The Dairy Industry’s Immigration Problem

A worker connects milking equipment to a cow at Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Indiana. Photo by Cassidy McDonald

By Cassidy McDonald and Janet Stengle

Doug Leman was born in Francesville, Indiana, and he expects to die in Francesville, Indiana. His family has lived in Francesville for three generations: His parents were dairy farmers. And so were their parents — and their parents’ parents.

Naturally, Leman became a dairy farmer, too. His four sons grew up helping with his 800-cow herd and he planned to pass the farm on to them. “Our goal was to build something so our sons would have a future,” he said. Continue reading “The Dairy Industry’s Immigration Problem”

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Which major cities have the most foreign-born residents? Explore this map.

People are on the move — now, more than ever.

In 2015, the total number of international migrants passed 240 million (the highest number yet). These migrants tend to congregate in cities.

What does that mean for 10 major cities with increasingly foreign-born populations? Explore the map to find out.

(City percentages come from the World Migration Report 2015, by the International Organization for Migration.)

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War and Religion: What I learned from Google Trends

War, what is it good for?

The word “war” has had ups and downs in Google search history over the past five years, but hit a noticeable spike around late April and early May of 2016.

The cause of the spike is unclear, but searches peaked near the day hardliner President Rodrigo Duterte won the Philippine Presidency, and when tensions were rising over disputes in the South China Sea.

Around the same time, the world witnessed an Armenian and Azerbaijani clash in a separatist region of Azerbaijan, and an acceleration of fighting in Syria.

Losing — and Google searching — my religion.

Over the past five years, Islam was the most highly searched term, compared to five of the most commonly practiced religions.

And while is Islam is the most-searched religion, the faith comes in second place off the web, according to Pew Research Center.

In terms of the number of followers worldwide, the most commonly practiced religions are, in order: Christianity, Islam, Atheism/Unaffiliated, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Islam has 1.6 billion followers worldwide and accounts for about 23 percent of the global population. It is the only religious group projected to increase more rapidly than the world’s population as a whole over the next 30 years.

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