Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 30, 2016

  • This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste (Fast Co.) http://bit.ly/1Ru5zxA        ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn’t need a grid or food systems. It’s a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.
  • Can This Market Be a Model for Getting Good Food Into Neighborhoods Shaped by Racism? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1U9qBmJ                                                                                         After years of planning, West Oakland’s People’s Community Market may finally come to fruition. Can it help counteract the decades of oppressive policies that shape today’s ‘food deserts’?
  • Activist’s generosity blooms in Parkdale garden: Porter (Toronto Star) http://on.thestar.com/1UiDdLg                                                      Activist filmmaker John Greyson donates land to Parkdale Land Trust for community garden.
  • Vandana Shiva: Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1s7qGkE
    • Vandana Shiva: Women Around the World Are Leading the Fight Against Corporate Agriculture (truthout) http://bit.ly/1qV2pgG
  • To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business School Basics (NPR) http://n.pr/1XHEwWU
  • Bike-Powered Farming Program Turns Laws Into Urban Farms (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1RoveYC                                                                  Eating locally is ideal, and what could be more local than plucking food right from your own yard?
  • It Finally Happened: A Herd of Goats Has Taken Up Residence in Prospect Park (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1qI2ZOH                      It’s not the first time livestock will roam one of our nation’s urban green spaces.
  • Drought, Fire, And Now Healing In A California Farm Community (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/1U875XW                                                                                        After four years of drought, Calaveras County faced a historic fire and then devastating soil erosion once rains came. Farmers are now fighting to recover.
  • This is what life would actually be like without processed food (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1OO9sxL
  • Green Machine: Met the Sports Car Made From Cannabis Hemp (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1WkIS79                                                                        A Florida environmentalist hopes his hemp car could lead the charge in making carbon neutral vehicles.
  • (CA) North Coast marijuana growers fear a takeover by ‘Big Alcohol’ (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1WshKmF                                Marijuana distributors will take 30%, leaving farmers and dispensaries with little profit. And what part with Big Pharma play?
  • ‘Invisible Army’ Of Immigrant Women Finds Its Voice Through Cooking (NPR) http://n.pr/1U6kCQ7
  • Wilson Soar Grill Stores the Sun’s Energy for Nighttime Fuel-Free Grilling (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/1OYC73g

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Across Africa, the worst food crisis since 1985 looms for 50 million (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1sVVrtA                                              A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too late.
  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Pardons Hundreds of Female Inmates Amid Prison Food Shortages (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TD9v70
  • What If All Farmers’ Markets Took Food Stamps? (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1VhpB5k                                                                        It might improve our health, but by how much remains uncertain. Either way, it’s a boon for most farmers’ markets.
  • Why Work for Welfare Doesn’t Work (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1U87lGt                                                                                  Challenging our policies and perspectives on welfare and hunger.
  • Dieting Failure: The Real Reason It Is So Hard to Keep Weight Off Once Lost (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1XYFPkE                                                Why do newly thin people often regain the weight they struggle so hard to lose?

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • 5 Superfoods You’re Probably Not Eating (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1U8Ym7I                                                                                                It’s time to move beyond kale and quinoa.
  • Researchers have found a ‘striking’ new side effect from eating fast food (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1TL0x5H
    • Study: Recent Fast Food Consumption and Bisphenol A and Phthalates Exposures among the US Population in NHANES, 2003 – 2010 (Environmental Health Perspectives) http://1.usa.gov/248nscA
  • 7 ‘Toxins’ in Food That Are Actually Concerning (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1XXrsgw                                                                                                Stick to single ingredient, whole foods as much as possible.
  • Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for US Consumers (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/1sk7pNb

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Whatever Happened to Advanced Biofuels? (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/1Wn21Fx                                                                                Cellulosic ethanol continues to struggle to use inedible crop waste to match ethanol from corn – and fossil fuels
  • The New Plastics Economy initiative launches (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/25lsMMb                                                                                            The New Plastics Economy initiative, which envisages improved after-use pathways for plastics, kicks off this week

 

