Why Is the Missouri Coalition for the Environment Talking About Immigration?

Today, the majority of hired farmworkers in the United States are foreign-born (USDA Economic Research Service). The category “foreign-born” includes authorized immigrants, immigrants who have become American citizens, undocumented immigrants and temporary migrant workers. It is no coincidence that so many U.S. farmworkers come from other countries, but can be seen as the result of…

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National Pork Board Feeds Kids Misinformation

Back in 2018, MCE wrote an open letter to the University of Missouri Extension in response to a series of pro-concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) video cartoons published with undisclosed funding from the National Pork Board. These videos were full of false claims that raising hogs in confinement is better for the environment, beneficial to…

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National Pork Board Feeds Kids Misinformation

Congressional Action to Ensure Climate Resilience

There are two life-altering crises facing our world today: the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic with the rise of the Delta variant, and the increasing climate change chaos that is already here and will continue to worsen quickly if we don’t take transformative action. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spelled out the severity…

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Congressional Action to Ensure Climate Resilience

Call to Action: Tell Congress to Support Climate-Friendly Agriculture Programs!

Call your legislators today to win funding for climate-friendly agricultural programs! This month, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advocate for major investments in addressing climate change. Congress is crafting a $3.5 trillion climate and infrastructure bill, which they will pass using the budget reconciliation process: an unconventional process which will allow the bill to…

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Artificial Intelligence: A Band-Aid on Bad Agricultural Policy

The United Nations is projecting that by 2030 the global population will stand at 8.5 billion and farmers are being forced to confront a dire situation regarding increasing demand of the decreasing supply of land and crops. On top of increasing population, poor land management practices, industrial and intensive agriculture, climate change, insects, and plant…

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Artificial Intelligence: A Band-Aid on Bad Agricultural Policy

Administrative Appointments that Provide Hope for Racial Equity, Environmental Protection, and Sustainable Agriculture

Since January 2021, MCE has been monitoring the activities in Washington D.C. with the convening of the 117th Congress and the establishment of the Biden-Harris Administration. The following individuals, who either are or are likely to be leaders of important components of our federal executive branch, provide MCE with hope that the Biden-Harris Administration will advance…

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Urban Agriculture Policies & Permits: 101

MCE worked with the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Building Division, and Recorder of Deed’s office to develop this guide to all the processes and policies a resident must follow when engaging in various levels of urban agriculture. Following the 2020 efforts in the City of St. Louis, this guide was created to…

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Urban Agriculture Policies & Permits: 101