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December 2, 2020
A groundbreaking study in Whitehorse, Yukon, that would have placed eye-catching stickers on 47,000 bottles of alcohol displaying cancer warnings was halted after Big Booze put pressure on the Canadian government. But this isn't the first time the heads of beer, liquor and wine lobby groups have banded together to prevent the public at large from knowing what industry members have for over 30 years: Alcohol is a proven carcinogen. Public health officials continue to push for labeling that indicates this to the everyday drinker because of the success such warnings have had on cigarette containers. The Counter reports.
Singapore is the first country to give the green light to lab-grown meat. The animal cells that make up the "chicken bites" from U.S. company Eat Just will be cultivated using fetal bovine serum in the Singapore production line, but the company says a plant-based serum will be used in the next one. Startups in the space believe lab-grown meat will be key to helping the world's richest nation's transition off of environmentally devastating large-scale animal agriculture. The Guardian has the full story.
The Environmental Protection Agency has found that glyphosate, in combination with common surfectants, is "likely to adversely effect" 93% of the plants and animals it comes into contact with and 96% of the habitats of endangered plants and animals. Chronic exposure to the widely used herbicide in plants causes cell death and in animals results in reduced body and organ weights. Modern Farmer states that the EPA will have to work with other agencies to come up with a plan for protection measures.
Food delivery workers are not just at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. They are also receiving erratic pay amid an increasingly competitive environment from food delivery companies that have seen profits skyrocket throughout the pandemic. While these freelancing jobs are often a boon for those looking to supplement their main source of income, drivers who depend on these companies financially say that the lack of health insurance, retirement benefits or workers' compensation is highly unethical. Head to The New York Times for more.
It's no secret that big-box retailers' profits have also soared over the past year. But these institutions are also underpaying frontline retail workers who support their entire operations. Millions of these full-time employees, a new report shows, qualify for Medicaid and SNAP program enrollment because make so little money. Taxpayers, therefore, are making up this shortfall in terms of wages. Food Politics finds that it has been 133 days since these workers last received hazard pay, which was popular at the beginning of the pandemic when the number of cases was far lower.
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