Jenny’s Food & Ag Update January 25, 2016

 

  • Has the Organic Movement Left Black Farmers Behind? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1QoiUMp                                                                                 A history of discrimination and powerful cultural differences can often keep Black farmers from growing organic.
  • Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1WodYYk                                                                                             In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
  • Planting Vegetables in California, a Woman Finds Her Korean Roots (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1Vcj3lo
  • A Farm Organizer Visits Fish Country: An Alaska Journal, Part I (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1OGsw0y                                                  With record runs of shining, silver-flanked salmon, Alaska represents the last great food commons in the United States…
  • Ranching May Offer Soviet ‘Ghost Farms’ of Kazakhstan New Life (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1UfaFS7
  • Silent but Deadly: Estimating the real climate impact of agribusiness corporations (Global Justice Now) http://bit.ly/20fFlpJ
  • Why African farmers are upset about the New Alliance’s annual progress report (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/1RTOgw0
  • Ontario Officials Rule Veganism is a Human Right Legally Protected from Discrimination (The Vegan Herald) http://bit.ly/1OxIfB5
  • What Makes Tucson Deserving of the Title of the United States’ First Capital of Gastronomy (Smithsonian Magazine) http://bit.ly/1T6SQGm                                                                                        The Arizona city joins Unesco’s growing list of “Creative Cities”
  • In California, A Treasure Hunt For Gold Rush Era Fruit and Nut Trees (NPR) http://n.pr/1OxRG3y
  • Celebrate National Cheese Lovers’ Day With This Map of Cheese Found Around the World (Smithsonian Magazine) http://bit.ly/1QnrN91
  • Chefs Tell Us 2015 Food Trends That Need to Be Retired (Thrillist) http://bit.ly/1Jl5xLL                                                                    Yup…
  • Tracing How Yesterday’s Pollution Can End Up in Today’s Dinner (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1PrNCyZ

 

Hunger, Food Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Uncle Sam Makes It Easier for your SNAP Benefits to Go Toward a CSA Share (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1neO6Tl
  • Women Share Their Photos of What It’s Like to Live with Hunger (National Journal) http://bit.ly/1SvDcVC                                                This national group draws attention to women and children in poverty with their stories.
  • Study: Food Companies Aren’t Doing enough to Address Obesity or Malnutrition (takepart) http://bit.ly/1U7mt8P                              Even the top-ranked corporations on the Access to Nutrition Index did not receive a passing grade.

 

School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • US: Sexual Violence, Harassment of Immigrant Farmworkers (Human Rights Watch) http://bit.ly/1UcVJE0                            Protect Immigrants Through Violence Against Women Act, Other Laws
  • Report: Cultivating Fear (Human Rights Watch) http://bit.ly/1OxR2CU                                                                                  The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
  • Biting the Hands That Feed: New York’s Immigrant Farmworkers Facing Appalling Treatment (The Indypendent) http://bit.ly/1P86My9
  • Here’s How Much You Should Tip Your Delivery Guy During A Blizzard (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1nEG4TC
  • Chipotle Will Offer Paid Sick Days to Prevent Workers From Spreading Foodborne Illness (Eater) http://bit.ly/1WsVA0t
    • June 8, 2015: Chipotle’s Hourly Workers Are Getting Paid Sick Leave and Vacation (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1ZEtrDP                                                                                   But Chipotle announced these benefits last June, and it hasn’t happened yet…
  • Using Temp Workers? You’re On The Hook For How They’re Treated (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SxnBVw                          The Labor Department is reminding “Joint Employers” that they’re responsible when their staffing agencies mistreat workers.                   This is true for contract workers and franchisees.
  • Tyson Foods’ Secret Recipe for Carving Up Workers’ Comp (Propublica) http://bit.ly/1OIYV6D                                                              Over the past 25 years, the giant meatpacking company has taken a lead in pushing for changes in workers’ comp in state after state – often to the detriment of workers.
  • Wal-Mart to give pay raises to most of its workers (Denver Post) http://dpo.st/1K01vZa                                                                                  World’s largest retailer to increase hourly pay to at least $10 starting next month
  • Simmons Foods raises pay (Meat+Poultry) http://bit.ly/1S2OlM4  It ain’t $15 an hour, but we are starting to make some progress, with along way to go…
  • Why Fair Job Scheduling for Low-Wage Workers Is a Racial Justice Issue (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1NkzlCZ
  • Walmart’s Dark Winter: First the Company Spies on Workers, Then Lays Off Thousands of Them (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ZCF0v5
  • How Co-ops Build Stronger Communities, A New Economy, and a Better World (Toolbox for Education and Social Action) http://bit.ly/1nq2S9I

 

Business & Economy

  • Diet Foods Are Tanking. So The Diet industry Is Now Selling ‘Health’ (NPR) http://n.pr/1TgjWe9
  • Target Hits the Mark With Transition to 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs (Human Society) http://bit.ly/1WyNvr6
  • Wal-Mart got what it wanted from Washington, DC, now screwing over poor neighborhoods (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1OEDIKR
    • Wal-Mart Is Walking Away From The Poor DC Residents It Agreed To Serve (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PCi1Lj      After getting stores into gentrifying neighborhoods, the megaretailer will no longer build two stores destined for underserved communities.
  • Study: Minimum Wage Increases Don’t Hurt the Restaurant Industry (Gawker) http://bit.ly/1JZObE1
    • Report: Have Minimum Wage Increases Hurt the Restaurant Industry? The Evidence Says No! (Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research) http://bit.ly/20h6tEX
  • Just Who Exactly Benefits Most from Global Giving Billionaires Like Bill Gates? (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1RAyO7G              Is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promoting the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of social and economic justice?
  • Why should Bill Gates get to set the agenda for international development? (Global Justice Now) http://bit.ly/1SxW0Uf
  • Report: Gated Development: Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good? (Global Justice Now) http://bit.ly/1KrJPR2      Gates Foundation “dangerously skewing” development agenda according to new report
  • ‘Corporate courts’ have take from the poor and handed to the rich – TTIP will turbo-charge this redistribution (Global Justice Now) http://bit.ly/1KrKxxL

 

