Tove Danovich

How Food-Labor Activists Are Preparing for President Trump

From farms and packing houses to grocery stores and restaurants, one in seven workers in the U.S. is employed in the food system. It is the single largest employment sector—and the lowest paying, with a median wage of $16,000, according to a new report by the Food Chain Workers Alliance.

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Taxes on Groceries, Not Soda, Are Hurting Poor Americans

Soda taxes are continuing to bubble up throughout the United States. After Berkeley, California’s soda tax brought in $1.2 million in revenue in its first months, cash-strapped Philadelphia passed a 1.5 cent–per–liter tax in June. In November, several other cities will vote on their own measures, including San Francisco (again) and Boulder, Colorado.

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Climate Change May Turn Crops Into Junk Food

Plants love carbon dioxide. Higher levels of CO2 in the air increase the rate of photosynthesis—it’s why planting more trees helps to clean the air, after all. For a time, that love had some scientists convinced that the world’s greenery could keep CO2 levels in the atmosphere in check—but research has now shown not only that plants alone can’t halt the rise of CO2 but that the increase will make food crops less healthy for human consumption. According to one new study, higher carbon dioxide levels could turn healthy fruits and veggies into junk food.

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Without Increasing Food Production, Say Goodbye to Global Development

The Millennium Development Goals were part of what U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “the most successful anti-poverty movement in history”: Between 1990 and 2015, rates of extreme poverty, child mortality, and hunger were cut in half. Yet, much of this success was unequally distributed across nations, and continuing conflict and displacement—as seen in the current refugee crisis—shows that more work needs to be done before the world is on somewhat equal footing. As the timeline for the MDGs came to an end in 2015, world leaders created new Sustainable Development Goals to continue progress into the future.

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Controversy After Feds Release New Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 dietary guidelines, released Thursday, are a perfect study of nutrition politics. On the one hand are nutrition advocates, who would like to see a bigger focus on calories; specifics about the health effects of eating junk food, soda, or red meat; and a little less industry pressure. On the other is the food industry, which worries that dietary guidelines spelling out exactly which foods are bad for you and why would cut deeply into profits.

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