Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 21, 2016

 

  • How Lessons from the Black Panthers Could Change the Food Movement (Portside) http://bit.ly/257rKEw                                    School breakfast programs and municipal brown bag programs are modeled after the Black Panther’s food programs. The City of Oakland’s Brown Bag Program distributes 1,700 bags of food once a month…
  • Zero Foodprint http://www.zerofoodprint.org/                                      We believe that restaurants and diners can lead the fight against climate change.
  • How Carbon Farming Could Reverse Climate Change (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1R2BZ5J
    • Sustainable Rice Farming is Empowering Women in Cambodia (takepart) http://bit.ly/1VfRha0                                                  Achieving higher yields at lower costs could help reduce poverty, hunger, and other social ills.
  • California’s almond farmers depend on beekeepers – and billions of bees (PRI) http://bit.ly/1UuCFEg                                                              The Central Valley of California has the perfect climate for almond trees, but they need a lot of help. So, every year, the valley hosts the largest controlled pollination in the word.
  • ‘City Of Gold,’ Patchwork Of Cultures: A Tour Of LA’s Food Scene (NPR) http://n.pr/21C0wRC Where I come from (SF & NYC) we always called these places cheap and cheerful…
  • Eat Café http://www.eatcafe.org/                                                                      A nonprofit, pay what your can café that nourishes, educates, and unites community in a welcoming environment…
  • The Disappearing Charm Of New York City’s Diners, Captured In Photos (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QYg8fr
  • Global food production threatens to overwhelm efforts to combat climate change (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/1U9Zcqv
    • The terrestrial biosphere as a net source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere (Nature) http://bit.ly/22qmjye
  • It’s an endless supply of free food in your kitchen – but are you ready to eat from Livin Farms’ insect hive? (collectively) http://bit.ly/1nXDDuE

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Food Insecurity: Arctic Heat Is Threatening Indigenous Life (Yale Environment 360) http://bit.ly/22qKmAl                                      Subsistence hunters in the Arctic have long taken to the sea ice to hunt…
  • Supermarket Offered A Dad Of 3 A Job After He Was Busted Shoplifting (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1XEPfiy

 

School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Solving Slavery in Seafood. Well, Not Exactly (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1prz5he                                                                                              When you’re dealing with the global supply chain, sourcing imported seafood that doesn’t involve exploitive labor practices is much harder than it sounds.
  • Now we know: New article in Harper’s Magazine reveals Wendy’s tomato supplier in Mexico (CIW) http://bit.ly/1pAUB3L … And the supplier’s history is not pretty: Bioparques was the subject of massive slavery prosecution in 2013.
  • New York Times talks sexual harassment in the fields, letter cites Fair Food Program’s unique success in preventing abuse! (CIW) http://bit.ly/21AZQMr
  • NLRB: Trump Hotel Unlawfully “Restraining and Coercing” Las Vegas Culinary Workers (The District Sentinel) http://bit.ly/21vUbXT
  • China’s Growing Labor Movement Threatens Beijing (truthout) http://bit.ly/22phwNw                                                                                   Without independent unions, workers aren’t holding any longer.

 

Business & Economy

  • Cereal Giant General Mills to Start Labeling GMOs Nationwide as Vermont Law Looms (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1MutR9U
  • You Can’t Be All Things To All People (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/1Mu1yIH                                                                                               A lesson all business owners learn quickly…
  • With Senate Defeat of DARK Act: Is the Grocery Manufacturers Association a 20th Century Relic? (Robyn O’Brien) http://bit.ly/1VfX5jP
  • Grocery Manufacturers of America Found Guilty of Money Laundering in GMO Campaign (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/1S6Iep8
  • The Accidental Hunt Brothers (Living on Earth) http://bit.ly/1Ws67Zy                                                                                          How institutional investors are driving up food and energy prices

 

Protests

  • Tomato Workers Call for Wendy’s Boycott After the Chain Shifts is Sourcing to Mexico (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1U9ZCNC                The Fair Food Agreement has changed the way 90 percent of the tomato farms in Florida treat their workers. But, for now, Wendy’s has stopped sourcing from there.
  • ‘What Would Thoreau Do?’ Community Builds Replica of Walden Pond Cabin to Block Pipeline (Common Dreams) http://goo.gl/vW5HJD

