Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, November 29, 2015

  • Fighting Pests With Sound Waves, Not Pesticides (takepart) http://bit.ly/1NsECNW                                                                                Scientists have invented a device that uses acoustics to mimic the mating call of an insect that has been devastating Florida’s orange groves. Question is, can this technique be used for other insects?
  • The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1loM69J                                                Whether it’s microbes in the dirt or fresh air – or both – researchers do know this: Gardening is strong medicine.
  • 8 Colorful Ways Countries Around the World Give Thanks for Their Harvest (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Q5nKx7
  • On Thanksgiving, There Is Such a Thing as Free Lunch (takepart) http://bit.ly/1NfTJ8p                                                                                           Some restaurants that say open on the holiday celebrate by giving food away to benefit their communities.
  • Jim Hightower: What Exactly Are We Celebrating on Thanksgiving? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Ni0URY                                 We face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture or in exploitative agri-industry.
  • Ahead of Thanksgiving, Tribes Earn New Grants to Support Local Food and Farming (takepart) http://bit.ly/1N2osWz                    Moving toward food sovereignty is good for the stomachs and souls of Native Americans.
  • Native Americans mark Thanksgiving with mixed feelings, and a meal on LA’s skid row (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1kUxgrB
    • The “Honorable Harvest”: Lessons From an Indigenous Tradition of Giving Thanks (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1lRwDPE
    • Decolonize Thanksgiving (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/21h2Wb4
    • What’s Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farm Workers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/21fXYLI
    • Why Are Organic Cranberries So Hard to Find? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1ldHZgr
    • The Effects of Cranberry Bogs on Area Flora and Fauna (McAlester College) http://bit.ly/1Iie9fY
    • The Turkey Report (Clear Food) http://bit.ly/1T1NBG5
    • From Holiday Bird to Cold Cuts, Take a Scientific Look at What’s in Your Turkey (takepart) http://bit.ly/1lneVmx        California lab brings high-tech scrutiny to the search for the perfect bird.
  • Wild turkeys are tough old birds. Here’s why you should hunt and cook them (grist) http://bit.ly/1Q1ryiM                                                         If you have never eaten wild turkey, you should.                              Note: they do need to be cooked differently…
  • Less Meat Consumption Critical to Achieve Global Climate Goals (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/1HvYKhh
    • If We’re Going To End Factory Farms, We Need To Eat Way Less Meat (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1XweEde                 Meat consumption is down after decades of growth, but the US still eats more of it than any other country.
  • ‘Decolonize Your Diet’ With Healthy Plant – Based Mexican Cooking (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Xk3g49                                                    A new cookbook explores a cuisine built around healthy native crops that predate the arrival of Europeans in the Americas.
  • There’s A Burger That Costs $300k. We’re Not Kidding. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/21kbEW0                                           Who’s actually buying this stuff?
  • If you can’t stand the heat (The Economist) http://econ.st/1XlSFLp                                                                                          How farmers in poor countries are responding to climate change
  • Global Trade Won’t Solve the Food Shortages Brought on by Climate Change (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1lnsqCU
  • What Americans Can Learn From a Beautiful French Film About Farming (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1JU6Hgk                                              After Winter, Spring looks at radical changes in modern agriculture through the lens of a tiny French village.

 

Food Insecurity, Hunger, & Obesity

  • American Hunger-Related Healthcare Costs Exceeded $160 Billion in 2014, According to New Study (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1OciGa4                                                                                          Food insecurity, especially for children, remains near record high despite the Great Recession’s official end.
  • 160 Billion: The Health Costs of Hunger in America (Bread for the World) http://bit.ly/1Q5EsMJ                                                              This is what we found with Meals on Wheels, less food, worse health outcomes. No surprise.
  • One Nice Meal Won’t Cut It – How You Can Really Help the Hungry This Thanksgiving (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1PPV10A        Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, was clear that soup lines weren’t the answer to poverty.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • A Bill of Rights That Puts Workers Above Corporations (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1H4FCRB                                                                          It’s up to the voters of Spokane, Washington.
  • In New York, Farmworkers Rally for 1 Cent of Dignity (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1lvgZct                                                                                    The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has won battles with McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle, and Taco Bell. Is Wendy’s next?
  • Eric Schlosser on the People Behind Our Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1MV9MbJ
    • Food Workers, in Their Own Voices (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/1PIAPOg                                                                                         A new oral history project attaches a face – and a voice – to the people who feed America.
  • Workers Say Turkey Processing Jobs Are Thankless (Takepart) http://bit.ly/1Xo8HEk                                                                                              Top producers have pledged reform, but workers say meeting holiday demand causes injuries and pays too little.
  • World’s First Robotic Farm to Produce 30,000 Heads of Lettuce Per Day (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PUAdDv
  • Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers – And What Must Be Done (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/21m85yx
  • World’s First Robotic Farm to Produce 30,000 Heads of Lettuce Per Day (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PUAdDv
  • “I often had to skip meals”: Senate Dining Room Workers Want a Union, Say They’re Living in Poverty (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1I8Q3cD

 

Business & Economy

  • New York Times and Washington Post Journalists Failed to Disclose Sources’ Funding From Monsanto (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1QMlAUx                                                                                          Also: New Yorker, The Atlantic, ABC News, Forbes and others. This is unacceptable collapse of journalistic standards.
  • Walmart’s Wage Increase Is Hurting Its Stock Price—and That’s OK (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1Hh1sHe                                                            The stock market doesn’t take long-term economic growth into account very well, so why do we look to it to see if higher wages are succeeding?
  • Tesco agrees $12m payout to US shareholders over accounting scandal (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1Ii9ISm                                            UK’s biggest retailer sued after overstating 2015 first-half profit by £263m, causing a hit on stock prices when the error came to light. Tesco is the UK’s largest grocer…
  • Coke Adds Fraud: Exposing the Beverage Giant’s Shady Research Practices (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1kSn3f7                                                    One of America’s once-most-trusted brands funds research downplaying the link between sugary drinks and obesity.
  • APNewsBreak: Emails reveal Coke’s role in anti-obesity group (Associated Press) http://bit.ly/1Oe9RfQ
  • Coca-Cola Was Less Than Hands Off With the Anti-Obesity Group It Funded (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Q5nYEn                          Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that the relationship went beyond a simple donation.

