- Good Riddance, Chemicals: Microbes are Farming’s Hot New Pesticides (Wired) http://bit.ly/1RiiVOM
- Seed Banks Are Supposed To Ensure Food Security, But They’re Missing Crucial Pieces (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1XN6LkJ … over 70 percent of the crop wild relatives are not sufficiently preserved in global gene banks…
- Scientists Say Go Wild to Preserve crops for the Future (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1UQRMYQ
- Report: Global conservation priorities for crop wild relatives (Nature) http://bit.ly/1Muyg1I
- Regenerative Agriculture Solution (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1VJCCnV
- Failure to tackle food demand could make 1.5C limit unachievable (CarbonBrief) http://bit.ly/1VOYXAv
- England’s growing season now almost a month loner, says Met Office (CarbonBrief) http://bit.ly/1VOZ92B
- Climate change threatens staple crops in Africa, study says (CarbonBrief) http://bit.ly/1LRW3Zx
- Study: Timescales of transformational climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan African agriculture (Nature) http://bit.ly/1UQBm2K
- Setting New Standards for Grassfed Dairy (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1pxdhAU Grassfed dairy is popular, but is it all that it’s cracked up to be? A new standard hopes to legitimize (and protect) the label.
- 80% of New England Forests, Once Cleared for Farmland, Have Come Back (Good News Network) http://bit.ly/1XKfpAD
- The Simple, Edible Pleasures of Pennsylvania Dutch Country (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/21Oi518
- The Modern Farmer Guide to Grocery Store Eggs (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1LXVrSd
- When Chefs Become Famous Cooking Other Cultures’ Food (NPR) http://n.pr/1WFW6Iu
- Will Brooklyn Get Behind a Plastic-Free Grocery Store? (takepart) http://bit.ly/22uIM0g
- In Florida, Strawberry Fields Are Not Forever (NPR) http://n.pr/1MkSdrS
- Central Valley Agriculture (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1Rxwyc4
- So What Exactly Is Kosher Salt, Since Salt Is Already Kosher To Begin With? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SghHpp
- For Tokyo’s Famed Fish Market, A Dreaded Death And A Hopeful Rebirth (NPR) http://n.pr/1RiwM7J
- He Made Kelp the New Kale, but This Seaweed Farmer Isn’t Done Yet (takepart) http://bit.ly/1pxKY5p
- Promised Land: When the tractor gives way to the tract home (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1pHsH6t
- The Presidential Candidates Seriously Don’t Care About Our Food Supply (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/21J2EHA
- Agricultural Aftershocks: How Japan is Combatting a Decline in Farming (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1Zy8Ylz The earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster that rocked Japan’s Tohoku region in March of 2011 dealt a series of sharp blows to the 70,000 farmers living in Fukushima prefecture…
- Fear of Chickens Is Surprisingly Common, and It’s Called Alektorophobia (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1SkKy9L
Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition
- How the Felony Drug Ban Keeps Thousands of Americans Hungry (Talk Poverty) http://bit.ly/1Zt0agN
- The Top 10 Fattest Cities in America (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1VK9D3r
- The great FLOTUS food fight (Politico) http://politi.co/1pH9NfV
- Researchers Discover a Crazy Simple Way for Kids to Fight Obesity, and It’s Not About Eating Less (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/25oK3oO A new study shows that making water fountains more available in schools can help children keep the pounds off.
- Water Dispensers a Low-Cost Tool in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity, Finds IESP Study (NYU) http://bit.ly/1XTinma
- Public-Private Partnerships Offer School Kitchen Grants to More Districts (Pew Charitable Trusts) http://bit.ly/22D66Wk
- USDA Press Release No. 00034.16: USDA, NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60 Partner to Award $35 Million to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Childhood Nutrition (USDA) http://1.usa.gov/1MAl2eM
- Who Decides What Your Kids Have for Lunch? (Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council) http://bit.ly/1pxw0MM
- ‘Food Chains’ Documentary Reveals the Human Cost in Our Food Supply (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1T9WBeT Featured in Bernie Sanders ad, the film tells the remarkable story of a group (CIW) of farm workers who took on the powerful supermarket industry – and won.
- Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Over $11 Billion to Our Economy Each Year (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1XKD6sv The notion that they do nothing but drain pubic coffers is a myth.
- Riveting Photos Of Migrant Workers Remind Us Who Really Harvests Our Food (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/22uFAC1
- Immigrant workers in NYC unmask a new movement (Waging Nonviolence) http://bit.ly/1o55N72
- Serious labor rights abuses in key Peruvian export industries (International Labor Rights Forum) http://bit.ly/1SpsSw3
- Report: US – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement http://1.usa.gov/1LSMLN4
- Company perks by worker age (The Atlas) http://bit.ly/1LKObsV
- It’s About To Get Harder For Companies To Hide Union Busting (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/25nzMcw
Business & Economy
- Coca-Cola says it spent more on health research and partnerships than it previously disclosed (US News & World Report) http://bit.ly/1PvpfA9 The world’s biggest beverage company first disclosed its spending on health related efforts after coming under fire for its funding of Global Energy Balance Network, a group that said its mission was to fight obesity. That group has since disbanded.
- Removing Artificial Ingredients Helped Turn Around Cereal Sales (takepart) http://bit.ly/1pSHlYu General Mills is selling more Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and other products, reversing losses suffered last year.
- The Rise And Fall Of McDonald’s (All Day) http://bit.ly/1pNl4LJ
- Starbucks and Domino’s Close All Locations in Belgium Following Terrorist Attacks (The Daily Meal) http://bit.ly/1o6IolK
- The CEO of Starbucks won’t keep promises to his workers, but wants an end to “cynicism” (Quartz) http://bit.ly/22yMtlJ
- Second Eatsa (modern automat) leads to crowds, delays in the (SF) Financial District (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/1q64ZRc
- Not So Family Friendly: If Olive Garden gives millions of meals to the needy, a waitress asks, why am I on food stamps? (Quartz) http://bit.ly/1q4EhbD
- Tesco’s fictional farms: a marketing strategy past its sell-by date? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1Ppdvz4 Boswell Farms and Woodside Farm might sound like the perfect pace to source your sausages from. The problem is, they don’t exist. Shouldn’t the supermarket chain be concentrating on giving consumers accurate information instead?
- Another Major Food Company (Mars) Announces Nationwide GMO Labeling (takepart) http://bit.ly/1WGEwE7 Not only will Mars label products made with genetically engineered ingredients, but it said it could support a federal mandatory labeling law.
- People’s Community Market finally secures West Oakland Location (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/1o6LRB0
- Gulf Coast Residents Crash Oil lease Auction, Chanting ‘Shut It Down’ (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1UmWCgJ
- Animal Rights: “A Very Noble Cause” or Terrorism? The State Just Can’t Decide (truthout) http://bit.ly/1LNtaxv The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council…
- ‘Gasland’ Director Josh Fox Arrested at ‘Pancakes Not Pipelines’ Protest (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ocw83b
Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste
- Collaborating to Crack US Food Waste (Walmart) http://bit.ly/1MzV9vB
- Starbucks Will Now Be Delivering Unsold Food to Hungry Americans (The Daily Meal) http://bit.ly/1VAmViS
- Elevating Food Waste from the Dumpster to the art Gallery (takepart) http://bit.ly/1UQPBor Artist Aliza Eliazarov’s tableaux of rescued food highlight just how much Americans waste.
- Four Paths to More Sustainable Plastics (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/1Rx7U1g
- This Non-Profit Wants To Increase Transparency In The Seafood Market (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1UgtmbG Oceana want us to know exactly how fish gets from the sea to our plates.
Water & Our Oceans
- Report: Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water 2016 (WaterAid) http://bit.ly/1WGH0Cv … the poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water – and calls on governments to act now for universal access.
