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Restaurants Create a Mound of Plastic Waste. Some Are Working to Fix That.

A small but growing number of restaurants are moving away from single-use plastic take-out containers, which usually end up in the trash because they can’t be recycled. 

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Inside Bayer’s State-by-State Efforts to Stop Pesticide Lawsuits

As the agrichemical giant lays groundwork to fend off Roundup litigation, its use of a playbook for building influence in farm state legislatures has the potential to benefit pesticide companies nationwide.

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Injured divers work on various exercises in a small rehabilitation room at the hospital. Dr. Henzel Roberto Pérez, the deputy director of information management at the hospital, said that one of the many problems with the lobster diving industry is “Children are working for these companies. At least one of the companies is from the United States.” (Photo credit: Jacky Muniello)

Diving—and Dying—for Red Gold: The Human Cost of Honduran Lobster

The Walton Family Foundation invested in a Honduran lobster fishery, targeting its sustainability and touting its success. Ten years later, thousands of workers have been injured or killed. 

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Congress Likely to Preserve OSHA Loophole That Endangers Animal Ag Workers

A 2022 Civil Eats investigation found that a budget rider that prohibits OSHA from spending money to ​regulate small farms leaves most animal-ag operations without oversight. Lawmakers appear poised to renew the rider once again.

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A student at Ashford Elementary School in Houston fills up on local food in his school lunch. (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung)

New School Meal Standards Could Put More Local Food on Students’ Lunch Trays

In this week’s Field Report, USDA’s nutrition standards aim to support farmers, a paraquat ban advances in California, food safety updates, and more.

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Kelsey Keener feeds chickens at Sequatchie Cove Farm. (Photo credit: Sarah Unger)

Tennessee Recovers $7.2 Million in Farm and Food Bank Funding After Federal Grant Fumble

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture missed a USDA grant deadline to allow food banks to buy from local farmers. Tennessee lawmakers turned to the state’s budget to restore the $7.2 million in lost funding.

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Civil Eats TV: Women Brewing Change at Sequoia Sake

Of the three female craft sake brewers in the U.S., two make up the mother-daughter team at Sequoia Sake in San Francisco. Working with California rice farmers, they’re bringing the nearly 2,000-year-old national drink of Japan to more Americans.