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Italy changes law to make all supermarkets give unsold food to needy (Independent) http://ind.pn/1pVwL2D
  • UK’s Largest Grocer Announces All Stores Will Donate Surplus Food To Charity (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1pUNKC8
  • Giant Eagle Now the Largest US Supermarket Selling Ugly Fruits and Vegetables (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1Rrr2xK
  • Why every country needs WeFood Denmark’s new anti-waste supermarket (collectively) http://bit.ly/1UHEQU0                                  A Danish store has fired the latest salvo in the fight against food waste – everything being sold at Copenhagen’s recently opened WeFood was intercepted on its way to the dump
  • This Brewery Is Making Beer From Recycled Waste Water (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/253mphu                                                Amid California’s drought, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is reducing its environmental footprint by making beer from recycled wastewater…
  • Turning Plastic Into Oil (Utne Reader) http://bit.ly/1U1z68X            A recycling facility in Whitehorse, Yukon, converts used plastic to oil with the Blest Machine

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Video Shows Man Apparently Peeing Into Production Line At Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Plant (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Uu1U8x                                                                              Company vows to prosecute “to the full extent of the law.”

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • California Isn’t Having a Water Crisis, it’s having a Runoff Crisis (Alternatives Journal) http://bit.ly/22z9Zf8
  • If Farm-To-Table Eating Is Cool, What About Toilet-To-Tap Drinking? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Rnupj6            Californians are surprisingly into the idea of drinking treated sewage water.
  • Salmon Caught Near Seattle Contain Cocaine, Antidepressants, and other Drugs (Good) http://bit.ly/1pMQdyw                                    It’s as if a giant medicine cabinet tipped over in Puget Sound. Prozac, bug spray, cocaine, Zantac, ibuprofen, and 77 other drugs and persona care products were found in the water as well as in juvenile chinook salmon…
  • Is Your Favorite Fish Environmentally Sustainable? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/256FPln                                                                                  Of the 600 fisheries monitored by the UN’s Food & Ag Organization, 96% are either overexploited or depleted…
  • Report: Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing (PNAS) http://bit.ly/1SbkG2r

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EU Glyphosate Rebellion Gathers Strength as Health Commissioner Shocks Pesticide Industry (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/1YTDxBW
  • Both former EPA official and Flint emergency manager pass the buck on water crisis (Free Speech Radio) http://bit.ly/1MnMTyF
    • Whistleblower’s Warnings About The Flint Water Crisis (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/21wZE0D                              Congressional investigators say Miguel Del Toral was punished for his work in Flint.
  • Civil Rights Attorneys Challenge Michigan Law That Led to Poisoning of Flint Water (Center for Constitutional Rights) http://bit.ly/1QTM8CW
  • Portland (OR) Becomes 7th City to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Contamination (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/21C1Owa

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • When a banana is much more than a banana (Food First) http://bit.ly/1RtNnED                                                                                          This study is one of the first human feeding trials of GE products and the first feeding trial of the GE banana…
  • Adiós, Monsanto! (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/21AID5U                                                                                                On March 8, 2016, Mexican farmers, consumers and activists won a federal appeals court ruling to prevent GE corn from being grown in Mexico until a class action lawsuit, filed by scientists, consumers & activists has been resolved.

 

  • Huge Victory for American Consumers: Senate Rejects DARK Act (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1Pd6vW1                                          Senate bill would have made GMO labeling voluntary despite widespread opposition
  • How Vermont beat Big Food (Politico) http://politi.co/21BV7tQ One state with 600,000 people and an anti-GMO streak is about to rewrite US food labels. What just happened?
  • If food manufacturers think we’ll stop eating foods that we know are genetically modified, maybe they shouldn’t sell them. (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1RSeZUs

 

Poisons

  • Hundreds of Scientists Issue Warning About Chemical Dangers of Non-Stick Cookware and Water Repellant Items (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1S9UBkl
  • BPS, a Popular Substitute for BPA in Consumer Products, May Not Be Safer (truthout) http://bit.ly/1Sak0dM

 

Pollinators

  • Low Doses of Pesticides Found to Harm Wild Bees (takepart) http://bit.ly/1LsVc1c                                                                              Researchers discover that bumblebees feed on less nutritious flowers after being exposed to small amounts of a neonicotinoid insecticide.
  • Steady loss of butterfly species: Nature conservation areas no haven for butterflies (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/1RtI4oO

 

