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corona and devils

it's mid october

by crossing the 7 million mark

of total coronavirus cases 

modi's india will soon become

the world's most infected nation

surpassing trump's 7.5 million

modi also set the record at 90K

for most daily positive cases 

followed by trump with 65K 

and bolsonaro's brazil at 45k

modi is yet to catch the virus

but many other macho leaders 

had some close calls with 'rona

boris johnson was stuck on march 27

he spent a week in hospital

three nights in intensive care 

russian prime minister mikhail mishustin

tested positive on april 29

he checked into a hospital

and self-isolated for 3 weeks

jair bolsonaro became ill on july 5

and 3 weeks later he had "mold in the lung"

donald trump is no exception

after months of minimizing the virus

repeatedly saying it would go away

on october 2 trump admitted he was positive

he ran low on oxygen and was rushed to the hospital

treated with remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies

and steroid dexamethasone, he recovered quickly 

and was back at his desk 5 days later

blaming china, bashing the radical left

and claiming the virus was "a blessing from god"

with 210,000 people dead in the nation

the super spreader-in-chief in the capital says

"don't be afraid of covid"

“don’t let it dominate your life” 

macho talk by a right-wing populist

is no solace for the dead

and those suffering long-term effects

the majority of whom are poor

Latinas and Latinos

African American women and men

Asian American women and men

Indigenous women and men

people from other disadvantaged communities

who are afraid of the disease

yet work to feed their families

for them, catching this bug

would be a curse from a right-wing devil

Farmed Fish

Pandemics Ahead: Number 21 in a series looking at the link between animal protein and global health disasters.

Excerpt from Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming by Moses Seenarine, (2016). Xpyr Press, 348 pages ISBN: 0692641157)

Industrial fish-farms are booming. In 2012, the production of farmed fish surpassed that of cows. The world produced 63 million tons of cow carcass and 66 million tons of farmed fish. And, consumption of farmed fish may soon pass consumption of wild-caught fish. (977)

About 600 aquatic species are raised in captivity in 190 countries, including hatcheries that produce fish for stocking to the wild, particularly in inland waters. While aquaculture currently accounts for a smaller part of the livestock industry than land animals, it is the fastest growing sector.

From 32.4 million tonnes (71.4 billion pounds) in 2000, global production of farmed fish soared to 59.9 million tonnes (132 billion pounds) in 2010, which was up 7.5% from 2009 already. Like concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs), farmed fish are crammed together in cages, often swimming around in their own wastes.

Eighty-six percent of US seafood is imported, and about half of those imports are raised on factory farms, called aquaculture. Asia is the number one producer of these aquaculture products, dominating 89% of the industry.(978) 

Fragile ecosystems like mangroves are being replaced by fish farms, which are projected to provide most of the fish consumed within 20 years. Farming can occur in coastal areas, such as with oyster farms, and inland, in lakes, ponds, tanks and other enclosures. Similar to livestock's impact on forests, large-scale fish farming is leading to the pollution and destruction of wetlands, estuaries and mangroves, and displacement and impoverishment of hundreds local communities across the world.

Many of the top animal genetics firms have begun research and development in aquaculture. They work with only a handful of species, primarily Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, tropical shrimp and tilapia. Many popular seafood species, like salmon, are carnivorous. So, when they are farmed, they eat up to five pounds of small fish to produce just one pound of flesh - a net loss of protein. 

Incredibly, many aquaculture companies in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian countries feed fish with untreated feces from pigs, chickens, geese and other animals as the primary nutrition. The manure contaminates the ponds with microbes like salmonella and makes fish further susceptible to diseases.(979)

Consequently, farmed fish are given immense quantities of antibiotics to avoid disease, many of which are banned for use in the US. To boot, baby fish are fed testosterone and other growth hormones. Aquaculture may cause harm to the environment directly through (i) the release of organic effluents, and (ii) disease treatment chemicals. They may cause harm indirectly through (iii) their dependence on industrial fisheries to supply feed of smaller fish, and (iv) by acting as a source of diseases or genetic contamination for 'wild' species.

Farmed fish have been shown to have high levels of bacteria, PCBs and insecticides. Around 25% of the food-borne illness outbreaks caused by imported food from 2005 to 2010 in the US involved seafood, more than any other food commodity.(980) Health researchers estimate that the inflammatory potential of consuming tilapia is far greater than that of cow or pig carcass.(981) Farmed salmon may have at least 10 times the sum of cancer-causing pollutants compared to the 'wild' variety, and dioxin levels are 11 times higher. On top of this, farm-bred fish have lower levels of healthy nutrients.(982) Shrimp is the dirtiest of all seafood.

Farmed fish are fed fish-meal, which means that fish low on the food chain are caught, worsening the marine outcome of bycatch. The impact on the menhaden, a type of small fish caught to be fed to farmed fish, is devastating, as this critical little fish is facing severe threats.(983)

Across Latin America and Asia, pollution from aquaculture is leading to dead lakes and extinct species. On top of that, aquaculture production is vulnerable to adverse impacts of disease and environmental conditions, and massive die-offs are a common occurrence in the industry. Disease outbreaks in recent years have affected farmed Atlantic salmon in Chile, oysters in Europe, and marine shrimp farmed in several countries in Asia, South America and Africa. These incidents have resulted in partial or sometimes total loss of production.

In 2010, aquaculture in China suffered production losses of 1.7 million tonnes (3.7 billion pounds) caused by natural disasters, diseases and pollution. Disease outbreaks virtually wiped out marine shrimp farming production in Mozambique in 2011.(984) In 2014 alone, there was (i) a massive die-off of fish in 44 fish farms due to Vibrio bacteria along the coast of Singapore; (ii) over 365,000 salmon were killed due to an outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia virus in Norway, and (iii) Furunculosis bacteria led to the cull of 90,000 trout in New Jersey. In Pennsylvania, (iii) around 52,000 young trout died in a hatchery; and (iv) about 280,000 salmon were killed by a 'rare algae bloom' in Vancouver, Canada.(985)

In 2016, the alarms went off again in the salmon industry in Chile, one of the largest producers of this fish in the world. A massive algae bloom killed 23 million salmon, a loss of up to 20% of the country's annual production, or around 100,000 tonnes, valued at $800 million.(986) Earlier in Chile, an outbreak of ISA, a fin-fish disease caused by a virus, cost the fish farm industry $2 billion in damages in 2007.

Chile's loss is equal to the value of Canada's entire farmed salmon industry, valued at $813 million in 2013. The problem has been made worse by nitrate-rich runoff from livestock from nearby land around the salmon farms, which are typically offshore or in estuaries.

