5@5: COVID-19 set to hit US farms | Egg sales skyrocket

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April 2, 2020

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5@5: COVID-19 set to hit US farms | Egg sales skyrocket

COVID-19 is about to reach US farms

Early polling of farm laborers suggests that operators of the nation's largest produce farms aren't doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their workers. And a sick and incapacitated workforce would inevitably lead to less supplies and higher prices on the consumer end of things. Read more at Quartz


People are buying astronomical amounts of eggs right now

In typical crisis fashion, the first three products shoppers have stocked up on during the novel coronavirus pandemic are eggs, milk and bread. Egg sales were up a dramatic 86% over the same week last year, although the Easter sales bump for eggs is projected to be far lower than normal. Read more at Modern Farmer...


Brands are making 'social distancing' logos

Some corporate conglomerates have redesigned their logos to promote social distancing. Some experts have criticized this as an inadequate substitute to providing a "real, meaningful service," such as donating masks to healthcare workers Read more at CNN


A vegan world wouldn't keep diseases like COVID-19 from infecting humans

Humans and animals will always exist closely, and even in a world where everyone eats plant-based food there is still a risk of contamination through pets or pest species. Duke University's initiative to monitor spaces where humans and animals meet frequently to monitor new pathogens and zoonotic diseases presents one way to mediate the damage such pathogens inflict. Read more at Popular Science


Report reveals massive plastic pollution footprint of drinks firms

A new report from Tearfund is asking four global beverage giants to switch to refillable and reusable packaging after calculating their massive plastic pollution footprint. Coca-Cola has the biggest of these, and creates roughly 200,000 tons of plastic waste each year. Read more at The Guardian

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