Jenny’s Food & Ag Update February 29, 2016

 

  • How to Make Friends in the City: Grow Vegetables Together (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1OEawT9                                                                            We asked this East Londoner how a pop-up garden brought his neighborhood together and made friends out of strangers.
  • Flatpack hydroponic garden delivers 538 sq. ft. of fresh food to cities (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/1RApT3q
  • How different are wild salmon from farm salmon? Lot, DNA shows (The Christian Science Monitor) http://bit.ly/21qfr6U        The salmon divide: Scientists have found that there are more than 700 genetic differences between a hatchery-born salmon and its cousin in the wild.
  • Salmon hatcheries cause significant, rapid genetic changes (UPI) http://bit.ly/1XRz3v6                                                                                                A fish hatchery is a very artificial environment that causes strong natural selection pressures…
  • A single generation of domestication heritably alters the expression of hundreds of genes (Nature) http://bit.ly/1TFOc2b
  • US Food Sovereignty Alliance Calls for Immediate Release of the Secretary of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (Food First) http://bit.ly/1S1mhtu
  • Amplifying the voices of the food justice movement: New from the BFAA (Food First) http://bit.ly/1Q5Sn4E
  • The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, land Rights, and Haitian History (The Hampton Institute) http://bit.ly/1UsR8zN
  • Ranching Has ‘Hijacked’ A Protected Seashore, Environmentalists Say (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/24sm2N8
  • Decolonizing Permaculture: Exploring the Intersection of Permaculture and Decolonization (The Hampton Institute) http://bit.ly/21tMIOA

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Compassionate Conservatism and Food Stamps Just Don’t Mix (takepart) http://bit.ly/1VHYQEG                                                                The federal SNAP program is working – so why do so many lawmakers want to change it?
  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: New York Bill Bans Luxury Items From Food Stamps (takepart) http://bit.ly/1LIANzN                    The proposed legislation lists steak, lobster, and decorated cakes as luxury foods.
  • Richest Nation On Earth Can’t Afford Tiny Program To Feed Poor Kids, Congressman Says (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1THIMF9
  • In Six States, a Felony Drug Conviction Still Comes With a Lifetime Food-Stamp Ban (takepart) http://bit.ly/20Y4gwH            Bill Clinton’s welfare reform law enacted criminal punishment that outlasts prison terms.

 

School Food

  • Can a Chef From One of the World’s Best Restaurants Fix School Lunches? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1oDyHMk                                          Daniel Guisti left a coveted post a Copenhagen’s Noma a cook in cafeterias.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • From Farm To Table (Earth Justice) http://bit.ly/1VAPKt9            Juan Fernando Rodriguez Tellez came to Capitol Hill to persuade EPA regulators to protect farmworkers from pesticides. This is his story.
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers Target Wendy’s for Rejecting Fairer Standards for Farmworkers (turthout) http://bit.ly/1QCkfRB
  • Trump to Foreign Workers for Florida Club: You’re Hired (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1RwgIB4                                                                                  Since 2010, nearly 300 US residents have applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks, and housekeepers there (mar-a-Lago Club). But according to federal records, only 17 have been hired…
  • Labor Board (NLRB) Sides With Trump Hotel Workers In Union Battle (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/21vp8xx
  • Getting Beyond the Goods: Direct or Indirect Action in the American Union Movement (Hampton Institute) http://bit.ly/1WRJjSO

 

Business & Economy

  • McDonald’s Black History Month Gambit Can’t Obscure Its Inequitable Practices (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1oI5AHy
  • Sysco add Brakes (Meat & Poultry) http://bit.ly/1TBS8lw          Sysco Corp. has reached agreement to acquire Brakes Group from Bain Capital for approximately $3.1 billion. Brakes Group is a European food service distributor…
  • Robin Hood in Reverse: Climate Change Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1LGfhM0                                     A new study finds that climate change is triggering a massive reallocation of resources to the world’s wealthiest countries

 

Protests

  • Low-Wage Workers are Protesting Outside Tonight’s GOP Debate (Houston, TX) (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/21kVtKE
  • As Protesters march for a Higher Minimum Wage, DC Agencies Deal With Ballot Initiative Case (Washington City Paper) http://bit.ly/21gcaXJ

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • This (Danish) Supermarket Wants Everyone to Buy Food Waste (takepart) http://bit.ly/1QgTdwO                                                            Residents of Copenhagen, Denmark, can cut their grocery bills by as much as half thanks to a new supermarket that opened in the city this week.
  • Walmart’s UK Grocery Stores Are Selling Ugly Vegetables. It’s Time The US Followed Suit. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1R5DwVG
  • This City Banned Single-Serve Coffee Pods – Is Your Town Next? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1QIUI9m                                                          Disposable java capsules are coming under fire in Hamburg, Germany.
  • It’s easier and more fun than you think to eliminate waste from your cooking (grist) http://bit.ly/1OGfFtW

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Last Known Chilean Sea Bass Poaching Ship Caught in Indonesia (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Qez0Xq                                                              Officials have vowed to sink the vessel.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Regulators Butt Heads With Activists Over Assessment of Offshore Fracking Hazards (truthout) http://bit.ly/1KKTE29
  • As Rivers Run Black in Peru, Indigenous Tribes Left Cleaning Big Oil’s Disaster (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1LGfA9I              “Those responsible, where are they?” Water supply and delicate ecosystem contaminated by spate of oil spills in Amazon
  • Florida Officials Drain Lake Full Of ‘Toilet’ Water To Coast (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/21l7Oi5                                                                   Local industry has long been using Lake Okeechobee’s waters as a dumping ground for an assortment of chemicals, fertilizers, and cattle manure…
  • California Doesn’t Need Another Beach Clean Up – We Need Our Bag Ban Back (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1XTCCkx
  • Time is running out to save Puget Sound steelhead (The Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/1T2JHQJ
    • Environmental Assessment on the Southern California Coast (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) http://1.usa.gov/1QdfOHi
  • This “ocean farmer” could make you hopeful about the future of the sea (grist) http://bit.ly/1OGfYF7

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Ombudsman finds European Commission guilty of maladministration over pesticides (GM Watch) http://bit.ly/1QPSS6r
    • Key evidence withheld as ‘trade secret’ in EU’s controversial risk assessment of glyphosate (Corporate Europe Observatory) http://bit.ly/1L7nbmM
    • EU Moves to Reapprove Monsanto’s Toxic Glyphosate (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/21unbkS
  • You Won’t Be Able To Get These Slave-Made Items In The US Anymore (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SXvC6K                    President Barack Obama signed a law prohibiting imports of forced labor-produced goods.                                                                                                    The list of slave labor goods includes cotton, sugarcane, tobacco, coffee, cattle, fish, alcoholic beverages and leather.
  • HR 644 http://1.usa.gov/1mZM9cm                                            “prohibition on the importation of goods made with convict labor, forced labor, or indentured labor… “                                                          But the US Government will continue to sell products produced US convict labor?
  • Congressional Screening of Consumed (GathrNews) http://bit.ly/21yiNkO                                                                              Wednesday, March 2nd, Capitol Visitor Center, Orientation Theater North, 5pm
  • USDA Justifies Scientific Suppression As Its Policy (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) http://bit.ly/1ScLKAd
  • USDA awards $30m to improve food production (Global Meat News) http://bit.ly/1mUbILO                                                                            The USDA will award grants of more than $30m to improve food safety, reduce antibiotic resistance and bolster plant resilience in the wake of climate change.
  • The FDA Now Officially Belongs to Big Pharma (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TzShoh                                                                                      Robert Califf’s ties to Big Pharma run deep and the Obama nominee just sailed through the US Senate.                                                                            The fox is officially guarding the hen house…
  • SEC Finally Sets Rules for Investment Crowdfunding – A Perspective from the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) http://bit.ly/1LgYfsT
  • OCA Calls Out Vilsack for ‘Fear Mongering’ about GMO Labeling (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1KLULyB
  • Did Everybody in Michigan’s Government Know the Flint River Was Toxic? (Esquire) http://bit.ly/1Q9MzYb                                              And have they known for two years? Yes, they did …
  •  Michigan Officials Decided Not To Test Flint’s Water For Deadly Bacteria (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1SYZ9gl
  • Flint water emails show Flint City Council never approved switch (MLive) http://bit.ly/1TcWaS3                                                                          No they did not, Gov. Snyder’s appointees did…
  • New York City Can Require Sodium Warnings, Judge Rules (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1QFzdGo                                                                        “Information is power,”