Moreover, farmed fish are becoming inundated with human pollution. For example, young salmon in the north Pacific tested positive for more than 80 different drugs, including cocaine, antidepressants such as Cipro, Paxil, Valium and Zoloft, and dozens of other medications like Flonase, Aleve, Tylenol, Tagamet, OxyContin, and Darvon.(987)

Young salmon were likewise contaminated with nicotine, caffeine, fungicides, antiseptics, anticoagulants, and chemicals from personal care products. The tissues of migratory chinook salmon and local staghorn sculpin also contained these compounds – even in the fish found in estuaries far from sewage treatment plants where the water was previously considered "pristine."

Chapter 26: MISSING FISH, pages 252-3.     Previous  |  Home  Next

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Antibiotics and Superbugs

Pandemics Ahead: Number 17 in a series looking at the link between animal protein and global health disasters.

Excerpt from Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming by Moses Seenarine, (2016). Xpyr Press, 348 pages. ISBN: 0692641157.

For centuries, infections caused by bacteria were a major source of disease and death from illnesses such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. The discovery of antibiotics has proven critical in greatly reducing infectious diseases, and protecting public health relies heavily on the use of antibiotics.

Livestock are usually given the same antibiotics as humans. Many of the same antibiotics used to promote growth in nonhuman animals, six of the 17 classes of antibiotics, are used to treat diseases in human animals.(606) According to WHO, much larger volumes of antibiotics are being fed to healthy farm animals than to sick human beings.

The widening use of antibiotics in animal production has gone hand-in-hand with the development of industrial-style livestock operations. Thousands of animals are crammed into the unhygienic, crowded quarters of a typical factory farm operation. To avoid disease, antibiotics are constantly dispensed through the animals' feed. On top of this, due to varied climate effects, veterinary medicine use will go up as disease burdens spread.(607)

The sale of antibiotics to treat ill people remained fairly steady from 2001 to 2011, at around 8 million pounds (3.6m kg) per year globally. In the same period, the sale of antibiotics for cattle and chicken production soared 50 percent, from 20 million pounds (9m kg), to 30 million pounds (13.6m kg) per year.(608)

And, according to the FDA, US sales of medically indispensable antibiotics approved for use in livestock surged another 23 percent between 2009 and 2014. In 2014 alone, domestic sales and distribution of these critical drugs climbed by three percent.(609) In addition, globally, the use of antibiotics in agriculture is set to increase by two thirds by 2030, from 63,200 to 105,600 tons.(610)

In 2006, the EU prohibited the use of antibiotics to promote animal growth. Even so, this did not result in a meaningful curtailing of their use on factory farms. With resistant bacteria and food-borne illnesses on the rise, the CDC has agreed to limit the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of livestock animals when those drugs are used to treat people. But the US government has thus far failed to reduce the threat to human health caused by ineffective antibiotics.(611)

In 2013, the FDA finally recommended for drug makers and agricultural companies to restrict the application of antibiotics in livestock production “to those uses that are considered necessary for assuring animal health.” The health agency is trying to phase out antibiotic use as a growth enhancer in livestock, to keep them out of the human food supply.

However, the federal government suggested that antibiotics could still be used to treat illnesses in animals raised for meat, but they should otherwise be pared back by December 2016. All the same, the FDA's guidelines are voluntary, and may not limit the overuse and the demise of antibiotics in the future.(612) Case in point, antibiotic use escalated in 2014, even after the guidelines were issued. 

In other parts of the world, the use of these valuable drugs is subject to hardly any regulations or restrictions whatsoever. In China, in excess of 100,000 tonnes (220 million lb) of antibiotics are fed to livestock every year, largely without being monitored.

Fifty million pounds of antibiotics are produced in the US every year. Over 40 percent is given to animals, and 80 percent of what is given to animals is used to promote their growth, as probiotics, not for illness.(613) Animal-based agribusiness utilized 13,000 tonnes (28.6 million lb) of antibiotics in 2009, and accounts for nearly 80 percent of all the antibiotics used in the country.

A major concern is that repeated exposure to the drugs enables resistant strains of bacteria to evolve. Some bacteria are naturally resistant, so they survive treatment and multiply. When antibiotics are given again, the resistant bacteria survive, and as their proportion of the bacterial population accrues over time, the drugs become less effective.

The bigger volume of antibiotics in use, the greater likelihood bacteria will become insusceptible to them. These resistant bacteria can enter the human body when people eat food animals. This puts humans in danger as bacterial strains develop stronger resistances. The annual cost of treating antibiotic-resistant infections in the US alone is upwards of $30 billion and mounting.(614)

Drug-resistant infections currently kill about 50,000 people each year in the US and Europe, and that number could reach as high as 10 million deaths by 2050, according to research by the UK government.(615) Every time an antibiotic is administered, there is a chance that some bacteria will develop resistance to it.

'Superbugs' are pathogens such as Escherichia coli, salmonella or campylobacteria that can infect humans as well. They are resistant to several different antibiotics and are therefore particularly difficult to treat. Testing in 2011 discerned the antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus faecalis was present in supermarkets on samples of all forms of livestock: on 81 percent of turkey, 69 percent of pig, 55 percent of cow, and 29 percent of chicken flesh samples.(616)

In October 2000, the FDA discovered that two antibiotics were no longer effective in treating diseases in factory-farmed chickens. One antibiotic was swiftly pulled from the market, but the other, Baytril, was not. Bayer, the company which produced it, contested the claim and as a result, Baytril remained in use until July 2005.(617)

Resistance in food-borne zoonotic bacteria Salmonella and Campylobacter are clearly linked to antibiotic use in food animals, and foodborne diseases caused by such resistant bacteria are well documented in people.(618) Drug-resistant infections, some fatal, have been mounting in people in the US, and antibiotic-resistant genes in bacteria infecting humans were identical to some of the same bacteria infecting animals.(619)

Developing brand-new antibiotics is expensive, and new drugs may only prove effective for a short term. Put simply, pharmaceutical companies have decided antibiotics are less worthwhile investments than drugs for chronic illnesses. One ramification of this is that strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis and gonorrhea are on the rise worldwide.

In the US, antibiotic resistance bacteria caused in excess of two million illnesses in 2013, and an estimated 23,000 deaths, adding up to over $20 million in healthcare costs. Drug resistance in campylobacter bacteria, the most common known cause of bacterial food-borne illness in the US, spiraled from zero in 1991 to 14 percent in 1998.(620)

According to the CDC, in over one-third of the salmonella-poisoning cases in 1997, the bacteria were resistant to five antibiotics used to treat the disease. As confirmation, the agency linked an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella in humans to cow carcass that had been fed sub-therapeutic doses of chlortetracycline for growth promotion.(621)

Staph bacteria, which cause skin, blood, heart valve, and bone infections that can lead to septic shock and death, are becoming progressively resistant to the chief antibiotic that has been used to treat staph infections, methicillin. From 1975 to 1991, the incidence of methicillin-resistant staph bacteria in US hospitals surged upwards from 2.4 percent to 29 percent. Staph infections are becoming progressively resistant to the last line of defense, vancomycin.(622) This critical intersection of food animals and human disease is a serious cause for concern in the present and future.