Animals

  • Today We’re Eating the Winner of the 1948 Chicken of Tomorrow Contest (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1YTFPRr
  • Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows? (NPR) http://n.pr/1TZ41md

 

Healthy/Safe Food

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 14, 2016

  • Food Equity, Social Justice, and the Role of Law Schools: Call to Action (UCLA School of Law) http://bit.ly/1XjUPXk
  • USDA Whistleblower Launches Regenerative Ag Farm to Train Next Generation of Farmers (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1pfSx0h
  • 7 Fascinating Companies Completely Disrupting the Way People Eat Food (Inc.) http://bit.ly/1TPq9Q1                                                            Put down your fork. These food innovators want to change everything.
  • American-Made Cheese Wins World Championship For The First Time In 28 Years (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1pdaugd
  • UK, Food and Europe: The food implications of Brexit, City Food Symposium 2015 (City University London) http://bit.ly/1p8d6Mg
  • Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies Isn’t Nearly As Expensive As You Think (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QEoZ5S
  • To Prevent a Global Food Crisis, Women Need to Have the Same Access to Resources as Men (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Wa7jke
  • ‘Eat Offbeat’ Startup Employs Refugees Who Cook Their Native Cuisine (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1U46ifx                              Giving women the same access to food production as men would reduce the number of hungry people across the world by up to 150 million.
  • How a Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom and Escape from Domestic Violence (Yes) http://bit.ly/1U9bW02        In Indonesia, a growing number of women are speaking up to report violence and finding the economic means to get out of abusive marriages.
  • ‘Women’s Coffee’ Creates Opportunity, So Why Hasn’t It Taken Off Yet? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1WjooZ5                                          Group work to give women the resources and education to grow and see the hot commodity, but the idea has yet to spark real change.
  • What’s Growing on at the Plant? (onEarth) http://bit.ly/1pFjStv      An experiment in urban agriculture is taking shape in Chicago.
  • Faced With Dropping Corn & Soybean Prices, Midwestern Farmers Are Taking Aim At Lentils (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1U1tz2c

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • US is a land of plenty, so why do millions of Americans still go hungry? (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/1UeByax                                  The US exports 20% of the food we produce, but we leave 48 million hungry. Hunger in the US is about poverty/access… This is not magic, this is US Policy.
  • Congress Is About to Take Food Away From the Poorest People in America (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1QV6Qig                                        Between 500,000 and 1 million people nationwide, most them living in extreme poverty, wool soon lose their SNAP benefits.
  • Antihunger Organization’s Radical Message: ‘Charity Won’t End Hunger’ (takepart) http://bit.ly/1TZqO1w                                                    Is it time form America’s food banks to get more political?
  • Cheaper healthy food could save millions of lives: study (Yahoo) http://yhoo.it/1UWk7fH
    • Research suggests poor may pay more at the store (Michigan Radio) http://bit.ly/1TPCm7s
    • Do the Poor Pay More for Food? A Review of Food Price Disparities in Urban Environments (Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition) http://bit.ly/1U5tkm8
  • One City’s Crusade to Fight Leading Cause of America’s Childhood Obesity Epidemic (AletNet) http://bit.ly/1M7xeDl

 

School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • How Big of a Deal Is a Raise to a Walmart Employee? (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1UW21dC                                                                        A breakdown of the difference between $7.25 an hour and $10.
  • Some Of Life’s Best Lessons Can Be Found In ‘Lousy’ Kitchen Jobs (NPR) http://n.pr/1Ldu06o
  • Why Teaming Up with Unions Might be the Best Way to Build the Co-Op Movement (Yes) http://bit.ly/1pEgaA8                                          A growing number of unions are successfully turning to the cooperative model to fight for worker’s rights.
  • It’s prime time for the return of the cooperative business model (Smart Business) http://bit.ly/225VNtL

 

