Today’s Quick Hits, March 20, 2020

Will virus upend U.S.-China trade deal? (Politico): From economic damage to damaging rhetoric, the coronavirus threatens all aspects of the relationship between the two economic superpowers.

Maryland lawmakers ban chlorpyrifos (Maryland Pesticide Action Network): On Wednesday, the Maryland General Assembly made the state the fourth in the country to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide, starting in 2021.

‘I’m a migrant food delivery guy in Italy’ (Slate): As Italy shut down in response to the coronavirus, “[m]y earnings and my working hours plummeted. … If I don’t work, I don’t make money — but if I need food, medicines, or anything else, I need to spend money anyway.”

NOSB shifts to online meeting (USDA): The National Organic Standards Board said that because of the coronavirus, it would hold its spring meeting, scheduled for April 21 and 22, online “in an open and public setting.”

Accommodating consumers during Covid-19 (AFBF): As social distancing keeps Americans out of restaurants, food processors are shifting production to focus on cuts of chicken, beef, and pork that appeal to the home cook and offering frozen foods and shelf-stable items for the home pantry.