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Pesticide peril: Toxic threats to farmworkers and families in Ventura County

A toxic threat is facing many parts of California’s Ventura County, where everyone from farmworkers to families could be at risk from increased exposure to harmful pesticides.

Should Secretary Vilsack speak to the Farm Bureau?

You might be surprised to find out a member of President Biden’s cabinet was addressing an organization that opposes gay marriage, supports making English our official language, opposes the removal of...

Can plant-based foods end Big Meat’s monopoly and help the climate?

Meat prices are skyrocketing, in part because just four meat companies control 85 percent of U.S. beef supplies. In response, President Joe Biden this week introduced an action plan targeting...

Timeline: Black Farmers and the USDA, 1920 to Present

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discrimination against Black farmers.

6 Ways the Biden Administration Should Protect Food and Farm Workers From Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic – worsened by the Trump administration's woefully anemic response – has taken the lives of more than 300 food and farm workers and sickened tens of thousands more, turning the...

Seven Months Into Pandemic, Most States Still Don’t Require Farmworker Protections

Seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic, most states still have not issued mandatory protections for farmworkers, even as cases continue to rise, according to an updated EWG analysis of state...

Study: More Than 125,000 Farmworkers Have Contracted Covid-19

The Covid-19 virus has infected more than 125,000 U.S. farmworkers, according to the latest estimates in an ongoing study by Purdue University.

Time Is Running Out to Help Hungry Families and Food and Farm Workers

The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic has never been clearer. One in five American children are struggling with hunger. Thousands of food and farm workers have contracted COVID-19 and hundreds have...

Smaller Farms Hit Hard by COVID-19 but Get Little Help From USDA

The vast majority of U.S. farms earn less than $1 million in annual revenue, and they have suffered a large share of all reported COVID-19 outbreaks on farms. These smaller farms, which supply nearly...

Senate GOP’s COVID Relief Package: $20 Billion for Big Farmers, Zero for Farmworkers and Hungry Families

There's only one word to describe Senate Republicans' proposal to shower even more COVID-19 relief funding on the nation's largest farmers while providing none to protect farm workers or help hungry...

EWG Analysis: Few States Have Job Safety Rules To Protect Farmworkers From COVID-19

Only eight states have wide-ranging mandatory protections for farmworkers from the coronavirus, an Environmental Working Group analysis of state regulations reveals. Some states have issued...

COVID-19 Spreading to Food Processing Facilities Across the U.S.

Although not yet as pervasive as outbreaks at meatpacking facilities, COVID-19 is on the rise at America's food processing facilities. EWG's search of news stories published from March 14 to June 8...

Investigation: Counties With Meatpacking Plants Report Twice the National Average Rate of COVID-19 Infections

Counties with or near meatpacking plants have almost twice the rate of known COVID-19 infections as the national average, according to a geospatial analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

Work Conditions Make Farmworkers Uniquely Vulnerable to COVID-19

Depending on the season, an estimated 1 million to 2.7 million workers, mostly undocumented, toil on the nation's farms. Without farmworkers, the American food system would collapse – and during the...

COVID-19 Farm Bailout Funds Should Help Farmworkers, Not Big Farmers

Congress should direct the Department of Agriculture to use COVID-19 relief funds to ensure that farmworkers –not big farmers – have protections, free testing and paid sick leave.

Trump’s Farm Relief Won’t Protect Essential Farmworkers From COVID-19

The Trump administration's plan to spend billions to address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on agriculture may help industrial-scale produce farms but does little to assist farmworkers...

In a Pandemic, Farmworkers Deserve a Raise, Not a Pay Cut

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, farmworkers are risking their lives to feed us. So why are some officials in the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress trying to cut farmworkers'...

What if Lots of Food and Farm Workers Get Sick at the Same Time?

More than 20 million people grow, harvest, pack, process, transport, serve and sell our food. The food and farm industry rivals the energy and health care sectors in terms of number of jobs.

Agriculture Is the Most Dangerous Industry for Child Workers – and the Trump Administration Is Making It Worse

Far more American children die working in agriculture than in any other industry, and thousands more are injured while working on farms, according to a recent little-noticed report by the...

House Farm Bill Increases Pesticide Risks to Children, Farmworkers

The House farm bill includes several proposals that would roll back key pesticide protections, putting children, farmworkers, communities and even endangered species at risk.

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