Children & School Food

  • Green-Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/1sAb7lv

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Work Less, Live More (Yes!) http://bit.ly/25wH0NS                    Working fewer hours could help save our economy, our sanity, ad the planet.
  • Bay Area restaurant labor violations draw notice amid changing employment policies (San Jose Mercury News) http://bayareane.ws/25cxkEF                                                                      Wage theft, minimum wage violations, overtime, meal/rest breaks, human-trafficking…
  • The hidden horrors in poultry plants (Socialist Worker) http://bit.ly/1Wt6pTs
    • Study Reveals Just How Brutal Meat and Poultry Work Is for Workers (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1UmTfnt
    • We Don’t Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here’s Why (NPR) http://n.pr/20Qb00p
    • Report: Workplace Safety and Health: Additional Data Needed to Address Continued Hazards in the Meat and Poultry Industry (US Government Accountability Office) http://1.usa.gov/1PabUUE
  • How Austin Became the First Southern City to ‘Ban the Box’ for Job Seekers With Felony Histories (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/22t9qTx                                                                                                    A movement led by formerly incarcerated people has beat back discriminatory hiring practices in the heart of Texas.
  • Millions More Workers to Get Overtime Pay – Thanks, Obama (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1WTI1tY                                                                      4.2 million people will automatically become eligible for overtime pay.
  • Revolt of the ‘Chapulines’: After Strike Indigenous Mexican Farmworkers Vote To Unionize (In These Times) http://bit.ly/20Q7Rxx                                                                                            San Joaquin Valley Oaxacan farmworkers vote to join the United Farm Workers…

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • US Importers Bought About 44,900 Tonnes of Organic Corn From Romainia (Agriculture Magazine) http://bit.ly/1sn8BPM
  • Monsanto and Bayer May Merge, Creating a Company That Would Control Nearly a Third of the World’s Seeds (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1qVaodC                                                                                                 The new mega-chemical/seed company would control 29% of the world’s seed market and 24% of the pesticide market.
  • The Monsanto-Bayer Merger That Could Change Agriculture (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1TVesSR                                                       The German pharmaceutical giant’s $62 billion offer would acquire all of Monsanto’s stock shares.
  • Oregon Voters Reject Nestlé’s Water Grab (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1YX02FJ                                                                                      Detractors of Nestlé’s plan said the country needs its water for its citizens, agriculture and wildlife.
  • Cascade Locks city council continuing with Nestlé plans despite passage of 14-55 (Hood River News) http://bit.ly/1TLAAmF
  • The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1Ulyd8H                                                                                            To Blott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years. Then he took on an environmental suit that would upend his entire career – and expose a brazen, decades-long history of chemical pollution.
  • What drought? Nestle plans $35 million plant to bottle water in Phoenix (AZ Central) http://bit.ly/1OWuJoU
  • Why the sugar industry hates the FDA’s new Nutrition Facts label (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1TFgb1a
  • Baby carrots are not baby carrots (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1sbdgnX                                                                                    These are not true baby carrots, they are ‘baby carrots’ carved from ‘ugly’ carrots, utilizing seconds that otherwise would be wasted…
  • Progressive Nonprofits That Oppose the New Overtime Rules for Low-Income Workers are hypocrites (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1U8a7va
  • The Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment Is Rising (City Lab) http://bit.ly/1Vl1JOm                                                            A new report maps how much the average American has to earn to comfortably afford a modest rental in every US state.
  • Obscene: Average American Worker Pull in $37k, While Your Typical Big Company CEO Rakes in $12.4 Million (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/24fjT4j
    • Average CEO Raise Last Year Amounted to 10x What Most Workers Made In Total (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1qVIPRr
  • Why Giving Breaks to Huge Corporations When We Could Invest Public Money Down the street? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1OTTIt1              Cities and states fork over an estimated $70 billion each year to large companies that don’t need public assistance to thrive. We could spend that money on our own neighborhoods.
  • As union membership has fallen, the top 10 percent have been getting a larger share of income (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/1TKrTZH
  • Even the IMF – the IMF! – Turns on Neoliberalism (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1TPzpRV
    • Neoliberalism: Oversold? (IMF) http://bit.ly/1Ueco8n
    • As Wealthy Surge, US Poor and Middle Class Incomes Have Gone Backward (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1U6eC9X        Poorer households saw their income drop from a median of $26.373 in 1999 to $23,811 in 2014, according to new research

 

Protests

  • Why McDonald’s might be the most important battle in the fight for fair wages (fusion) http://fus.in/25rl0An
    • Demanding ‘What We Need to Survive,’ Workers to Descend on McDonald’s Shareholders Meeting (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1XYY9Kn                                                                                          Fast food giant also faces renewed calls to ditch controversial ‘McTeacher’s Nights’

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • 60 Tons of Honey Illegally Imported from China Seized by Federal Authorities in Chicago (abc7Chicago) http://abc7.ws/1OVkPco

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Oregon schools shut off water fountains after lead found (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/1sWsKNp
    • Superintendent Ways Sorry For Letting Students Drink Lead Tainted Water (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Z7uSvt            One school reportedly used the water for more than a week after test results came back.