 

GMOs/Food Technology/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Major pullout from GM by BASF (GM Watch) http://bit.ly/1QFDovI                                                                                    Company halves biotech workforce, closes test sites in Hawaii, India, and Puerto Rico, cuts GMO portfolio
  • CRISPR and the Monsanto Problem (GMO, be some other name!) (Field Questions) http://bit.ly/24sruzy
    • Biologist’s gene-editing kit lets do-it-yourslefers play god at the kitchen table (fieldquestions) http://bit.ly/24sruzy
  • Biotech lobby’s push for new GMOs to escape regulation (Corporate Europe Observatory) http://bit.ly/1Quyph7                 ‘New Breeding Techniques’ the next step in corporate control over our food?
  • Of apples and potatoes: the Dutch lobby for the deregulation of cigenesis (Corporate Europe Observatory) http://bit.ly/21b5YQL
  • US company railroads EU decision making on new GM (Corporate Europe Observatory) http://bit.ly/1VAw5ti
  • How we got to now: why the US and Europe went different ways on GMOs (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/1oHzEDY
  • Like Knowing If GMOs Are In Your Food? Congress Is Trying To Make That Harder (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1n0zKF2            2,000 chefs, led by Tom Colicchio, just let DC know they think about that.
  • Mining banana biodiversity to reduce vitamin A deficiencies in East Africa (GM Watch) http://bit.ly/1RdO8li                                           GM banana not needed…
  • Monsanto Feels the Bern as Sanders Turns Focus to GMO Labeling (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1KW1hmJ
  • Corporate vision of the future of food promoted at UN (Food First) http://bit.ly/1Q73QyT                                                                        More than 100 civil society organizations raise alarm about FAO biotechnology meeting
  • Why Vermont Is New Ground Zero in the Fight to Label Genetically Modified Foods (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Qf65DF           Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law is set to take place July 1 – unless an amendment blocks it.

 

Poisons

  • Our Daily Poison: How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making US Sick (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1LoPwFc
    • Study: Pesticides and the Immune System: The Public Health Risks (World Resources Institute) http://bit.ly/1WRNZrO
  • UCLA report says fumigants deadlier when used in combination (Santa Cruz Sentinel) http://bit.ly/1S8wN2d                                         And this comes as a surprise? What happens when you mix chlorine with ammonia?
  • Interactive Effects of Fumigants (UCLA Sustainable Technology & Policy Program) http://bit.ly/1Rau03K
  • Report: Exposure and Interaction: The Potential Health Impacts of Using Multiple Pesticides (UCLA) http://bit.ly/21zxLXS
  • Science Used to Regulate Roundup is Outdated, Says New Study (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1QuFmyQ                      Environmental health scientists call for expanded research and monitoring of world’s most widely used herbicide
  • Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement (Environmental Health Journal) http://bit.ly/1QOvdgY
  • It’s Not Just Flint – Philadelphia Has a Huge Lead Problem, Too (Philly Magazine) http://bit.ly/1XJrl6i                                                        The biggest culprit is old, chipping lead paint. Here are six things officials could do the help right now.
  • Advocates to EPA: It’s Time to Ban Organophosphate Pesticides (Center for Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/1LGFj1G

 

Pollinators

  • Monarch Butterfly Population Rebounds to 68 Percent of 22-year Average (Center for Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/1QPRpNI                                                                                  Favorable weather boosts numbers, but herbicides still threaten iconic butterfly’s future
  • The Newest Strategy For Saving Bees Is Really, Really Old (Ensia) http://bit.ly/1QgWGbq                                                                                       With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists turn to traditional farmers for answers.
  • Billion People Could Have More to Eat Thanks to Bees (takepart) http://bit.ly/1SYwRTh                                                                                                 A new study finds pollinators help increase yields on smallholder farms by nearly a quarter.
  • Bees Are Dying And That Could Be Devastating For Food Security (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1pgrWRc                        Bottom line: it’s time to reduce the use of pesticides.

 

Animals

  • A Major American Meat Company Is Going Big With Antibiotic-Free Pork (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1Qel9jP

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • How Much of the Most Common Weed Killer Are You Eating? The FDA Doesn’t Know (takpart) http://bit.ly/1SYBigE              News that the agency will finally start testing for glyphosate residue only begs the question: What took so long?
  • Consumer coalition calls for In-N-Out Burger to reduce routine antibiotics use in beef (Friend of the Earth) http://bit.ly/1p4ZjpT

 

Events

  • 2016 National Food Hub Conference                                                   March 30 – April 1, 2016                                                                               Atlanta, Georgia                                                                               http://bit.ly/1VHuHFn

 

Early Germination

PlantGermination

Ziploc Method

You will need:

  • seeds
  • ziploc bag
  • paper towel
  • water
  • starting pot/ bucket
  • soil
  1. Take paper towel and dampen with water
  2. Spread seeds on paper towel
  3. Fold paper towel so the seeds are wrapped inside
  4. Seal shut
  5. Label with date and plant type (eg. Feb. 20, Bell Peppers)
  6. Place bag in sunny and warm place
  7. Wait approximately one week for the seeds to germinate, time may vary with seed variety
  8. Ensure contents of bag stay moist
  9. When seeds sprout approximately one centimeter in length prepare for transplant into starting pot
  10. Fill pot with dirt, make sure soil is moist but not waterlogged
  11. Create holes in dirt approximately one centimeter deep (about one finger pad)
  12. Place seeds in hole and make sure they are stable, DO NOT manhandle the roots
  13. Make sure the seedlings get about 12 hours of indirect sunlight per day (south facing windows are best)
  14. When temperatures are constantly above 15 C hardening of seedlings can begin
  15. First place seedlings outside in diffused light for a couple of hours a day, bring inside at night
  16. Throughout the week introduce to full sun and longer periods of time outdoors
  17. After hardening period, seedlings may be transplanted into final destination

 

Egg Carton Method

You will need:

  • Seeds
  • Seed starting pots (egg cartons may be used)
  • Seed starting mix (soil)
  • Toothpick and paper for labels
  • Seed tray with clear dome (or any DIY drain tray with plastic wrap)
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  1. Fill egg carton with drainage holes/ starting pots with pre-moistened soil
  2. Place 2-3 seeds in each pot and press down into soil so they are gently covered

-small seeds (basil, mustard) can stay on top

-larger seeds (beans, peas) should be covered with about ½ inch soil

  1. Label each pot to remember which seeds are where
  2. Mist seeds with water
  3. Place pots in starting tray and cover with clear dome ( container from cookies, baking pan       with saran wrap)   
  4. Ensure there are holes to circulate air
  5. Sunlight is not essential at this point, place in warm location
  6. Only spritz seedlings with water if mix feels dry to the touch
  7. In a few days or weeks the seedlings will begin to emerge (depends on variety of seeds)
  8. Remove clear dome position in indirect sunlight
  9. Keep mix moist but not waterlogged
  10. When they develop first leaves transplant into larger container (DO NOT manhandle roots)
  11. Fill pot with dirt, make sure soil is moist but not waterlogged
  12. Create holes in dirt approximately one centimeter deep (about one finger pad)
  13. Make sure the seedlings get about 12 hours of indirect sunlight per day (south facing windows are best)
  14. When temperatures are constantly above 15 C hardening of seedlings can begin
  15. First place seedlings outside in diffused light for a couple of hours a day, bring inside at night
  16. Throughout the week introduce to full sun and longer periods of time outdoors
  17. After hardening period, seedlings may be transplanted into final destination

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update February 22, 2016

 