Chapter 16: MEAT IS OPPRESSION, pg 160-61  Previous  |  Home  Next

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Food-borne Illnesses

Pandemics Ahead: Number 13 in a series looking at the link between animal protein and global health disasters.

Excerpt from Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming by Moses Seenarine, (2016). Xpyr Press, 348 pages. ISBN: 0692641157.

Animal consumption is a major cause of food-borne illnesses, a preventable public health challenge that causes illnesses for millions of people and thousands of deaths each year in the US alone. Food-borne illnesses come from eating food contaminated with bacteria, like (a) Campylobacter jejuni from raw or unpasteurized cow's milk; (b) raw or undercooked carcass, birds, or shellfish; and (c) contaminated water. 

There are over 2,300 types of Salmonella that can come from raw or undercooked chicken eggs, chicken flesh, cow carcass, unpasteurized cow's milk and juice, cheese, seafood, and contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables. The CDC estimates that Salmonella causes upwards of one million illnesses per year and over 20,000 hospitalizations. On top of that, Campylobacter causes in excess of one million illnesses annually.(1043)

Over 1.1 million Americans are sickened each year by undercooked, tainted chicken flesh. A USDA investigation discovered E. coli (Biotype I) in 99% of supermarket chicken. This shows that chicken butchering is not a sterile process. Feces tend to leak from the carcass until disembowelment, and the evisceration stage itself gives an opportunity for the interior of the carcass to receive intestinal bacteria. So does the skin of the carcass, but the skin presents a better barrier to bacteria and reaches higher temperatures during cooking.(1044) 

Food-borne illnesses are oftentimes caused by other animal-based pathogens including (i) Clostridium perfringens from carcass, animal products, and gravy; (ii) Vibrio vulnificus from uncooked or raw seafood; and (iii) Escherichia coli from uncooked cow carcass, unpasteurized cow's milk and juices, and contaminated raw fruits and vegetables, or water. Another common food-borne illnesses is (iv) Listeria monocytogenes from ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style flesh and chicken carcass.

Chapter 28: HUMAN DISEASES, page 267.

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Pandemics Ahead

Pandemics Ahead is a series of articles looking at the link between animal protein and global health disasters. The articles are excerpts from Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming by Moses Seenarine, (2016). Xpyr Press, 348 pages. ISBN: 0692641157.

See also Meat Society, a series exploring issues related to curbing demand for animal products, an important climate change solution for individuals and nations alike, especially in Western states where meat and diary consumption dwarfs other regions. See also our COVID-19 Meat Pandemic Bibliography with a categorized listing of Online News and Reports (March to June, 2020).

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Manure and Disease

Pandemics Ahead: Number 10 in a series looking at the link between animal protein and global health disasters.

Excerpt from Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming by Moses Seenarine, (2016). Xpyr Press, 348 pages. ISBN: 0692641157.

According to the US EPA, food animal waste has polluted in excess of 27,000 miles of rivers and contaminated groundwater in dozens of states. In addition, the EPA determined that nitrate is the most widespread agricultural contaminant in drinking water wells, and estimates that 4.5 million people are exposed to elevated nitrate levels from wells.(923)

Tens of thousands of miles of rivers in the US, Europe, and Asia are polluted each year. In the US, approximately 40% of fresh water is deemed unfit for drinking or recreational use because of contamination by dangerous microorganisms, pesticides, and fertilizers. Upwards of 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through manure. Each year, waterborne diseases cause 940,000 infections and 900 deaths. And, pathogenic Escherichia coli and related food-borne pathogens account for 76 million infections and 5,000 deaths.(924)

Also, using human waste as fertilizer might be making humans infertile. Eating flesh from animals grazed on land treated with commonly-used “human sewage sludge-derived fertilizer” might have serious implications for pregnant women and the future reproductive health of their unborn children. Chemical contaminants in human-based manure can mimic sex hormones and disrupt ovary development, with the potential for long-term damage to adult female fertility.(925)

After a severe rainstorm in 1993, an outbreak of cryptosporidium in Milwaukee's drinking water supply caused 100 deaths, sickened 430,000 people, and produced $37 million in lost wages and productivity. Runoff of chicken and hog waste from factory farms in Maryland and North Carolina may have spawned outbreaks of Pfiesteria piscicida, killing millions of fish and causing skin irritation, short-term memory loss, and other cognitive problems in local people.(926)

In 1995 an eight-acre pig-waste lagoon in North Carolina burst, spilling 25 million gallons (9.4m liters) of manure into the New River. The spill killed about 10 million fish and closed 364,000 acres (570 sq mi) of coastal wetlands. In 2011, an Illinois pig farm spilled 200,000 gallons (757,000 liters) of manure into a creek, killing over 110,000 fish.(927)

In February 2014, in Michigan’s Allegan County, a storm-water system failure at a cow milk farm with a 1-million-gallon (3.8m liters) manure lagoon spilled manure into nearby waterways, creating a visible plume five miles (8 km) long. In Canton, Minnesota, a wall on an above-ground manure storage tank broke in April 2013, spilling roughly 1 million gallons of manure.

In one of the largest cases of manure pollution, an estimated 15 million gallons (57m liters) of manure, water, and other matter spilled in 2010 into a slough that drains into the Snohomish River in Washington state, when a berm on a cow's milk farm’s manure lagoon failed. In 2005, 3 million gallons (11m liters) of manure spilled from a New York cow milk farm into a river, killing thousands of fish.

Chapter 25: WASTE POLLUTION, page 240 
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Rivers of Waste

Pandemics Ahead: Number 9 in a series looking at the link between animal protein and global health disasters.

Excerpt from Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming by Moses Seenarine, (2016). Xpyr Press, 348 pages. ISBN: 0692641157.

Animal-based agribusiness generates a lot of manure and excretions that decompose and turns into greenhouse gasses (GHGs) and cause disease. Lagoons and spray-fields are the most common methods that concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs) use for dealing with animal waste, or sludge. Farms generally collect waste from the area containing a concentrated number of animals and store it, untreated, in huge open-air waste lagoons, often as big as several football fields, and holding as many as 40 million gallons.