- Coal Plants Risk Global Water Shortage (truthout) http://bit.ly/1pKi5DD The world’s 8,359 coal power plant units consume enough water each year to meet the basic needs of one billion people…
- Power Plant Is Using A Fake Farm To Avoid The Clean Water Act, Groups Allege (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/25r0Asp
- Recycled water is good for your health, UCLA researchers say (University of California) http://bit.ly/1MjFVzU
- The madness of drinking bottled water shipped halfway round the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1UL5fjO We can’t get enough of it, but the long-term environmental impacts of bottling and transporting water across countries are doing more damage than we realize.
- Un-bottling Water (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/1pxgyAf Bottled water and our national parks…
- Water Usage & Privatization (Food Empowerment Project) http://bit.ly/1Rx2a1x
- If You Catch And Use Rainwater In Colorado, You Are A Criminal (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1o5qIa5
- New Research Offers Much-Needed Hope For Our Oceans (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1MO0Hml
- Study: Global fishery prospects under contrasting management regimes (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) http://huff.to/1MO0Hml
- Not a Fish Tale: Humans Are Ingesting Plastic Thanks to Ocean Pollution (truthout) http://bit.ly/1S1SOLN
- The World’s Largest Fish Are Missing (truthout) http://bit.ly/1ZFMCPa Researchers say the biggest whale sharks have disappeared over the past two decades, raising concerns about the long-lived giant fish.
- Study: Error and bias in size estimates of whale sharks: implications for understanding demography (Royal Society) http://bit.ly/1WSpdYW
- Japan Killed Hundreds Of Whales For ‘Research’ And The International Community Is Enraged (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/22F3j2n
- Japan’s Bogus Excuse For Killing Hundreds Of Pregnant Whales (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/22F3j2n
- The Netherlands’ New Dietary Guidelines Take Meat Off The Menu (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1oeMtV8
- Food-based dietary guidelines – Sweden (FAO) http://bit.ly/22RvjMQ The Swedes were the first to take the environment into consideration in nutrition policy…
- Saudi Arabia phasing out of wheat production completed (FAO) http://bit.ly/1PtIA4G The measure reflects strong concern over the depletion of local water reserves…
- United Kingdom Proposes Soda Tax in Ongoing Fight Against Obesity (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/21G8NUE
- Think the DARK Act Was Defeated? Not So Fast (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/1MqqsOH This has gotten quite strange and is indicative of our current political landscape; Senate Bill 764 now includes Marine Conservation, Defunding Planned Parenthood Act (http://1.usa.gov/1URp88O) and now the DARK Act (SA 3450)
- The DARK Act now disguised as Planned Parenthood defunding (Maine Talk) http://bit.ly/1RsrkRQ
- Feds Study More Bees for Protection as Endangered Species (truthout) http://bit.ly/1U8XrcY For the second time within a year, the federal government has decided to study whether it needs to step in to try to save bees…
- U Fish & Wildlife Service Announce Initial Finding on 29 Endangers Species Act Petitions http://1.usa.gov/1WIxZsu
- White House Responds To Western Governors’ Call For Action On Drought (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/22Q5EUX
- Iowa’s 60 Million Laying Hens Aren’t Being Monitored by Food-Safety Inspectors (takepart) http://bit.ly/1S4o50A Inspections were halted last year in order to avoid the spread of bird flu… both state and federal food-safety inspections were halted…
- Deal reached to boost California’s minimum wage to $15, avoiding ballot box battle (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1pDrRa5
- California Lawmakers, Unions Reach $15 Minimum Wage Deal: Reports (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1RyBNeG
- Alabama Governor Blocks Minimum Wage Increase After Raising Staffers’ Salaries 80% (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1q0UVZG Alabama currently has the 48th highest poverty rate in the country, yet their Governor refuses to give them anything above the ridiculously low federal minimum wage.