Protests

  • Outraged Girl Scouts Send Letters Demanding Action on Flint Water Crisis (takepart) http://bit.ly/1ntEa85                                            A troop of Brownies wrote to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, asking him to help kids in the lead-plagued city.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Chinese restaurants shut down after seasoning food with opium to ‘hook’ customers (Independent) http://ind.pn/1nIN0Pu                  It is thought that some chefs lace their food with opium to try and ‘hook’ customers

Water & Our Oceans

  • Fracking Industry-Linked Earthquakes in Oklahoma Crack Political Party Lines (Desmog) http://bit.ly/1nck5CY
  • Snow Soaks Up Toxic Pollutants In The Air, Study Shows (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Krgeah                                                You probably don’t want your kids eating snow if you live in an urban area.
  • Study: Role of snow and cold environment in the fate and effects of nanoparticles and select organic pollutants from gasoline engine exhaust (Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts) http://rsc.li/1SxfXK
  • Outcry Over Austerity Crisis in Flint Grows (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1PBVrCO                                                                                      Details of how Flint’s water was contaminated, and of how pleas for help were neglected, are leading to calls for inquiries, arrest, resignation…
  • Anatomy of a community poisoned: The Water disaster in Flint, Michigan (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1S0Zi0I                                              The governor isn’t alone as a villain in the saga. But today, I’d like to call attention to the heroines and heroes of this ongoing tragedy.
  • Snyder to appeal Obama’s denial of Flint disaster zone (Detroit News) http://detne.ws/1JWkT9x                                                               Flint has been declared a disaster, but not a major disaster, which blocks $96 million in federal aid
  • Head of EPA defends Flint water crisis response (The Hill) http://bit.ly/1Qbyb16
  • There’s Plenty of Blame for Flint, Michigan’s Water Crisis (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1UalNzv
  • How Government – and This Columnist – Failed Flint (National Journal) http://bit.ly/23dyM9P                                                            Michigan officials poisoned the city’s drinking water, the EPA covered it up, and I took my eye of the ball.
  • Flint’s Water Woes Make Residents Feel Like ‘the Waling Dead’ (WSJ) http://on.wsj.com/1nq4CQj                                                                   At aid distribution points across the Michigan city, thousands of people adjust to new reality
  • Disappearance of Bolivia’s 2nd Largest Lake Has Displaced Hundreds, If Not Thousands (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Qhzv2y                                                                                    “This is a picture of the future of climate change.”
  • To Save the World’s Most Endangered Killer Whale, You Need to Save Its Dinner (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Pbyb4f          Groundbreaking research finds that imperiled Chinook salmon are crucial to the survival of Southern Resident orcas.
  • Teach a Man to Farm Seaweed, He’ll Eat Even If Fisheries Collapse (takepart) http://bit.ly/1WnNwhH                                            As fish stocks decline, coastal communities in Senegal are looking at the ocean as a place to grow food.
  • North Atlantic Right Whale, One Of The World’s Rarest, Spotted Off South Carolina (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PCizkA      There are a little more than 500 of these majestic whales left.
  • A Toxic Threat Is Killing Off Europe’s Killer Whales and Dolphins (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1Pqa2AK
  • Overfishing Has Been Even Worse Than We Thought (Smithsonian Magazine) http://bit.ly/1RAL0W3                            Official counts previously overlooked fish as bycatch, small-scale fishing and illegal fishing
  • The Planet’s Fisheries Are In Even Worse Shape Than We Thought (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QmYe7n                    Nearly a third of all fish caught goes unreported.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Israel Legislature Unanimously Votes to Reform Nation’s Animal Welfare Law (The Vegan Herald) http://bit.ly/1OxJdgC
  • North Carolina’s Brand-New Ag-Gag Law Is Already Facing a Legal Challenge (takepart) http://bit.ly/1P0RA5M                                A broad coalition of groups allege the legislation is unconstitutional.
  • Michigan Under Investigation for Foul Play in Flint Water Crisis (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PlX1rT                                                              Federal and state officials are looking into how state officials mishandled the city’s water supply.
  • Amid Flint water crisis, President Obama forced to veto GOP attempt to gut the Clean Water Rule (Salon) http://bit.ly/1PqcxTH
    • Republican Lesson From Flint: Support Measures to Increase Contamination in Water Supplies (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Pnfb2K
  • Curbing the Soda Industry’s Influence, One County at a Time (takepart) http://bit.ly/1ntKOes                                                        Colorado’s Boulder County Board of Health will not take donations of any kind from the beverage industry.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • GM 2.0? ‘Gene-editing’ produces GMOs that must be regulated as GMOs (The Ecologist) http://bit.ly/1lIsInM                              Altering the DNA of a plant or animal, weather by ‘traditional’ genetic engineering, or by ‘gene-editing’ is a genetically modified organism by definition with the same issues.

 

Poisons

  • Our Toxic Failure (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1ODBwTY                   Is it really so radical to ask that companies test chemicals for safety before using them?

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • Farmers and Producers Not Ready for Big Antibiotic Changes in 2016 (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1Uf9BgU
    • Report: Stewardship of Antimicrobial Drug Use in Food Producing Animals (Farm Foundation) http://bit.ly/1ZFyLGS
  • 400 Million Less Farm Animals were Slaughtered in the US in 2015 than in 2008 (The Vegan Herald) http://bit.ly/1nyVEjn

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Patients Will Soon Pay More for Soda in British Hospitals, Thanks to a New Tax (takepart) http://bit.ly/23hXDsZ
  • Both Researchers and the Public Think Warning Labels on Soda Will Work (takepart) http://bit.ly/1OsGoxm                                              A new study finds parents are significantly less likely to buy sugary drinks for their kids when they carry a health label.