  • These remarkable floating farms could help feed hungry people around the world (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1ohRuwt
  • We must relearn to eat: Here’s how we teach our kids – and ourselves – to find pleasure in what’s good for us (Salon ) http://bit.ly/1QU0nn7                                                                                            We sneak veggies into kids’ meals. We choose from chocolatey and salty variations. But taste is a matter of choice.
  • New study finds clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/1mEfVTD          In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.
  • Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence (NPR) http://n.pr/1ozlDbh
  • Higher PUA and n-3 PUFA, conjugated linoleic acid, α-tocopheral and iron, but lower iodine and selenium concentrations in organic milk: a systemic literature review and mea- and redundancy analyses. (PubMed) http://1.usa.gov/1QPEOUM
  • To Feed the World, Tap Into Organic’s Potential: Study (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1oBVI2K                                                                          ‘It’s not just a matter of producing enough, but making agriculture environmentally friendly and making sure that food gets to those who need it.’
  • Good Food Added Savor to Chicago’s Jean Banchet Culinary Awards (Good Food On Every Table) http://bit.ly/1L18P7q
  • The Surprisingly Big Carbon Shadow Cast By Slender Asparagus (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/24gcEMj                            Asparagus, the majority of which comes from Mexico, is shipped by air freight which has a carbon footprint 50 times higher than shipping by sea and 33 times higher than rail freight…
  • America’s biggest crop is not what you think (Tech Insider) http://bit.ly/1ReUELc                                                                                        Grass is actually the biggest crop in the United States.
  • Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/1oiWHnR                                                                      Study analyzing 40 years of science against 4 areas of sustainability
  • Farm Confessional: I’m a Family Farmer (But Some People Call Me a Factory Farmer) (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1U4R6xR
  • Can Land-Based Fish Farms Solve Farmed Seafood Woes? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1SQ4jvx                                                                              New contained aquaculture systems could bring local seafood to land-locked communities and change the industry in other important ways, too.
  • El Niño Is Causing A Global Food Crisis (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1oPGYNF                                                                                            … changes in global weather will continue to wreak havoc on food supplies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America for months to come…
  • Exceptionally strong El Niño has passed its peak, but impacts continue (UN World Meteorological Organization) http://bit.ly/21dZs8t
  • Tom Philpott: 6 Things I Would Ask the Presidential Candidates About Food and Farming (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1TrbdFL
    • Food Tank: 10 Food Policy Questions We Want Answered From the 2015 Presidential Candidates http://bit.ly/1RTsho2
    • Grist: Here’s what we should be asking Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and Cruz about food http://bit.ly/1SGjGWO
  • Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly (NPR) http://n.pr/1PMurDk
  • Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Meal (Smithsonian Magazine) http://bit.ly/1UdfQEg                                   From seaweed to lionfish, invasive species are appearing on menus throughout the US.
  • Farmer John Boyd, Jr. Wants African Americans To Reconnect With Farming (NPR) http://n.pr/1Qqm4ku
  • Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An Interview with Iderle Brénus (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1TwxO58
  • I Stopped Eating Animals Because of Human Rights (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/24j1gzw                                                                            Desensitized to brutal violence, slaughterhouse workers are more likely to be anxious, depressed and commit violent acts on humans.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Want to make your farmers market more accessible? Move it (grist) http://bit.ly/1ozipVo
    • In Flint, Michigan, Moving The Farmers Market Drew More Poor Shoppers (NPR) http://n.pr/1KwQ4Zu
    • Report: The Role of Farmers’ Market in Two Low Income, Urban Communities (LA Food Policy Council) http://bit.ly/1RTyhNx
  • From Food Desert to Food Oasis, One Casserole at a Time (Healthy Food Access Portal) http://bit.ly/1XC5ddN

 

School Food

  • Not from The Onion: Grand jury investigates school lunches (The Bakersfield Californian) http://bit.ly/1Q8jkWF                                    The Kern County Grand Jury chose to investigate the quality of school lunches after hearing “from multiple sources that the food might not be to the ling of the students.”
  • Kern County Junior High school Lunch Program (Kern County, CA) http://bit.ly/1Q1eirz                                                                                How happy are the students with the food?

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Retail Means Jobs. But Those Jobs Shouldn’t Mean Poverty (In These Times) http://bit.ly/21hjfUp
    • Walmart Wages Are the Main Reason People Depend on Food Stamps (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1LybUqs                                           The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a means of survival for families earning minimum wage. And corporate welfare for Walmart…
  • After Major Pressure on Walmart to Boost Wages, 1 Million Employees Will Get a Raise This Saturday (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Q1zIFc                                                                                                     It looks as though protests against the retail giant are paying off.
  • Silicon Valley Tech Worker Fired After Blogging About Starving While Working at Billion-Dollar Food Delivery Firm (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Vx4qtx
  • The Union Busting That Goes Into Your Canned Fish (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1RTBNrt                                                                                                  A free trade deal between the US and Morocco was supposed to increase development in North Africa – not flame labor conflicts and union suppression.
  • The Industry That Treats Wage Theft as the Cost of Doing Business (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1ozreOO                                                A new law could make skipping out on paying freelancers more difficult.
  • First-of-its-Kind Legislation Will Crack Down on Nonpayment Epidemic Facing NYC’s 1.3 Million Independent Workers (NYC Council Member Brad Lander) http://bit.ly/1QqoOhJ          Freelancers Union Unveils “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”…
  • Anthony Bourdain Calls Racism The Most Important Food Issue That No One Is Talking About (uproxx) http://uproxx.it/1SXrvYz
  • Nickel and dimed in 2016 (Moyers & Company) http://bit.ly/1VnpN0f                                                                                                  It’s been 15 years since Barbara Ehrenereich published her seminal book about what it’s like to work for the minimum wage in America. Unfortunately, not much has changed.
  • The Toxic Work Environments That Produce Your Pots and Pans (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1Vu07iy                                                 Multinational corporations are once again profiting off of China’s dismal labor conditions.

 

Business & Economy

  • The design secrets behind California’s newest fast food innovation (Tech Insider) http://bit.ly/1XEFvp2
  • High steaks: Building the alternative cattle, from ranch to retail (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/1Om3Skm
  • Farmer’s Fridge and Its Salad Vending Machines: A Good Food Financing Fair Story (Good Food On Every Table) http://bit.ly/24hCnEn
  • This anti-capitalist mushroom company needs a business plan. But does it want one? (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/1OmNVdN                                                                                            For Smugtown Mushrooms and the “radical mycology” movement, spreading spore culture comes first
  • Do They Owe Us a Living? 7 Reasons the Universal Basic Income is Worth Fighting For. (Wire) http://bit.ly/1RPhDyC

 

Protests

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • France figured out how to make its grocery stores feed even more people (Upworthy) http://u.pw/215gN3l
  • Baldor’s bold new plan to feed us fruit and veggie scraps (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/1TsF9Br                                                Now for sale to food businesses: tomato tops, pineapple cores, and carrot trimmings
  • Why You Should Keep Drinking Milk Long After Its ‘Sell By’ Date (takepart) http://bit.ly/1U4bMGm                                                                   Here is a use for sour milk, use it instead of buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream in baking…
  • Researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/1Vizihc      Researchers have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can ore efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Why People Are Freaking Out About ‘Wood Pulp’ In Parmesan Cheese (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WsOU1P

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Global Water Shortage Risk Is Worse Than Scientists Thought (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QDZPS7
    • Two-Thirds of the Globe Faces Water Shortages, Major Study Finds (The Independent) http://ind.pn/1Qu2DHt                      Global water scarcity is far more sever than previously thought

 

  • The Skeena River Storm (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1mMs4Gc                                                                                              In northern British Columbia, river communities band together to fight gas export terminal, protect salmon.
  • Loophole In California Water Law Could Open Way For Bottling Plant Despite Drought (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1RGU4I8  Some residents of Mount Shasta City are concerned a loophole in a new groundwater law means that a planned bottling operation by Crystal Geyser could dry up local ground water wells.
  • ‘The Poisoning of an American City’: Special Report on Flint’s Water Crisis (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1QsJuWa                        Democracy Now! Went to Flint, Michigan, for a special on the ongoing Flint water crisis.
  • Flint Isn’t the Only Place With Racism in the Water (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1RTCalA                                                                      Environmental racism is an issue of political power: Polluters and waste sites are placed where politicians expect little or no political backlash.
  • While Lead Flowed Through the Pipes, Flint Residents Paid America’s Most Expensive Water Bills (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1SX4Vzq                                                                                      Flint’s water bills were more than twice as high as the average community serviced by a public utility.
  • How Many Flints Are There? (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1Qr28rq  Ina country where 500,000 children have substantial amounts of lead in their bodies, Flint is no anomaly.
  • Chicago Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit Against City Over Water Contamination (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1SEWKau                                                                                Plaintiffs say ‘elevated and unsafe’ levels of lead have contaminated water supply for year due to risky construction projects….
  • Making big bucks off water: Private, for-profit water companies charge 58% more than the government, report finds (Salon) http://bit.ly/1TyzRpq                                                                                             An exhaustive study shows privatization is more expensive, despite the right-wing’s insistence to the contrary
  • Report: The State of Public Water in the United States (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/1mQXMlB
  • Report: The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding the Full Economic & Social Impacts (University of Colorado) http://bit.ly/1OoHRBo
  • Report: Bad Business: Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Hiring Contractors (Project on Government Oversight) http://bit.ly/24lrRvy
  • January Was Record Warm, And That’s Bad News For Marine Life (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/21dYKYR                                      Ocean temperatures are soaring…

