In today’s issue of Squirrel News, US cities are rediscovering unconditional cash payments to fight poverty, Michelin-starred chefs are going meat-free, and researchers in Adelaide are developing new treatments on the basis of unexpected substances.
How US cities help the poor – by giving them money
Cash payments were once a pillar of the U.S. safety net. Now dozens of U.S. cities are rediscovering them as a tool against poverty.
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Out with the meat, in with the plants as world’s top chefs offer vegan menus
From London to San Francisco, haute cuisine is joining the food revolution. Michelin-starred chefs explain they’re going meat-free.
Super poo: the emerging science of stool transplants and designer gut bacteria
As more people turn to faecal transplants for their health benefits, researchers in Adelaide are harnessing the power of high-quality poo in new treatments that can simply be swallowed.
The benefits of getting vaccinated in church
Harris County’s Partner Incentive Program reimburses churches, mosques and community centers for holding vaccination events. With more than 3,000 vaccinations since September the approach has been “a great success”.
Women and people of color benefit most from growing at-home business
Due to the pandemic it has become much easier for entrepreneurs to set up businesses from home. This is especially helpful for people who face systemic barriers.
The solar dryer that helps avoid food waste
A company in India has found a solution for imperfect produce that would usually be left by farmers to rot. Their specially designed solar dryers remove the water from it. Then they process it and sell it on.
This technology has cleared thousands of marijuana-related convictions
Having a criminal record stops many people from finding a job or home, even if their offense has been decriminalised meanwhile. Code for America and the Clear My Record initiative help liberate people from their “paper prisons”.
The Oxford brewery that’s run by ex-offenders
Founded in 2016, Tap Social is creating jobs for former offenders – while at the same time brewing award-winning beer.
How community ownership can stop deforestation
More and more examples show that forests owned, managed and governed by their inhabitants are a promising model to preserve biodiversity and halt deforestation.
Struggles From Below
The prisoner-run radio station that’s reaching men on death row
At Texas’ Polunsky Unit, The Tank is a prison radio station run by and for the prison’s incarcerated men, including nearly 200 on death row. The latter live in solitary confinement with no access to classes, jobs, or TVs. But they do have radios.