Events

  • 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference: Cultivating Resilience       February 4 – 6, 2016                                                                                   Corvallis, Oregon                                             http://seedalliance.org/2016-conference
  • Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable: Agroecology Enters the Vocabulary of the UN                                                                         February 8, 2016, 4 – 6pm                                                                     University of California Morgan Hall Lounge       http://food.berkeley.edu/diversified-farming-systems/
    • Slow Fish Gathering                                                                                      March 10 – 13, 2015                                                                                          New Orleans                                              http://www.slowfish2016.com/

     

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, January 18, 2016

 

  • Venezuela’s Food Revolution Has Fought Off Big Agribusiness and Promoted Agroecology (Common Dreams) http://ow.ly/WXBl6                                                                                                  Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system…
  • Food Justice Voices: What Ferguson Means for the Food Justice Movement: Issue 1 (Why Hunger) http://ow.ly/WXAQT
    • Food Justice Voices: What Ferguson Means for the Food Justice Movement: Issue 2 (Why Hunger) http://ow.ly/WXAvY
  • Meet the Group That Wants to Ensure Food Security by Creating a Global Seed Collection (AlterNet) http://ow.ly/WYqjh
  • New study finds recycled phosphorus could fertilize 100 percent of US corn (Encia) http://ow.ly/X86ye
    • Study: Feeding the Corn Belt: Opportunities for phosphorus recycling in US agriculture (Science Direct) http://ow.ly/X86QE
  • Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed; Can New Varieties Replace It? (NPR) http://ow.ly/WYtYR
  • The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History (Other Words) http://ow.ly/X1KW0
  • On Beyond Oranges: Seeking Out New Citrus Varieties (National Geographic) http://ow.ly/X4Z67
  • Here’s How To Find Out Exactly How Fresh Your Eggs Are (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/X5dcB

 

Hunger, Food Insecurity & Obesity

  • Big Money, Small Farmers and the Stubborn Persistence of Hunger (In These Times) http://ow.ly/WZ1jQ                                        We haven’t yet found the answer to the persistent problem of hunger around the world. Maybe we should ask radical peasants in the global south.
  • In Defense Of Food Stamps: Why The White House Sings SNAP’s Praises (NPR) http://ow.ly/WYtDq
  • Syrian Government Blocking International Aid, Driving Thousands To The Brink Of Starvation (Think Progress) http://ow.ly/WZ3JS
  • Cameron Government Rejects EU help for Food and Flood Victims (Global Research) http://ow.ly/X4W9V

 

School Food

  • Connecting to Cherokee culture with farm to school (National Farm to School Network) http://ow.ly/X7wA2
  • Will the New Dietary Guidelines Make School Food Healthier? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1PjXLO5                                                  Here’s what the Obama administration’s new food rules will mean for the nation’s cafeterias.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The First City To Guarantee Paid Sick Leave In 2015 (Think Progress) http://ow.ly/WZ4CH … Spokane, Washing passed a law guaranteeing residents the right to paid sick leave when they or their family members fall sick, or to deal with sexual assault and domestic abuse.
    • Spokane City Council votes to require employers to provide sick leave (The Spokesman-Review) http://ow.ly/WZ4KE
  • Denial of Paid Bathroom Breaks Prompts $1.7M in Back Wages (Equal Voice) http://ow.ly/X4XZp                                                                     A Pennsylvania company that published business newsletter will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of minimum wage employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom…
  • Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016 (Other Words) http://ow.ly/X1Q8k                                                                                                This is the year to make all wages living wages.
  • “No one has ever tried this before”: Mexican, US Workers Bring Employer Charges Under NAFTA (In These Times) http://ow.ly/WZ2xR

 

Business & Economy

  • How Regional Food Hubs Shrink the Path from Farm to Fridge (Modern Farmer) http://ow.ly/X28E0 It had never occurred to Donna Williams, a former Manhattan investment banker with an MBA from Columbia University, that her professional trajectory might one day land her on a turnip truck – literally.
  • Big Water vs. the National Parks: The Fight Against Bottled Water Goes Federal (truthout) http://bit.ly/1NeJkJX
  • Chipotle Is Giving Away Free Food to Try to Lure You Back (Yahoo!) http://ow.ly/X9TkJ
    • After Chipotle Outbreaks, Will ‘Food With Integrity’ Still Resonate? (NPR) http://ow.ly/WYuSI
  • McDonald’s Slammed for Super-Sized Grip on European Economy (Common Dreams) http://ow.ly/WYsSW Already known for questionable business practices, multinational corporation challenged for harming food quality across Europe
    • How McDonald’s Is Ripping Off Consumers in Europe (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/X59wL                                                   … a coalition of European consumer rights organization filed a complaint with the European Commission calling for an investigation into the widely-overlooked ways in which McDonald’s abuses its power…
  • Conservative Myths on Minimum Wage Have Dangerous Implications (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/X591z
  • Price of fresh produce to soar while loonie (Canadian dollar) plunges (Toronto Globe & Mail) http://ow.ly/WXzhu

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Oil and Gas Development May Pose New Hazard to Water Quality in Arid Lands (Earth Island Journal) http://ow.ly/WYmv3
  • Oklahoma Residents Sue Energy Companies Over Earthquake Damage (Think Progress) http://ow.ly/WZ3uW
  • This Energy Company Wants To Legally Dump Coal Ash Waste Into Virginia Rivers (Think Progress) http://ow.ly/WZ47K
  • (Gov. Rick) Snyder asks Obama for emergency declaration in (Flint) water crisis (Associated Press) http://ow.ly/X7X79
    • Obama Declares Emergency in Michigan Over Flint Water Crisis (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/XarYr
    • On Behalf of City Poisoned By Water, Residents File Suit Against Gov. Snyder (Common Dreams) http://ow.ly/X89ET      Meanwhile, officials probe possible link between water crisis and deadly cases of Legionnaires’ Disease
  • ‘Ludicrous’ as Flint Tells Residents: Pay for Poisoned Water or We’ll Cut You Off (Common Dreams) http://ow.ly/X88Zq              ‘All arrears should be cleared. No one (customers) should have to pay for this.’
  • Water tanks are a way of life in California community during drought (Reveal) http://ow.ly/X1Kg8
  • Before-and-After Photos of the Changing Environment (National Geographic) http://ow.ly/XaoP9                                                                  Side by side comparisons reveal just how much glaciers, lakes, and snowpacks have been altered by nature and humans.
  • Can Fish Farms on Land Fix Seafood’s Problems? (Yahoo!) http://ow.ly/X9Ug2                                                                         Recirculating aquaculture system feed them organic cotton seed in New Mexico…
  • Seaweed Farming May Be the Prescription for Troubled Waters (National Geographic) http://ow.ly/X4YSC