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • European Groups Expose ‘Terrifying Extent of Corporate Grab’ Within TTIP (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1Q8COe2                ‘The ability to enact effective and fair tax systems to finance vital public services is one of the defining features of sovereignty,’ say Global Justice Now – one that is threatened by corporate trade deals
  • Report: Healthy Food and Small Stores (National Good Food Network) http://bit.ly/1LCYVUy
  • Report: Minimum Stocking Levels and Marketing Strategies of Healthful Foods for Small Retail Food Stores (Healthy Eating Research) http://bit.ly/1Rjrrig
  • FDA to Start Testing for Glyphosate in Food (Time) http://ti.me/1QlYk0S
    • Science Used to Regulate Roundup is outdated, Says New Study (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1mMnRSN
    • Concern over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement (Environmental Health Journal) http://bit.ly/1QOvdgY
  • Historic Settlement: Wildlife Agency Will Finally Examine How Roundup, Atrazine Harm 1,500 Endangered Species (Center for Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/1L4oi6z
  • An expanded tax break for food companies (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/1QRBclb                                                                        The “permanent enhanced tax deduction for food donation” is a mouthful. It’s also very confusing. We break it down so you can take it for 2015
  • (Federal) Court rejects lawsuit alleging Chipotle’s advertising deceived customers (National Agricultural Law Center) http://bit.ly/1KZrksF
  • Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is A Popular New Policy That Costs States Millions. Here Are The Results. (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/21dY4CL
  • Oakland (CA) takes the brakes off of city’s food trucks (San Francisco Business Times) http://bit.ly/1mPnl6J
  • Spending on farm subsidies to spike over the next three years (National Agricultural Law Center) http://bit.ly/1PLc5CQ

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • US Farmers Allege Deception by Agrochemical Giant: The Case Against Syngenta (Truthout) http://bit.ly/1KzBhgJ

 

Poisons

  • Time for US Regulators to Get Serious About Safety of Popular Pesticide (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1KrlVuK                    Actually it’s an herbicide, glyphosate…
  • Monsanto’s Pesticide Is Top Suspect Behind Mysterious Kidney Disease (Truthout) http://bit.ly/1RUqUWh
  • How Big a Problem Is Lead Contamination In Your County? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1oz7rz6
    • Lead: America’s Real Criminal Element (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1PYqSYy                                                                                     New research finds lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQ’s, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper then doing nothing.

 

Pollinators

  • Bee virus spread is human made, driven by European honeybee populations (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/1PXWi4Y
    • Study: Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven by Varroa mites (Science) http://bit.ly/1StPHRM

 

Animals

 

  • These 6 animals looked bizarrely different before we started breeding them for food (Tech Insider) http://bit.ly/1oBQsMx

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Chobani ordered to stop running ads against rival yogurt maker Dannon (National Agricultural Law Center) http://bit.ly/1SENCmh                                                                                              A federal judge ruled last Friday that New York-based yogurt maker Chobani must cease running ads claiming Dannon’s light Greek yogurt contains chlorine and is not safe to eat…
  • What can open-source HACCP plan do for the food movement? (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/24iHZ19                                  The open-source HACCP plan created by Underground Meats is a powerful model for food producers. But now someone needs to set up and build the infrastructure of sharing

 

Resources

  • Agricultural & Food Law Consortium announces funding opportunity (National Agricultural Law Center) http://bit.ly/24eOJgk

 

Events

  • OAK’s 6th Annual Conference                                                                     March 4-5, 2016; Shepherdsville, Kentucky       http://bit.ly/1LCWRMf
  • Family Farmed Good Food Festival & Conference                         March 24-26, 2016; Chicago, Illinois                     http://bit.ly/1QruzM9
  • 3rd Biennial Food Hub Conference                                                         March 30 – April 1, 2016; Atlanta, Georgia         http://bit.ly/1UiQrZT
  • Third Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference                                                                                                                 April 21-22, 2016, Memphis, TN                         http://bit.ly/1Ww88DM                                                                      Registration http://bit.ly/1KZqyvR

 

  • Farm to Cafeteria Conference                                                                       June 2-4, 2016; Madison Wisconsin                     http://bit.ly/1OqTQhK
  • 7th National Small Farms Conference                                             September 20-22, 2016; Virginia Beach, Virginia     http://bit.ly/1L6Tv9f

 

Other

  • Food Market Challenge Offers $500,000 for Best Idea to Grow Chicago’s Good Food Supply (Good Food On Every Table) http://bit.ly/1KyaMrT
  • Growing Farm to School: Partnering with Farm Credit FAQ (National Farm to School Network) http://bit.ly/1TB9bo0

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update February 15, 2016

 

  • From Teacher to Grower: Farmer Revives Family Grove and Finds Profit in Diversification (Seedstock) http://bit.ly/1O1Dzj7
  • A Kentucky Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women Grow Food – and Confidence (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1QcBYbR                                Many survivors of domestic violence have had their attempts at work and creativity sabotaged for years. On these 40 acres of rolling farmland, they’re being restored.
  • Confirmed: Farm dust protects kids from developing asthma and allergies (RawStory) http://bit.ly/1Q9yGMI
  • Is Cooking the Future of Medicine? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1o7VTlx     At Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, students are learning to pair nutrition with allopathic care – and other schools are catching on.
  • Effort to bring North Dakota corporate farming bill to statewide vote moves forward (Prairie Business) http://bit.ly/1LhA6x1
    • North Dakota Stockmen’s Association silent on Anti-corporate farming law (The Dickinson Press) http://bit.ly/1O3hJvJ
  • Early Farmers Changed the Climate (and we’re still feeling it today) http://bit.ly/1nZ57B8
    • The mystery of the expanding tropics (Nature) http://bit.ly/1XeHnEX                                                                                        As the Earth’s dry zones shift rapidly polewards, researchers are scrambling to figure out the cause – and consequences.
  • University of Iowa goat watch: Still on the lam (Iowa City Press-Citizen) http://icp-c.com/1KBT2vw                                                              Six days after he bolted from UI’s Research Park, the Richard Kimble of barnyard animals – William the Goat, as he’s been nicknamed – remains at large, with law enforcement reporting a couple of near apprehensions…
  • Organic Agriculture is Key to Feeing the World Sustainably (IROAM Organics International)
  • Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere: Recarbonizing the Earth’s Soils (Environmental Health Perspectives) http://1.usa.gov/1KQ69tb
  • Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1PSia1x                          This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
  • The Shocking Truth About America’s Ethanol Law: It Doesn’t Matter (For Now) http://n.pr/1PJJqMb                                          Question: Since ethanol can be produced from any agricultural product containing starch, sugars, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin why are we using corn and not post harvest plant residue that has no other use? Of course, that depends on the energy input needed to produce the ethanol from each of these products. In the case of corn; energy input for the production of corn, plus the energy needed to produce the ethanol…
  • Salinas hopes to turn farm workers’ children into computer scientists (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1Vc0OwR
  • Why Shared Farms Are the Hot New Thing at Gated Communities (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1LnuK3y                                        An attempt to invert the wasteful nature of the gated community, “agrihoods” swap golf-courses for functioning farms.
  • Vegetable Growers Are Working With Silicon Valley to Disrupt Farming (takepart) http://bit.ly/20T6Hpo                                                  The ag industry and tech start-ups are collaborating to make agriculture more efficient and productive.

