Dan Charles

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Food Banks Get The Love, But SNAP Does More To Fight Hunger

Friday, May 22, 2020

The charitable organizations called food banks are getting a lot of attention and donations right now. But they aren't nearly as important or effective as SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

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Food Banks Say SNAP Is A Better Way To Get Food To People

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying billions worth of food to give it to food banks. But food banks say that SNAP, also known as food stamps, is a better way to get food to people in need.

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A Van Warns Farmworkers In Florida About The Coronavirus

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A loudspeaker-equipped van is circling the streets of Immokalee, Fla., and broadcasting warnings about COVID-19 to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among farmworkers.

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Coronavirus Updates: Protecting Workers During And After The Pandemic

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

NPR science and business correspondents talk about the protection of the workers — those working now, and those who will start soon, in a variety of industries.

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Listener Questions On How The Coronavirus Affects The Food Supply Chain

Monday, April 27, 2020

An NPR science correspondent takes listener questions about why some shelves in the grocery stores are empty and how the food supply is affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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More Listener Questions On How The Coronavirus Affects The Food Supply Chain

Monday, April 27, 2020

An NPR science correspondent takes listener questions about why some shelves in the grocery stores are empty and how the food supply is affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Another Pork Plant Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tyson Foods is halting work at a processing site in Waterloo, Iowa, because people have tested positive for the virus. Other plants also have closed, cutting U.S. pork production by about a quarter.

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How One City Mayor Forced A Pork Giant To Close Its Virus-Stricken Plant

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Smithfield Foods didn't want to stop slaughtering hogs at its Sioux Falls pork plant, even after hundreds of workers got sick with the coronavirus. Then the city's mayor forced the company's hand.

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Pork Plant Closure Highlights Disruption Of Food Supply Chain Due To Coronavirus

Monday, April 13, 2020

Smithfield Foods has closed one of the biggest pork plants in the country after nearly 300 workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The company is warning of disruptions to the pork supply.

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Meat Processing Plants Suspend Operations After Workers Fall Ill

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Several processing plants in the U.S. are sitting idle this week because workers are sick with the coronavirus. Other facilities are still operating, but fewer workers are showing up.

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FACT CHECK: Premature — Trump Continues To Claim Drug Can Treat Coronavirus

Friday, April 03, 2020

Lab studies have shown hydroxychloroquine has blocked the coronavirus from entering cells, but scientists have not reported results yet of whether it can work as a treatment.

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Medicare For All Coronavirus Patients? But Who Exactly Qualifies?

Friday, April 03, 2020

The Trump administration decided against opening special window for Affordable Care Act sign ups. "It's like they're twisting themselves into pretzels to avoid anything" Obamacare, said one.

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Food Shortages? Nope, Too Much Food In The Wrong Places

Friday, April 03, 2020

Some Americans, fearing food shortages from COVID-19, have cleaned out supermarket shelves. Yet there's too much food in some places. Farmers are dumping milk and vegetables that they can't sell.

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FACT CHECK: Money-To-Hospitals Plan To Treat Coronavirus Patients Could Face Problems

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Instead of reopening health care exchanges for those who don't qualify for Medicaid and don't have employer-based insurance, Trump is proposing paying hospitals directly. But it might not be enough.

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Models Of Epidemic Predict Huge U.S. Death Toll; Scientists Hope For Better Outcome

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Computer models predict that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 in the months ahead. Administration officials said public health interventions could still lower the toll.

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'Essential' Status Means Jobs For Farmworkers, But Greater Virus Risk

Friday, March 27, 2020

Farmworkers are still working during the coronavirus epidemic. They're essential. But they're also at greater risk of infection.

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COVID-19 Threatens Food Supply Chain As Farms Worry About Workers Falling Ill

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19 has turned one end of the food industry — stores and restaurants — on its head. At the other end, food production hums along as usual, but that could change if workers catch the virus.

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The Biofuel Requirement Of American Gasoline Hits A Roadblock

Friday, March 13, 2020

Congress required alcohol in gasoline 15 years ago, launching a multi-billion dollar biofuel industry. For differing reasons, gasoline companies and environmentalists now say this law is out of touch.

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Why Taller Grass Can Be Bad News For Grasshoppers

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Grass on the prairie is growing taller because there's now more carbon dioxide in the air. Paradoxically, though, this might be hurting wildlife, because the grass is less nutritious.

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An Airbnb For Farmland Hits A Snag, As Farmers Raise Data Privacy Concerns

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Internet startup Tillable wants to match farmers with farmland available for rent. The problem? Farmers already on that land fear their farm data is being used against them.

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