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • How America’s Embrace of GMOs and Pesticides Could Trigger “Downfall” of EU Farmers (Common Dreams) http://ow.ly/WYsmm                                                                                          TTIP trade agreement will be boon to Big Ag, study finds
  • Keystone and Food Labeling Cases Demonstrate the TPP’s Threat to Democracy (Campaign for America’s Future) http://ow.ly/WYnuA
    • This Global Ruling Is Just Not Cool (Nation of Change) http://ow.ly/WYZsf                                                                                          The World Trade Organization is penalizing American businesses over our consumer right-to-know laws.
  • Uncle Sam Just Told Us To Drink Water Not Soda. You Might’ve Missed It (NPR) http://ow.ly/WYup4
  • Experts Say US Government Caves to Meat Industry in New Dietary Guidelines (truthout) http://ow.ly/X85EH
  • How Federal Policies Are Eroding The San Joaquin Valley Floor (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1RO1Z7C                                            The US Bureau of Reclamation has supported additional groundwater extraction in the San Joaquin Valley, where aquifer depletion is already damaging vital infrastructure…
  • No Home on the Range for Grass Fed Beef: “Confusion and Subterfuge in the Marketplace” (In These Times) http://ow.ly/X8uEu                                                                                                  On January 12, the Federal Register, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service rescinded the labeling standard for grass fed meat that was developed over the course of four years…
  • FDA’s Ban of 3 Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics (Earth Island Journal) http://ow.ly/X1Kzh        Chemicals industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny
  • EPA A Releases Study on Pesticides Killing Bees, Gets Sued Immediately by Beekeepers (Nation of Change) http://ow.ly/WYZZR                                                                                                “A single seed coated with neonicotinoid insecticide is enough to kill a songbird.”
  • Shocker: Govt. Scientists Admit They Deceived the Public About Fracking’s Impact on Drinking Water (truthout) http://ow.ly/X88hJ                                                                                            There will be heavy pressure to revise the EPA’s conclusion – and the oil and gas industry will have major egg on its face.
  • USDA NOP Handbook: Guidance and Instructions for Accredited Certifying Agents and Certified Operations (USDA AMS) http://ow.ly/X7xPA
    • USDA NOP Final Guidance in Substances Used in Post-Harvest Handling of Organic Products (USDA AMS) http://ow.ly/X7yBT

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • US Ag. Secretary Vilsack to Hold “Secret Meeting” To Rewrite GMO Labeling Law (Global Research) http://ow.ly/X4Vz5
  • Offspring of GMO lamb with jellyfish protein sold and consumed in Paris (GMWatch) http://ow.ly/X2chu
  • Campbell’s Decision to Label GMOs Destroys Monsanto’s Main Argument Against Labeling (AterNet) http://bit.ly/1OqVsLW      Monsanto claims food manufacturers will pass the cost of mandatory GMO labeling on consumers. Campbell’s say otherwise.

 

Poisons

  • This Bee-Killing Pesticide Is Terrible at Protecting Crops (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1RO2zlM                                                                    Neonic seed treatments actually reduce yields in slug infested fields.
  • Female Eggs Found in Male Fish Likely Due to Pesticide Pollution (AlterNet) http://ow.ly/WYqIG                                                                                                     Scientists have found large-scale evidence has bass in the northeast US have been exposed to endocrine disruptors.

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • It’s Time to Stop Drugging Animals Raised in Factory Farms (AlterNet) http://ow.ly/X87Gc                                                                    Fear-mongering manufacturers of drugs used on factory farms are animal abusers and massive threat to public health.
  • It’s The Beginning Of The End For Meat Raised With Antibiotics (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/X81Ir
  • Bird flu found at Indiana turkey farm not same as 2015 virus (Associated Press) http://ow.ly/X7WlL
  • To End Cruelty, Country (Israel) Orders Cameras To Be Installed In Every Slaughterhouse (The Dodo) http://ow.ly/X2b2p

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • This City Wants to Ban Junk Food From Vending Machines (Nation of Change) http://ow.ly/WYZ4Y                                                       … When the afternoon slump hits city workers in San Francisco, some folks head to vending machines to pick up a snack. But should people working or visiting the Dept. of Public Health be able to buy an unhealthy treat?
  • Why The Food Brands You Grew Up With Will Never Be The Same (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/X5fny                                            But are these new spins on classic foods truly healthier? Well…
  • We Eat Too Much Sodium Because Companies Keep Dumping It In Our Food (NPR) http://ow.ly/WYuCM
  • Chipotle Is Closing All Restaurants Next Month For A Food Safety Meeting (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/X84as                  You’ll have to find somewhere else to eat lunch on Feb. 8.

 

Events

  • Salina River Symposium: Reconnecting the River                       January 22, 2016, 8am – 4pm                                           http://ow.ly/X4Svt
  • Science & Technology Training Library: Webinar Portal for Conservation of Natural Resources http://ow.ly/X4SR3
  • 2016 Jobs with Justice National Conference                             February 12 -13, 2016                                                                         Washington, DC                                                           http://conference.jwj.org/
  • California Small Farm Conference                                                           March 5-8, 2016, Sacramento, CA         http://www.californiafarmconference.com/
  • 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference                                           June 2-4, 2016, Madison Wisconsin                           http://ow.ly/X7vLn
  • 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Scholarship               Now being accepted, due February 29, 2016; 5pm EST http://ow.ly/X7wet
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education Association 7th National Conference, July 29-31, 2016                                                                           UC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems http://ow.ly/X9HfD

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update January 12, 2016

 