 

Hunger, Food Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • The Effect of Cash, Vouchers, and Food Transfers to Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Northern Ecuador (American Economic Association) http://bit.ly/1KBtkqS
  • Two Wins for Families: Alabama Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support (Equal Voice for Families) http://bit.ly/1T1wohn
  • BMI Doesn’t Really Tell You Anything About Your Health (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1V4Bed3                                          Millions of obese Americans are metabolically healthy, while many “normal” weight Americans aren’t.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • This Bill Would Force Large Corporations To Pay a Fine if They Don’t Pay Workers a Living Wage (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1PDHwNc
  • Chocolate is Big Business on Valentine’s Day (Green America) http://bit.ly/1U1qrC5                                                                                        How much money makes it’s way back to cocoa farmers?
  • Brooklyn Sweet’N Low Workers Face Mass Layoffs To Make Way for Luxury Condos (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1mtzTAu
  • Labor Trafficking in Ohio, four part series (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
    • Part I: Guatemalan national orchestrated large human trafficking ring in Ohio http://bit.ly/1oxiPv8
    • Part II: Labor trafficking cases hard to find and investigate, prosecutors say http://bit.ly/1TX00xr
    • Part III: Egg producer changed protocol following labor trafficking raid, company says http://bit.ly/20sAQGN
    • Part IV: Sen. Rob Portman to unveil results of committee investigation over border crossing http://bit.ly/1SlVrgp
  • Local Food Cooperatives as a Cornerstone for Rural Community Development (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/1o0Lh8B

 

Business & Economy

 

  • Artificial Colors Being Removed From M&Ms, Skittles, Starburst And More (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Tgpwye
  • Beverage Companies Want the Developing World to Drink a Whole Lot More Soda (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PUelc7                     Sales are flat on falling in the West, so Coke and Pepsi turning their        attention to emerging markets.
  • Water Privatizers Have Their Eye on Flint’s Lead Crisis (The Nation) http://bit.ly/20kSBYr                                                                          Too disaster capitalists, Flint’s sick children present an opportunity for privatization and profit.
  • Economic Sustainability of Large-scale Aquaponics Subject of University Research (Seedstock) http://bit.ly/1o0yjYp
  • EasyJet Founder’s Discount Food Store: A Symptom of London’s Growing Poverty? (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/20IYPqt                      And what is are the costs of externalities? Social, environmental…
  • Jim Hightower on TPP: How Corporate Bamboozlers Intend to Widen Inequality (Modern Scot) http://bit.ly/240p3UD

 

Protests

  • Neil Young is taking his campaign against Monsanto and GE crops on the road (Salon) http://bit.ly/1KeZsRe

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Getting Ugly Produce onto Hungry People’s Plates (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/243be7Z                                                                                        Farm-to-food-bank programs are now saving 300 million pounds of ugly and surplus produce a year in more than 20 states.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Theft

  • Benoît Violier Was Reportedly the Victim of a Million Dollar Wine Scam (Grub Street) http://grb.st/1Pj9uzB
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Accused of Overcharging New Yorkers ’70 Percent of the Time’ (Grub Street) http://grb.st/1SGm54a
  • Midwestern (WI) Thieves Make Off With $70,000 of Cheese in Carefully Planned Heist (Eater) http://bit.ly/20GLPBR
    • $90,000 worth of parmesan cheese stolen in Marshfield, WI recovered in Grand Chute (Fox6) http://bit.ly/1O8NEuN

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • In North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1SYJSvB                                                            The Turtle Mountain Band was among the first tribes to ban the drilling process. Here’s the difference it made.
  • 8 Things California Gov. Brown Doesn’t Want You to Know (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1O8NEuN
    • California Farmers Irrigate Crops With Chevron’s Oil Wastewater in Drought-Stricken Central Valley (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1XqEfpv
  • Natural Gas Becomes a Fracking Mess (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1KjOyKi                                                                                              The Porter Ranch disaster may erase the industry’s undeserved reputation as clean energy source.
  • Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Get $48 Million to Move Off of Disappearing Louisiana Island (Indian Country) http://bit.ly/1TSVjV6
  • It Goes Way Beyond Flint: America Has a Lead Crisis that Stretches from Coast to Coast (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1o4s8m8
  • 165 Million Plastic Particles Are Floating in Waters Surrounding New York City (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1SoQ00h
  • Illegal Chilean Sea Bass Fishing Could Be Coming to an End, Thanks to Sea Shepherd (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PU2FpG
  • Starving sea lion rescued after being found in San Diego restaurant (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1VcNEzu

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Brazil’s National Cancer Institute Names GM Crops as Cause of Massive Pesticide Use (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/1PDzYdl    The release of GM crops in Brazil has helped make it the largest consumer of agrochemicals in the world…
  • Betting the Farm on Free Trade (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1SNVRga                                                                                            The White House is gambling with our health, jobs, and environment by embracing the Trans Pacific Partnership.
  • House passes bipartisan bill requiring faster federal response to Flint-like water disaster (Raw Story) http://bit.ly/1PDNIVg
  • Congressman pushes drug testing for food stamps (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1WiobVu                                                                                                In the 13 states where drug testing has been used for safety net benefits have proved to be a waste of time, money, resources, and is trying to fix a problem that does not exist…
  • Welfare Drug Tests In Tennessee Are Coming Up Pretty Close To Empty (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1ohS126
  • 27 Communities Selected to Participate in ‘Local Food, Local Places’ Ag Revitalization Initiative (Grow Riverside) http://bit.ly/1moxoQ1                                                                                          Last week, on behalf of the Whit House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce the selection of 27 communities in 22 states that will participate in Local Food, Local Places…
  • BLM & the Ranching Industry: a History of Collusion (Deep Green Resistance Great Basin) http://bit.ly/1Xjljcg
  • Nation’s First Regenerative Farm Certification Bill Introduced in Vermont (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/211Jcag
  • Legislation Designed to Block Local Control Over Fracking Ban Stalled in Florida (Modern Scot) http://bit.ly/1o80cgD
  • Flint Is Still a Disaster, But Obama Just Proposed a Giant Cut to Water Funding (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/20t55x6                          One environmental activist called the budget proposal “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
  • Flint water plant was rushed into operation (Detroit Free Press) http://on.freep.com/1TdNWqM
  • Rebuilding Trust After Flint: What About the Water In Your City? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1PSf3ql                                                                          Despite decaying infrastructure and budget pressures, city water utility have mostly delivered on their promise of healthy water.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Lessons to Be Learnt from Burkina Faso’s Decision to Drop Genetically Modified Cotton (Modern Scot) http://bit.ly/1WhfXNy
  • Australian Organic Farmer Dealt Final Bow in Landmark Lawsuit Over Monsanto’s GMO Contamination (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1KhFKEG
  • Oregon farmers battle over GMO control (Statesman Journal) http://stjr.nl/242F0cM                                                                                Oregon farmers are suffering real financial losses because of contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops, a Legislative committee heard Thursday…
  • Imports of Genetically Engineered Salmon Blocked Until Labeling Requirements Are Established (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PU1KWy
  • Washington Post’s Food Columnist Goes to Bat for Monsanto – Again (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) http://bit.ly/1PUcggi
  • Memphis Meats Bets Lab-Grown Meat Can Disrupt the Global Food Supply (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/1Q5NDsQ

 

Poisons

  • Strawberries + Pesticides: How California’s Farmers are Looking for New Solutions (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/20rPePl

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • Why Nearly Half a Million Sick Chickens and Turkeys Were Suffocated this Week (Motherboard) http://bit.ly/1O7okp4

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • CSPI Downgrades Sucralose form ‘Caution’ to ‘Avoid’ (CSPI) http://bit.ly/1SehAgA
    • Study: Sucralose administered in feed, beginning prenatally through lifespan, induces hematopoietic neoplasias in male swiss mice (International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health) http://bit.ly/1KDuL8l
  • McDonald’s Hops on Kale Fad With a Salad That’s Worse for You Than a Big Mac (takepart) http://bit.ly/1oAM8gg                              Salads featuring the trendy green are available at locations in Canada.

 

Events

  • Zero Food Waste Forum                                                                           February 19, 2016, 9am – 5pm                                                                   Valley Youth Theater, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus                                                                                                       525 North 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004                       http://bit.ly/1QRICHs and register here http://bit.ly/1nU2IXN

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update February 8, 2016

 

  • Will Denmark Become the World’s First 100% Organic Country? (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PfB9PP
    • 5 Food Systems Lesson the US Can Learn from Denmark (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/20nnOiT                                                                        Does food production have to sacrifice the well being of workers, animals, and the environment for the sake of efficiency? Not if you’re in Denmark, it doesn’t.
  • If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Foods? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1PAjtC9                                                                                Programs across the country are trying to make it easier for new farmers to get started and put down roots. Here’s why: There’s only one farmer under 35 for every six over 65…
  • These Plants Are the Pulse of Sustainable Farming and Healthy Eating (takepart) http://bit.ly/1SCzTfV                                                  Beans, lentils, and other pulses are both cheap and nutritious, and they play an important role in nurturing soil.
  • People Are Totally Clueless About What ‘Natural’ Food Labels Mean (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SWzPHC                                But the FDA may provide more clarity soon.
  • This Kitchen Is in the Business of Empowering Local Entrepreneurs (Craving Boston) http://bit.ly/1RbDO1G        CommonWealth Kitchen is a food incubator that’s launching careers and brining delicious food to underserved areas of Boston.
  • The Low-Down On Sustainable Cotton (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/1Q0wNBN                                                                                      “No commodity is as polluting as cotton,” declares the Sustainable Trade Initiative. About 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals used globally are used by the cotton sector…
  • World’s Oldest Tea Discovered In An Ancient Chinese Emperor’s Tomb (NPR) http://n.pr/1PYZp8b
  • Stadium Score with Farm-to-Game Eats (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1Xb9LaR                                                                                      Across the nation, sports fans are being offered fresh, healthy fare during game time.