 

  • What’s the True Cost of Fracking? This Eye-Opening Infographic May Surprise You (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/25iLDrp                                  … there are at least 1.7 million fracked wells Across the United States…
  • After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills (High Country News) http://bit.ly/1Uh0pd0                                How an over-taxed basin is getting its water use under control.
  • Yosemite waterfalls roaring following four years of drought (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/1XxLFJ4                                                                      The drought is not over, but we did have water for the moment…
  • For the Endangered American Eel, A Long, Slipper Road to Recovery (Yale Environment 360) http://bit.ly/25rmCKy
  • The Pipeline Company Responsible for the Santa Barbara Country Oil Spill Has Been Indicted (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1TwsWyb                                                                                              But it will take years for researchers to fully assess and respond to the environmental impact.
  • The Effects of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, One Year Later (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1szmk5U                                                            Catching up with a scientist who conducted surveys of humans and sea creatures in the wake of last year’s oil spill at Refugio Beach.
  • Great Barrier Reef: UN report lead author ‘shocked’ all Australian references removed (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1TGQcnN
  • Biodegradable plastic ‘false solution’ for ocean waste problem (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1WQ7Qet

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • China just said what the US never has: Eat less meat (grist) http://bit.ly/1TI1Xww
  • Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From US After Detecting Glyphosate (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1RA1Bn2
    • Glyphosate Use as a Pre-Harvest Treatment: Not a Risk to Food Safety (Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service) http://bit.ly/27WL3BD
  • Many grain growing state’s Cooperative Extensions have information on their websites for the use of glyphosate and 2,4-D for grain pre-harvest (Michigan State University Cooperative Extension) http://bit.ly/1sUrvOx
  • Weekend Work Emails Are Now Illegal In France (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/1sUrvOx http://huff.to/1U9fQRm                          “The right to disconnect” has been codified in law.
  • Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1Vn6y9H                        From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.
  • Hoopa Valley Tribe: San Luis Settlement Agreement Will ‘Forever Condemn Tribe to Poverty’ (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1sQJ6qw
  • Toxic Substances Will Now BE Somewhat Regulated (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/1NZUDNO                                                        How the first ever update to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 finally came to pass – and what it lacks
  • US Government’s Own Report Shows Toxic TPP “Not Worth Passing” (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1TKsOsY                               “This report indicates the TPP will produce almost no benefits, but inflict real harm on so many workers.”
  • Report: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the US Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors (US International Trade Commission) http://1.usa.gov/1X6GTEd
  • Defense Authorization Bill Will Open Great Lakes to Invasive Species (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1OJF2fR                                                    … provisions inserted in the National Defense Authorization Bill that passed the US House of Reps on 5/18/16 would eliminate present, hard-won protections under the Clean Water Act controlling invasive species in the Great Lakes system…
  • IRS Returns Bakery’s Money After 3 Years. Now It Want To Put The Owners in Prison (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1OX8JQb     Another small business gets chewed up and spit out by the civil asset forfeiture machine.                                                                                                   This is how we fund our federal, state and local governments under austerity…
  • So-called fiscal conservatives in Idaho passed unconstitutional (ag-gag) law, taxpayers stuck with the bill (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1VfU7wn
    • Idaho ban on undercover filming of farm abuses called unconstitutional by federal judge (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/27QRHcS
  • Challenge to (CA) state’s shark-fin ban fails in US Supreme Court (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/22r08r9

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • National Academy of Sciences Find Genetically Engineered Crops Not the Solution to World Hunger (Center for Food Safety) http://bit.ly/1VhzcJi
  • Hawaii Is Eyeing GMO Mosquitoes To Save Birds From Extinction (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1qKd2Tx                                                    The controversial new technology was developed to stop the spread of Zika, but could it also help fragile bird populations?

Poisons

  • Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TOX6en
    • UCS Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People Across America (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/1TL94aw
  • Monsanto Ordered to Pay $46.5 Million in PCB Lawsuit in Rare Win for Plaintiffs (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/22r0spP

 

Pollinators

  • Deciphering the Mysterious Decline of Honey Bees (New Republic) http://bit.ly/20xB546
    • How Rising CO2 Levels May Contribute to Die-Off of Bees (Yale Environment 360) http://bit.ly/1U5Ep25                                   As they investigate the factors behind the decline of bee populations, scientists are now eyeing a new culprit…
  • 20,000 Bees Would Not Leave This Woman’s Car Alone (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1ONqRXb                                            “One theory was that the queen was trapped in my car and the swarm were following her.”