Business & Economy

  • Rainforest Activists Just Scored a Big Win Against One of Pepsi’s Closest Business Partners (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Rh6Yry                The move over palm oil sends a powerful message to investors: unethical companies pose too great a risk.
  • Council on Aging making money, filling bellies with meals business (The Press Democrat) http://bit.ly/1TGnMiH
  • Orange is the New Gray (onEarth) http://bit.ly/21q0zA3                    A grocery store (Whole Foods) gaffe sparks an ethical debate over plastic packaging and the merits of convenience foods.
  • Craft Beer vs. Budweiser: How Small-Brewers Are Winning Back the Neighborhood (Yes) http://bit.ly/1Mfb8z3                                  Good beer comes from collaboration, not competition. By working together, small-brewers everywhere are giving corporations a run for their money.
  • This Hearing Could Impact Thousands of US Workers – and Upend McDonald’s Model (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1LUNVai                                                                                          New York judge could determine whether fast-food can be held liable for any labor law violations by its franchisees
    • What you ought to know about the blockbuster McDonalds hearing today in New York (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1pbcZzp It’s a waypoint in a long road towards – potentially – a sea change in the franchise business model.
    • McDonald’s squares off against NLRB in worker retaliation trial (Reuters) http://reut.rs/1nADGfW
  • Tests Say The Water Is Safe. But Flint’s Restaurants Still Struggle (NPR) http://n.pr/1XdIhRs
  • Chipotle Crisis Not Over Yet: Another Store Closes Over Norovirus Fears (The Daily Meal) http://bit.ly/1XcWNc6
  • Whole Foods Sells Peeled Oranges In Plastic Containers, World Revolts (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1U45CXI
  • Amping Up Innovation: 20 Purpose-Driven Brands Rise to the Challenge of New Made to Matter 2016 Standards (Target) http://bit.ly/1pxvYVt
  • It’s Not Just the Minimum Wage – It’s the Wage Index, Too (Talk Poverty) http://bit.ly/1py7sUj
    • A Billionaire’s Two Cents: Talking Income Inequality & Wealth Distribution (Iowa Public Radio) http://bit.ly/1LS6xb2

 

Protests

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Is Water a Human Right? (onEarth) http://bit.ly/22dNGeD                I went on a search to find our right to clean drinking water in US and international law.
  • Laws As Murky As The Water (onEarth) http://bit.ly/1nHk4Xn Vague regulations let government officials hide drinking water contamination from the public.
  • Settlement Gives Utility The Go-Ahead To Dump Coal Ash Wastewater Into Virginia Rivers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1SDEL3z
  • Lead detected in Pittsburgh’s drinking water on the rise since 1999 (Public Source) http://bit.ly/1RX8cLD
  • ‘Don’t Drink The Water’ In Newark Public Schools, Officials Say (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QPfqis                                            Thirty Newark schools have turned off their water systems after detecting elevated levels of lead.
  • One Of The US’s Top Salmon Providers Just Lost Millions Of Salmon (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1WcRCsw                                        A deadly algal bloom has killed nearly 23 million fish in Chile…
  • More Plastic Than Fish in Oceans by 2050 Helps Drive Calls for Reduced Plastic Use (truthout) http://bit.ly/1Rfxx6D

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • US House Caves to Big Good, Votes to Keep Americans in the DARK About GMOs (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1RgaqZT                  Why is it that so many politicians are about letting states make decisions on controversial issues – until some states want to do something the Big Good Companies oppose?
  • Court: Grocery Manufacturer’s Association unlawfully hid donor’s identities from public (Washington State Office of Attorney General) http://bit.ly/1QRuGyG
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes not danger to humans or environment, FDA says (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1UrpAdJ                                                                                Really? Could there possibly be any unintended consequences?
  • As EPA Struggles With Fracking Pollution Data, Polluters Safely Settle Lawsuits (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1pA51R7
  • Another Statehouse Decides To Block Local Minimum Wage Raises (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1RDZS0Q                        Idaho is poised to become the latest in a string of stats to pass minimum wage “pre-emption” laws.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • USDA Censoring Anti-Monsanto Science? (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/1Ley5HI                                                                                                  A USDA hotline is blowing up with complaints from government scientists about censorship of science, begging the question: Who does the USDA work for? Consumers and farmers – or Monsanto?
  • Atlantic Salmon Is Basically Extinct: You’re Eat a Genetically Eroded Version (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Rh6LVt                                  The wild salmon our ancestors ate is gone. What appears on our dinner plates today is a genetic dilution of a once mighty fish.
  • Indian-American Scientist Has Discovered A Way For Us To Eat Meat Without Killing Animals (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QY5naY                                                                                      The team has developed contamination-free meat from animal cells in a laboratory that could be harvested in 9 to 21 days, a new techniques that could help in stopping large scale slaughtering of animals globally.