 

Hunger, Food Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • The Footsteps Of A Famine (Outlook India) http://bit.ly/1Q4tAkG                                                                                              A visit to Bundelkhand reveals a chilling state of affairs – one wrought in equal amount by nature, state negligence and policy failure
  • Turning Our Backs (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1nKgUme                   A growing number of states are booting poor people from assistance programs.
  • Home Ec Returns to College Campuses With a Modern Twist (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PuoNTY                                                        Teaching students how to cook is not only healthy, but can help limit hunger too.
  • Flint’s Crisis Isn’t Just Dirty Water – They Need Better Food, Too (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SyflFy                                                  Flint is home to only a few grocery stores and high obesity rate. Fixing these problems won’t be easy.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Nestlé Admits Slavery in Thailand While Fighting Child Labor Lawsuit in Ivory Coast (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1VNApp2    The company has won plaudits for its admission of forced labor in the Thai seafood industry but much of the supply chain remains hidden
  • Meet the People Working to Improve the Lives of Restaurant Employees (Grub Street) http://grb.st/1RbvRtk
    • ‘Chasing An Ideal,’ World-Class Chefs Find Themselves Under Extreme Pressure (NPR) http://n.pr/1Q0LrZN
  • Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan – But Illinois Has a Fix (Yes!) http://bit.ly/20Hn0Cm                        Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.
  • Why the Supreme Court Should Leave Well Enough Alone and Let Workers Build Unions (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ojlEzV                  A decision against the California Teachers Association is a decision in favor of greed.

 

Business & Economy

  • Cheap and easy food? Think about the true cost (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1UKuoJE                                                                                                “If we factor in the hidden costs to society, from public health to climate change, it doesn’t constitute a bargain”
  • Milking it: critics take aim at new environmental guidelines for diary industry (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1SBbwzi
  • 10 Ways Big Food Is Changing To Meet Consumer Demand (FERN) http://bit.ly/1X191Fe                                                                              As consumers are looking for more transparency when it comes to their food, some of the biggest companies in the food industry are making changes to be healthier and more relevant.
  • After Bottling Michigan’s Clean Water, Nestle Comes Under Fire For Ties To Snyder Administration (MintPress News) http://bit.ly/1nTmTpr                                                                                      Nestle, which bottles 200 gallons of Michigan water per minute and has ties to the Snyder administration, has become a target for activists who don’t want the corporation to profit from the Flint water crisis.
  • McDonald’s Mozzarella Sticks Are the Focus of a Class-Action Lawsuit Now (Grub Street) http://grb.st/1KvVkw3                              On the off chance that they contain any cheese at all, the gooey white product inside McDonald’s new mozzarella stick also might not be “100 percent real cheese,” as advertised…
  • Chipotle Made a Profit in a Year Marked by Food-Safety Scandals (takepart) http://bit.ly/1T6VH34                                                                Still, sales were down by nearly 15 percent for the last quarter of 2015.
  • Chipotle sales and profits plunge as fears of food poisonings grow (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1UNTVl5
  • Chipotle’s Criminal Investigation Is Expanding As the Company Announces Its Worst-Ever Earnings Report (Grub Street) http://grb.st/1NV009C
  • Chipotle Throws Australian Beef Under the Bus (Food Safety News) http://bit.ly/1nVg2f6
  • Despite Big Discounts, Keurig Sales Kept Crashing Over The Holidays (BuzzFeed) http://bzfd.it/1PcwXCu                                    Sales of the single-serve brewers have fallen for a year and a half now.
  • This Company Might be Setting a New Bar for Transparency in Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1X9A80N                                                    The Real Co. is launching a new “Single Origin Verified” label to tell consumers exactly where their food comes from and who made it.
  • Ten Ways to Challenge Capitalism’s Death Grip on Daily Life (truthout) http://bit.ly/1mmmdHz                                                                   … we need to build economies that consumer fewer natural resources. In other worlds, we need to build a “solidaryity economy” base on worker-owned cooperatives, selfprovisioning and barter systems, and gift-based ecxchanges.

 

Protests

  • Ahead of Primary, NH Workers Declare: Want My Vote? Raise the Wage! (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1SUBNH0                   Fast food workers walk off the job before protesting at the GOP debate in Manchester
  • Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1NYS1bJ                                                                        In his latest album, the long time champion o farmers’ rights offers a sharp criticism of the agrochemical giant.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Black Customers Sue Denny’s for Asking Them to Prepay for Their Meal (Grub Street) http://grb.st/1nT8BoM
  • 500 Restaurants Nationwide Discover Major Credit Card Breach That Started in 2014 (Eater) http://bit.ly/1nJs9ve                                   If you’ve dined out AT ALL in the last two years, you need to check your statements ASAP.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • In North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1SYJSvB                                                          The Turtle Mountain Band was among the first tribes to ban the drilling process. Here’s the difference it made.
  • Detroit-based activist will tell United Nation forum about Flint water crisis and water shutoffs in Detroit (Michigan Radio Network) http://bit.ly/1SDbUvj
  • 300 Union Plumbers Volunteered to Install Water Filters This Weekend in Flint (US Uncut) http://bit.ly/1TB3Yf1
    • How Flint’s Crisis Could Help Fight An Injustice Plaguing Minority Communities (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1KVq98w
    • Toxic Waste on Tap (Other Words) http://bit.ly/20JTPP2          Michigan state officials poisoned Flint’s democracy along with its water.
  • Inmates in Flint Forced to Consume and Use Contaminated Water for Months (takepart) http://bit.ly/1S9lLKx                      Genesee County inmates were given bottled water for five days, then told it was safe to consumed tainted tap water again.
  • Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1R2t4m9                            Long before the state declared an emergency in Flint, MI, a pastor, a mother, and an attorney teamed up to reveal the state’s lies about their drinking water.
  • In Parts of the West, Grazing Cattle are Making the Drought Worse (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Xc5t3a                                              Federal land managers are considering moving cattle off public lands.
  • Film Showcases A Farmer’s Love For California’s San Joaquin River (American Rivers) http://bit.ly/1SIcdFd
  • The Deal That Brought the Colorado River Back to the Sea (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1R3xKrZ                                                                                                 A new amendment to the 1944 water treaty between Mexico and the United states aims to create a fair, cooperative system for restoring the Colorado River.
  • New Jersey River Polluters Fund Toxic Fish Swap – But There’s A Snag (NPR) http://n.pr/23P3aHC
  • The New Microbead Ban Won’t Solve the Microplastic Pollution Problem (takepart) http://bit.ly/1T0MFmM                                                A prominent environmental scientist says we need to rethink everything about how we make, use, and trash plastic.
  • Your Face Wash Is Killing Oysters (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PhKtmn                                                                    Microplastics could be harming future generations of these helpful bivalves.
  • Atlantic Ocean Is Acidifying at a Rapid Rate (takepart) http://bit.ly/1nPGTcB                                                                                                 A new study finds the ocean is absorbing 50 percent more carbon than it was a decade ago, and that could have dire consequences for dolphins, whales, and other marine life.
  • Research Article: Rapid anthropogenic changes in CO2 and pH in the Atlantic Ocean: 2003 – 20014 (Global Biogeochemical Cycles) http://bit.ly/1nPI2Rj
  • Is Oyster Aquaculture Good for the Bay? 5 Questions for Dr. Ashley Smyth (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1StFu8e                Yes, as are other bivalves and filer feeders…                                    Note: oysters filter up to 5 lt. per hour
  • Oyster Enemy Number One: Ocean Acidification (takepart) http://bit.ly/1nPIzTi                                                                                  Corrosive ocean water is preventing baby bivalves from thriving.
  • Eelgrass could save the planet (The Boston Globe) http://bit.ly/1Q4t1HH                                                                                          Sea grass ecosystems occupy a small percentage of ocean area but account for 50 percent of ocean carbon storage. So why are we letting the beds die?