 

Protests

  • To Protest Walmart on Black Friday, Organizers Are Seeking Food for Underpaid Workers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1XzD9q1                                                                                        They’ve got 1,000 collection drives planned.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Need $23,000 Worth of Chocolate Health Bars? Dumpster Dive (takepart) http://bit.ly/1HdwEan                                                                   Meet the Canadian couple who survived on food-waste-only diet for six months.
  • Can We End America’s Massive Food Waste Problem? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1NC8dWC                                                                                      Almost half of America’s food is thrown out every year. Despite the popularity of things like local markets and farm-to-form initiatives, the US food system remains a heavily industrialized, wasteful business.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • As Brazil’s Largest City Struggles With Drought, Residents Are Leaving (NPR) http://n.pr/1LuIaJq
  • Running dry: How the drought is forging a new California (SF Chronicle) http://sfchron.cl/1IKavtZ                                                Californians are living through a slow-motion natural disaster, a four-year drought that is combining with record heat to challenge the state in unprecedented ways.
  • California’s Drought Impacts Agriculture, Employment (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/1HoD9at
  • More California Farmers Switch To Almond Growing, Update on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/1T5XKAU
  • Top of the Food Chain: Fine Dining Pushes for Sustainable Seafood (takepart) http://bit.ly/1IaldQZ                                            Salmon and shrimp may be popular fare, but leading chefs prove that less familiar local seafood can earn top honors.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EPA Turnaround on Toxic Herbicide ‘Huge Victory for Future of Food’ (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1IpRBda                        Revoking Enlist Duo approval, agency sides with green groups and pulls brakes on ‘lethal cocktail of chemicals’ Yes!
  • US (EPA) Changes Mind, Nixes Weed Killer Toxic to Monarch Butterflies (takepart) http://bit.ly/1OxddsB                                    Agency reverses course a year later on weed-killing herbicidal cocktail that could further threaten declining monarch butterfly populations.
  • Water Pollution Trading Programs Under Fire as Report Finds Lax Oversight, “Shell Games” Put Waterways at Risk (DeSmog) http://bit.ly/1R5F0mx
  • Congress Isn’t Delivering the Progressive Food Policy Americans Want (takepart) http://bit.ly/1WZSjKe                                                        Even as substantial majorities of voters say they want an overhauled progressive food system, lawmakers remain stuck in the status quo.
  • States Battle Cities Over Minimum Wage (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1CEu76t                                                                                               16 states have laws forbidding local municipalities from raising the minimum wage, and/or benefits, via ALEC…
  • California Climate and Agriculture Legislative Roundup (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/1XhgRhZ

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Costco Joins a Host of Retailers Refusing to Sell GMO Salmon (takepart) http://bit.ly/1XzAJro                                                                     The second-largest retailer in the world is now one of more than 60 US supermarket chains rejecting the laboratory fish.

 

Poisons

  • Dangerous Pesticides Are Being Found In Colorado’s Weed (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Pb2XcO                                                The state doesn’t yet require marijuana businesses to conduct pesticide testing, leading to a “buyer beware” market.

 

Pollinators

  • Scientists Say They’ve Found the ‘Missing Link’ on Bees and Pesticides (care2) http://bit.ly/1P1zmlT

 

Animals

  • Jack in the Box and General Mills Commit to Sourcing Cage-Free Eggs (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/1Niof5Z
    • Jack in the Box Says ‘No’ to Birds in the Cage (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1SolnVr                                                                                           Five to 10 years is a long time for chickens to remain in cages, but Jack in the Box’s announcement is still great progress – 5 to 10 years? CAFO chickens are usually culled after one to two year… (Farm Sanctuary) http://bit.ly/1iG3Zvw
  • Even at Whole Foods’ Best Farm (Diestel Family Turkey Ranch), Turkeys Suffer (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Tg3KYs

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Chipotle Shares Plummet as E. Coli Outbreak Spreads (takepart) http://bit.ly/1lnge4R                                                                                          Cases have been reported in six states.

 

Education

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update November 22, 2015

 

  • Borrow, Save, Share: 3 Ways Seeds Can Democratize Our Food System (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1j6QqJ1                                                            Just six companies control 63 percent of the commercial seed market. But seed libraries offer us an opportunity to reclaim the seed commons and create our own community food systems.
  • Got Food? How Local Food Systems Can Build Resilience for Turbulent Times (The Solutions Journal) http://bit.ly/1PGvKFW
  • This Maine Co-op’s Trying to Bring Fresh, Local Food to 10,000 College Students (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1QqDL12                                     For the past 10 years, University of Maine students have been fed by a giant corporate food distributor. I Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative wins the next contract, they’ll send millions of dollars to local farmers and fishermen instead.
  • Alarming Developments in Palm Oil Industry in Latin America Spur Global Call to Action for Palm Oil Traders (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1Xch5kY
  • The Color of Food: How Gardens and farms an Help Us Heal From a History of Racism (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1QtE5Nt              When we work together, share meals together, and laugh together, we’re repairing relationships with the soil as a community.
  • More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the US (Pew Research Center) http://pewrsr.ch/1S6KhIM                                                             New Loss of 140,000 from 2009 to 2014; Family Reunification Top Reason for Returning
  • Farmland, Food, and Bioenergy Crops Need not Compete for Land (The Solutions Journal) http://bit.ly/1T6HbFK
  • Israeli military offers a death-free experience – for soldiers’ diets, at least (grist) http://bit.ly/1PT0XUV                                                Veganism is on the rise in Israel, and the military is taking note.

 

Food Insecurity, Hunger, & Obesity

  • Bewildering Biodiversity – A Success Story of Food Security for Indigenous Peoples in India (IPS News) http://bit.ly/1PGOVzC
  • After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op – And They Own It (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1Y7zfXo
  • Gardening for Victory: One Battle for Urban Food Security (The Solutions Journal) http://bit.ly/1QALvhS
  • California Wants to Help Low-Income Residents Buy More Fresh Produce (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1SzIo7n                                                        A new bill could help more Californians afford to shop at farmers’ markets and food hubs and help pave the way to similar effort nationwide.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Death in The Fields (The Desert Sun) http://desert.sn/1S7X5yK    Six California famrworkers died in the summer of 2008 after laboring in the heat. Lawsuits spurred change.
  • Transgender Employee Sues Wal-Mart (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1HbaaXz                                                                                           … They’ve got wage and hour lawsuits, gender discrimination lawsuits, disability discrimination lawsuits, racial discrimination lawsuits, and age discrimination lawsuits…
  • It’s the 50th Anniversary Of the Strike to Bring Fair Wages for Farm Workers: RFK, Jr. Reminds Us of their Bravery (Ring of Fire) http://bit.ly/1laqYnk
    • United Farm Workers celebrate the Delano Grape Strike ’65 movement (The Renegade Rip, Bakersfield College) http://bit.ly/1kMv3yj
    • US civil rights milestone marked at Delano’s historic Forty Acres (Angelus News) http://bit.ly/1QUt3jE
  • How This Brooklyn Neighborhood is Putting Healthy Food in Business (Yes!) http://bit.ly/20aeI6t                                                                   A co-op training program in Brooklyn could serve as a model for other cities looking to combat the effects of gentrification for long time residents.
  • The “Sharing Economy” is the Problem: The Cooperative Economy is the Solution (Grassroots Economic Organizing) http://bit.ly/1H4Uxxb
  • Three Part Series on Black Cooperatives

