Mississippi is forbidding grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers”

Mississippi is forbidding grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers”

The draconian new law aimed at plant-based foods might be unconstitutional. It’s been a good few months for the plant-based meat movement — so good that opponents of the fledgling industry are starting to mobilize. This week, a new law went into effect in Mississippi. The state now bans plant-based meat providers from using labels like “veggie burger” or “vegan hot dog” on their products. Such labels are potentially punishable with jail time. Words like…

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The racial roots of Trump’s anti-trade agenda

The racial roots of Trump’s anti-trade agenda

The Trump campaign’s trade policy can’t be disentangled from its rhetoric on race and immigration. Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, the president likes to say, had a lot to do with taking a stance on trade and economic policy well outside the Republican mainstream, arguing for using tariffs to keep foreign goods out of the US and build up industries at home. “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our…

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California is about to ban discrimination against black workers with natural hairstyles

California is about to ban discrimination against black workers with natural hairstyles

It’s the first state to take this step. A black woman was denied a job in Alabama because she wouldn’t cut her dreadlocks. A black BP executive says she was fired for wearing cornrows to work. Then, in December, a referee forced a New Jersey high-school athlete to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a wrestling match. The moment was captured on video and sparked viral outrage on social media. These are just a few examples…

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Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro

Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro

Peter Parker has become Tony Stark’s heir apparent, in ways both intriguing and kinda gross. Warning: Spoilers follow for Spider-Man: Far From Home. As Spider-Man: Far From Home nears its conclusion, Peter Parker is at a low ebb. A confusing, terrifying encounter with the villain Mysterio left our young hero stranded in a small village in the Netherlands, when he had hoped to be in Berlin to warn Nick Fury of Mysterio’s duplicity. And Mysterio…

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Midsommar’s twisted ending, explained

Midsommar’s twisted ending, explained

What on earth just happened? Midsommar, the new movie from Hereditary director Ari Aster, is not what you’d call a straightforward, lighthearted summer film. “I keep telling people I want it to be confusing,” Aster told me when I spoke to him about it shortly before the film’s release. But in truth, the events in most of the film’s 140-minute runtime are fairly easy to follow; it’s in the ending where things get a little…

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