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Sikkim is India’s first organic state (Organic Market Info) http://bit.ly/1L23wzc                                                                                                All of Sikkim’s farmland has been certified organic under the National Programme for Organic Production NPOP regulations by the end of 2015.
  • Hydropower Legislation Would Roll Back Decades Of Progress (American Rivers) http://bit.ly/1o7t2hE                                          Loophole to the only renewable energy that drives species extinction
  • USDA Imposes Stricter Limit On Salmonella Bacteria In Poultry Products (NPR) http://n.pr/1T4iYm3
    • USDA Finalized New Food Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry (USDA) http://1.usa.gov/1K3VQSe
    • The USDA’s New Food-Safety Rules for Poultry Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be (takepart) http://bit.ly/1nWsdsa         Is salmonella-free chicken and turkey really too much to ask for?
  • Report: Even After 2013 Texas Fertilizer Explosion, Hundreds of Communities Still at Risk (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1SYzGmR
  • Nebraska’s Livestock Market Faces Death by Big Meat Lobbying (Fortune) http://for.tn/1QLQBWp                                                                     A bill that safeguard small farmers might be nixed for one friendlier to multinational meatpackers.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Not Science Fiction: Biotech Industry Pushing ‘GM 2.0’ Across Europe (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1PPU6Ik                              Effort to exempt new techniques from existing regulations is nothing more than an attempt to get genetic modification in ‘through the back door’
  • Biotech lobby’s push for new GMOs to escape regulation (Corporate Europe Observatory) http://bit.ly/1nE2FiO                ‘New Breeding Techniques’ the next step in corporate control over our food?
  • Monsanto to Cut 3,600 Jobs as Public Protests Continue to Stymie Profits (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1QFIo66
  • ‘World’s First’ Lab-Grown Meatball Looks Pretty Damn Tasty (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1KoyDKp                                            Actual meat, no cow deaths required.

 

Poisons

  • Are Bee-Killing Pesticides Impacting Our Health? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1mhlbfS                                                                                            What do we know about the human health effects of neonicotinoids? Astonishingly little. Here’s why scientists say that isn’t good enough.
  • Monsanto’s Glyphosate Most Heavily Used Weed Killer in History (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1KW20P2
    • A Probable Carcinogen Is Now the Most Heavily Used Weed Killer in History (takepart) http://bit.ly/1K701g0                          But don’t expect a new analysis of glyphosate use to derail Monsanto’s plans for its next-generation herbicides.
  • Research: Trends in glyphosate herbicide us in the United States and globally (Environmental Sciences Europe) http://bit.ly/23IdK3c
  • Study: Glyphosate residues in rural groundwater, Nottawasaga River Watershed, Ontario, Canada (PubMed) http://1.usa.gov/1PfKmtI
  • Are There Pesticides in Your Pot? Colorado and Oregon Are Doing Something About It (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1KxKwO2      PBO is a highly toxic substance that causes cancer and adverse impacts on liver function and the nervous system.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • 5 Reasons The Government’s Nutrition Advice Isn’t Working (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PQ6MPd                              Nutritionists are unhappy with the government’s latest diet advice – but do the guidelines even matter?

 

Events

  • Working for Justice in the Valley: People, Food, Land & Water  Wednesday March 9, 2016                                                                 University of California Merced                             http://bit.ly/1P4gMXZ

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update February 2, 2016

 

  • How a Better Food System Can Help Alleviate Poverty (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1RQbTFn                                                                                          The US can promote more productive, sustainable and nutritious food systems in low-income countries in a way that improves the livelihoods of food producers.
  • With Heirloom Seeds, Cherokee Nurture Cultural History and Future Health (takepart) http://bit.ly/1SSna8t                            Growing ancient crops is helping to conserve much more than traditional foodways.
  • Corporate Pillaging of the World’s Forests Is Wiping Out Local Food Independence (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1nC0U6r                  Local communities are squeezed onto smaller parcels of land and compelled to rely on smaller resources bases for food and income.
  • Healthy Eating on the Fly: How Airports Are Leading the Way to More Plant-Based Diets (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TqLaiq            Airports are dishing out the advice of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Eat less meat.
  • Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality (NPR) http://n.pr/1ZZi618
    • Project Nourished http://bit.ly/1KL5XWN                                            A Gastronomical Virtual Reality Experience                                         Project Nourished allows you to experience dining in a whole new way without caloric intake; while maintaining taste, smell and touch.
  • CSAs Aren’t Just For Fruits And Vegetables Anyone (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/23z12Ug                                                                    Grains, honey, fish, meat, dairy, gelato, wine…
  • Climate Change Makes Biblical Plagues a More Regular Threat to Farmers (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PKrS1F                                            Locust swarms can be devastating to farmers and, potentially, the food supply.
  • Pip pip hooray: National Trust steps in to save 300 cider apple trees (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1JSanjF                                            Trust takes on task of growing varieties held by orchard owner Henry May, who considered moving collection to France
  • Greenhouse Built Around A Home Is A Brilliant Way To Beat The Winter Blues (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QQWofv                “It’s like a bubble.”
  • The Food Label a Majority of Shoppers Look for Remains Meaningless (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PrSiJw                                              A new survey found that ‘natural’ is still in demand and still doesn’t mean what people think it does.

 

Hunger, Food Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • In Besieged Middle East, Food Becomes Weapon of War (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1m2tAUd                                      Despite international laws prohibiting the use of starvation against civilians, forces on all sides preventing aid from reaching blockaded towns in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq
  • Hungry Children in Rich America (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1KQ0PR4
    • Obama Proposes Cash Benefits to Close the Summer Hunger Gap for Students (takepart) http://bit.ly/1OZDErF                  Instead of preparing subsidized meals, the White House wants to provide EBT cards to ease the strain on budgets when school’s out.
  • Over 1 Million Face Loss of Food Aid Over Work Requirements (The Epoch Times) http://bit.ly/1NKvbEu                                                More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in the month.
  • Noodles: The Ultimate Global Comfort Food (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1TyeMdE                                                                … noodles take many forms and are made from a wide variety of grains like millet, whet , and rice…

 

School Food

  • How School Lunch Plays a Central Role in Education in Japan (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Qwnvub                                                                   For Japanese students, lunches at school aren’t just about eating.
  • Sign of the end times? Democrats and Republicans agree to help hungry kids (grist) http://bit.ly/1P4VA1V

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Activists Demand A Bill Of Rights For California Farm Workers (NPR) http://n.pr/1OVhMNU
    • Groups urge officials to strengthen labor protections for farmworkers (Ventura County Star) http://bit.ly/1OZgVcS        Farmworker advocates are calling on the Ventura County and Santa Barbara County Boards of Supervisors to enact a “Farmworker Bill of Rights” to protect laborers against alleged abuses.
  • UN FAO Information Note no. 3: Social protection and decent rural employment. Rural Transformations. (FAO of the UN) http://bit.ly/1PPGM6A
  • (Michigan) Teens Fight Back Against Bill That Could Cut Their Minimum Wage (takepart) http://bit.ly/1UBlu0N                            Hourly employees under 20 years old would make 85 percent of the state minimum wage under a proposed bill.
  • The Hospitality Industry’s Two-Tier Workforce (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1PDVYnp                                                                                                At one hotel, two groups of housekeepers can do the same work but get very different pay.
  • Chipotle Is in More Trouble (and It Has Nothing to Do With E. Coli) (attn:) http://bit.ly/1RSX2Kw                                                                      As if its highly publicized E. coli and norovirous outbreaks aren’t bad enough for business, Chipotle has even more drama on its plate now: a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination.
  • Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/20AowGi                            Study of census results in England and Wales since 1871 finds rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making working humans obsolete

 

