COVID-19

Pandemic forces small farmers in Mexico to adapt

Rodrigo Cervantes Jul 21, 2020
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Esteban de Jesús Durán is part of Plantas y Flores de Xochimilco, a community of decorative plant growers based south of Mexico City. Rodrigo Cervantes
COVID-19

Pandemic forces small farmers in Mexico to adapt

Rodrigo Cervantes Jul 21, 2020
Esteban de Jesús Durán is part of Plantas y Flores de Xochimilco, a community of decorative plant growers based south of Mexico City. Rodrigo Cervantes
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As in the U.S., many small, local farmers in Mexico have to compete with big companies. Now, they are also trying to adapt to changes in agricultural trade because of COVID-19. Some are finding new ways to sell, using social media and other methods to reach their customers. Some farmers have had to slow down or even take a pause. Others are flourishing, as they find new demand from customers in quarantine.

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COVID-19 Economy FAQs

It’s still the question on everyone’s minds: What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

The $600-a-week payments have ended, officially, as of July 31. For now, there is no additional federal pandemic unemployment assistance. House Democrats want to renew the $600 payments. Senate Republicans have proposed giving the unemployed 70% of their most recent salary by this October, when state unemployment offices have had time to reconfigure their computer systems to do those calculations. Until then, jobless workers would just get another $200. But, nothing has been signed into law yet.

What’s the latest on evictions?

For millions of Americans, things are looking grim. Unemployment is high, and pandemic eviction moratoriums have expired in states across the country. And as many people already know, eviction is something that can haunt a person’s life for years. For instance, getting evicted can make it hard to rent again. And that can lead to spiraling poverty.

Which retailers are requiring that people wear masks when shopping? And how are they enforcing those rules?

Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, CVS, Home Depot, Costco — they all have policies that say shoppers are required to wear a mask. When an employee confronts a customer who refuses, the interaction can spin out of control, so many of these retailers are telling their workers to not enforce these mandates. But, just having them will actually get more people to wear masks.

You can find answers to more questions on unemployment benefits and COVID-19 here.

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