The quantity of livestock manure and other wastes produced each year in the US is vast, estimated to be 1.5 bTons. A single cow raised for milk excretes around 88 lbs (40 kg) of manure for every kilogram of edible cow flesh it puts on. Each cow produces approximately 120 lbs (54 kg) of wet manure per day, equal to that of 20 - 40 people. Disposing of billions of gallons of sludge is a serious environmental issue.(918)

A farm with 2,500 cows raised for milk produces the same volume of waste as a city of 411,000 people. The massive waste lagoons often break, leak or overflow, polluting underground water supplies and rivers with nitrogen, phosphorus, and nitrates. In recent decades, livestock production systems have moved closer to urban areas, causing water and food to be frequently contaminated with manure.(919)

Some of the sludge are applied at agronomic rates as fertilizer onto land called spray-fields. Agronomic rates provide nitrogen for vegetation growth while minimizing the quantity that passes below the root zone. However, factory farms have superfluous quantities of sludge and routinely spray excess amounts on fields which leeches out and damages the environment. Industrial animal agriculture is the largest sectoral source of water pollutants which includes fertilizers, pesticides, animal wastes, antibiotics, and hormones. To boot, the sector is responsible for water pollution from chemicals in tanneries and sediments from eroded pastures.

Animal waste can contain pathogens like Giardia and Cryptosporidium, as well as heavy metals. Excess sludge sprayed on fields can contaminate food crops meant for humans and lead to disease outbreaks. Manure contamination often result in Listeria outbreaks on fruits and vegetables. Medical treatment generates further CO2 pollution and other problems. For example, the cost of cleaning up the soil under US hog and dairy CAFOs could approach US$4.1 billion.(920) 

The manure problem from factory farms will only worsen with intensification and expansion. And, wastage of food represents another huge loss to the environment, and to the animals themselves. Waste chemicals often seep from lagoons and spray-fields into groundwater, streams, and wetlands, and contaminate drinking water. In addition to numerous adverse effects on human health, contaminated runoff and spills are causing dead zones and fish kills.(921) 

The volume of antibiotics being used on factory farms pose serious hazards to public and environmental health as well. Antibiotic residue is conducive to antibiotic resistance in pathogens that cause illness in people.(922) In the US alone, animal agriculture consumes 29 million pounds of antibiotics, about 80% of the nation's antibiotics use in total. The effects of pollution on biodiversity from antibiotics are largely unknown. One concern is that some wells and waterways have tested positively for estrogenic and endocrine-disrupting compounds.

One pending lawsuit alleges that manure spreading by five large dairies has caused nitrate and other contamination of groundwater, and violates the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The plaintiffs contend that the way the manure is being applied is the equivalent of dumping solid waste. This activity is covered by RCRA but it has not been applied to manure spreading.

Chapter 25: WASTE POLLUTION, page 239. 
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Five Sisters

Gaia is blessed tonight
her five sisters visiting
on a beautiful cloudless sky
Jupiter leads the Goddess procession 
big sister, oh so bright 
approaching the sky's center
as Saturn trails behind
still far in front of  Mars
part of the inner circle,
and Venus, returning in 2020
Our closest sibling
tagging along the crescent Moon
with Mercury in the rear

an incredible parade of Goddesses
goes entirely unnoticed 
by humans, young and old, below
too drunk in ego
consumed by desire for fun
to care about our solar family

people in long beach city
live in an alternate universe
a nihilist world 
engrossed in machismo
a magical place in which
corona virus does not exist
friends and strangers alike
mix and mingle, merrily
as if the pandemic is gone
also likely, it never happened
groups and gatherings galore
block after block
strangely, uncomfortably
we are the only one 
social distancing

sirens blaring...

in one month 
mid-june to mid-july
california went from having 
2,000 corona virus cases daily
to 10,000 new cases every day
every day 
even with inadequate testing
newsome, our 'liberal' governor 
re-opened too soon
beaches, bars, restaurants, theaters 
now desperately trying 
to close it all back down again
but it is too little, too late, gov
the golden state has left the barn
we will soon pass
new york's 406,000 cases 
to lead the US in infections
what a difference a month makes
then, 'rona was spreading slowly
now, she is widely out of control
Venus knew this would happen
the Goddesses all knew
we are the only ones in the dark

COVID-19 Meat Pandemic Bibliography

Categorized Listing of Online News and Reports (March to June, 2020)

CAUSE: Environment
CAUSE: Factory Farms & Meat Plants
CAUSE: Future Pandemics
CAUSE: Reform
GLOBAL: Brazil
GLOBAL: Germany
INDUSTRY: Response
RESISTANCE: Unions & Advocacy
SOCIAL STRUCTURE: Immigration Status
SPREAD: National
SPREAD: Los Angeles
WORKERS: Meat Plant
WORKERS: Produce
WORKERS: Seafood

CAUSE: Environment

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

Biodiversity and human health: Less biodiversity, more infectious diseases?

Coronavirus: Pandemics will be worse and more frequent unless we stop exploiting Earth and animals, top scientists warn

Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

It’s Big Livestock versus the Planet: whose side are we on?

The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster

CAUSE: Factory Farms & Meat Plants

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

Industrial farming of livestock a ticking pathogen bomb, scientists say

The next pandemic might come from a factory farm in China or the US. Is the world prepared?

Why Experts Warn Factory Farms Could Cause Another Pandemic

OPINION: A Zoonotic Heaven

How slaughterhouses became breeding grounds for coronavirus

Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.

It's time to shut down industrial animal farming

End to slaughterhouses would benefit workers, consumers — but it's unlikely even COVID-19 will force change

OPINION: Will Coronavirus Be What Finally Kills Factory Farming? | Opinion

The real scandal isn’t what China did to us. It’s what we did to ourselves.

Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost

The Sickness in Our Food Supply

Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.

LETTER: Keeping meat processing plants open endangers us all

Why meatpacking plants have become coronavirus hot spots

The Human Cost of ‘Culling’ Livestock and ‘Depopulating’ Farms

COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Sickness Spreading Through Meat Plants

For America’s Meatpacking Workers, the Danger Is Real

Coronavirus: Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases and risks more pandemics, experts warn

Return of 'The Jungle': Risking Death to Maximize Profits

Surely the link between abusing animals and the world's health is now clear

More giant factory farms will inevitably mean we will create more deadly pandemics

Revealed: why meat processing plants are the ideal incubator of the coronavirus 

U.S. Meat Plants Are Deadly as Ever, With No Incentive to Change

Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the Meat Industry and Food Safety 

Why U.S. meatpacking workers are vulnerable to coronavirus, and why the industry won't easily change

America's factory farms are just as bad as we think any wet market is. We can't point fingers.