  • African Women Organize to Reclaim Agriculture Against Corporate Takeover (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1RthCzo
  • Why a food you have never heard of could be key to feeding the world (The Washington Post) http://ow.ly/WVCDR
    • With Twice The Protein As Quinoa, The Pulse Might Be The Year’s New Hot ‘Superfood’ (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1Z64ukm
  • More Than a Shelter, Greenhouse 17 Offers Growth After Domestic Violence (Edge of Change) http://ow.ly/WSbQ9
  • A Local DC Restauranteur’s New Job: Training DC Residents For Work (The Kojo Nnamdi Show) http://bit.ly/1RsVSDO
  • Word’s Largest Rooftop Garden is a Green Oasis in One of America’s Chilliest Cities (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1ONqbpT
  • Farming the Sahara (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQnr4                            Its population soaring, Egypt is facing a food-supply crisis. Can the government make a desert bloom?
  • Food Trends to Watch in 2016 (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1mHeGn0  We’ve become a lot more interested in how our food is produced and how it impacts our health.
  • Drought and Heat Are More Damaging to Food Production Than Floods and Frost (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQnPZ                                    A new study looks at more than 50 years of crop losses owing to extreme weather.
  • Study: Influence of extreme weather disasters on global crop production (nature) http://ow.ly/WQnYJ
  • Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Chicories & Endives (EcoCentric) http://ow.ly/WQDN8
  • This Chef and Seed-Saver are Resurrecting the Flavors of the South (Civil Eats) http://ow.ly/WQKJn                                                    Sean Brock and Anson Mills on their unique partnership.
  • He Said, She Said, They Said: What’s the Final Verdict on the Wildly Popular Flow Hive? (Modern Farmer) http://ow.ly/WQLz9
  • A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup (Yes!) http://ow.ly/WSdZF                                                                                            After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.

 

Hunger, Food Insecurity & Obesity

  • Syria to Allow Food Aid to Town Where Residents Are Eating Grass and Leaves: Here’s How to Help (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQn6F
  • Homeless Activists Go Organic And Feed An Entire Shelter With Rooftop Garden (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1IPPbKB
  • Edible Bugs Are Changing Lives in Ghana (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQpJj                                                                                            Palm weevil larvae are providing a needed source of protein, iron, and income for those facing food insecurity.
  • Don’t Expect Food Stamps If You’re Unemployed And Childless (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1OOFJmU                                              No kids? No disability? No food assistance for you.
  • What It’s Like To Be On Food Stamps And Prove You’re Looking For Work (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/WQfoa      Hint: It’s a bit bureaucratic.
  • Asking for a Friend: Can I Steal From Chain Stores to Feed Myself? (The Nation) bit.ly/1kQR8uI

 

School Food

  • Schools Are Serving More Nutritious Lunches – but Are Kids Eating Any Healthier? (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQpBG                        A new study touts the success of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, but it only looks at what’s on the plate, not at what’s eaten.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Labor Gains: Tracing the History of the Fair-Food Movement (Modern Farmer) http://ow.ly/WQh0P
  • This Is What $15 an Hour Looks Like (The Nation) http://ow.ly/WQAPq                                                                                                In July, Emeryville, California, Passed the highest city-wide minimum wage in the country. Here’s how workers’ lives changed – and didn’t
  • Working Parents Get Big Boost From New York City (Huffington Post) to/1n6hF91                                                                                                    You can no longer get fired in New York City for needing to take your child to the doctor…
  • Cities can play a role in stopping wage theft (San Jose Mercury News) http://ow.ly/WRyDe
  • With Oscar Mayer plant on its way out, a longtime worker prepares to say goodbye (Journal Times) http://ow.ly/WVZ7X
  • One Step Closer To Collective Bargaining, Some Temp Workers Unionize (NPR) http://ow.ly/WQAZs

 

Business & Economy

  • UK: Supermarkets: Is it the end of empire? (Sustainable Food Trust) http://ow.ly/WRoG7
    • UK’s Second Biggest Grocery Chain Rebuffed In Acquisition Attempt (PUMNTS) ly/1JwOZzY
  • Hershey dumps sugar beets because of GM concerns (StarTribune) http://ow.ly/WVAFO                                                    Regional co-ops are worried about losing big candy customers       What about GMO soy lecithin?
  • Campbell’s Soup becomes first major company to start GMO labeling (Reuters) http://ow.ly/WOTvD                                  Campbell’s brands include Pepperidge Farm, Bothouse Farms, Plum Organics, V8, Swanson, Pace, Prego, SpaghettiOs, Kelsen Group, Garden Fresh Gourmet
  • Campbell Labels Will Disclose GMO Ingredients (NYT) http://ow.ly/WQgnE
  • One of the Most Iconic American Food Companies Now Supports GMO Labeling (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQo48                          Campbell’s Soup says it will label its products on its own if a national standard is not set.
  • Fearful Food Industry Jeopardizing Public’s Right to Information (truthout) http://ow.ly/WQqiW
  • Panera Bread Removes Artificial Ingredients From Its Soups (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/WOMX4
  • Chik-fil-A Expands ‘Mo Valet’ to Make It Easier to Feed Kids Fast Food (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQpsc                                                              At some locations, parents don’t have to wait in line to order a squalling toddler a friend chicken sandwich.
  • Ag Confidence Index Released (The Progressive Farmer) http://bit.ly/1kKfFS8                                                                                  Farmers, Ranchers Face Future Concerns

 

Protests

  • How New York’s “Fight for $15” Launched a Nationwide Movement (The American Prospect) http://bit.ly/1PIDB3y              Car wash and fast food workers in New York waged a gritty, three-year battle to improve their wages and working conditions, and spawned a nationwide movement to ”Fight for $15.”
  • Free Your Voice Occupies Maryland Department of the Environment to Demand They Uphold Law (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1O9JPXm                                                                                              7 arrested for demanding the Maryland Department of the Environment stop the incinerator…

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • How we can divert food from landfills to cupboards, food banks (Bangor Daily News) http://ow.ly/WRtLs
  • London Buses Get Greener by Running on Meat Waste (The Cattle Site) http://bit.ly/1mACgCH                                                          Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, made from blending diesel with renewable biodiesel from waste products, including cooking oil and tallow from the meat processing trade.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Fight Against Food Fraud Strengthened by New Research (The Cattle Site) http://bit.ly/1JWw5xw                                                    Impressive progress has been made in better understanding food fraud and developing online tools that will help the food sector tackle this threat.
  • There have always been shady people cutting your food with garbage (grist) http://ow.ly/WSacl
  • From the Nutella scandal to Indonesia’s forest fires: palm oil in 2015 (The Guardian) http://ow.ly/WQgxg
  • Trader Joe’s Is Ripping People Off With Tuna, Says Class Action Lawsuit (Huffington Post) http://ow.ly/WOMbi
  • Scrambled Eggs: Report Contrasts Widespread Industry Fraud and USDA Complacency with True Heroes in Organics (The Cornucopia Institute) ly/1K0SDgz
  • The 10 Weirdest and Wackiest Farm Crimes of 2015 (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1TEyYII