 

Animals

  • The Inner Lives of Chickens: 5 Things You Never Knew About Your Beloved Birds (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/1XB1U8s
  • Undercover Investigation Eposes Shocking Neglect at Third Largest Pig Farm in US (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/25uVqxV

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 23, 2016

 

  • Doctors should prescribe gardening for patients more often, says report (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/240mxLl                                              Those suffering from cancer, dementia and mental health problems can benefit from gardening, according to health thinktank
  • Doctor: Plant Two Vegetable Plots and call me in the Morning (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1ToiqsI
  • How a GP co-op is sowing the seeds of healthy eating (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1qzC4Vb                                                                          A pioneering scheme sees patients find solace in getting their hands dirty at their local doctor’s surgery
  • This Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs To Go (Wired) http://bit.ly/1WHZk0Z                              Our petrochemicals and anhydrous ammonia based food system…
  • Modern Industrial Agriculture Is Incompatible With Nature – We Need a New Paradigm Based Ecology (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TrsvQv                                                                                          Annual monocultures – corn, wheat, rice – abuse the soil. What if we mimicked nature and grew perennial grains in mixtures instead?
  • Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now (Great Transition Initiative) http://bit.ly/1XIDoSZ
  • Nature’s Way: A Path to Ecological Agriculture (Great Transition Initiative) http://bit.ly/20kUkxY
  • Farming Is The Biggest Source Of Aerosol Pollution – But It Doesn’t Have To Be (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/25gmgtw
    • Study: Significant atmospheric aerosol pollution caused by world food cultivation (Geophysical Research Letters) http://bit.ly/1VeYsQq
  • New “FarmHer” TV Show Features the Rock-Star Women of Agriculture (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/1OHhvfB
  • Salt-Resistant Rice Offers Hope For Farmers Clinging To Disappearing Islands (NPR) http://n.pr/243DrIP
  • Artichokes Are Actually Flowers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Tuxi72                                                                                Artichokes are in the thistle family…
  • The Gnarly, Mutant Corn Plant Could Have Serious Implication on Yields (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/20n84be
  • Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History of Tiger Nuts (NPR) http://n.pr/1sMse4l
  • Paging Morrissey: More UK Residents Than Ever Think Meat Is Murder (takepart) http://bit.ly/1ORlI5I                                                        But is the boom in veganism a temporary trend or a long-term lifestyle change?                                                                                                                                 I would suggest it is the latter…
  • ‘Touch Tours’ Help Blind Experience Philadelphia’s Historic Food Scene (NPR) http://n.pr/1sx5XGV
  • Training a New Generation of Chefs to Cook With Less Meat (takepart) http://bit.ly/1U6gLox                                                                          The Culinary Institute of America wants to ‘flip’ the role of protein in restaurants.                                                                                                                   This transition has been going on for some years in other culinary training programs…
  • 17 Farmer Heroes for Sustainability, Equality, and Defense of Traditions (foodtank) http://bit.ly/1WI7bMh
  • An All-Volunteer Squad Of Farmers Is Turning Florida Lawns Into Food (NPR) http://n.pr/1qDy5XI
  • Star of “Farmer Wants a Wife” Forced to Give Up His Farm (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/1swRdaZ                                                          Due to the diary pricing crisis going on right now world wide…
  • In The Midst Of Libya’s Turmoil, New Cafes Spring Up To ‘Change The Mood’ (NPR) http://n.pr/1Tp5VNC

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • The poor are paying more and more for everyday purchases, a new study warns (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1Vejbnw
  • How Farmers Market Can Help Fight Hunger (takepart) http://bit.ly/1VeCFbK                                                                                              In an echo of the their antihunger roots, all markets in Los Angeles will soon accept food stamps.
  • Report: Assessing and Addressing Farm Worker Food Security: Yolo County, 2015 (California Institute for Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/1YS7p1l

 

Children & School Food

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition (NPR) http://n.pr/25gqcKT                                                                                    They may be more nutritious and have higher antioxidant content…
  • Are you confused by food expiration dates? You’re not alone (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1Xp2aqQ                                                                  Almost 90% of Americans throw away food prematurely. Two bill introduce in Congress today aim to avoid confusion by simplifying food labeling.                                                                                                                     It long past due!
  • “Sell By” Date Labels Confuse Customers, Increase Food Waste (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/258Drty