 

Business & Economics

  • Taco Bell to Switch to Cage-Free Eggs After 2016 (WSJ) http://on.wsj.com/1MzSIc3                                                                Restaurant chain says its 6,000 US locations will shift to cage-free eggs by the end of 2016
  • The Last Major Fast-Food Chain to Promise Cage-Free Eggs Will Be the First to Serve Them (takepart) http://bit.ly/1I3MR1U    Taco Bell will implement the changes by the end of 2016, while McDonald’s won’t finish its supply overhaul until 2025.
  • Kroger Feeds the Foodopoly by Gobbling up Wisconsin Supermarket (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/1NldF0b  Kroger, the largest conventional supermarket chain in the US, is buying Wisconsin based grocer Roundy’s, further consolidating our squeezed food chain.
  • Corporations replace peasants at the “vanguard” of China’s new food security agenda (GRAIN) http://bit.ly/1OdOLMK
  • McDonald’s ordered to pay $355,000 for discriminating against legal immigrants (RT) http://bit.ly/1N1hsNU
  • As Boomers Retire, Millions of Small Businesses Will Change Hands. Can We Keep Them Local? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1MUaKVH  A “silver tsunami’ of retiring business owners is coming, and with it, one of the biggest changeovers of privately held companies in US history. Here’s how we can help owners pass their legacies – to their workers.
  • Syngenta convicted: Justice finds company responsible for armed attack on encamped rural workers (Terra de Direitos) http://bit.ly/1I2KfMz
  • The Bank-Free, KIY Lending System That Helps Friends and Families Finance Themselves (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1H7U15j        Who needs banks when you have communities? This finance model lets people help each other – without interest.
  • Turkey at $1.38 a Pound Sounds Great. Until You Think About What That Means. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1r0UHBm             … the exploitation of farmers, animals, farm workers, processing, packaging, transportations, and grocery while poisoning the land, water and creating antibiotic resistance…
  • That turkey on your plate could use some industry competition (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1lBA0dw
  • Report: Unsafe at These Speeds (Southern Poverty Law Center) http://bit.ly/1SbVQyx
  • Does the chicken industry pluck farmers? (grist) http://bit.ly/1SAqqSh                                                                                               The other side of the argument: there are always winners and losers… Really? Tick-tock the game is locked…

 

Protests

  • Protesters Continue to Try and Stop Massive Water Shut-Offs in Detroit (truthout) http://bit.ly/1kJil3p
  • These Are The Face Of The Fight For 15 Movement (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1O7CUji                                                                 Workers protested nationwide Tuesday in an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Here are some of their stories.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Another Round of Water Nightmares for Flint (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/1lCHz3w                                                                        Over recent years, Flint residents have been subjected to illegally raised utility costs and poisoned water. Now, sixty percent of Flint water customers face having their water shut off.
  • Some Wisconsin Water Is Comparable to a Third World Country (Thank’s Scott Walker) (Esquire) http://bit.ly/1Qt05Ik                   “We can’t drink, brush our teeth, wash dishes, wash food; we can’t use our water, said one resident.
  • Study: Project: Failure at the Faucet (Wisconsin Watch) http://bit.ly/1MRXVek                                                                                  Nearly half the private wells in Wisconsin have tested as unsafe – 2013 state researchers’ study of rural well water…
  • From Commutes to Corals: Reincarnating New York’s Subway Cars (The Solutions Journal) http://bit.ly/1O981gv
  • Incredible Infographic Shows How We Have Ruined our Oceans – and Ourselves as a Result (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1N34ZcM      From plastic trash and discarded fishing gear to oil spills and pesticide runoff, human beings have treated the oceans as a vast dumping ground.
  • Only 1 Percent of the Earth’s Oceans Are Environmentally Protected (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1MlvxUQ                                                    How the majority of life on Earth lives under the sea, and 22 other facts about or world today.
  • Scaling Up Seafood Sustainability: An Illustrated Journey (The Solutions Journal) http://bit.ly/1SbxvJg

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The WTO Just Dealt a Blow to US Consumers and Dolphins (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1O7TpOg
    • United State – Measures Concerning the Importation, marketing and Sale of Tuna and Tuna Products (WTO) http://bit.ly/1G8FkJt
  • Latin American Legislators Find New Paths to Fight Hunger (IPS News) http://bit.ly/1PGOl4U                                                                            With eight specific commitments aimed at pushing through laws and policies on food security and sovereignty, family farming and school feeding programs, legislators from 17 countries…
  • Latin American Legislators, a Battering Ram in the Fight Against Hunger (IPS News) http://bit.ly/1SoaF0T
  • “Congress To Vote on Bill To Ban Microbead Hygiene Products in US” (Society of Environmental Journalists) http://bit.ly/1I2B43Z
  • Our Government Is Destroying Geese Families In the Cruelest Way (The Dodo) http://thedo.do/1I6A7T3                                                … Wildlife Services has been Killing millions upon millions of animals for over 100 years. The Wildlife Services is a branch of the USDA.
  • US Agriculture Department Inducts Cesar Chavez into ‘Hall of Heroes’ (Latin Post) http://bit.ly/1GTyZaf
  • The USDA Is Putting $34.3 Million Into Local Food Projects. Will It Be Enough? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1QHjgxl                                           Those in the food justice movement question whether the agency’s recent efforts are a superficial attempt to t appear supportive of local food and minority farmers.
  • FDA OKs genetically modified salmon for human consumption (PBS Newshour) http://to.pbs.org/1PPT3vy                                            We have lost this battle, but the war is not over…
  • FDA takes several actions involving genetically engineered plants and animals for food (FDA) http://1.usa.gov/215iYVy        AquaAdvantage Salmon, voluntary labeling of foods from GE sources…
  • Emergency Lawsuit Filed To Fight FDA Approval of ‘Frankenfish’ (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1OiihkB                                                        In addition to profound potential for ecological impacts, critics say move by FDA ignores fundamental right of consumers to know how their food is produced
  • EPA Finding on Fracking Water Pollution Disputed by its Own Scientists (Society of Environmental Journalists) http://bit.ly/1NI8UYA

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • BRIEF –Novozymes says BioAg Alliance targets 25-50 percent of US farmland by 2025 (Reuters) http://reut.rs/1PzjJSV
  • Eco Groups Take Canadian Government to Court in GMO Salmon Fight (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1OeAvn3      Genetically modified fish pose too high of a risk to surrounding ecosystems, lawsuit states.
  • The First GMO Animal Was Just Approved. But You Probably Won’t Be Eating It Anytime Soon. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1HfbMzA
  • Concerned Americans Urge White House to Overhaul GMO Regulation by the Thousands (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/1lcGZsX
  • David and Goliath: Illinois Farer Takes on the World’s Largest Agrochemical Company Over GMO Corn (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1lbHzqA                                                                                              US corn exports are still down 85% after Syngenta’s rush to the market with genetically modified product led to a ban in China, a farmer claims in court.

