‘Build back’ bill offers work authorization for undocumented immigrants – November 5, 2021

‘Build back’ bill offers work authorization for undocumented immigrants Hundreds of thousands of undocumented farmworkers could gain employment and travel authorization under provisions in the social welfare and climate change bill drafted by House Democrats. But while the proposal would relieve fears of deportation, it was far less than the… Continue reading

‘Overfed but undernourished’ — Congress is told U.S. in health crisis – November 3, 2021

‘Overfed but undernourished’ — Congress is told U.S. in health crisis Poor-quality diets are driving an expensive epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in America, a panel of physicians, researchers and policy experts told senators on Tuesday. They called for a national strategy to replace the mishmash of federal… Continue reading

Voters to decide constitutional ‘right to food’ in Maine – November 2, 2021

Voters to decide constitutional ‘right to food’ in Maine Maine enacted the country’s first food sovereignty law in 2017 to encourage food self-sufficiency. Now, its voters will decide whether to declare a first-in-the-nation constitutional right to food “including the right to save and exchange seeds and the right to grow,… Continue reading

Fertilizer responsible for more than 20 percent of agricultural emissions – November 1, 2021

Fertilizer responsible for more than 20 percent of agricultural emissions As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) gets underway in Glasgow, a new report finds that synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought, outpacing even the commercial aviation industry. New proposal in Congress on… Continue reading

Covid-19 cases, deaths among meatpacking workers three times worse than thought – October 28, 2021

Covid-19 cases, deaths among meatpacking workers three times worse than thought Five large meatpackers fell staggeringly short of their duty to protect their workers during the pandemic, with at least 269 deaths and at least 59,000 infections from Covid-19 among their employees — roughly three times more than thought —… Continue reading

Genetic engineering is the future of agriculture, scientists tell lawmakers – October 27, 2021

Genetic engineering is the future of agriculture, scientists tell lawmakers The United States must modernize its regulation of agricultural biotechnology, especially in livestock, to reap the benefits of gene editing and to lead the world in breakthroughs of food production, said a panel of scientists on Tuesday. Joined by some… Continue reading