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Fracking Fluid Contains A Stew Of Known Toxic Chemicals – And That May Not Be The Worst Of It (Huffington Post) to/1S6hM17
    • Study: A systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity (Nature) ly/1kPvmYb
  • Brain Damage: Children Suffer the Consequences of Anti-Regulation in Michigan (truthout) http://ow.ly/WQqXq
    • Michigan Governor Declares Emergency In Flint Over Water (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1O5sbq7                                Residents complained about the water’s taste, smell and appearance, and children were found to have elevated levels of lead due to the water supply.
  • The South African Drought Goes From Bad to Worse If You’re a Black Farmer (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQoWG                                    The history of apartheid and land ownership are still affecting residents today
  • Dry Weather Hits Cornfields in Southern Europe and China (Agriculture) http://ow.ly/WSci1
  • It Takes a Village to Save a Fish (Fish & Wildlife Service) http://1.usa.gov/1JXzLPD                                                                                    The Montana Arctic Grayling…
  • As If Slavery Weren’t Enough, 6 Other Reasons to Avoid Shrimp (Mother Jones) http://ow.ly/WRJMC

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Brazil: Nestle, Pepsi Fined for Concealing GMOs as Campbell Soup Announces Voluntary Label (EcoWatch) http://ow.ly/WQBYT
  • The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Are Finally Here, Just in Time for the New Year (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQpax                                      The updated diet standards include incremental change, frustrating critics.
  • This Huge Loophole Helps the Meat Industry Hide Its Pollution (Mother Jones) http://ow.ly/WRLXd                                                  Thanks, Congress!
  • Justice Department Investigating Toxic Tap Water In Flint (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1n35da8                                                  High lead levels in Flint’s water could have harmed thousands of city kids.
  • The EPA Finally Admitted That the World’s Most Popular Pesticide Kills Bees – 20 Years Too Late (Mother Jones) http://ow.ly/WRJmX
  • Exposing the EPA’s Dark Side (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1PL5kR9                                                                                    The federal agency has a broken process for regulating pesticides
  • EPA Confirms Activists’ Longtime Claims: Neonicotinoid Pesticide Threatens Honeybees (truthout) http://bit.ly/1mHc7Bk
  • Lawsuit Demands EPA Call a Pesticide a Pesticide (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQoNZ                                                                                              Not all neonicotinoid treatments are regulated in the same manner.
  • Beekeeper, Farmers, and Public Interest Groups Sue EPA Over Failed Oversight of Neonicotinoid-coated Seeds (Center for Food Safety) http://ow.ly/WSd8x
  • EPA Scientists Call Foul on Fracking Study, Say Findings ‘Inconsistent With Data Presented’ (Nation of Change) http://ow.ly/WQB6g
  • FDA Extends Comment Deadline on ‘Natural’ Definition (Food Processing) ly/1SD8N6Z
  • Feds Conducting Criminal Investigation at Chipotle (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1IRfgZS
    • Chipotle Slapped With Subpoena Over Virus Outbreak (Huffington Post) to/1PM6D2j                                                                        It’s tied to an outbreak at a restaurant in California.
  • Chipotle Sued Over Food-Safety Scandal (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQnIu                                                                                              The legal action in New York seeks damages for investors who bought share in the company in the past year.
  • NC Farmworker Convicted of Animal Cruelty, but How Many Others Won’t Be? (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQnB0                                The state’s new ag-gag law turns heroes into villains and shields animal abusers.
  • Mayor de Blasio will raise wages for 50,000 city employees to $15 an hour by 2018 (NY Daily News) http://nydn.us/1JstSyN

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • GMOs Set to Crush Export Markets for Farmers across Ghana (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/1Uxqe7i                                                  The public GMO debate has mainly focused on health and the environment, but hardly ever on the socio-economic impacts of GMOs.
  • Venezuela Bans GM Crops with New Seed Law (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/1PfTeg1                                                                  Venezuela lawmakers approved last Wednesday a new law that will impose stricter regulations on hybrid seeds and ban transgenic seed research.
  • Biotechnology Proponent’s Recipe to Defend GMOs Produces a Stew Blending Orwellian Rhetoric with Sheer Demagoguery (The Cornucopia Institute) http://ow.ly/WQEv9
  • Neil Young offers to defend Vermont’s GMO labeling law from legal challenges, and makes reference to the law on his new album ‘The Monsanto Years’ (Portland Press Herald) http://ow.ly/WVkHr

 

Poisons

  • Monsanto Cuts 16% of Work Force as Sales in Roundup Herbicide Fall 34% (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/1OPeFEg
  • For More Than 50 Years, DuPont Concealed the Cancer-Causing Properties of Teflon (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1JuYYWx              Internal company reports have revealed that DuPont had for many years either known or suspected that Teflon contained a harmful ingredient.

 