Cold, Crowded, Deadly: How U.S. Meat Plants Became a Virus Breeding Ground

A Pork Panic Won't Save Our Bacon

NEW SHOCKING VIDEO OF WET MARKETS... Animal Rights Group Demands Shutdown

‘This isn’t essential’: Dog treat factory employees plead with Tyson to shut down plant after Covid-19 death

As they rushed to maintain U.S. meat supply, big processors saw plants become covid-19 hot spots, worker

Stopping virus a huge challenge at crowded US meat plants

Meatpacking plants at center of many North America COVID-19 outbreaks

Severe coronavirus outbreaks stagger some meat-packing plants in Washington

The meat we eat is a pandemic risk, too

Corrupt billionaire brothers’ meat plants are riddled with coronavirus

Coronavirus at Smithfield pork plant: The untold story of America's biggest outbreak

Not Just China, New York Too Has Over 80 ‘Wet Markets’ That Sell & Slaughter Live Animals


Obesity and Covid-19: Junk food industry ‘shares the blame’, some experts say

What do we know about the relationship between our gut microbiota and COVID-19

Cold air may be the culprit of massive coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking plants across the US in a worrying sign that cases may surge this winter

The End of Meat Is Here

Opinion | Jonathan Safran Foer: Meat is not essential. Why are we killing for it?

The moral cost of America’s meat-supply obsession

NYU scientists: Largest US study of COVID-19 finds obesity the single biggest 'chronic' factor in New York City's hospitalizations

CAUSE: Future Pandemics

As COVID-19 spreads, researchers track an influenza virus nervously

Coronavirus: This is not the last pandemic

New strain of flu found in China has potential to become a pandemic, scientists warn 

Dr. Anthony Fauci says new virus in China has traits of 2009 swine flu and 1918 pandemic flu

Environmental Destruction Brought Us COVID-19. What It Brings Next Could Be Far Worse.

CAUSE: Reform

Solidarity Across Species | Dissent Magazine

Overthrowing the Food System’s Plantation Paradigm 

Racial Injustice: The Truth about Industrial Agriculture 

How Red Meat Became the Red Pill for the Alt-Right

The Jungle and the Pandemic: The Meat Industry, Coronavirus, and an Economy in Crisis

We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic

The Writing of “Silent Spring”: Rachel Carson and the Culture-Shifting Courage to Speak Inconvenient Truth to Power

Let's Rebuild the Broken Meat Industry—Without Animals

3 Ways To Fix The Meat Industry’s Empathy Problem 

There's no such thing as humane meat or eggs. Stop kidding yourself

As coronavirus threatens meat supply, we should embrace healthier alternatives

Plant-based diets could prevent a future pandemic say doctors

WHO Adviser on Meat Plants: If We’re at War, the Weapons We Need Are Tests and PPE, Not Pork

GLOBAL: Brazil

Brazil Stalks U.S. Fatalities After Virus Cases Tops 1 Million

Brazil issues new guidelines for meatpackers as coronavirus pandemic ravages plants 

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Brazil’s meat processing plants and mines 

Brazil Government Aide Says COVID-19's Toll on Elderly Will Reduce Pension Deficit As Country's Outbreak Escalates 

Nine meat plants in southern Brazil face COVID-19 outbreaks


China finds heavy coronavirus traces in seafood, meat sections of Beijing food market 

Coronavirus: China suspends poultry imports from Tyson Foods plant after workers test positive

GLOBAL: Germany

Coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant exposes weakness in Germany’s covid-19 response

Germany: Coronavirus exposes meat workers' plight 

Meat plant must be held to account for Covid-19 outbreak, says German minister 

Meat plant must be held to account for Covid-19 outbreak, says German minister 

Coronavirus: Gütersloh mayor Henning Schulz slams Tönnies meat producer after massive outbreak forces lockdown 

'I am angry': Germans back in lockdown demand accountability 

Coronavirus R rate rockets in Germany after factory outbreak 

'These clusters will continue to occur': Can Germany keep on top of new coronavirus outbreaks? 

How did Europe avoid the Covid-19 catastrophe ravaging U.S. meatpacking plants?


N.C. not doing enough to protect immigrant farmworkers from coronavirus, advocates say

Trump administration uses faulty data to speed up meatpacking production

‘All smoke and mirrors’: How Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe 

Covid-19 Is Rampant Near Meatpacking Plants, But N.C. Won't Disclose All of the Data 

Revealed: Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-processing plants in US being kept quiet 

COVID-19 bill gives meat packing plants millions in relief, but worker safety isn’t included 

CDC joining efforts to address northern Utah COVID-19 spike, assist immigrants and refugees

Emails Reveal Chaos as Meatpacking Companies Fought Health Agencies Over COVID-19 Outbreaks in Their Plants

The Feds Just Indicted Meatpacking Moguls for Driving Up the Price of Your Chicken

Gov. Reynolds won’t ‘second guess’ Tyson’s decision to penalize workers for missing shifts due to illness, as another 694 cases of COVID-19 are reported in Iowa

OSHA fines Kuna meat-rendering plant where employee died

N.C. House bill would provide $25M for meat-packing plants. Proposal would add capacity, doesn't take up worker safety.

Letter to the editor: In Maine, across U.S., meat workers get no federal protection

Meat plant safety counsel is largely unenforceable

With Trump Executive Order, Are Meat and Poultry Plants a COVID-19 Ticking Time Bomb?

Kansas altered meatpacking guidance to let possibly exposed workers stay on the job

‘What are you hiding?’: Health officials stop reporting growing number of coronavirus cases at Nebraska meatpacking plants

Most meat plants will be on line this week despite coronavirus, says Perdue

Iowa workers who don’t return to meat plants are ineligible for benefits

Nebraska Governor Defends Decision To Hide COVID-19 Stats At Specific Meatpacking Plants

Trump's health secretary blames meat plant outbreaks on "home and social" lives of workers

Chief justice: COVID-19 spread at meatpacking plant not affecting 'regular folks'

Trump bows to Big Meat: The president’s outrageous use of the Defense Production Act to shield slaughterhouses

A Death Sentence for Meatpackers

Former OSHA Officials Voice Alarm as Trump Tells Corporations They Don't Have to Record Coronavirus Cases Among Their Workers

Wisconsin meat processing plants, closed after COVID-19 outbreaks, forced to re-open after Pres. Trump order

The real reason Trump treats meatpacking workers as disposable

EWG: Without Worker Protections, Trump’s Planned Order To Keep Meat Plants Open During Pandemic Could Be a Death Sentence

Trump rapidly uses wartime power for meat, hesitates to use it for ventilators

Trump Is Ready to Let Tyson Foods Work People to Death

Analysis | Prisons and meat processors are hotbeds of coronavirus. One can’t close. The other won’t be allowed

Trump orders meat processing plants to stay open

White House Seeks To Lower Farmworker Pay To Help Agriculture Industry

Rule Barring Immigrants From Social Programs Risks Worsening Coronavirus Spread

INDUSTRY: Response

Smithfield, Tysons Said Their Plants Had to Stay Open to Feed America. They Shipped Meat To China Instead. 

