Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.

Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~9 min

Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That's been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.

Mary Hendrickson, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~10 min

Assessing the latest U.S. dietary guidelines

Harvard Chan School professor Eric Rimm looks at the updated U.S. dietary guidelines — what’s changed and what should change.

Amy Roeder • harvard
Jan. 21, 2021 ~6 min

Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil – changing the soy industry could stop it

Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country.

Malika Virah-Sawmy, Visiting Scientist, Humboldt University of Berlin • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Is lab-grown meat good news for animals?

Singapore has approved 'chicken bites' containing meat grown in vitro. But not all animal advocates are happy about this.

Josh Milburn, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy, University of Sheffield • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Singapore approves cell-cultured chicken bites – who will be the first to try them?

The Singapore Food Agency has approved US food company Eat Just's cultured 'chicken bites' for sale.

Chris Bryant, PhD Candidate, University of Bath • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Plant-based foods: businesses alone shouldn't decide what we call a veggie burger

Who gets to decide what we call the things we eat? Increasingly, wealthy plant-based food moguls.

Martin Cohen, Visiting Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~6 min

Three ways to head off the next pandemic in the wild meat trade

Needed: less wild meat in cities, more wildlife experts in public health.

Julia E. Fa, Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Smoothie time? Pig blood becomes protein powder

An enzyme from papayas can turn pig blood into protein powder, report researchers. Right now, the blood ends up in animal feed.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~4 min

Steak-umm brand tweets are well done and rare

New research explains the unlikely success of the Steak-umm Twitter account during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min