Animals

  • Texas Dairy Industry Struggling to Deal with Volume of Cattle Deaths (Northern Ag Network) http://bit.ly/1O4kYX4                Cattle deaths caused by blizzard…
  • 19,000 Texas Dairy, Beef Cattle Lost in Winter Storm Goliath (Agriculture) http://ow.ly/WScQM
  • 13,000 Animals Are Stranded At Sea Right Now And Nobody Is Talking About It (The Dodo) http://ow.ly/WRtdA                        Thirteen thousand sheep and cows aboard the Ocean Outback – a ship involved in the live export industry… Engine problems have forced the vessel to say at the port in Henderson Australia.
  • Drugging Animals on Factory Farms – Enough Already (Organic Consumers Association) http://ow.ly/WQIXC
    • UK: Pressure for antibiotic cuts increasing but industry still resistant to change (Sustainable Food Trust) http://ow.ly/WRnu4
    • Study: Antimicrobials in Agriculture and the Environment: Reducing Unnecessary Use and Waste (Review on Antimicrobial Resistance) http://ow.ly/WRnK3
  • Six Steps to Preventing LA_MRSA Spread Between Livestock and Farmer (The Cattle Site) http://bit.ly/22JQKQT                                        … As LA-MRSA can be passed between humans and animals, the UK government has created six key steps you can take on your farm to help prevent the bacteria from spreading.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • 8 Signs Americans Are Moving Towards a Healthier, Saner Diet (AlterNet) http://ow.ly/WQJa2                                                                  We’ve become a lot more interested in how our food impacts our health, the environment, animals and the workers who produce it.
  • Science Says Soda Taxes Work (Mother Jones) http://ow.ly/WRLv6                                                                                              Will we learn from Mexico’s example?
  • The Diet of the 1980’s May Be Why Americans Are So Fat Today (takepart) http://ow.ly/WQpYx                                                                      The low-fat craze pushed people toward eating more refined grains and sugar – but the latest nutrition research suggest that cutting carbs might not help.
  • Is chicken for dinner giving you a urinary tract infection? (Nutrition Action) http://ow.ly/WQEOg                                      Researchers are linking the bacteria in food to UTIs.
  • The best explanation you’ll see about Chipotle’s food crisis (grist) http://ow.ly/WS8ro

 

Events

  • Sustainable Food Trust Conference: The True Cost of American Food, April 14-17, 2016, San Francisco http://ow.ly/WRo7i

Jenny’ Food & Ag Update January 5, 2015

  • Guardians of Ancient Foods: 140 Food Communities Celebrate Indigenous Food Systems & Worldview (Indian Country) http://bit.ly/1V0NHPf
  • No More ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Food for New York Stat Prisoners (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1IxsCdz
  • Is This the Gluten-Free, Climate-Friendly Grain We’ve Been Waiting For? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1M6Bbtn                            Sorghum needs less water and less fertilizer than corn. And it makes great beer. What’s the catch?
  • Could Your Dinner Be a Recipe from the Global Warmer’s Cookbook? Maybe It’s Time to Go ‘Climatarian’ (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1JEDIIM                                                                                    Change your diet for sustainable planet.
  • There’s a Place That’s Nearly Perfect for Growing Food. It’s Not California. (New Republic) http://bit.ly/1SlgGhg
    • California Agricultural Statistics Review 2013-2014, Calif. Dpt. of Food & Ag (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1RQaUVv
  • There’s a run on cauliflower, friend of the paleo diet, enemy to flavor (grist) http://bit.ly/1Jeswb0
  • For Young Farmers, Big Questions Surface at National Gathering (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1OrrS5N                                                                  The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Young Farmers Conference provides snapshots from a local food movement in transition.
  • Men owe women for ‘creating beer’ (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/1prp0gc                                                                                              One of man’s great pleasures might be a pint of beer at the local – but an expert has claimed it would never have existed without the entrepreneurial sills of women.
  • Was 2015 the year of the foodie? (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1SsHVq1                                                                                              … US food consumers may have made 2015 the year of the foodie, whose opinions and choices drove companies and policy makers to change the way food is grown and sold…
  • Food Industry Named World’s Worst (Industry) (Wayne Roberts) http://bit.ly/1kB9Pm1                                                                          Dangerously low levels of sustainability in the food industry may skyrocket to the top of the to-do and worry-about list of business executives, government officials, and perhaps even environmentalists and shoppers…
  • Michael Pollan: What You Should Eat to Be Healthy (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ODbHCL                                                                                            A new documentary helps consumers navigate a food system complicated by globalization and industrialization.

 

Food Insecurity, Hunger, & Obesity

  • Homeless Shelter In Downtown LA To Feed Thousands On Christmas Eve (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1YNKjrp
  • Does a ‘Fat Tax’ Make Sense? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1R9KBIe        The prevailing belief is that so-called fat taxes need to be hefty to have a material impact on consumer choice.
  • Nailing Obesity? Put a Tax on Food That Makes People Fat (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/22FVYx7                                                                    The prevailing belief is that so-called fat taxes need to be hefty to have a material impact on consumer choice.

 

School Food

  • Introducing fresh vegetables to school menus could soon get easier for Louisiana schools with this new program (The Advocate) http://bit.ly/1Op3lhY
  • Food Is Fundamental: Why Aren’t We Teaching Kids About What They’re Eating in School Cafeterias? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ODd0RX                                                                                            It’s time that the place where kids eat every day actually reflects the importance that food has on health and nutrition.

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Your Employer Can’t Stop You From Recording Conversations At Work (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Pv7BQ4                          Whole Foods has a policy against employees making recordings in the workplace without the boss’ permission. Federal officials have ruled the policy illegal.
  • Bright, Young, In Limbo: Film Sees Migrant Farm Life Through A Child’s Eyes (NPR) http://n.pr/1ZxNXYp
  • Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections, ‘All of This Because Somebody Got Hurt at Work’ (ProPulica) http://bit.ly/1PvtTkT
  • Confession of a Cruise Ship Waiter (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1ICtyxm                                                                              Surprise, surprise, and the kitchen staff have it even worse…
  • McJobs: Big Mac, Small paychecks! McDonalds’ worldwide abusive employment practices exposed (EFFAT) http://bit.ly/1LMkFxs
  • New Year Brings Minimum Wage Hikes For Americans in 14 States (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1mufwn0                              With Fridays increases the new average minimum wage across the 14 affected states rises from $8.50 an hour to just over $9.
  • Our Response to the Offshoring of 600 Oreos Jos Should Be International Solidarity, Not a Boycott (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1OclRKk

 

