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.