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • New overtime rule will give economy a boost, but ‘ossified’ labor law still needs fixing (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2404LYy
  • Pope Francis To Employers Who Don’t Offer Health Care: You Are ‘True Leeches’ (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1WHEhMK

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Food Company Offers a Carrot to Farmers Considering Organic Certification (takepart) http://bit.ly/1swnwqG                                    Kashi’s new ‘certified transitional’ program promises to help growers earn premium prices more quickly as they move toward organic production.
  • Bayer Makes Move For Monsanto In Global Agrichemicals Shakeout (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WFl0uJ
    • Wait, Now Bayer Is Trying to Buy Monsanto? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1qyQtkD                                                                                      Any deal could raise US antitrust concerns because of the overlap in the seeds business.
  • Big Ag Fights to the Bitter End to Keep Pesticide From Being Banned (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1YKeroH
  • Nestle, PepsiCo, and other big corporations promised to protect forests. Who’s following through? (grist) http://bit.ly/1OQKDqf
  • Arla (Irish Dairy Farmer Cooperative) to pay farmers more if they convert to GM-free feed (AgiLand) http://bit.ly/258t3C4
  • This Indonesian Startup Lets City Dwellers Play FarmVille In Real Life (Co Exist) http://bit.ly/1qCWeOd
  • Your Favorite Artisanal Food Brand Is Probably Owned by a Huge Company (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1Tuo0GX                                    And three more got snatched up this week..
  • Chicken Giant Perdue Just Nixed a Nasty Clause from Its Contracts with Farmers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1Tlh6VN      The clause took “ag gag” to a new level, advocates say
  • Budweiser’s Just Gonna Call Itself ‘America’ For A While (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1stLym4                                          America aka Budweiser will also have the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner on the can, all this from Belgian owned InBev…
  • California outpaces US on job growth, unemployment falls to 5.3% (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1Wbh3OC                                            Robert Reich: Conservatives are fond of dumping on California – claiming its high tax rates, high minimum wage, and stiff environmental rules are killing jobs. California’s own business-led Chamber of Commerce habitually labels laws that emerge from Sacramento “job killers.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Well, it turns out California is leading the nation in the rate of job growth. Why? Because those so-called “job killers” are actually good for the state – public investments that improve overall productivity, a minimum wage that puts more money into the pockets of people who will spend it, and environmental laws that make the state an even more desirable place to live.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         So, next time you hear that high taxes, high minimum wages, and high environmental rules slow job growth, know the facts.

 

Protests

  • Activists, Farmers, Indigenous People Rise Up to March Against Monsanto (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1NEpU8S                            ‘The fight against corporate control of our food is global’
  • Striking Prisoners in Alabama Accuse Officials of Using Food as Weapon (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/1WGXFZO
  • Face With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1ND4Dfy

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • India Records Highest Temperature Ever As Drought Drives Despair (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1U6wdyb                                  The city of Phalodi sweltered under 51 degrees Celsius on Thursday
  • Prosperous Mexican Farms Suck Up Water, Leaving Villages High and Dry (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/258VS17
  • What drought? Nestle plans $35 million plant to bottle water in Phoenix (AZ Central) http://bit.ly/1WGZJRl
  • Will taxpayers foot the cleanup bill for bankrupt coal companies? (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/1YJf5CU
  • Duke Energy will have to clean up its filthy coal ash sites… eventually (grist) http://bit.ly/1WH44nA
  • Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in the Pacific (truthout) http://bit.ly/1WDtrHJ
    • How Our Consumer Culture Is Killing Whales (takepart) http://bit.ly/1WI8ElG                                                                                            A new documentary explores the boom in noise pollution from ocean shipping that is disrupting the habitat of marine mammals.
  • Fisheries Scientists Under Fire For Undisclosed Seafood Industry Funding (NPR) http://n.pr/1sMxCEE
  • Shell Oil Spill Dumps Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Crude Into Gulf (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1U4XIuI