Poisons

  • Pesticide Exposure Linked to Abnormal Sperm (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1XhB4Ph                                                                                                A new study has found that exposure to organochlorine chemicals like DDE And PCBs may lead to fertility problems.
  • Study: Sperm Aneuploidy in Faroese Men with Lifetime Exposure to Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Pollutants (Environmental Health Perspectives) http://1.usa.gov/1Ww2fej
  • Monsanto’s Roundup: The Whole Toxic Enchilada (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1MHX8Of
    • EU Gives Monsanto Mixed Message on Roundup’s Cancer-Causing Potential (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1NjCeuk          Research shows that glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup (no, herbicide), can damage DNA, disrupt development and cause morbidity, even at normal levels of use.

 

Animals

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Hold on to your lacerations: We’re heading towards a terrifying, post antibiotic world (grist) http://bit.ly/1NImUSm
  • Chipotle E. coli outbreak reaches six states, shares tumble (KELO) http://bit.ly/1MtbXpR
    • “E. Coli Bacteria Can Transfer Antibiotic Resistance To Other Bacteria” (Society of Environmental Journalists) http://bit.ly/1HdQDWA
  • Is This Chemical in Your Pizza Crust? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1P0MkP3                                                                                        Why is potassium bromate, a possible human carcinogen, still available in US baked goods, despite being banned around the world?
  • Here’s Why You Should Heed the WHO’s Processed Meat Warning (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1QKjuDS                                                  A new study shows the public doesn’t like pregnant pigs being kept in tiny crates. Really, they are cages…

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, November 17, 2015

 

  • 14 hot food trends for 2016 (Restaurant News) http://bit.ly/1ShBinV                                                                                      Really?
  • Farm bill favors corporations and ignores people of color (grist) http://bit.ly/1WM6x12
    • Farm Bill Report (University of California Berkeley Diversity) http://bit.ly/1iT5ee6
    • The Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the US Food System (University of California Berkeley Diversity) http://bit.ly/1NJksPG

 

  • India’s Indigenous Peoples organize to protect forests, waters and commons (The Ecologist) http://bit.ly/1SewFey
  • Vandana Shiva: West’s ‘fail-anthropy’ (The Asian Age) http://bit.ly/1McFxgY                                                                                        “’One Agriculture’ will starve the world and worsen the refugee crisis. The Gates Foundation, pretending to feed the world, is propagating the very source of half the climate problem.”
  • Making a Meal That’s Bred-to-Order (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/1MKLfGa                                                                            Plant breeders are working with chefs to create a better-tasting new varieties of fruits and vegetables.
  • San Francisco Becomes First City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1Nu0BiV
  • Farmers Honor Late Neighbor With ‘Unbelievable’ Gesture Of Support (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SqBzoE

“It’s a small community. We all stick together.”

 

  • Taste the Crown Jewel of the Grain World: Hand-Harvested Wild Rice (takepart) http://bit.ly/1kXObJ6                                                        This ancient Native American staple crop provides economic and environmental benefits on tribal lands.

 

Food Insecurity, Hunger, & Obesity

  • When Employees Buy Restaurant Ingredients at Cost, They Get More Than Better Food (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1QDYWNh
  • Fixing A Food Desert Isn’t As Easy As Putting A Grocery Store On Wheels (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1MQC3QM                            A mobile grocery store in New Mexico is no more. What’s sprung up in its place could be even better.
  • US Obesity Rates Are Rising Again, Especially Among Minority Women (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1O5MRxP                          And experts say they don’t have an explanation as to why.
  • There’s Little to Celebrate in New CDC Report on Obesity (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Mw2aNw                                                      Both child and adult rates appear to be plateauing, and declines were only seen in on demographic group.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Papa John’s Franchisee Gets Jail Time For Failing To Pay Full Wages (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1HQoJ2G                                  It’s very rare that a business owner serves time for wage theft.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack Becomes First Major Chain To Drop Tipping (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1OEWaIf                                        Servers will now be paid at least $12 an hour.
  • Tyson Foods Wants the Supreme Court to Let It Keep Stealing Workers’ Wages (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1MVQ1ab               Tyson Foods gets sued a lot by its employees. It wants the Supreme Court to make them stop.
  • Campaigns for Paid Family and Medical Leave Gain Momentum, Despite GOP Resistance (truthout) http://bit.ly/1HOBs0A
  • Sorry, Eating Chicken Is Indefensible: The Real Horrors Behind America’s Most Popular Meat (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1PqtpyZ      Chicken is seen as cheap protein and convenient food. But the labor practices and “killing line” are horrifying.
  • Complaints Against Multinational Supermarket Chain a Test of labor Protections in International Trade Agreements (UFCW Local 770) http://bit.ly/1NNU3jT                                                       Coalition of Labor and Consumer Groups File NAFTA and OECD complaints to Halt Worker Abuse at Mexican Retail Giant Chedraui Commercial Group
  • How a ‘Right to Your Job’ Law Could Help Unions Fight Back Against ‘Right to Work’ (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1RZHscE

 

Business & Economy

  • Ben And Jerry’s New Vegan Ice Cream Will Be Made With Almond Milk (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1lnKBso
  • Improving Lives by Connecting the Coffee in Your Cup to the Farmer Who Grew It (takepart) http://bit.ly/1kXNrnj                         By naming roasts after growers – and paying a premium price for beans – Austin-based Tiny House hopes to make life better on Nicaraguan plantations.
  • Taco Bell is a Crunchwrap Supreme jerk on food sourcing (grist) http://bit.ly/1QkUjZ7
    • Report: How Top Restaurants Rate On Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply (Friends of the Earth & NRDC) http://bit.ly/1Ntzjcv
  • Starbucks Offers Free College Tuition To Military Spouses And Children (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Sv9tJ3                    Military families can now earn bachelor’s degrees at Arizona State University for free.
  • Almost Half of All American Workers Make Less Than $15 an Hour (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1WRUl9U                                          Three years after the first #FightFor15 strike, workers nationwide rallied again yesterday for living wages and union rights.

