a new stimulus package: a blueprint for what could become the fourth major COVID-19 response bill passed by Congress. What did the bill get right, and when can we expect it to move? Read more >

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As COVID-19 Reveals Our Food System’s Flaws, Congress Can Boost Protection Now—and Resilience for the Future

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

If we didn’t know it before—or had forgotten—the escalating pandemic and its widening economic ripple effects are hammering home the reality that our world is full of risk and uncertainty. Preparedness is paramount. Resilience is essential. And apart from the nation’s healthcare system, nowhere is this more apparent right now than when it comes to keeping ourselves fed, as food producers, workers, and consumers alike face mounting threats to their health and well-being.

Because the system wasn’t designed to protect them.

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