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