Tyson returns to pre-COVID absentee policy

Iowa JBS meatpacking employees warned of 'excessive absenteeism' as pandemic continues 

USDA Allows Poultry Plants To Raise Line Speeds, Exacerbating Risk of Covid-19 Outbreaks and Injury 

As Company Seeks Solutions, Tyson Workers Still Crowd Into Vans at Plant With COVID-19 Cases

Tyson Foods Introduces Social Distancing Monitors as New Outbreaks Occur At Its Plants

As Employees Continue to Battle COVID-19 to Make Meat, Smithfield Rewards Essential Workers with Free Hot Dogs

A Utah meat plant is staying open even after 287 workers got coronavirus

Coronavirus hit meat plants just as workers were being asked to speed up

Meat industry is trying to get back to normal, but workers are still getting sick

As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive

The meat industry is trying to get back to normal. But workers are still getting sick — and shortages may get worse.

Workers Worry Over Enforcement of Meatpacking Plant Safety Recommendations

Middle and high school students to process lobster after temporary foreign worker ban

JBS meat plant in Michigan sends home older workers as it ramps up production

Texas meatpacking plant reverses course, will allow state to test workers

'What's the cost of a human life?': U.S. meat-plant changes signal end of the 99-cent chicken

Some blame meatpacking workers, not plants, for virus spread

At least 4,500 Tyson workers have caught COVID-19, with 18 deaths. The meat giant still doesn't offer paid sick leave, as the industry blames workers for outbreaks.

Pork Chops vs. People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant

JBS Kept Colorado Beef Plant Open for Weeks During Pandemic. Now 3 Workers Are Dead

Fremont chicken plant worker dies; plants in Madison, Schuyler to close temporarily

Tens of Thousands of Healthy Pigs Being Killed Daily Amid COVID-19 Meatpacking Backlog

As slaughterhouses shut down across the country, animals are at risk of on farm mass slaughter

2 million chickens to be killed because there aren’t enough workers to kill them

Smithfield Pork Plant Offered $500 Bonus for Showing Up to Work During Coronavirus Outbreak

Workers at US meat plants blame coronavirus outbreaks on company policies

Pork producers slowly bring back workers with partitions, temperature tests

Fears grow for the nation's food supply as Tyson shuts its largest pork processing plant as meat packing factories become coronavirus hotspots - and workers at Smithfield say they were given hair nets to wear as face masks


Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Wendy's franchisee gives $200K more to Trump reelection campaign

Booker renews push to phase out factory farming by 2040 after pandemic hits meatpacking plants

Cash Cows: Meatpacking and the specter of Coronapolitics

Iowa Poll: Nearly half say meatpacking plants have adequate oversight to protect workers 

Pork packing saved Milan, Mo. Now some see plant as a threat


Tyson Hit With Another COVID-19 Death Suit In Texas 

Iowa families of 3 dead meat plant workers sue Tyson Foods 

Latino group says $5 million gift to Iowa cities should go to workers who have gotten sick 

Family seeks workers compensation payment from Tyson after Iowa man dies of COVID-19

Tyson Foods Was Slapped With a Federal Wrongful Death Lawsuit. It's About Time.

McDonald’s hit with two class-action suits over COVID-19 worker safety

Workers Are Dying at Meatpacking Plants, and Investors Need to Take Note


Tell Tyson: Workers deserve paid sick leave now! 

Doctors posting billboards urging Reynolds to embrace alternatives to coronavirus-plagued meatpacking industry 

Car vigil held in South Omaha for packing plant safety awareness 

Multiple organizations joined Solidarity with Meatpacking Plant Workers for drive-in vigil 

Animal advocates protest JBS, call on plant to protect workers, switch to meat alternatives 

Meatpacking workers oppose forced return to work through protests and mass absenteeism

Meatpacking workers often absent after order to reopen

Workers protest against Utah meatpacking plant amid outbreak — ‘It’s not safe,’ says one

She's Advocating For Her Meat Plant Worker Parents

Protesters hold vigil outside Perdue Farms in Perry, questioning conditions inside

Group protests outside Morganton chicken plant amid COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus cases at Arkansas meat plants rise, draw protests

Activists protest outside Cargill Meat Solutions, call for closure of meatpacking plants in Wisconsin

Hispanic leaders call on Ricketts to support meatpackers, sterilize plants

Tyson roadside vigil honors 3 Tri-Cities workers who died of COVID-19

Demonstrators gather outside Smithfield Foods, urging meat processing companies to shut down

Protesters take a second stand at the Smithfield Foods meat factory

Meatless May? Latino civil rights group launches meat boycott as coronavirus hits plant workers

Uproar Among Workers Supplying the World’s Meat Is Spreading

How a Somali community took on a Minnesota meatpacking plant to contain a Covid-19 outbreak 

Somali chicken plant workers take on Pilgrim’s Pride, and win 

RESISTANCE: Unions and Advocacy

What is it like to work for Tyson Foods during COVID-19?

Poor conditions in meat plants fuel Covid-19 outbreaks, say unions 

Union Unveils Billboards In Memory Of 6 JBS Workers Who Died From COVID-19 

99 Slaughterhouse Worker COVID-19 Deaths Provoke Coalition To Urge #boycottmeat

LULAC Iowa Wed am news conference: new #BOYCOTTMEAT coalition to protect slaughterhouse workers. 

18 groups petition Gov. Cooper for more COVID-19 data transparency, especially from meat-packing plants 

Meting out misery - coronavirus outbreaks and the meat industry 

More should be done to protect meat packing workers 

'A serious mistake': Union president criticizes Tyson Foods over attendance policy

Labor leader: 'Ham sandwich' not worth the lives of meat workers

At least 44 meatpacking workers have died from coronavirus, union says

Meatpacking union: 44 COVID-19 deaths among workers

US union demands closure of LA meat processing plant

Letters to the Editor: Meat processing plants mistreated their workers long before the coronavirus started

America’s Slaughterhouses Aren’t Just Killing Animals

N.C. not doing enough to protect immigrant farmworkers from coronavirus, advocates say

Washington Farmworkers Become Covid-19 Guinea Pigs

Meats vs. worker safety — it's a false dichotomy

The Coronavirus Wouldn’t Be Decimating Meatpacking Plants If Company Bosses Hadn’t Busted the Unions

What Would Justice For Packing Plant Workers Look Like?

Risking workers lives for meat on the table

Coronavirus Spreading in Meat Plants Puts Workers’ Lives at Risk

Advocates slam Trump order to keep meatpacking plants open

It’s Workers Who Should Determine When Their Workplace Is Safe

U.S. Workplace Safety Rules Missing In The Pandemic

The Essential Workers America Treats as Disposable

800 Workers at a Pork Plant Get Covid-19: The Company Is Responsible

SOCIAL STRUCTURE: Immigration Status

Undocumented workers are essential. Let’s treat them like it. 