 

Poisons

  • California Widow Sues Monsanto Alleging Roundup Caused Her Husband’s Cancer (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/21nDg9T

 

Pollinators

  • Agriculture’s Wild Ways (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1Rduv31                                                                                            Five year study explores use of wildflowers to attract native bees to farms
    • The Integrated Crop Pollination Project http://icpbees.org/        A Coordinated Agricultural Project Funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative
  • Dead Bees Tell a Tale of Dozens of Pesticides (takepart) http://bit.ly/1P7j9G2                                                                                           Fifty-seven agricultural chemicals are found in victims of mysterious colony collapse disorder.
  • GAO Report: Federal Agencies Failing Bees (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1XlBchD                                                                                             ‘For far too long, EPA has turned a blind eye to the impacts of pesticide mixtures’

 

Animals

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Peanut Mush In Infancy Cuts Allergy Risk. New Study Adds To Evidence (NPR) http://n.pr/1M7yXZi
  • Study: Pilot test of the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) to increase government action for creating healthy food environments (Global Health) http://bit.ly/1pfjW2o
  • Did You Ever Notice Your Kraft Mac & Cheese Has No Artificial Ingredients? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1SLBYVX
  • Ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet: evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study (BMJ Open) http://bit.ly/1P5DvQ2
    • Pretty Much Everything We Eat Is Full Of Sugar, And That’s A Major Problem (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SDGohJ Additives sure aren’t adding to your health.
    • Americans are nothing but Lucky Charms and chicken fingers, study shows (grist) http://bit.ly/1pfM45F

 

Other

  • HHS Funding Opportunity: School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R01) http://1.usa.gov/1pbi76N

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 7, 2016

 

  • Activist Farmers Are Telling Corporate Food Industry That Black Live Matter (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TMOVyz African Americans have been marginalized in the agricultural industry too.
  • A Bunch of Big Names are Trying to Save Africa’s Orphan crops – Here’s Why That Matters (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1L6fIVl A large consortium of big names in the ag and tech worlds, including Google, UC Davis, the WWF, and Mars, Inc., is working together to save a category most people probably never heard of: orphan crops…
  • In Istanbul’s Ancient Gardens, A Battle for Future Harvests (City Farmer) http://bit.ly/24EPjEl Development pressures are threatening Istanbul’s centuries-old gardens, which have produced food for the city’s markets since Byzantine times.
  • Over the Last 40 Years, We’ve Squandered More Than a Third of the World’s Farmland (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Se6gk1       Pollution and erosion have led to a ‘catastrophic’ loss of arable land.
  • Italian city to limit ‘ethnic eateries’ after explosion in kebab shops (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/1Ls4VVb                                                  Italian city passes ruling limiting the number of “ethnic food” restaurants in the historic center…
  • World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm to Provide 10 Million People With Clean Drinking Water (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1TQ3zoO
  • Chicago’s Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill has no shortage of flavor. And neither does its owner. (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1VRf2Uc
  • Communal Meat Lockers Could Help Scale Up Sustainable Meat (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1SgV8D5                                                              Once a prevalent adjunct to butcher shops, community meat storage spaces in upstate New York are supporting farmers and making meat more affordable.
  • Fresh Food On-the-Go: Introducing Bus-Stop Farmers markets (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1L6fZr7                                                         … low income neighborhoods with plenty of quickie marts and liquor stores, but lack full service grocery stores that sell fresh fruits and vegetables…
  • Should Citrus Farmers Use Antibiotics to Combat Greening Disease? (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1QUFxtL          Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has applied to the US EPA for permission to spray 2.23 million pounds of antibiotics on its groves…
  • Farmers don’t try new things because it’s too risky. This could change that (grist) http://bit.ly/1L6P8ey
  • National Geographic: Our Favorite Photos of the Food We Eat, From Plow to Plate http://bit.ly/1Ykggc6                                             From sugarcane farmers in Mozambique to fishermen in the Philippines’s Sulu Sea…
  • Empowering Young People and Nurturing Equitable Food System (Food Tank) http://bit.ly/1LaBAPi                                                                The Massachusetts Avenue Project in Buffalo, New York, is fostering healthy food access opportunities and social change education for young adults…