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Why This New Overtime Rule Is A Big, Big Deal (Campaign For America’s Future) http://bit.ly/1W3kGG7                                                      … if a “salaried” worker makes more tan $23,660 a year, the pay stops at 40 hours but the work hours don’t. Employers have been able to squeeze free work out of people just by declaring them to be “salaried.”
  • New rules means millions more US workers can qualify for overtime pay (Free Speech Radio News) http://bit.ly/1svEkxU
  • House GOP Is Determined To Make It Harder For Poor Kids To Get Free School Lunches (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/22hfTRx                                                                                                A House committee approved a controversial change to the way low-income children would qualify.
  • (Senate) Republican slips one page into bill that derails decades of work on organic farming regulations (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1TNNuMI
  • Amid shouts of ‘shame,’ House GOP defeats gay rights measure (PBS) http://to.pbs.org/255REY4                                                                      The measure would require federal contractors to uphold the executive order that bans discrimination against LGBT employees…

 

  • A first look at the FDA’s new nutrition label – and 10 reasons why it’s different from the old one (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/25e3GCm
  • With New EP Advisory, Dozens of Communities Suddenly Have Dangerous Drinking Water (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/1OQIgUc
  • A New Toxics Law May Prevent Consumers From Knowing the Truth About the Chemical Industry’s Dirty Secrets (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/242fDoW                                                                                    Current federal chemical safety law allows companies to keep secret significant amounts of information about their chemicals, even if they could cause substantial harm.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • The Media Got It Wrong About a New Report Saying GMOs Are Safe: Here Are 3 Takeaways (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Xp6cjd

 

  • Warnings of Food Safety Threats as Canada Green Lights ‘Frankenfish’ (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/20gHYH6            “Health Canada’s approval is irresponsible and disappointing,” said Dana Perls of Friends of the Earth

 

Poisons

  • The problem is not glyphosate, or DDT, or BPA – we must challenge the entire system! (The Ecologist) http://bit.ly/1YJNnWA
  • Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/1U6tt3K
  • 92 Children Believed to Be Poisoned by Monsanto Weed Killer in Peru (TeleSur) http://bit.ly/1U5QCDB                                                             A crop-spraying plane was responsible for poisoning students in the municipality of Nepena.
  • Defra stands up for bees: ‘No’ to NFU’s neonic application (The Ecologist) http://bit.ly/1U5QCDB                                                                        A damning expert critique of the National Farmers Union’s application to use banned bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatment on a third of England’s oilseed rape crop this autumn has forced the UK government to refuse the NFU’s demand.

 

Animals

  • Santa Cruz Biotechnology Agrees To Record Fine To Settle Animal Abuse Charges (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TPCEGa  The company, accused of mistreating goats and rabbits, will surrender its sales license and stop animal research.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1swR5Z8
  • Finally You Can See How Much Added Sugar Is Hidden in Your Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1TmfRY7                                            The Food and Drug Administration just released new nutrition labels with one especially important update.
  • Babies Who East Rice Cereal Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds (NPR) http://n.pr/25gqpO4
    • Study: Association of Rice and Rice-Product Consumption With Arsenic Exposure Early in Life (JAMA Pediatrics) http://bit.ly/1VeZeNm

 

Events

  • Urban Food Systems Symposium                                                                   June 22 – 25, 2016                                                                                               Kansas State University Olathe               http://www.urbanfoodsystemssymposium.org/2016-symposium/

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 17, 2016

  • New Markets, Now Opportunities: Strengthening Local Food Systems and Organic Agriculture (Medium) http://bit.ly/1T6tCot
  • Macho kitchens, sludge eating techies and ‘miracle’ diets: how did food get so tricky (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/1VXTglc
  • Is quinoa California Farmers’ new kale? (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1qks5mA                                                                                    Driving from Oakland to San Luis Obispo a couple of weeks ago the Salinas Valley was covered with fields of kale…
  • People Will Soon Be Able To Forage For Free Food In This Floating Forest (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1T9SIbf
  • Urban farm celebrates third year as demand soars amid slumping economy (Calgary Herald) http://bit.ly/1sq8sva                                Grow Calgary feeding the Calgary Food Bank…
  • Former Inmate-Turned-Chef Returns to Jail to Teach Others His Craft (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1YnMvH5
  • Cheese triggers same part of brain as hard drugs, study finds (Independent) http://ind.pn/1WwQa8g                                                  Casein is the reason why you can’t put down the brie
  • Does Food Tech Help Farmers (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1TGibmH  A growing number of tech companies are working to bring more local food to consumers. But cracking to code to small farm survival appears to be another task entirely.
  • Gates Foundation: Spearheading the neoliberal plundering of African agriculture (TruePublica UK) http://bit.ly/1YqelSW
  • Agriculture, A Huge Contributor To Climate Change, Is Starting To Clean Up Its Act (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1TBla04
    • Report: USDA Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry (USDA) http://1.usa.gov/1Wtc1wD
    • $72 Million Investment (USDA) In Soil Health To Help Farmers Address Climate Change (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) http://bit.ly/1ZNm1PE
    • Can Marijuana Ever Be Environmentally Friendly? (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/24Padjj
  • Bon Jovi Just Opened A Restaurant For The Greatest Reason (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WtkVKD                                                    In Jon Bon Jovi’s restaurant, paying it forward is more important than paying the bill… This is Bon Jovi’s second Soul Kitchen, the first opened in 2011
  • Billions of pounds of cheese are about to go to waste. Clearly America needs your help. (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1TbNHJT
  • Conservation in the Age of Climate Change: A Potentially Dangerous New Model for Saving the Environment (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1TCyKjJ                                                                              In New Zealand, as public funding for the environment falls, the government’s Department of Conservation in seeking partnerships with business. But what happens when conservationists get into bed with corporations?
  • Subculture: Smith Island Watermen (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1VWijou                                                                                            What life is like on Maryland’s only inhabited Chesapeake Bay island.
  • Big Ag Lobbyists Fight To Keep the Public From Knowing What They’re Up To (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/1TecRYD
  • Longtime pizza customer rescued when restaurant staff get no orders for 11 days (cbcradio) http://bit.ly/1VXgyr8

