covid-19

Baking Homemade Bread Becomes a Public Good

Baking Homemade Bread Becomes a Public Good

By Lynn Freehill-Maye The irony hit Katherine Kehrli, the associate dean of Seattle Culinary Academy, when one of the COVID-19 pandemic’s successive waves of closures flattened restaurants: Many of her culinary students were themselves food insecure. She saw cooks, bakers, and chefs-in-training lose the often-multiple jobs that they needed simply to eat. “The pandemic has […]

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    How COVID-19 Is Affecting Food Vendors

    How COVID-19 Is Affecting Food Vendors

    The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we eat. Because outdoor dining poses less risk of infection, many cities have changed their laws to accommodate public demand. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates that closing 87 streets and allowing outdoor dining saved nearly 100,000 jobs. Chicago has offered restaurants a US,000 grant to […]

    Trump’s Failed Environmental Policies Caused 22,000 Deaths, New Report Finds

    Trump’s Failed Environmental Policies Caused 22,000 Deaths, New Report Finds

    A new report by a commission of health experts found 22,000 deaths in 2019 were caused by Trump‘s failed environmental policies alone. The report was published this week by The Lancet, an esteemed medical journal whose “wade into the politics behind health policy is highly unusual,” Bloomberg Green reported. But while the journal’s editor Richard […]

    An Epidemiologist Explains Why You Shouldn’t Dine Out for Valentine’s Day

    An Epidemiologist Explains Why You Shouldn’t Dine Out for Valentine’s Day

    By Ryan Malosh Editor’s Note: With another holiday approaching, it’s tempting to want a taste of freedom from COVID-19 social distancing. Who doesn’t want sweet nothings over a glass of Champagne and some chocolate cake? But it’s also important to remember that daily case numbers are still higher now than they were throughout most of […]

    EPA to Amazon: Stop Selling Illegal Pesticides

    EPA to Amazon: Stop Selling Illegal Pesticides

    For the third time in three years, the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Amazon to stop selling illegal pesticides. The EPA’s Seattle office announced Tuesday that it had presented the online retailer with a “stop sale” order targeting products that were unregistered and potentially dangerous or ineffective. Some of them made false […]

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    By Iris Figueroa and Amy K. Liebman COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation’s two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and no federal COVID-related workplace protections. COVID-19 has pulled back the veil on the strikingly poor workplace conditions of these essential workers, built […]

    Pandemic Lockdown’s Clear Skies Have Warmed the Planet

    Pandemic Lockdown’s Clear Skies Have Warmed the Planet

    When countries began going into lockdown last winter and spring, clearer skies from reduced traffic and industry were hailed as a rare bright spot during a difficult time. But a study published in Geophysical Research Letters in December 2020 shows that those blue skies had an unexpected side effect: They made the Earth slightly warmer. […]

    COVID Amplifies Environmental Injustice in Chicago

    COVID Amplifies Environmental Injustice in Chicago

    Southwest Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood is one of the city’s most polluted neighborhoods and has also been ravaged by the novel coronavirus, Grist reports, yet another stark instance in which the pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated existing environmental injustices. The immigrant-rich neighborhood has been pummeled by COVID-19. At one point last November, one in nine […]