 

Protests

  • Fast Food Strikes Hit Cities Throughout The Country (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SFVnoS                                                                             The campaign says workers earning less than $15 per hour are “a voting bloc that can no longer be ignored.”                                                  Less than 50% of US workers make $30,00 per year, you are right, they can’t be ignored…
  • Photos Show Workers Around The Country Striking For $15 Minimum Wage (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1HA9qet
  • In Latest Round of Fast Food Strikes, Fight for $15 Tells Politicians: “Come Get My Vote” (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1QvJu5D

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Should you be eating fruit foraged from urban landscapes? (grist) http://bit.ly/1NtyhgM
    • Is Food Foraged in Cities Safe to Eat? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1koRWrn                                                                                 Early research has found that some foraged urban foods are not only safe, they also have higher levels of nutrients.
  • One Kitchen Aims to Upcycle Food Waste and Employ the Poor (takepart) http://bit.ly/1NRie0X                                                                   The Alameda Kitchen will take unwanted fruits and vegetables and turn them into meals for a good cause.
  • Park Service removes garbage cans from San Francisco beach… to prevent litter (grist) http://bit.ly/1lmaTuY

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Report: Water, Drought, Climate Change, and Conflict in Syria (American Meteorological Society) http://bit.ly/1cFCBgR
  • The Drought Is Turning Dairy Farmers Away From Thirsty Feed Crops (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Qxu7JX                                           Redwood Hill Farm is substituting the shrub tagasaste for water-loving alfalfa.
  • Monster Fish Makes a Rare Appearance in Cambodia (takepart) http://bit.ly/1HRRtCS                                                                                     Fishers catch and release a critically endanger Mekong giant catfish.
  • Monsanto Accused of Knowingly Polluting SF Bay with Toxic PCBs (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1PquAOK                        Oakland city attorney says the chemical giant ‘chose profits over people, and American cities and citizens are still suffering the consequences.’
  • San Francisco Bay PCBs TMDL Project (California Environmental Protection Agency) http://bit.ly/1MMqpWZ                                        We have been warned since 1994 not to eat fish from the San Francisco Bay due to PCBs…
  • OEHHA: A guide to eating San Francisco Bay Fish and Shellfish based on mercury or PCBs (California Environmental Protection Agency) http://bit.ly/1RREuHd
  • Chemicals used in oil spill cleanup made Gulf disaster worse (grist) http://bit.ly/1RRVMns
    • Study: Chemical dispersants can suppress the activity of natural oil-degrading microorganisms (National Academy of Sciences) http://bit.ly/1QkT1gX
  • Plastic Contaminates Table Salt in China (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/1MxbMwN
    • Study: Microplastic Pollution in Table Salts from China (Journal of Environmental Science & Technology) http://bit.ly/1OH7jrM

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • TPP Ignores Workers’ Needs and Fails to Address Weaknesses from Past Trade Agreements (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1M9Gh8I
    • Worried TPP Will Hurt Workers? This Case Will Provide Some Clues (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1iXBwoa                              “If the administration fails to take strong action, critics will see it as a signal that the US is falling short on linking trade, investment, and labor rights.”
  • European scientists (European Food Safety Authority) say weedkiller glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer (Reuters UK) http://reut.rs/1Mg1Lkq                                                                                 Really? When the world cancer authority (IARC) took into consideration not only glyphaste but the interaction with other chemicals… What of the precautionary principle?
  • Farm bill favors corporations and ignores people of color (grist) http://bit.ly/1WM6x12
    • Report: The US Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the US Food System (UC Berkley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) http://bit.ly/1iT5ee6
  • What’s ‘Natural’ Food? The Government Isn’t Sure And Wants Your Input (NPR) http://n.pr/1QjgC1x
    • Think You Know What ‘Natural’ Means? The FDA Wants You to Share (takepart) http://bit.ly/1SusVWh                                    After more than 20 years, the feds may be getting serious about coming up with a legal definition for the label food makers love to use and abuse

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • India: Farmers criticize GM promoters’ covert practices (live mint) http://bit.ly/1NUrRfi                                                                         Farmers ask government stop approval process for commercialization of genetically modified mustard
  • New GMO-Free Zone Will Protect Traditional Farmers in Colorado (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1HLgPrm                                             The zone will help traditional and organic farmers avoid the risk of transgenic contamination from nearby GE crops, particularly GE corn.

 

Poisons

  • Will the EPA Ban a Pesticide That’s Been Lowering Children’s IQs for Year? (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1PB94p7
  • Why the United States Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1GI0QKp                                                            A 6-month investigation finds that the revolving door between government and the chemical industry has led the EPA to rely on easily manipulated research…

 

Pollinators

  • Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000 Years (The Salt) http://n.pr/1O4HxuE
    • Clay Fragments Suggest How Long We’ve Been Relying On Honeybees (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1RRua1V

 

Animals

  • There’s a Horrifying Pork Factory Video Going Around. The Story Behind It Is Even Worse. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1M87gBM    The puss-covered meat, poop-caked pigs, and snoozing employee? That’s supposed to be a model for the rest of the industry?
  • Undercover Video Appears To Show Pigs Conscious, Shaking In Pain As They Face Slaughterhouse Death (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1MLpk1L                                                                               Pigs that appear covered with feces and sores are headed for processing in the video at one of the largest US pork producers.
  • ‘Not Safe to Consume’: Insiders Blow Whistle on Pork Inspection Regime (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1GZ4AaB    “Personally, I will not eat any products that bear the name of the company which this meat is produced,” Says USDA whistleblower
  • Turkey Prices Expected to Rise 15 to 20 Percent This Thanksgiving (Yahoo!) http://abcn.ws/1WULKDf                                  Due to culling of turkey flocks in response to Avian Flue earlier this year…

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • This Is How Much Sugar You Should Eat, According to the FDA’s New Guidelines (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1MKVmzd

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update November 10, 2015

  • 6 Food and Farming Success Stories From Native Communities (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1WCfc0B                                                            Native American communities are connecting to their roots through food, farming and education.
  • These ‘Food Scans’ Will Make You See Vegetables In A Whole New Way (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PwOx5c
  • Death Happens (And Other Facts About Being a Farmer) – Bootstrap At Emadi Acres (National Young Farmers Coalition) http://bit.ly/1Nmix3m
  • We Are The Solution: African Women Organize for Lan and Seed Sovereignty (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1NUITIa
  • A Weekend in Montreal (Yahoo! Food) http://yhoo.it/1GZOvBj      And my favorite place on Rue Saint-Denis, Restaurant L’Express is on the list…
  • Joel Salatin responds to New York Times’ ‘Myth of Sustainable Meat’ (grist) http://bit.ly/1921Uch
  • A New Kind of Stove Could Save Lives and Trees in Ethiopia (takepart) http://bit.ly/1kiYZ4S                                                            Cheaper, more efficient cookstoves rely on less fuel, which helps with a host of social and environmental problems.
  • Forget Saving the Planet: Being a Vegetarian Is Cheaper Than Eating Meat (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PnD081                                           A new study shows that cooking plant-based meals costs less than cooking with the lean meats recommended by the MyPlate diet plan.
  • Study: Economical Healthy Diets (2012): Including Lean Animal Protein Costs More than Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition) http://bit.ly/1Q5ZvQC
    • Feds Decide That Sustainability and Nutrition Don’t Mix (takepart) http://bit.ly/1SpVgNZ                                                             The heads of the USDA and HHS say Dietary Guid3lines shouldn’t include environmental concerns.
  • Feds: if You Care About Health and the Environment, Change the Way You Eat (takepart) http://bit.ly/1iDTImN
  • Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/1LWXYs0      Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there’s potential to soak up much more.
  • Brewery Follows Ad Called Homophobic with ‘World’s First Transgender Beer’ (takepart) http://bit.ly/1QnCYxO
  • Your grain-free diet isn’t natural good for you or good for the planet (Washington Post) http://bit.ly/1PlWifH