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • How We Can Save $17 Billion in Public Assistance – Annually (Talk Poverty) http://bit.ly/1T4R8GP                                                  Paying a living wage will ensure that workers can afford to live and stop corporate welfare in the form of social safety net payments to workers living in poverty…
  • State of the State Report 2015 (Center for American Progress) http://ampr.gs/1TiJ2ut                                                                          Poverty and Opportunity in the States: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Obama Administration Hits Maine Governor On Food Stamps (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1ppdEh9                                                                             Unemployed people are getting kicked off food stamps for the wrong reasons.
  • A soup kitchen disguised as a restaurant is making a big difference in Kansas City (Upworthy) http://u.pw/21H2fKQ

 

School Food

  • There’s More to This Local School Lunch Program Than Healthy Food (takepart) http://bit.ly/1TNDDLx                                                    The women-run collective that produces yogurt for students in Burkina Faso is providing financial security for its workers too.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Costco Just Gave Its Lowest-Paid Workers A Raise (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TtFd5W                                                                            … (Costco) will raise minimum wages at its stores around the country by $1.50. The company’s lowest hourly wages will be between $13 and $13.50 an hour…
  • Report: New OSHA rule reveals slaughterhouse worker amputations (Harvest Public Media) http://bit.ly/1RvThW5
  • A Tale of Two Tyrants: Nestlé’s Role in Prayuth’s Thailand (truthout) http://bit.ly/1TPZSPZ
    • Why It’s Almost Impossible to Avoid Being Complicit in Slavery When You Buy Tuna Fish (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1p2eiRW                                                                              There’s forced labor behind almost every can.
  • World Bank Woos Western Corporations to Profit From Labor of Stranded Syrian Refugees (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TskTSt           We should be wary of the World Bank’s private enterprise solution to a humanitarian crisis.
  • Big business takes up Uber’s fight in Seattle, seeing a broader threat (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1YkvMo9                      If independent contractors can form unions, the problem for business is much bigger than what happens to a ride-sharing services.

 

Business & Economy

  • Tipping Point: Three More Grocery Stores Go to Source Only Cage Free Eggs (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/1QEGlNL
  • McDonald’s Being “Called Out Worldwide” as Brazil Opens Probe (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1RPf0Lv                                      As the fight against McDonald’s expands its global front, federal prosecutors in Brazil have opened a probe into the fast food giant and it’s a main operator in Latin America, Arcos Dorados, for alleged violations of tax, labor, and franchise laws.
  • DuPont Plucks a Top USDA Official to Lead “Government Affairs Strategies” (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1LCOm9j
  • Paying for Low-Wage Pollution (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1oSI7n6                                                                                  Economic Justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations.
  • Unequal Zip Codes (Institute for Policy Studies) http://bit.ly/1RBpv4N                                                                                               A new study, by the Economic Innovation Group, examines how 2008 economic meltdown has accelerated disparities between communities and zip codes.
  • Over 50 Million Americans Live In Economically Distressed Communities (Economic Innovation Group) http://bit.ly/1oTRLGW
  • Starbucks Plans to Open a Location in Milan and Italians Are Freaking Out (attn:) http://bit.ly/1LTw4vh
  • Agricultural Exports Lag under Trade Deals, Belying Empty Promises Recycled for the TPP (Public Citizen) http://bit.ly/1ONRbPl
  • Washington state ranks No. 1 for combined job and wage growth (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/1U5dFlA                                            Washington state hit a sweet spot of both string employment and wage growth in the fourth quarter, according to a recent report on the private sector workforce.

 