Business & Economy

  • What You Need to Know About the Corporate Shift to Cage-Free Eggs (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1NEmmvV                                              Bowing to consumer demand, more than 35 food companies have pledged to go cage-free with more almost certainly on the way.
  • Can Cities Afford to Trust Walmart? (City Lab) http://bit.ly/23yuDxk                                                                                              The discount giant is closing 269 stores worldwide – and not even bothering to build stores it promised in poor neighborhoods.
  • The New Walmart Effect: Store Closures Are Leaving Food Deserts in Their Wake (takepart) http://bit.ly/1TvK8l3                  When the retailer leaves town, few competitors are left to take its place.
  • No, This Isn’t Another Story About Food Poisoning at Chipotle – Except It Kind Of Is (takepart) http://bit.ly/201N9cW
  • Breakfast bump: McDonald’s US sales jump 5.7 percent (Yahoo) http://yhoo.it/1OK7HDq
    • McDonald’s Mozzarella Cheese Sticks Only Missing the Cheese (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1lZ5YzZ                                            Not the best way to turn around a franchise in decline.
  • The Biggest Argument Against Raising the Minimum Wage Just Got Destroyed… Again (attn:) http://bit.ly/1SjpxkZ
  • How Restaurants Are Quietly Ripping You Off (attn:) http://bit.ly/1Kismjp
    • Report: Picking Up the NRA’s Tab: The Public Cost of Low Wages in the Full-Service Restaurant Industry (Restaurant Opportunity Center United) http://bit.ly/1Pq1PRp
  • When a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s moves in, there goes the neighborhood (grist) http://bit.ly/1TuwnTN
    • Are Gourmet Grocery Stores Gentrifying Neighborhoods? (City Lab) http://bit.ly/1Pq60Nb                                                        Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods may be contributing to rising home values.
  • Homes Near Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Stores Appreciate Faster (Zillow) http://bit.ly/1P4Tn6E                                                                    Homes within a mile of either high-end grocery store begin appreciating faster than other homes after the stores open
  • Growing Economies: Connecting Local Farmers and Large-Scale Food Buyers to Create Jobs and Revitalize America’s Heartland (2016) (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/1WPSMuH    Policies that foster the growth of midsize farms can bring a cornucopia of benefits: healthier economies, healthier food, a healthier environment.

Protests

  • Why Iowa Fast-food workers are going on strike (The Des Moines Register) http://dmreg.co/1Sumzsb
    • Iowa Fast-Food Workers Seeking $15 Wage to Strike Ahead of Republican Debate (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/1PVweDf  The Fight for $15 campaign is helping to organize the protest, the fires of its kind in the state.
  • As Top TPP Negotiator Resigns Over Bribery Allegations, 10,000 People Demand Investigation (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1Qy1H1l                                                                                    Scandal is latest blow to deeply controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
  • Tell McDonalds: Give your Employees their legally required Paid Sick Days (Fight For $15 LA) http://bit.ly/1ntQgOe              McDonalds is not giving employees in California legally mandated sick days…
  • California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development: Employee Benefits http://bit.ly/1Qy7fJb

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • People Are Losing More Money on Food Waste Then They Realize (takepart) http://bit.ly/1PKkymC                                                      A UK study showed that families toss the equivalent of 11 meals a month.
  • Ireland’s FoodCloud is solving the food waste problem for businesses and charities (tech.eu) http://bit.ly/1UAcucv
  • UK’s Toast Ale Saves Bread From the Rubbish Bin (takepart) http://bit.ly/20AXyyp                                                                                    Brewers are highlighting the problem of food waste by mixing old loaves with barley to make beer.
  • A Major Retailer Is Starting To Make Its Plastic Packaging From Air Pollution (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1nGyfNp            Behold the Body Shop’s latest effort to save the planet.
  • The Secret To Ending Plastic Waste and Devastating Impacts (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1PEVx2q                                              New report shows that the cost of waste exceeds entire profits of the plastics industry. Here’s what can be done.
  • Report: The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics (World Economic Forum) http://bit.ly/1ZTeu0F
  • How Can We Create a World Where Plastic Never Becomes Waste? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Sbyxc1

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Was Canada’s Latest Earthquake the Largest Fracking Quake in the World? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1PX7Wcj                                  Canada may once again set a world record for the largest earthquake triggered by the controversial drilling process.
  • Government Run Like a Business Poisons Kids (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1S6wdmm
    • The Poisoning of Flint (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1KIPzpO
    • Officials Warn Flint Residents That Some Areas Have Higher Lead Levels Than Filters Can Handle (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TvjbhE
    • Flint residents still paying bills for contaminated water as relief workers scramble to deliver emergency supplies (Yahoo) http://yhoo.it/1SHdT36
    • The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1UmxGCx
    • The Refugees of Flint’ Water Crisis (truthout) http://bit.ly/1nBZ1GI
    • While Flint Was Being Poisoned, State Workers “Quietly” Provided Water Coolers (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1P16N3z                                                                        Following release of new document and emails, Gov. Snyder told he must ‘explain to the people of Flint why his administration trucked water into a state building while allowing residents to drink unsafe water’
  • Document: Snyder Admin Trucked In Clean Water for State Building in January 2015 (Progress Michigan) http://bit.ly/1P17b1Z
  • What is going on with the water in St. Joseph, Louisiana? (attn:) http://bit.ly/20eIKbO                                                                                              As the crisis over toxic water in Flint, Michigan captures national attention, others around the country are hoping the intense focus will bring their own water safety issues to the fore.
  • Hydropower Dams Threaten One-Third of the World’s Freshwater Fish (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1JSYGct          Projects’ true costs are being inadequately assessed, say scientists

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Federal Lawsuit Filed Over North Carolina Anti-Whistleblower (Ag-Gag) Law (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1QtSOWD
  • EPA tosses aside safety data, says Dow pesticide for GMOs won’t harm people (Chicago Tribune) http://trib.in/1lZkgR5
  • Outraged Republican Senator Vows to Block Appointment of FDA Commissioner Over GMO Salmon (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1PU5hQB
  • Will This Maryland Bill Get Big Chicken To Clean up its Act? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1SlBWDc                                                        Environmental groups are working with Maryland lawmakers to hold poultry companies responsible for the manure they produce – the first legislation in the nation to do so.
  • Opponents of GMO Labeling Could Face Tough Penalties in Dark Money Case (truthout) http://bit.ly/1PU9SSL                                        WA State’s attorney general has asked a court to penalize a trade group accused of breaking the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws by shielding major food companies’ donations to opponents of 2013 GMO food-labeling ballot initiative…
  • Seattle Sues Monsanto Over PCB Contamination, Becomes 6th City to Do So (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1OQM70b

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • The True Inside Story of How a College Professor Sells Out to Monsanto (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1nX63pt                                      Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now know the extent to which US academics have been quietly supporting the food giant’s propaganda.
  • The Gates Foundation Is Trying to Feed the Poor With GMO Propaganda (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1P13wkD                                      The foundation has funded a unit of Cornell that is operating as a public relations arm for the agrichemical industry.
  • Koch Industries and Monsanto Team up to End Your Right to Know (Center for Food Safety) http://bit.ly/1PI9LQ8
  • First commercialized GM Bt maize was toxic to animals over the (GMWatch) http://bit.ly/1SIsfjC
    • The experience of one of the first GM crop farmers in Europe (Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science) http://bit.ly/202dFrZ                                                                                  Short Commentary by Gilles-Eric Séralini
  • Pathology reports on the first cows fed with Bt176 maize (1997-2002) (Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science) http://bit.ly/1WMNPCT                                                                                      Full Length Research Paper by Gottried Glöckner & Gilles-Eric Séralini
  • Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Roundup Alfalfa Has Gone Wild (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1JGGLWt                                                    The latest evidence refuting USDA’s co-existence fairytale comes from a recently publish study by a team of USDA scientists…                         This comes as no surprise…
  • A Bioengineered Tree Could Revive America’s Once-Vast Chestnut Forests (takepart) http://bit.ly/1lTaKPq                    Scientists discover a gene that makes chestnuts resistant to a fungus that killed off billions of trees that provided food and shelter for wildlife.
  • Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto (telesur) http://bit.ly/1Qqle3M                                                                        The biotechnology giant continues attempts to build its GMO seeds plant in Argentina, despite three years of unflinching popular opposition.
  • These Plants Don’t Die When They Lose Water – And Could Help Feed The World (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/201rZvo

 

Poisons

  • After a Year of Pledges and Promises, Are We Any Closer to Saving the Monarchs? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1lP6hNM
  • Why Doesn’t the USDA Test for Residues on Food From Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ Glyphosate? (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1QtSaIr
  • Tea Steeped in Toxics (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1OS4MJ9                                                                                        Who doesn’t love a nice cup of tea on a cold winter day?

 

Animals

  • Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1UvJmTE

 

Healthy/Safe Food

 

Events

  • 2016 Chefs Collaborative Summit: Good Food is Smart Business   April 10 – 12, 2016; New York City http://bit.ly/1JGHF5p