 

Food Insecurity, Hunger, & Obesity

  • Soylent Isn’t About to ‘Disrupt’ World Hunger (takepart) http://bit.ly/1KLtDZF                                                                                  Creators of meal-replacement products have suggested they could help with nutrition aid.
  • Menu Calorie Labels Aren’t Perfect, But Can Still Help Fight Obesity (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1XQMewz                      Turns out information isn’t always power.

 

School Food

  • Give Schools the Tools to Prepare Healthy, Delicious Meals (The PEW Chartable Trusts) http://bit.ly/1x9jXse

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The benefits of paid leave for children are real, majority or research says (CNN) http://cnn.it/1GZslyZ
    • Report: Paid Parental Leave in the United States: What the Data Tell Us about Access, Usage, and Economic and Health Benefits (Institute For Women’s Policy Research) http://bit.ly/1GbB0aF
  • Restaurant Sales Now Surpass Grocery Sales – but Restaurant Workers Are Paid Peanuts (truthout) http://bit.ly/1OvwtJS
    • Americans’ Spending on Dining Out Just Overtook Grocery Sales for the First Time Ever (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/1H3D3lt
  • US women paid less in all industries, every level: report (Reuters) http://reut.rs/1WFGh32                                                                                       The gender pay gap widened further as the job level increased with male executives earning many times more than their female counterparts…
  • 3 Depressing Findings From A Huge New Study Of The Gender Pay Gap (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/1PpQUGK
  • There Are Jobs In Ag, There’s Just Not Enough New Grads To Fill ‘Em (KUNC) http://bit.ly/1XJTKJw
    • Report: Employment Opportunities for College Graduates: in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment, US 2015-2020 (Perdue University) http://bit.ly/1F9l10H
  • Workers (Taylor Farms) Speak Up After Being Told To Go Back To Work After Chemical Spill (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/1L1qC7u
  • Chipotle Ordered To Rehire Fired Worker Who Joined Fight For $15 (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1HdYFhJ                                      The worker was also reprimanded from discussing wages with his colleagues, which is a federal right.

 

Business & Economy

  • The Hard Power of Soft Drinks (New Republic) http://bit.ly/1MQLkyo                                                                                         How Coca-Cola’s feel-good message silences its critics
  • Mark Bittman Jumps From the Opinion Page to Vegan Meal-Delivery Start-Up (takepart) http://bit.ly/1RLr5jt                              The Purple Carrot will feature recipes developed by the author’s team, and the business is expanding beyond feeding people healthy food.
  • Big Time Food Writer Mark Bittman Left the New York Times to… Sell Vegan Food Kits?! (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1M87rus
  • Target Teams Up with MIT Geniuses to Figure out ‘Future of Food’ (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1N68Vd2
  • Would You Pay $1900 for Dinner? (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1Q928AY                                                                              World’s Most Expensive Restaurants
  • The Rigging of the American Market (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1Ma7VAi                                                                                               … Why have food prices been rising faster than inflation, while corn prices are now at a six-year low?
  • Why Falling Food Prices Around the World Aren’t Helping US Consumers (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/1f7kMtd               Americans love their processed foods, and that’s part of the problem

 

Protests

  • Monday Night Football Crashed by Fracktivists Performing Sky-High Rappel in Bank of America Stadium (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1kCdd09

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • 7 Tips to Improve Food Recovery: A Case Study from Santa Clara County (Food Shift) http://bit.ly/1Mfg1MG
  • Americans Waste Way Too Much Food At Home. Here’s What Can Be Done. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PbbGLR               “No matter how organically or sustainably we grow our food, if we don’t eat it, it’s a waste of resources.”
  • British Supermarket Chain to Donate Nearly Expired Food, Follow France’s Lead (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1SxVin7

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • The journey from grey to green (agri cultures) http://bit.ly/1Rq37um                                                                          Development of watershed is an approach to make best use of rainwater for agricultural production while improving soil conservation and bio-diversity…
  • The Solution to the Global Overfishing Crisis Is Around the Corner (takepart) http://bit.ly/1GIhIAU                                                  With a new report showing that most of the world’s fisheries are at risk, the United States is moving to ensure imported seafood has been legally caught.
  • Report: Illegal Fishing: Which fish species are at the highest risk from illegal and unreported fishing (World Wildlife Fund) http://wwf.to/20oWGOe
  • The Pacific Ocean Becomes a Caldron (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1RLeTzl
    • Woes Continue for West Coasting Fishing Industry as California Suspends Crab Catch (takepart) http://bit.ly/1kiXT9o                                                                                   Toxic algae that thrive in warming seas have already shut down trade in other shellfish and some small fish.
  • Global Opposition Is Mounting Against the Latest Environmental Abuse – Deep Sea Mining (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1Q9GsEQ

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • FAO and WTO aim to improve small scale producer access to international markets (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/1XQZUb0
  • TPP Text Reveals Broad New Powers for Corporations to Attack Food Labeling Laws (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1HdFEfg
  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers (Seedstock) http://bit.ly/1lhDbqq
  • EPA Slow to Halt Use of Deadly Pesticide (New America Media) http://bit.ly/1PgTAXi                                                                                                 A pesticide know as “DDT’s cousin” is still being used in the United States, despite evidence of its toxic effects…
  • CDC Investigating As E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Chipotle Sickened 39 (NPR) http://n.pr/1XSHMNN

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Monsanto Handed ‘Double Whammy’ by Mexican Courts Over Planting GMOs (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1MI4uAc
  • Monsanto loses twice in Mexico. In one ruling, federal court of appeals upholds ban on the planting of GMO corn in Mexico. In a separate case, Mexico’s Supreme Court blocked the planting of GMO soy in the states of Campeche and Yucatan…
    • Mexican Federal Judge Upholds GM Maize Ban During Appeals Process (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/1PtMf6F
  • Monsanto Research Site In France Goes Up In Flames (Info Wars) http://bit.ly/1k5YBGV
    • Arson Suspected in Massive Fire at Monsanto Research Facility (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1RsOV3J
    • Monsanto posts larger than expected 4Q loss (Associated Press) http://bit.ly/1KWdVuL
    • Monsanto to shutter three R&D center in 2016, cut 90 jobs (Reuters) http://reut.rs/1XMBj7b
    • Monsanto to Cut 12% (2,600 jobs) of Workforce as It Forecasts Profit Drop (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/1MdX5gA
    • Monsanto Stunned – California Confirms ‘Roundup’ Will Be Labeled “Cancer Causing” (MintPress News) http://bit.ly/1isFdmt                                                                            Monsanto was seemingly baffled by the decision to place cancer-causing glyphosate on the state’s list of nearly 800 toxic chemicals.
  • Most Americans Believe GMO Foods Are Unsafe; They Need Labels to Avoid Them (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1Pg8oXJ