Protests

  • Flint Workers to Presidential Candidates: $15/Hour and Union Rights (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/21SBbIB
  • Wendy’s Feels the Heat: protestors Set to NYC Streets to Demand Justice for Farmworkers (Food Tank) http://bit.ly/1Layw5I                                                                                  Hundreds took to the streets of NY on Thursday, March 3rd to protests Wendy’s refusal to join the highly regarded Fair Food program.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Imperfect Teaming up with Whole Foods Market to Sell “Ugly” Produce (foodtank) http://bit.ly/21WWXrh
  • This Maryland Guy is Making Money on Food Waste, While Also Feeding the Hungry (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1T9AExc
  • Rescuing Rejected Food to Feed the Hungry at the US – Mexican Boarder (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1p0k6Ly
  • The Rockefeller Foundation’s New $130 Million Project Aims to Fight Food Waste (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1UAhhg3
  • Science Has Found a Brilliant New Use for Your Kitchen Scraps (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1LXu0Cx                                                    Turns out, dumping compost on grasslands can do a surprising amount for the planet.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Methane Discovered in Drinking Water Near Fracking Wells (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1UNRoJK                                                                     A Stanford researcher found the highest risk of leaks was from shallow natural gas wells drilled in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
  • Fracking, tribal lands, and the Bureau of Land Management: What happens next? (grist) http://bit.ly/1T9Dd2g
  • Weird Ailments, Toxic Water Dismissive Officials – and No, this Isn’t Flint (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/21auaxn                                              The environmental justice disaster you’ve never heard of.
  • India’s Water War: City Workers Fight Corporate Privatization Efforts (truthout) http://bit.ly/1UNkrxb
  • For Millions of People El Niño Brings Drought Instead of Rain (takepart) http://bit.ly/1oKMfWk                                                                The dry weather in sub-Saharan Africa is drastically reducing harvest and raising staple-crop prices.
  • Seattle’s Young Salmon Are Laced With Our Antidepressants (takepart) http://bit.ly/1puusTU                                                                                                   Fish in Washington’s Puget Sound are loaded with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals, thanks to human waste.
  • Herring Headache: The Big Obstacles To Eating Small Fish In California (NPR) http://n.pr/1WTwvLM
  • The West Coast’s Sardines Are Still Dropping Like Flies (takepart) http://bit.ly/1puuKdC                                                                                          The important fish population has declined another 30 percent since commercial fishing was shut down last year.
  • 5 Years Later Fukushima Still Spilling Toxic Nuclear Waste Into Sea, Top Execs Face Criminal Charges (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/21GoGfP

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EU Countries Launch Shock Rebellion against Glyphosate Herbicides (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1TFGlDC
    • Wave of Opposition Derails EU Bid to Extend Use of Toxic Herbicide (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1pbBxsJ       European Commission reportedly forced to postpone vote on extending use of glyphosate after member states rebel.
  • This Is The First Country To Ban Its Supermarkets From Throwing Away Food (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1QStZHg    The law will allow 10 million more people to be fed on a regular basis.
  • Australia: Food brands ‘game’ government’s health star rating scheme (Sydney Morning Herald) http://bit.ly/1QotPC0
  • The US (NOAA) Has Approved Industrial Aquaculture in Deep Offshore Waters for the First Time – and It’s a Huge Step Backwards (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1QTtJBI                                                 If the US public had known the extent of harms that industrial agriculture would cause, we would have never allowed it to become the norm.
  • Why Is Our Government Working for the Private Good Over the Public Good? (truthout) http://bit.ly/1ppAfKB
  • US Government rejects scientist’s claim it tried to cover up his pesticide research (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1Qoom1n  Nonprofit released confidential decision in complex case involving monarch butterflies, scientific freedom and the safety of the nation’s food supply
  • How an East Coast Think Tank Is Fueling the Land Transfer Movement (High Country News) http://bit.ly/1RwKUtk            ALEC is becoming increasingly involved in the public lands debate by providing model bills for Western States.
  • Oregon governor signs landmark tiered minimum wage increase into law (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/21X0c26
  • Monsanto Is Suing California for Trying to Inform People That Roundup Causes Cancer (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Qv7pz1                The biotech giant would prefer it is people didn’t know that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its bestselling weed killer Roundup, is a probable carcinogen.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • 59 Indigenous Corn Varieties at Risk as Monsanto Eyes Mexico (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1UA72Z2                                                                   The country’s most noted chefs are speaking out against a possible takeover.

 

Poisons

  • Glyphosate: Environmental organizations press charges against Monsanto, BfR and EFSA (EU Reporter) http://bit.ly/1VU9MiB

 

Pollinators

  • Dahr Jamail: UN Warns of Decline of Food Production Amidst Bee Die-Off (truthout) http://bit.ly/1oSqNyQ
  • Massachusetts lawmakers ignore pollinator protection plan supported by 3,000+ beekeepers (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/1W4c0vM
    • Draft Massachusetts Pollinator Protection Plan (Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources) http://1.usa.gov/1QyAgVq

 

Animals

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • The Dark Side of Juicing: How the Global Trend Might Be Bad for Your Health – and the Environment (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1W3AtRS                                                                                              If you prefer drinking fruits and vegetables, you might want to consider going back to the old-fashioned method: chewing.