‘Vegan Leather’: How Fashion Giants Recast Plastic as Good for the Planet

An influential system overseen by retailers and clothing makers ranks petroleum-based synthetics like “vegan leather” as more environmentally sound than natural fibers.

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On Slaughterhouse Floor, Fear and Anger Remain

Workers say factories are still glossing over virus safety, as the meatpackers that dominate beef production harvest record profits.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jbs-sa, #labor-and-jobs, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Record Beef Prices, but Ranchers Aren’t Cashing In

“You’re feeding America and going broke doing it”: After years of consolidation, four companies dominate the meatpacking industry, while many ranchers are barely hanging on.

#agriculture-department, #american-meat-institute, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #beef, #cattle, #federal-trade-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #meat, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #ranches, #supply-chain

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

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Justice Dept. Brings New Charges in Ransomware Attacks

The department said it had charged a Russian national in one attack and recovered $6.1 million in ransom. It also arrested a Ukrainian man for another attack.

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Beef Prices Are Rising as Bottlenecks Limit Supply

Demand for beef is spiking as people dine out and grill, but the profits aren’t being evenly distributed. Ranchers blame the big meatpacking companies.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-meat-institute, #beef, #cargill-inc, #cattle, #jbs-sa, #livestock, #meat, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #ranches, #tester-jon, #tyson-foods-inc

JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #meat, #revil-hacking-group, #shutdowns-institutional

From Appetizers to Tuition, Incentives to Job Seekers Grow

Employers are finding ways to get applicants in the door, and to retain employees once they’re hired.

#applebees-international, #chuck-e-cheese, #employee-fringe-benefits, #hiring-and-promotion, #jbs-sa, #labor-and-jobs, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #omni-hotels, #wages-and-salaries, #waste-management-inc

F.B.I. Director Compares Ransomware Danger to 9/11 Threat

The Biden administration is taking steps to counter the growing threat of cyberattacks on U.S. businesses, and encouraging companies to do more to protect themselves.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #wall-street-journal

Production Resumes at Some JBS Meat Plants After Cyberattacks

Some JBS beef processing plants were operational, but not at full capacity, union officials said, after a ransomware attack shut nine plants, affecting thousands of workers.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #jbs-sa, #meat, #shutdowns-institutional

Ransomware Disrupts Meat Plants in Latest Attack on Critical U.S. Business

Operations at several owned by JBS, which processes one-fifth of the country’s beef, were affected, according to union representatives and Facebook posts meant for employees.

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Brazil Is Famous for Its Meat. But Vegetarianism Is Soaring.

The number of vegetarians in Brazil doubled over a six-year period, which has given rise to a booming plant-based industry that is seeking to turn meatpacking plants obsolete.

#brazil, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #good-food-institute, #jbs-sa, #mercy-for-animals, #veganism, #vegetarianism

OSHA Under Fire Over Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic

Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.

#fines-penalties, #jbs-sa, #labor-department-us, #maid-rite-specialty-foods, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smithfield-foods-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

After Meat Workers Die of Covid-19, Families Fight for Compensation

Employees of a JBS meat-processing plant in Greeley, Colo., got sick or died, but their families have so far been denied compensation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #greeley-colo, #jbs-sa, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #workerscompensation-insurance, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Under Trump, OSHA’s Covid-19 Response Is Failing Workers

Businesses have little to fear from the government’s workplace safety office.

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As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive

Emails show local officials received conflicting signals from state leaders and meatpacking companies about how much information to release about outbreaks in plants.

#colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #jbs-sa, #meat, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #missouri, #nebraska, #north-carolina, #slaughterhouses, #smithfield-foods-inc, #tests-medical, #tyson-foods-inc

The Coronavirus Killed Two of My Colleagues in a Meatpacking Plant

In a meatpacking plant, changes were made too late.

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Powerful Meat Industry Holds More Sway After Trump’s Order

The executive action signals that decisions around whether to close or reopen plants should be driven by the federal government, not local authorities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #jbs-sa, #meat, #slaughterhouses, #tyson-foods-inc, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union

The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses

A relatively small number of plants process much of the beef and pork in the United States, and some of them have closed because workers are getting sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jbs-sa, #meat, #noem-kristi, #pork, #slaughterhouses, #smithfield-foods-inc, #tyson-foods-inc

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

Some employees are coming in sick, and one woman died after being ordered back to work. “Our work conditions are out of control,” a longtime Tyson employee said.

#beef, #cargill-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgia, #jbs-sa, #labor-and-jobs, #meat, #pilgrims-pride-corp, #pork, #poultry, #production, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #smithfield-foods-inc, #tyson-foods-inc