Raising the Bar on Organic Animal Welfare

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By the Center for Food Safety Food animals deserve high welfare standards, and the USDA is proposing to enact them. When most people hear the term ‘organic’ in the context of food, they immediately think high quality, ethically produced, environmentally beneficial, and sustainably source...
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No Benefits Allowed? Mercatus Study on Federal Regulation and the States

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Over the last few years, deregulatory advocates have pursued a well-trodden path for advancing their anti-safeguard agenda: Publish a large, glossy “study,” replete with impressive mathiness, that purports to measure the impacts of...
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Employer Accountability is Essential for Workers

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By the Teamsters Donald Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, knew everything there was to know about the company’s West Virginia mines. He even received production updates every 30 minutes, according to reports. So when a blast at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 killed 29...
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Chamber’s Defense of Forced Arbitration Falls Apart

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By Dan Dudis, Public Citizen On Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing that was ostensibly supposed to “assess the effects of consumer finance regulations.” Unfortunately, instead of actually attempting to assess the effects of these regulations, the committee’s Republican...
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How Is the USDA Doing on Scientific Integrity?

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists In March 2013, the US Department of Agriculture updated its scientific integrity policy, a policy mandated by the Obama Administration for all federal agencies with a significant focus on science. Along with 22 other agencies and departments,...
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At Last, Polluters Must Pay

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By Amanda Goodin and Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice Time and time again, we’ve seen big industrial polluters emit toxic pollution that poisons the people and ecosystems nearby. And time and time again, we’ve seen these polluters walk away from the bill, leaving taxpayers to fund the cleanup and...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Devil Is in the Details for This Massive Trade Deal

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists Finally, after six years of negotiation, and a final agreement reached late last year, the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is making the headlines. All the four major presidential candidates oppose it, perhaps the only issue on...
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Weak Laws and Weaker Governance Keep Toxic Chemicals on the Market

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By Eve Gartner, Earthjustice We recently wrote about the broad public support for a petition to ban a class of toxic organohalogen flame retardants from consumer products. “Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “Doesn’t the government already regulate chemicals for safety?” The fact of the...
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