Business & Economy

  • What Nobody Told Me About Small Farming: I Can’t Make a Living (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1O4rRpn                                                People say we’re rich in other ways,” but that doesn’t fix the ugly fact that most farmers are unsustainable.
  • ‘Whole Paycheck’ Dodges Overcharging Claims with $500K Settlement (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1YMThKP          Investigation found overcharging ranged from $0.80 for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp.
  • The Year In Eggs: Everyone’s Going Cage Free, Except Supermarkets (NPR) http://n.pr/1R99tje
    • Suddenly Corporate America Has Gotten a Lot More Humane Toward Egg-Laying Chickens – 2015 Was a major Turnaround (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1P376KC                                                             The food industry is finally listening to consumers who reject the concept of caging an animal for its entire lifetime.
  • Why It’ Taking Companies So Long To Switch To Cage-Free Eggs (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1VotEKT                                          Subway is the latest food chain to give itself a generous 10-year deadline
  • Supermarkets Are The ‘Final Frontier’ Of The Cage-Free Egg Movement (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Sl1IYp                Activists won over fast food chains, but grocery stores may be a bigger challenge.
  • Pepsi Has Made It Almost Impossible to Track Its Money Trail (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1Yf4A8Z                                                    PepsiCo Foundation’s tax filings are illegible and incomplete.
  • How Etsy Eats (Edible Brooklyn) http://bit.ly/1msq06o                  True to the website’s mission, the food program hopes to scale up without losing its crafty spirit.
  • Former Costco Executive Launches First Ever Certified Organic Fast-Food Chain (Entrepreneur) http://entm.ag/1lWMPQ6

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • The actual, non-politically correct problem with American colleges today (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1ZnevvE            “The average college student generates more than 140 lbs. of food waste per year.”
  • Guess how much produce is thrown out because it’s not pretty enough for use as consumers? A lot. (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1JmjS4H                                                                                              The old saying toes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover/.” So why do we do it when it comes to food?

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Michigan Governor ‘Sorry’ as Flint’s ‘Man-Made’ Water Catastrophe Continues (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1RYoJBg  Michigan’s top environment official resigns in latest development of lead contaminated water crisis
  • Oklahoma oil, gas regulators order changes after earthquakes (Associated Press) http://apne.ws/1O1JHeH
    • Another earthquake hits Oklahoma as concern rises over (oil and gas) wastewater injection (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1NZDIVF                                                                                      4.2 magnitude quake is among more than 800 in the state in 2015, and many are occurring in areas where wells pump byproducts of oil and gas production
  • Big Water vs. the National Parks: The Fight Against Bottled Water Goes Federal (truthout) http://bit.ly/1NUL5NT
  • Lakes Are Heating Up, Putting Food and Water Supply at Risk (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1korQE6
    • Great Lakes are warming more than twice as fast as the oceans, new study says (Toronto Star) http://on.thestar.com/1k4rrqi                                                              Lakes are warming much faster than the climate as a whole, the study says. Lake Superior is the second fastest warming lake studied.
  • Say Goodbye To Your Microbead Exfoliators (Yahoo) http://yhoo.it/1XbUWZq                                                                              What about using ground walnut or almond shells?
  • This Genius Bucket Sucks Trash And Oil Right Out Of The Sea (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1R5pVkI                                                The water filtration system is like one you’d find in a fish tank, but it’s designed for an entire ocean.
  • Dead Humpback Calf Found Entangled in Illegal Gillnet (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PtRcxk                                                                     … crew of a Sea Shepherd spotted a humpback calf entangled in an illegal gillnet in the Vaquita Refuge in the Gulf of California…
  • Using Tires to Create an Artificial Reef in Florida Was a Really Bad Idea (truthout) http://bit.ly/1OlR2XP
  • Global Opposition is Mounting Against the Latest Environmental Abuse – Deep Sea Mining (truthout) http://bit.ly/1ZAdK2m

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • G7’s ‘New Alliance’ deal is failing farmers in Africa (New Internationalist) http://bit.ly/1OrA4TI
  • WTO slash Canada-Mexico (COOL) dames claim by a third (Global Meat News) http://bit.ly/1R7pgk4                                                  The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ordered that Canada and Mexico accept a third of the compensation they were seeking for economic losses caused by the USA’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for beef and pork.
  • UK pork processors eye US export savings (Global Meat News) http://bit.ly/1Pm4PN9                                                                                      Pork processors in the UK may soon enjoy costs savings with exports to the US, after an agreement with the USDA
  • In Defense Of Food Stamps: Why The White House Sings SNAP’s Praises (NPR) http://n.pr/1Ojr0EL
  • Federal Judge Says Cops Can Hold Your Family at Gunpoint if You Drink Tea or Grow Tomatoes – Here’s Why (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1JI2is6                                                                                                This would be a Keystone Kops story if it weren’t so serious.
  • Court Rejects USDA Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit on Organic Rule Change (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/1P8FaVC
  • Newly Elected Governor Strips 140,000 Of Voting Rights, Lowers The Minimum Wage (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1YBz9FV
  • Lam Duck Gov. Bobby Jindal Is Using His Last Days To Screw Over 31,000 Unemployed Louisianians (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1ZxWLNX                                                                                              By cutting SNAP benefits for the unemployed…
  • Quebec to Restrict “High Risk” Pesticides to Protect Pollinators and Public Health (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/1Hk8v1O

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • French Researchers Solve Discrepancy in Bee Killing Neonic Studies (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/218qb78

 

Pollinators

  • Farm expansion driving US native bee declines (The Ecologist) http://bit.ly/1NY0Vtt                                                                                                Wild bee decline is closely associated with the advance of intensive farming and habitat loss, a new study show …
  • This map shows where wild bees are in decline (grist) http://bit.ly/1Ugm3wI
  • Study: Modeling the status, trends, and impacts of wild bee abundance in the United States (The University of Vermont) http://bit.ly/1VxBlOX
  • Quebec to Restrict “High Risk” Pesticides to Protect Pollinators and Public Health (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/1Hk8v1O

 

Animals

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/MH5ttD                                                                                            How the industry kept scientists from asking: Does sugar kill?
  • In Cambodia, ‘Lucky’ Iron Fish For The Cooking Pot Could Fight Anemia (NPR) http://n.pr/1Od9r9i
  • Look at These Charts Before You Eat Your Next Burrito (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1MOAi6n                                                                            The E. coli outbreak at Chiptole puts burrito safety in the spotlight.
  • Study: Influence of agricultural practice on mobile bla genes: incl1-bearing CTX-M, SHV, CMY and TEM in E. coli from intensive farming soils (Pub Med) http://1.usa.gov/1OgchdP