Valentine’s Day, Mother Jones-Style

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Or if you are one of those people, happy grumpy I-hate-this-silly-manufactured-nonsense day. It will assuredly be a day of blissful complaining for you.

Think Valentine’s Day is the sort of thing Mother Jones wouldn’t cover? Wrong! There’s always a MoJo angle. In 2003, we sent a correspondent out to find a truly organic, pesticide-free Valentine’s Day rose. The results — surprise! — were not good. A year earlier, we examined the environmental and human cost of Ecuador’s rose industry — the world’s fourth largest and a major exporter to the United States. Just a loving reminder from Mother Jones that consumer ethics never take a holiday.

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In "News Is Just Like Waste Management," we unpack what the coronavirus crisis has meant for journalism, including Mother Jones’, and how we can rise to the challenge. If you're able to, this is a critical moment to support our nonprofit journalism with a donation: We've scoured our budget and made the cuts we can without impairing our mission, and we hope to raise $400,000 from our community of online readers to help keep our big reporting projects going because this extraordinary pandemic-plus-election year is no time to pull back.

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