Florida gov blames coronavirus rise on ‘overwhelmingly Hispanic’ workers 

'Employees are not to blame' for coronavirus outbreaks 

Brown County's Latino community 'terrorized' by coronavirus, and the numbers show why 

Tyson Foods worker dies as virus cripples Buena Vista county

Who Had To Die For Your Dinner?

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

Latinos Make up Nearly 50% of COVID-19 Deaths in CA; New ‘Safer at Home’ Order Is Not Enough to Change That

Latino workers face discrimination over spread of coronavirus in meat plants

Fake IDs, Covid-19 deaths: Dallas meat plant tells tale of U.S. immigration breakdown

'The disease is ripping through': why coronavirus is devastating California's Pacific Islanders

Filipinos in Canada meat plant being scapegoated for Covid spread

The price of being 'essential': Latino service workers bear brunt of coronavirus

Families of essential workers killed by COVID-19 face loss of health care

The pandemic is just the latest threat faced by refugee food workers in Texas

Opinion: In About-Face, Trump Finds Immigrant Meat Packing Workers Essential

Coronavirus Case Rates and Death Rates for Latinos in the United States

For Latinos and Covid-19, Doctors Are Seeing an ‘Alarming’ Disparity

'Essential workers': Just another piece of meat in the food supply chain | POCHO

Coronavirus cases skyrocketing in Chicago’s Latino community

Latinos' coronavirus deaths at meat processing plant raise alarms about worker safety

Iowa Immigrants Face Nightmare At Meat Packing Plants

'We all stay home': no work and no stimulus checks for undocumented family in U.S.

Want to See an American Hero? Go to Your Bodega.

The Irony of Being Essential, But Illegal

Migrant farmworkers feed America, and they’re at high risk for a coronavirus outbreak

Are Latinos More Exposed to Coronavirus? Left Out of Testing, Treatment, Social Distancing?

Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic

These Migrant Workers Did Not Suddenly Fall From the Sky

Reports: Latino Workers Are Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Pandemic

'I have a broken heart': Trump policy has immigrants backing away from healthcare amid crisis

Immigrants, People Of Color At Risk From Coronavirus, Experts Say

Undocumented in US have few protections from virus fallout


Housekeepers the 'hidden heroes' keeping patients, doctors safe during COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus Surge In Montgomery, Alabama Reveals Health Inequalities | NBC Nightly News

Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

55% Of U.S. Coronavirus Cases In CDC Analysis Are Black And Hispanic 

Missing data veils coronavirus damage to minority communities

Florida migrant towns become coronavirus hot spots in the United States

'An alley without exit.' Experts worry COVID-19 among Latinos will get dire without support 

California Latino, Black residents hit even harder by coronavirus as white people see less danger 

This Texas Town Is America’s COVID-19 Future

Latinos’ risk of getting COVID doubles in states with meat processing plant outbreaks

The COVID-19 Response Is Fueled by Racial Hostility (OPINION)

A bioethicist on why reopening states will kill more black people

When Blackness Is a Preexisting Condition

Whose life matters more? A human or a hog?

Coronavirus Case Rates and Death Rates for Latinos in the United States

Smithfield Foods Is Blaming “Living Circumstances In Certain Cultures” For One Of America’s Largest COVID-19 Clusters

COVID-19 may not discriminate based on race — but U.S. health care does

SPREAD: National

Covid-19 Is Rampant Near Meatpacking Plants, But N.C. Won't Disclose All of the Data

Meat processing plants spread the coronavirus in North Carolina

Workers at SC meat plants infected with COVID 19. Many cases are in the Midlands

Mapping Covid-19 in meat and food processing plants | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Meat Plants Become Hotspots for Covid-19 Across the World 

Virus Hotspots Grow in Meat Plants From Germany to Brazil

At Tyson, 13% of workers infected 

Meat processing plants spread the coronavirus in North Carolina

Workers at SC meat plants infected with COVID 19. Many cases are in the Midlands 

Where COVID-19 is spreading fastest as U.S. cases rise 46% in past week 

COVID-19 has killed 93 meat plant workers across the US

COVID outbreaks at meatpacking plants keep growing. ZIP code data shows their spread. 

Risk up on Arkansas poultry lines

Coronavirus has killed 5 poultry plant workers and infected more than 200 other employees on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Utah's Spike In Coronavirus Cases Tied Mostly To Meat Plant In Hyrum

Outbreaks at 60 US food plants raise specter of more shortages

Long Prairie beef processor among latest swept by COVID-19, despite significant prevention

COVID- 19 Outbreaks in NC: Symptoms of a Sick System

786 workers at Tyson's Dakota City plant have coronavirus; company says worst is over

Columnist Claire Morenon: Coronavirus exposes bleak truths about the national meat industry

Meatpacking workers risk returning to hot spots

‘Is pork essential?’ In a Smithfield town, a coronavirus-stricken meat factory comes back to life

Meatpacker took precautions. Workers still got sick.

Iowa Health Official Says 555 Workers at Tyson Meat Plant Test Positive for COVID-19

Cases of meat plant workers with coronavirus soars from 3,700 to more than 15,000 in a month - as experts warn meat supply could drop by a THIRD and prices could spike by 20%

Nearly 600 employees at North Carolina chicken processing plant test positive for coronavirus

Grocery Workers Union Estimates 3,257 Members Infected With Coronavirus

Regulatory gaps, missed opportunities allowed COVID-19 to spread in meatpacking plants

Meat plants still coronavirus hotspots after Tyson reveals quarter of NC plant tested positive

Almost 12,000 meatpacking and food plant workers have reportedly contracted COVID-19. At least 48 have died.

Virus infects 18% of workers at beef plant in Washington

More than 120 workers test positive for Covid-19 at Cork meat plant

3 workers killed, 277 infected in coronavirus outbreak at E. Wash. beef plant

US coronavirus hotspots linked to meat processing plants

Thirty Workers, Four USDA Inspectors Dead Amid Meat Plant Coronavirus Outbreaks

CDC: Nearly 5,000 Meat Processing Workers Infected With COVID-19

Second Wisconsin meatpacking worker dies of COVID-19; infections at food plants exceed 800

COVID Case Count At Reopened Tyson Meat Plant Doubles To More Than 1,000

Meat plant workers make up 1/6 of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska

Pa. has more coronavirus cases among meat plant workers than any other state, CDC says

58 percent of workers at Tyson meat factory in Iowa test positive for coronavirus

As meat plants reopen, Iowa, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska are coronavirus leaders

Colorado Leads Nation For Most COVID-19 Deaths Connected To Meat Processing Plants, Sixth Greeley JBS Employee Dies

Testing at Tyson plant near Tri-Cities finds nearly 1 in 8 with coronavirus. 2 have died