- Workers’ Rights On The Chopping Block in North Carolina Anti-LGBT Backlash (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1UkKXzg This law did pass and was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, all on the same day…
- In win for beekeepers, Minnesota links insecticide to damaged hives (Star Tribune) http://strib.mn/25okxQq In the first test of a landmark environmental law, Minnesota has compensated two beekpeers whose hives were severely damaged last spring…
- Maryland Passes a Bill to Save Its Bees (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1UjiHwP
- California Bill Could Put a Big Dent in Food Waste (takepart) http://bit.ly/1LSHHIm
- West Virginia Will Drug Test Poor People Who Need Welfare (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1ZFxdhU West Virginia is joining ten other states in drug testing those utilizing the safety net http://bit.ly/21dY4CL, it has been suggested that if states are going to test those collecting state payments, why aren’t others collecting state payments, such as legislators? http://bit.ly/1RuqOAN
- A Lexington County (Indiana) farming operation has paid a $1 million fine for hiring as many as 350 workers in the US illegally (Daily Journal) http://bit.ly/1Uhp2Zy
- Flint Water Crisis Could Spur Changes to Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law (PEW Charitable Trusts) http://bit.ly/1MES9hv
- Vacant Walmart Sites create Giant Big-Box Stumbling Blocks for Local Governments (Route Fifty) http://bit.ly/1PpuAJg Public Libraries, Senior Centers, Museums? And the opportunity local governments to support local businesses that support the local economy…
- Will Only Liberals Tax Soda (Route Fifty) http://bit.ly/1RiLKud
GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology
- Tiny Vermont Brings Food Industry to Its Knees on GMO Labels (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1UvOv1D
- General Mills Will Start Labeling Its GMO Products This Summer (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1LGPxow Vermont’s new law forced General Mills to change its labeling standards for everyone.
- GMO food labels are coming to more US grocery shelves – are consumers ready? http://bit.ly/1ZAFu6z
- Still Life with Mass Hysteria: Are GMOs Really That Bad? (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1RAaQnC This article does bring up some issues usually not discussed, there is still an issue rarely talked about; ‘nutritionally equivalent’, a GMO product may have the same amount of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrient, but are they comprised of the same amino acid, fatty acids, and carbohydrate, fiber, mineral, vitamin, and phytonutrient composition?
- Are Your Easter Lilies Poisoning This California Town? (truthout) http://bit.ly/25ruYTs Evidence mounts that the intense pesticide use required to cultivate the delicate bulbs is causing health problems for residents and harming populations of endangered species.
- What Do the Birds and the Bees Have to Do With Global Food Supply? (Audubon) http://bit.ly/1PttqMU A new report from the United Nations suggests that the loss of certain pollinating species could threaten the plant’s food supply.
- Report: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Service: Pollination http://bit.ly/1q4diNp
- If You Truly Care About Social Justice, Then You Might Want to Think About Who It Is Exactly You’re Eating (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1MjTYp7
- The swift rise of cage-free eggs reveals Americans’ changing view of the moral universe (Quartz) http://bit.ly/1T8kQtO
- The Next Step in Animal Welfare? Breed a Better Chicken (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1pSLSdt
- Meet Anya Fernald, the First Lady of Livestock (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/25nRoVJ Leave it to a woman to revolutionize cattle ranching. Anya Fernald has a major beef with the meat industry, so she founded Belcamp, America’s premier eco-conscious source for carnivores.
- Yum or Yuck? How Spinach Has Divided Us (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/1LSKRvG
- Stop Freaking Out About How Much Protein You’re Getting (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/25ova5I You’re probably eating too much, and it’s ruining the planet.
- Study: Analysis and valuation of the health and climate change cobenefits of dietary change (National Academy of Sciences) http://bit.ly/1o4xGwe
- Eating Less Meat Could Save up to $31 Trillion (and Many Lives) (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1Re4NJN Switching to a plant-based diet, says a new study, can not only reduce premature death and significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, it could also radically cut healthcare and environmental costs.
- We Don’t Mean to Ruin Smoothies, But… (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1WH29MS
- The True Cost of American Food Conference April 14 – 17, 2016 San Francisco http://bit.ly/1RVp9cN