Putting the Politics of COVID-19 “Under the Microscope” via Podcast

Elizabeth Thompson, graduate student, Rockefeller University, , UCS

As a bright-eyed matriculating graduate student entering my PhD at Rockefeller University, I thought I would face two choices upon earning that hard-won degree: academia or industry. 2020 effectively jolted me out of that conventional line of thinking and drove me to search for innovative ways in which scientists can become involved in politics. This different and relatively unexplored career path left me feeling a little lost and unsure where to start. Serendipitously, a fellow first-year graduate student from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences sent a Slack message asking if anyone in our science policy organization was interested in starting a science policy-based podcast. Being the Gen-Zer that I am, I slid into her DMs and voiced my interest.  Read more >

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Heart-shaped chicken nuggets on a tray of fast food

Tyson Foods Wants to Be Our Valentine. Thanks, But No Thanks.

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

In the latest weird 2021 moment,* meat and poultry giant Tyson Foods is running a marketing campaign involving chicken nuggets arranged into freakish bouquets for Valentine’s Day. Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have some thoughts about Tyson’s Valentine offering to the nation: Read more >

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Long Overdue COVID Worker Protections Would Still Save Hundreds of Lives

, Senior Analyst, Food Systems and Health

When President-elect Biden takes office next week, his fledgling team must begin to right a mountain of wrongs as the pandemic continues to rage. Read more >

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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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