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Will Famines Become a Thing of the Past? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1qj9uHC                                                                              Governance, not environmental disaster, causes deadly food shortages – and we’re getting better at avoiding such crises.
  • Despite Urban Stereotype, Food Stamp Rates are Soaring in Rural Areas (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1OrQPEU
  • The Childhood Obesity Epidemic Is Getting Worse (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/27ljQIP                                                                    There have been hints that childhood obesity is in decline or at least leveling off. Researchers at four North Carolina institutions find otherwise.

 

Children & School Food

  • The Corners of America Where Children Are the Most Hungry (takepart) http://bit.ly/225Tarv                                                                          In some parts of Arizona, the child hunger rate is twice as high as it is nationally.
  • When All Kids Eat for Free (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/27cdnQ6                                                                        Congress is considering a rule change to the school nutrition law that would bar thousands of schools from offering complimentary lunch to all students.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • This food is super-ugly, mega-delicious, and helping to fight food waste (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1Osqp0r
  • Beyond Beauty: Report No. 3 (National Good Food Network) http://bit.ly/1se6nCJ                                                                                            Fresh-cut Processing and Foodservice Distribution
  • NYC Businesses Agree To Cut Waste In Half By June (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TB5VUK                                                                            It’s the largest city in the Western Hemisphere to adopt such a far-reaching plan.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • It’s Time to Talk About Poultry Worker Welfare (takepart) http://bit.ly/27kZ4cf                                                                                            After years of focusing on the birds, we need to pay attention to people tasked with slaughtering them.
  • US Poultry Workers Don’t Get Enough Time to Pee: Report (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1sf2cq9
  • Report: No Relief: Denial of Bathroom Breaks in the Poultry Industry (Oxfam) http://bit.ly/1TbM9lo
  • Oxfam Report: Poultry Industry Denies Workers Requests for Bathroom Breaks (Center for Progressive Reform) http://bit.ly/1rGXUHE
  • “I had to wear Pampers”: The cruel reality the people who bring you cheap chicken allegedly endure (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1WqOdtY
  • This week in the war on workers: Workers processing your chicken may have to wear diapers (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1ql98jJ
  • How A Giant Restaurant Conglomerate Teamed Up With Banks To Stiff Its Workers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1ZK3NOY              … Workers at Darden Restaurants chains are routinely told they must accept prepaid debit card instead of paychecks…
  • Report: The High Cost of Getting Paid (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United) http://bit.ly/1s2hj5D                                                        How payroll cards cost Darden employees
  • BUSTED: Famous Restaurant Chain Caught in Intricate Scheme To Rip Off Its Workers (Bipartasan Report) http://bit.ly/228mXjo
  • After Ruling That McDonald’s Can’t Pay Workers In Bank Cards, The Bank Pays Up (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1Ta492P

