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As parents across the country continue to struggle to find infant formula to feed their babies, Joe Biden yesterday invoked the Defense Production Act to expedite the production of infant formula and authorized flights to import infant formula. supplies from abroad.

“I know parents across the country are worried about finding enough formula to feed their babies,” Biden said in a video statement released by the White House. “As a parent and grandparent, I know how stressful it is.”

  • The law of 1950 obliges suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill orders of these companies before other customers.

  • Biden also cleared the Department of Defense operate commercial aircraft to fly formula supplies that meet federal standards from overseas to the United States, in what the White House calls “Operation Fly Formula.”

  • Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is streamlining its review process to make it easier for foreign manufacturers to start shipping more formula to the United States.

  • In early May, 43% of infant formula was out of stock at retailers. Learn more here about how this crisis erupted.

UN: War in Ukraine has sparked a global food crisis that could last for years

A Ukrainian army officer inspects a grain warehouse shelled by Russian forces on May 6, 2022 near the front lines of Kherson Oblast in Novovorontsovka, Ukraine. Photography: John Moore/Getty Images

The war in Ukraine, which was previously known as the world’s breadbasket, has helped fuel a global food crisis that could last for years if left unchecked, the United Nations has warned, while the World Bank has announced an additional $12 billion in funding to mitigate its “devastating effects”.

Prior to the February invasion, Ukraine exported 4.5 million tonnes of agricultural products per month through its ports – 12% of the planet’s wheat, 15% of its corn and half of its sunflower oil. With the country’s ports cut off by Russian warships, supplies can only travel on congested and much less efficient land routes, which has sent food prices skyrocketing.

“Let’s be clear: there is no effective solution to the food crisis without reintegrating Ukraine’s food production,” said UN Secretary General António Guterres. “Russia must allow the safe and secure export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports.”

Former police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd

Thomas Lane.
Thomas Lane. Photography: AP

Thomas Lane, a former Minneapolis police officer, pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd in a plea deal that will see him spend three years in state prison.

Lane’s plea deal comes a year after his former colleague Derek Chauvin, who was recorded by a bystander killing Floyd while kneeling on his neck, was convicted of murder and sentenced to more than two decades in prison . Lane and former officers J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were found guilty in federal court in February of violating Floyd’s civil rights, but no convictions have yet been entered against them.

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Grubhub delivery people gather between deliveries in midtown Manhattan in New York City.
GrubHub delivery people gather between deliveries in midtown Manhattan in New York City. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Stat of the Day: Native and Alaska Native women are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women

Jeannie Hovland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs for the US Department of Health and Human Services, poses with a mask of missing and murdered Native women, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Jeannie Hovland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs for the US Department of Health and Human Services, poses with a mask of missing and murdered Native women, in Anchorage, Alaska. Photograph: Mark Thiessen/AP

With the protections enshrined in Roe v Wade likely to be overturned, Indigenous women, girls, and all women who give birth — a demographic that already experiences higher rates of violence than their counterparts — are at particular risk of a increased risk of violence and death, a leading research institute on Indigenous and Alaska Native peoples across the United States has warned. “Our people are going to suffer,” Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, told the Guardian.

Don’t miss this: The Reverend trying to break America’s bond between faith and guns

Peter Cook, leader of the New York State Council of Churches.
Peter Cook, leader of the New York State Council of Churches. Photograph: Edward Helmore/The Guardian

Reverend Peter Cook has been a constant presence at prayer rallies and public memorials since the racist shooting that killed 10 people Saturday in Buffalo. He has a tough message he’s trying to get across to the country: that it’s the responsibility of white Christian denominations to challenge white America’s relationship with God and guns that is intertwined with white supremacy. .

… or this: The hero of the 2020 presidential election faces a difficult re-election

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Brad Raffensperger became the hero of the 2020 presidential election when he, as a Republican serving as Georgia’s top election official, resisted Donald Trump’s demands to overturn the election result. But now he faces his own re-election. Can he survive Trump’s wrath?

Climate control: climate suicide

A person holds a sign during a vigil at the Supreme Court building in Washington DC2 for environmental activist Wynn Alan Bruce, who set himself on fire the previous week.
A person holds a sign during a vigil at the Supreme Court building in Washington DC2 for environmental activist Wynn Alan Bruce, who set himself on fire the previous week. Photography: Bryan Olin Dozier/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

On Earth Day this year, Wynn Bruce, a 50-year-old photographer who lived in Boulder, Colorado, set himself on fire on the steps of the United States Supreme Court. His gruesome self-immolation resembled that of David Buckel, a civil rights lawyer who four years earlier marched to New York’s Prospect Park, doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire .

Buckel had left a two-page note emailed to the media minutes before his death stating that “my untimely death by fossil fuels reflects what we do to ourselves.” Few people worried about the climate crisis are driven to self-harm, but research has shown that many struggle with anxiety about it.

“Living in climate truth is like living in a nightmare. It’s absolutely awful and I can understand why the vast majority of Americans don’t,” said Margaret Klein Salamon, a clinical psychologist turned climate activist. “But the worst part is that everyone is acting normal – it’s like we’re zombies. The feeling of powerlessness and despair hampers conversations and political action.

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Last thing: ‘Do you think you can do what you want with your body?’

In 1998, a group of pro-choice activists began running advertisements warning of a dystopian future where Roe v Wade would be overthrown. Activists feared that this new generation who had never experienced a pre-Roe world would come of age without knowing what a pre-Roe world was like — or without understanding how precarious abortion rights have always been in the United States. United.

The vivid images are shocking and haunting — and far too prescient, given what’s happening today with the Supreme Court and the leaked ruling that will likely overturn Roe’s enshrined protections against Wade.

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