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Farmworkers Face Outsized Heat Fatalities, States Must Work to Protect Their Health

Farmworkers Face Outsized Heat Fatalities, States Must Work to Protect Their Health

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Farmworkers in Florida have to work in “dangerously hot” heat for 116 days of the year, Sam Bloch reported in The Counter. These farmworkers, according to the CDC, are 20 times more likely to die from heat than other US civilians. Despite the high levels of fatalities farmworkers face […]

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Climate Crisis Creating a Marriage Crisis for Farmers in India

Climate Crisis Creating a Marriage Crisis for Farmers in India

Climate change is having long-term effects on the marriage prospects of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, The Conversation reported today. As part of a larger project running from 2018 to 2021, the researchers interviewing over 1000 farmers to learn about the “increasing vulnerability of agriculture” in the region.  What they found was, in their own words, “unexpected.”

Why This Matters: As the researchers note in their study, “the focus on climate change hitherto has mostly focused on the impacts on the natural environment.”

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Farmworkers Lack Adequate Legal and Public Health Protections During Pandemic

Farmworkers Lack Adequate Legal and Public Health Protections During Pandemic

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer As Arun Gupta and Michelle Fawcett reported last week, coronavirus is “exploding” in populations of farmworkers across America. In their report, they noted that on a single farm in Tennessee, all 200 workers tested positive for the disease while in Immokalee, Florida, results indicated that over 1,000 migrant workers […]

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Building Climate Resilience From the Ground And Seafloor Up

Building Climate Resilience From the Ground And Seafloor Up

It has been hard to find agreement in Congress on the issue of climate change, but one new “fertile” area of discussion is engaging the agriculture sector and finding financial opportunities to sequester carbon in soil and plant life in the form of marketable carbon offsets or credits.

Why This Matters:  Agriculture is carbon-intensive — it would be great to flip the paradigm and make it one of the major solutions to our climate crisis.

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Coronavirus Forces a Conversation About Industrial Animal Agriculture

Coronavirus Forces a Conversation About Industrial Animal Agriculture

We wrote the other week that the coronavirus epidemic is wreaking havoc on the meat industry forcing farmers to euthanize animals. This coupled with new research showing that the next global public health crisis could come to us through industrial animal agriculture has made it clear that we need to rethink large-scale animal farming. As […]

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As Climate Impacts CA’s Ag, the Mississippi Delta Could Be Our Next Bread Basket

As Climate Impacts CA’s Ag, the Mississippi Delta Could Be Our Next Bread Basket

California has been an agricultural powerhouse and produces more than 1/3 of the vegetables and 2/3 of fruits and nuts that are grown in the United States. However, climate change is a ticking time bomb for the Golden State’s agricultural industry and will bring changes in precipitation patterns, leading to more drought and more flooding, […]

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Agricultural Irrigation and Growing Cities Now Causing Water Shortages In Eastern U.S.

Agricultural Irrigation and Growing Cities Now Causing Water Shortages In Eastern U.S.

Farmers in the Eastern U.S. are increasingly turning to irrigation systems to ensure the predictability of their harvests — in Georgia irrigated farmland has increased fifteen-fold from 1960 to 2015, according to government records, and crop yields have soared.  But so have water disputes in the once water-rich states of the Southeast.

Why This Matters:  Eastern states are not ready for the coming water shortages — their laws and policies were written with water abundance in mind.

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Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

  According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. This contributes to 8% of total greenhouse emissions and also occurs as 1 in 9 people around the world are undernourished. Now, […]

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Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg released his “Plan to Unleash the Economic Potential of Rural America.” The plan seeks to support agriculture and significantly invest in R&D as a powerful solution to climate change, including through soil carbon sequestration. One of the key components of the plan is to invest […]

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Interview of the Week: Jonathan Lynn, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Interview of the Week: Jonathan Lynn, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

ODP:  The IPCC’s report this week focused on land — with a particular focus on desertification, land degradation and food security — why? JL:  Land is a really important part of the climate system and governments wanted to take a deeper look at how our land is being affected by climate change and conversely how our […]

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Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, rolled out yet another policy plan with big implications for combatting climate change — this time aiming at overhauling the way the government subsidizes the agricultural sector in order to incentivize conservation and stabilize farm incomes for family farmers. 

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Midwest Flooding Preventing Farmers from Planting Their Crops, Threatens Food Prices

Here's where the #CropWatch19 #soybeans will be planted in central Kansas, if it ever dries out. pic.twitter.com/w9DkokOlUG — Karen Braun (@kannbwx) May 28, 2019 All across the midwest farmers are not able to begin planting their crops as persistent flooding has caused their fields to resemble shallow lakes. As Reuters explained, “Excessive rain has caused […]

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