 

Poisons

  • Righting Civil Wrongs (Earth Justice) http://bit.ly/1Hnbn8H    From California to Michigan, low-income communities of color have been waiting years for the EPA to take a stand against environmental racism.
  • Analysis: California’s Poorest Counties Hit Hardest by Spraying of Glyphosate (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/1Q6DOyU      Lost In The Mist: How Glyphosate Use Disproportionately Threatens California’s Most Impoverished Counties
  • Feds Used Monsanto-Funded Studies to Decide Monsanto’s Weed Killer Is Safe (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PwpqPN                        Of course they did, that is how we regulate…

 

Pollinators

  • Monarch butterflies fluttering back to Orange County (California), but populations struggle (The Orange County Register) http://bit.ly/1Nmi557
  • These Are The Foods We’d Lose If Honeybees Die Off (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Opp92B                                  Honeybees are responsible for about a third of all the food we eat.
  • Why Andrew Cuomo’s Pollinator Task Force Won’t Save New York’s Bees (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/1S4pDsx
  • Morgan Freeman Converted His 124-Acre Ranch into a Bee Sanctuary to Help Save the Bees (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1L2exz0

 

Animals

  • Pork Farmers Want Subway to Slow Its Roll on Nixing Antibiotics (takepart) http://bit.ly/1NMxABI                                                                  The chains’ ambitious plan to stop using meat raised with drugs by 2025 hans’t been well received by livestock groups.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Food companies should stop fighting the Obvious: Sugar is running our health (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1kYmikrc                                                                               Robert Lustig: My study shows that cutting sugar an improve children’s health in just 10 days.

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, November 2, 2015

 

  • This Women’s Collective Is Using Agroecology to Fight India’s Green Revolution (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1WhH8aa                    India once had 14,000 different varieties of rice. But the Green Revolution displaced those traditional varieties with hybrids that can only be grown with chemical fertilizers.
  • From ‘Sustainable’ to ‘Regenerative’ – The Future of Food (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/20gxmd5
    • Biomimicry: using nature’s designs to transform agriculture (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1KLaSWf                                        Finalists in the Food Systems Design Challenge are creating cutting edge agriculture systems using some of the world’s oldest designs
  • You Choose: Do You Want to Eat Food Produced by Degenerative or Regenerative Agriculture? (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1Hm29JU
  • Sowing Sustainability: How Kids in California Are Learning How to Grow and Sell Organic Food (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1S8yFFy      The produce revenue that children earn go directly into their own savings accounts that supports their future education.
  • Let’s cultivate our soils wisely (The Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/1Hi4J3r                                                                           International Year of Soils and other efforts are promoting good management if farmers use best practices they can help easy California’s water shortage
  • Iowa: Rural town aims to be “the place” for local food firms (Wallace Center) http://bit.ly/1LiHkki                                                  People building strong places with local and regional food
  • Bread Is Broken (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1RjdqAh                        Industrial production destroyed both the taste and the nutritional value of wheat. One scientist believes he can undo the damage.         It’s not just wheat that has had its taste and nutritional value destroyed…
  • The Great Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1PPS7IR                                                                                       Spooky weather patterns are disrupting specialty crops.
  • The Case for Home Cooking: What We Lose by Eating Out and Ordering In (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ObwSRF                                      Our busy lifestyles are preventing us from fully embracing our adult domestic coolness.
  • Food Hub Benchmarking Study (National Good Food Network) http://bit.ly/1IlF93b                                                                                           Data dive explores financials at wholesale end of local food business
  • Is Eating Organic the Only Way to Make California Agriculture Sustainable? (The People’s Vanguard of Davis) http://bit.ly/1P2d1o9
  • Special Ed Teacher’s Job Program Empowers Students, Changes Minds, Melts Hearts (takepart) http://bit.ly/1RnrAQV                     The San Francisco teacher wants the entire school to
  • 8 Nations Going Vegetarian, Proving To The World Less Is More (Peaceful Warriors) http://bit.ly/1l0w6L0
  • Buckraking on the Food Beat: When is it a conflict of interest? (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) http://bit.ly/1M5rYA3
  • Could a Superfood Help Save Haiti’s Forests? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1l2yLng                                                                                    Moringa company Kuli Kuli wants to help to reforest the island by developing a moringa economy.
  • Is Indonesia’s Fire Crisis Connected to the Palm Oil in Our Snack Food? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1McGGbT                                                   The widespread burning of tropical rainforests and peatlands to develop palm oil plantations is one of the largest sources of carbon pollution today.
  • Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1P6edqt                                                                         A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature
  • Peruvian indigenous leader in London to denounce illegal deforestation of 5000 hectares of Peru’s Amazon for palm oil (Forest Peoples Programme) http://bit.ly/1Hn5kB4

 

Food Insecurity, Hunger, & Obesity

  • Florida Restaurant Combats Local Hunger With Price-Free Menu (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1RppGiI                                         Everyone has a seat at these tables.

 

School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • In Minneapolis, a Strong ‘Fair Scheduling’ Law for Workers Runs Into a Corporate Roadblock (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1SdO8nO
  • A Bill of Rights That Puts Workers Above Corporations (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1H4FCRB                                                                           It’s up to the voters of Spokane, Washington
  • The Hellish Conditions Facing Workers At Chicken Processing Plants (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1WgiRqi

 

Business & Economy

  • How This Small Business Is Tackling Poverty And Paying Its Employees Twice the Minimum Wage (forbes) http://onforb.es/1NFlIBF                                                                                   The Lancaster Food Co.
  • After Company Raises Minimum Salary to $70,000, Revenue and Profits Double (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/1XunSZg
  • An Awful Bitter Brew (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1XxMr7H        Should one beer behemoth control 70 percent of the US market?
  • Hershey: US Income Inequality Is Transforming The Chocolate Business (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1NbdGSG                       CEO: “We are seeing a widening disparity between upper-income and lower-income”                                                                                                           With fewer having the means to purchase what the middleclass has traditionally purchased, we will see more companies of all stripes suffering loss of sales…

 

Protests

  • Groups Gather at Nation’s Capitol to Pressure Congress to Ban Fracking on Public Lands (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1GwtG0v

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A chef’s manifesto: let’s tackle food waste with good fare (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/20fmEnc                                                                     Dan Barber: ‘If you think not leaving your plate full of food is the way to deal with this issue, you’re letting yourself off too easy.’

