SOURCE: The Baffler
by Trevor Jackson
The pandemic supply chain disruptions have focused attention on shortages, but the problem of gluts—of food being destroyed when it can't be profitably sold–reflects a deeper problem with global capitalism.
Journalist Dan Egan, a longtime follower of the environmental concerns of the Great Lakes region, has a new book examining the role of phosphorous-containing fertilizers in fueling agricultural prosperity and threatening the largest supply of fresh water.
by Gabriel Rosenberg and Jan Dutkiewicz
Cedar the goat has a name. Millions of other farm animals don't, and industry spends a lot of money to keep it that way, while obscuring the ideological work that goes into convincing Americans that animals are only meat.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Elizabeth Kolbert
The industrial age miracle of phosphorus fertilizer production revolutionized agricultual yields. Today, humanity faces a twin crisis of the mineral's scarcity and the toxicity of the algae that it feeds with farm runoff.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture
“We should not be creating a system in which guest workers are exploited and exploitable, and we're basically justifying it by saying, well, they're feeding their families.”
SOURCE: The New Republic
by Jan Dutkiewicz and Gabriel N. Rosenberg
The Biden administration hopes to score political points by making the meat industry more competitive and lowering prices. This is ignoring the horrible costs of cheap meat.
SOURCE: Bloomberg Equality
by Jacqueline Simmons
A host of the Pay Check podcast introduces a new season that will examine her family's history of landholding in Texas as a lens on the historical roots of the black-white wealth gap.
It's difficult to quantify the financial cost to Black Americans of racism and segregation. But the destruction of property and denial of trade by white mobs in Elaine, Arkansas in 1919 was quantified by Ida B. Wells-Barnett; her findings can put the scope of a reparations program into some perspective.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Gabriel N. Rosenberg
The earliest effective government responses to epidemic illness in the United States came not in the context of human health, but in the context of livestock.
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- Nelson Lichtenstein on a Half Century of Labor History
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- New Research Shows British Industrialization Drew Ironworking Methods from Colonized and Enslaved Jamaicans
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