Agriculture Feed

Safety tips for Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer

It’s the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Here are tips from consumer organizations and government agencies to help you have a safe Memorial Day and safe activities all summer long as you enjoy great weather and being outdoors. Read more →

Corporate prosecutions dropped to a 25-year low during last year of Trump administration

Corporations escaped punishment at record levels during President Trump’s last year in office, when federal prosecutions of corporate criminals fell to just 94 – the lowest on record since the government started tracking corporate prosecution statistics in 1996, a Public Citizen report found. Read more →

Stop Food Waste Day is Wednesday

Food Tank, a think tank for food, and Compass Group are offering a virtual event to discuss food wastage on Stop Food Waste Day at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. In the United States, up to 40 percent of the food that is produced every year is wasted. That’s an economic loss of $218 billion per year. Read more →

Federal court rules that USDA didn’t consider worker safety when it eliminated limits on line speeds in pork plants

A federal district court in Minneapolis has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture acted unlawfully when it eliminated limits on the speeds at which plants run their slaughter lines without considering the increased risk of injury to plant workers. Read more →

Pandemic safety measures fought by meatpacking industry, analysis shows

The meatpacking industry resisted the few attempts by the Trump administration to stop the spread of coronavirus in meatpacking plants last spring, according to documents obtained by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a FOIA request. Read more →

USDA, meatpacking industry downplay covid-19 risks resulting in worker illnesses and deaths

The USDA and the meatpacking industry worked together to downplay and disregard risks to worker health during the pandemic. While it was known that the meatpacking industry was lobbying to protect its profits, the degree of collaboration is astounding. Read more →

20 books to read about food this summer

The world as we know it is changing due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as it exposes inequities in the health and food systems, many people hope that the pandemic offers an opportunity to build a new and more sustainable food system. Read more →

Bayer to pay more than $10 billion to settle cancer lawsuits

Bayer agreed to pay $10 billion over claims its herbicide Roundup causes cancer in people in a settlement announced Wednesday. Most of the money will be sent to four leading plaintiffs’ law firms, who will distribute it to nearly 100,000 clients. Read more →