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Indian Government Sues Nestle for $99 Million After Finding Lead in Instant Noodles (Peaceful Warriors) http://bit.ly/1WmBCIt

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Texas Activists Form Statewide Coalition to Confront Fracking Despite Pushback From State, Industry (truthout) http://bit.ly/1Rdbxoz
  • Utah’s Hopes For Oil Shale Bonanza Has A Public Relations Problem, Industry Symposium Hears (DesmogBlog) http://bit.ly/1P08gKi
  • Alarming Uptick of Earthquakes in Kansas Linked to Fracking With 52 in Just the Last Two Weeks (truthout) http://bit.ly/1LERWMI
  • (Queensland, Australia) Farmers should have right to veto coal seam gas on their land, says Warren Truss (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1XynxVJ
  • Coca-Cola Has Poisoned the Drinking Water of Millions in Sri Lanka (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ik3rz5                                                         The beverage giant apologized for leaking diesel fuel into the Kelani River, leaving millions without water.
  • What If Your Tap Water Was Too Polluted to Drink? (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1jYf3ZH                                                                                             This sorry state of affairs is the daily realty for too many Americans.
  • Sustainable Ocean Farming Innovators Win The 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge (Global Possibilities) http://bit.ly/1WgTzrS
  • How Washington (State) Transformed Its Dying Oyster Industry Into A Climate Success Story (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1MivkP6
  • Why Is It So Hard To Save Gulf Of Maine Cod? They’re In Hot Water (NPR) http://n.pr/1PTSAtz                                                               And what of ocean acidification?
  • Plastic Trash Found in Arctic Ocean, Likely Forming Sixth Garbage Patch (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1MAUWx0

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Big Win for Farm Workers as EPA Moves to Ban Dangerous Pesticide (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1WmhIgE                Agency’s proposal hailed as ‘a step forward on the path to environmental justice.’
  • EPA to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos (Earth Justice) http://bit.ly/1KL3A4J                                                                                  Victory: Children, communities and workers to benefit from long overdue phase-out of neurotoxic agricultural chemical
  • Senate’s First Biotech Hearing in a Decade Was a Lopsided, Pro-Industry Affair (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1HfkfgF                                When Senators questioned agency officials on regulatory procedures of GE crops and Biotechnology, no answers were given that address scientific studies needed to ensure their safety.
  • Pro-GMO Witnesses Participate in Senate Haring on GMO Labeling (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1H9pGgU
  • Another example of a federal agency operating by fiat (Capital Press) http://bit.ly/1isnJ8U                                                                          Critics say the head of the National Organic Program is keeping secret the names of experts used to formulate policy, has failed to vigorously enforce regulations and punish violators, and is acting at the behest of large corporations.
  • Meet the Federal Agency Rubber Stamping the Rampant Expansion of Fracking (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1PDbq8d                The agency that once operated quietly under public radar has become the target of activist outrage for spearheading fossil fuel corporate domination.
  • Brown signs two oil spill bills, but marine protected areas aren’t fully protected (Bay Area Independent Media Center) http://bit.ly/1NDDRjd

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • GM Crops Now Banned in 38 Countries Worldwide – Sustainable Pulse Research http://bit.ly/1Rdr4ox
    • All Monsanto GMO Cornfields Burned Down in Hungary (Peaceful Warriors) http://bit.ly/1isq186                                  Hungary has located and destroyed 1000 acres of maize that was found to be grown with genetically modified seeds. Hungary is a nation where genetically modified seeds are banned along with other genetically modified ingredients.
  • Hawaii Sees Tenfold Increase In Birth Defects After Becoming GM Corn Testing Grounds (Peaceful Warriors) http://bit.ly/1jYggAb
  • More Than 100 Monsanto Employees Crashed My Presentation on GE Crops and Pesticides (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1NMSYH4      It’s not easy staring Goliath in the face and speaking hard truths. But it’s important.
  • Report: Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai’i’s Health & Environment at Risk (Center for Food Safety) http://bit.ly/1GZ8ShQ
  • Bernie and Hillary Support GMOs – but They Don’t Want Labeling Laws to Go ‘Dark’ (takepart) http://bit.ly/1GQhBD4        According to the polling data, voters from both parties support labeling laws.
  • Genetically-Engineered Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1LHaxb0       This result is the strongest demonstration so far of altered growth and development in offspring of GE-fed mothers.
  • Mexico’s Chefs Are Fighting a Future of Genetically Modified Corn (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1PPVfo6

 

Poisons

  • Whistleblower Accuses USDA of Censorship Over Anti-Pesticide Reports (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/20eIyXH          ‘Bureacracys under political pressure from corporate stakeholders routinely shoot the messenger, even if they are wearing a lab coat.’
  • For the First Time Ever, a US Food Company Has Committed to Phasing out Bee-Killing Seed Coatings (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1kZGylW                                                                            Responding to public pressure to save bees, America’s second biggest popcorn supplier will eliminate neonicotinoid seed coatings.

Pollinators

  • For the First Time Ever, a US Food Company Has Committed to Phasing Out Bee-Killing Seed Coatings (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1kZGylW                                                                          Responding to public pressure to save bees, America’s second biggest popcorn supplier will eliminate neonicotiinoid seed coatings.

 

Animals

  • It’s Official: Jon and Tracey Stewart Convert 12-Acre Farm to Animal Sanctuary (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1WhKyK3
  • Home (again) on the range: Purebred bison return to Larimer County (Denver Post) http://dpo.st/1RjdeRD                    Collaboration among CSU and area agencies keeps Yellowstone bison genetics intact, removes troublesome brucellosis

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • We Are Winning the Fight Against Big Soda and the Health Catastrophe They’ve Created (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Oj3icZ        Soda and other food corporations will spend fortunes to influence political processes – but we can still win.
  • In ‘Soda Politics,’ Big Soda At Crossroads Of Profit And Public Health (NPR) http://n.pr/1M1RWrt
  • The science is in: the case for a sugar tax is overwhelming (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1OV00wv
    • Health Threat of Sugar Is Vastly Underestimated, Study Claims (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1jXEue0                                             New research says sugar causes high blood pressure and heart disease regardless of weight gain, but critics doubt results.
  • Chipotle Closes Locations In Washington, Oregon After E. Coli Outbreak (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1NlR0PJ                          The Mexican fast-food chain temporarily closed at least 43 restaurants in the two states.
  • Processed Meats Rank Alongside Smoking as Cancer Risks, WHO Says (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1MrTugA                                      Confirming the worst fears of bacon lovers.
  • Medical Doctor Sells Practice, Open Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1N6CWcw

 

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