While states are increasingly taking the lead in responding to climate change, protecting outdoor workers is a major gap. New protections for agricultural workers related to heat stress are critical in this age of climate change. Lives depend on it.
In July, IATP and GRAIN released a first-of-its-kind report, Emissions Impossible. In it, our researchers examined and scrutinized the climate plans, or lack thereof, of 35 of the largest meat and dairy companies around the world.
Our research shows:
The 2014 Farm Bill expired on Sunday, stranding nearly 40 programs and compounding the uncertainty in farm country. Congress did not pass an extension of the bill, and now, they are unlikely to revisit the Farm Bill until after harvest and the midterm elections. This situation highlights the growing disconnect between Washington and what’s happening on the ground with farmers and the rural economy.
“What happens when extreme weather becomes more frequent? Laborers will lose work hours due to this,” a farmworker told Community to Community at a Vancouver, Washington listening session on climate change last year.