CDC: Nearly 5,000 Meat Processing Workers Infected With COVID-19

Nearly 900 workers at Tyson meat plant in Indiana test positive for coronavirus

Hundreds of poultry workers fall ill to coronavirus as consumer demand spikes

U.S. meat industry seen as source of most new COVID-19 hotspots

13 U.S. meat industry workers have died of COVID-19, union says

'Catastrophic Harm' Feared as Trump Uses Emergency Powers to Keep Meat-Packing Plants Open

One Hundred U.S. Government Meat Inspectors Have Contracted Covid-19

Workers at Hanford meat packing plant infected with coronavirus

As they rushed to maintain U.S. meat supply, big processors saw plants become covid-19 hot spots, worker

Coronavirus at meatpacking plants worse than first thought, USA TODAY investigation finds

Poultry Worker’s Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants

Hundreds of U.S. Meat Workers Have Now Tested Positive for Virus

SPREAD: Los Angeles

As COVID-19 surges, LA County hospitals running low on hospital beds, ICU space

California Disputes Record Coronavirus Case Count

Some Meat Plant Workers Who Make Dodger Dogs Are Spreading COVID-19 to Their Families

Dodger Dog Meat Packing Facility Experiences Outbreak of COVID-19

Outbreak of COVID-19 cases reported at Farmer John meat processing facility in Vernon

Vernon has about as many coronavirus cases as residents. That worries its neighbors

Why are coronavirus cases in East LA surging? 

Racism and inequity fuel coronavirus-related death toll among L.A. County minorities, officials say

Southern California Supermarkets Rocked by COVID-19 Outbreaks

As Many Angelenos Stayed Home, LA County Saw A Spike In Coronavirus Among Latinos. Here's Why

Mis Ángeles: Existential Dread For DACA Recipients Working On The Pandemic's Frontlines

The undocumented restaurant workers who fed us are being forgotten. This is their struggle

WORKERS: Meat Plant

Who Had To Die For Your Dinner?

After covid-19, a poultry worker fears a return to work

A Salvadoran immigrant worked at a Fort Morgan slaughterhouse for 24 years. Coronavirus killed him in 10 days.

Germany: Former abattoir worker 'heard colleagues crying at night 

Why these meatpacking workers fear for their health and safety amid COVID-19

Pride turns to fear for Latino workers pressured to produce chicken at Bell & Evans

Opinion | We’re Feeding America, but We’re Sacrificing Ourselves

‘That virus took my family away’: SoCal couple dies from COVID-19 one day apart, leaving behind 5 young children

Worried about meat availability? Workers are worried about their lives

As meatpacking plants reopen, workers terrified of coronavirus risk

Iowa workers are paying a high price for our meat. Our top politicians don't care

Undocumented Dallas plant workers say they rented fake IDs from temp agency. Then 2 died

As COVID races through Mountaire Farms poultry plant, workers deemed vital feel dispensable

Iowa meat plant worker dies after search to reunite him with his family

North Carolina hair salon declines to serve meat plant workers over coronavirus fears

Tyson meat plant employee dies of Covid-19 weeks after major outbreak

JBS Meat Plant Clinic Told Eighth COVID-19 Victim She Had a ‘Normal Cold,’ Daughter Says

Special Report: In Oklahoma pork-packing town, COVID stirs fear, faith and sorrow

‘They could have done more’: Daughter of Marshalltown meatpacking plant worker blames JBS for his COVID-19 death

Scared and Sick, U.S. Meat Workers Crowd in Reopened Plants

‘Like walking into a death trap:’ St. Joseph meat plant workers fear catching COVID-19

A week away from retirement, Marshalltown meatpacking worker dies from coronavirus

Remembering Juan: Niece of Dakota City, NE Tyson worker speaks out after his death due to COVID-19

Eighth JBS Greeley worker dies amid coronavirus outbreak at meat plant

What the Arkansas meat plant workers I met want you to know

Refugee Advocate: Workers Not Sure Who To Trust In Pandemic

“When We’re Dead and Buried, Our Bones Will Keep Hurting”

‘Like walking into a death trap:’ St. Joseph meat plant workers fear catching COVID-19

'Everyone's on top of you, sneezing and coughing': life inside Ireland's meat plants

Mississippi poultry worker who died of COVID-19 pushed for better pay, conditions

"How Am I Going To Survive?": A Costco Meatpacking Worker Speaks Of Her Fears As She And Others Labor To Keep Chicken In Stores

A Salisbury father and poultry plant worker died of COVID-19. Are plants putting products before workers?

Workers in Iowa meat industry fear returning to processing plants

A work-while-sick culture and lack of safeguards at meat plants has employees fearing for their lives

‘I lost him because of that horrible place’: Smithfield worker dies from COVID-19

Opinion | Two of My Colleagues Died of Covid-19

'I am so, so sad': Husband, friends of Cargill worker who died from COVID-19 honour her in memorial

‘Essential worker just means you’re on the death track’

3 USDA meat inspectors dead, about 145 diagnosed with COVID-19

“The Workers Are Being Sacrificed”: As Cases Mounted, Meatpacker JBS Kept People on Crowded Factory Floors

Listen to one Tyson employee's message to Donald Trump

'We're modern slaves': How meat plant workers became the new frontline in Covid-19 war

Washington Post investigates worker safety violations at meat processing plants

Younger Latinos Fear For Their Parents At Meat Packing Plants

'Death is so real:' Immigrant group says meat workers afraid after plant closure

‘Are you ready to go back?’ After covid-19, a poultry worker fears a return to work.

Smithfield Foods workers say they aren’t allowed to cover mouths to sneeze

USDA Inspector Reportedly Dies Amid Meat-Plant Viral Outbreaks

“Terrified to Go to Work”: Hundreds of Workers in Meat & Poultry Plants Test Positive for COVID-19

WORKERS: Produce

Farmworkers at Central California pistachio strike after dozens test positive for the coronavirus

Covid-19 is spreading among farmworkers, and it may get worse

COVID-19 Infections Rising Among Vegetable Packing Workers in California

Farmworkers are dying, COVID-19 cases are spiking, and the food system is in peril

Every Single Worker Has Covid at One U.S. Farm on Eve of Harvest

COVID-Related Strikes Hit Washington’s Apple Sheds

40 percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Monterey County are agricultural workers

Opinion | I Harvest Your Food. Why Isn’t My Health ‘Essential’?

Farmworkers face coronavirus risk: 'You can't pick strawberries over Zoom'

WORKERS: Seafood

America's stay-at-home seafood binge now faces virus threat

With thousands of seafood workers coming to Alaska, state tries to contain Covid-19

About 75% of crew tests positive for coronavirus on seafood processing ship

COVID-19 Outbreak In Pacific Northwest Seafood Industry As Season Ramps Up

100 people at 3 Louisiana crawfish farms diagnosed with coronavirus in first workplace cluster

US seafood workers fight unsafe job conditions amid pandemic

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