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Chobani’s Shared Capitalism Bonanza (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1TbgfIY                                                                                                The Greek yogurt company just awarded its full-time employees a bunch of valuable shares in the…
  • Consolidation and Mergers Are Eating Our Farm and Food Economy (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/24QZ01D                      What’s happening to the US’s food market is relevant to anyone who makes, sells, or eats in America.
  • “Corporate Cabal’s” Control of Food Supply Continues as Chemical Giants Eye Monsanto Takeover (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1shXt7d
  • New Startup Wants To Be The Airbnb For Local Farm Tours (Fast Co Exist) http://bit.ly/24TIr53                                                              Connecting food-curious millennials to local farmers is a way to boost the business model of the locavore movement.
  • ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved (The Daily Beast) http://thebea.st/1TgCIRQ                                              Not too long ago, Samob’s had 1, 117 locations in 47 states – and a reputation for pushing racist iconography along with its breakfasts.
  • Perla’s peanut recipe helped support her family. Now her story is helping others. (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1Tb9kiN
  • Nestlé: Forest Service shouldn’t infringe on water rights (Desert Sun) http://desert.sn/1ZD0BET
    • In “Profound Loss for Maine’s Citizens,” Court Oks Sale of Town’s Water to Nestlé (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1XpINON                                                                              Decision “paves the way for a private corporation to profit from a vital public resource for decades to come.”
  • Nestlé is pumping Millions of Gallons from the Great Lakes for Free While Flint Pays For Poison (US Uncut) http://bit.ly/1Op43Co
  • Nestlé Is Trying to Break Us: A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction (Moyers & Company) http://bit.ly/1X2V0Zu                                                                                              Big corporations privatizing clean water to make a profit is stealing a human right.
  • Poverty-level wages cost US taxpayers $153 billion every year (Public Affairs, UC Berkeley) http://bit.ly/1qeVxub

 

Protests

  • Striking Prisoners In Alabama Accuse Officials Of Using Food As Weapon (Portside) http://bit.ly/23IS8kk
  • Why Activists Are Waging War Against This Walmart Product (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TRByfm                                        Walmart has a tuna problem.
  • Woman sets out to paddleboard length of England to highlight plastic pollution (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/24OeJi2                      Lizzie Carr aims to become the first person to stand-up paddleboard 643km along connected waterways from Surrey to Cumbria

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Michigan Man Sprayed Poison On Open Food At Grocery Stores, FBI Says (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/23Kmmnh
  • These Temporary Tattoos Can Help ID A Food Allergy (Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/1V52Txe                                                            Plus, the tattoo is inspired by historical Japanese prints
  • Secret outbreak investigation targeted packaged salad in April (Food Safety News) http://bit.ly/1YtWaM7                              Government and corporate entities failed to reveal in April that they were investigating a cluster of Salmonella illnesses in which at least five out of six victims reported eating Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley Power Greens Mix purchase at various Sam’s Club locations.

Water & Our Oceans

  • Flint Residents Told Their Poisoned Water Might Soon Cost Them Twice as Much (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1NtAvmN      The lead-poisoned city’s rates are already among the highest in the nation
  • This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/1TIoxSG
  • Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1ZFKq9I
  • Scientists Just Pinpointed Another Example Of Fracking’s Environmental Impact (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/21YqXTt
  • Water Scarcity Could Cause GDP To Decline (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1TRMrOh                                                                                  When countries respond efficiently, those losses could vanish altogether.
  • Four Years Into Drought, California To Make Some Water Restrictions Permanent (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WWTOXp
  • The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution (Medium) http://bit.ly/1WofRaX                                                                                           I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption.
  • Oceana Uncovers Documents Showing that Shell and ConocoPhillips Have Relinquished Virtually All Artic Ocean Oil and Gas Leases (Oceana) http://bit.ly/1rTddMZ
  • Only Six Years After BP Oil Disaster, Gulf Coast Is Faced With new Drilling (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1R0qF6o
  • Sea Level Rise Swallows 5 Whole Pacific Islands (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/1qbEB7R                                                          Evidence confirms dramatic climate change effects in the Solomon Islands
  • What’s Going to Happen to the Narwhal in the Northwest Passage? (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1X8PB2T                                    An interview with marine biologist Kristin Westdal.
  • Conservation in the Age of Climate Change: Managing Fisheries in a Harsh New Environment (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1VWiosz                                                                                                On data gathering in the Timor Sea
  • Shell Oil Spill Dumps Thousands of Barrels Of Crude Into Gulf of Mexico (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1YqK8TK
  • Suffocating the Ocean (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/24Y4DhS      Oxygen-depleted oceans have preceded many mass extinctions in Earth’s past, including the worst one of all 252 million years ago. Are hypoxic dead zones from California to Namibia a harbinger of the next extinction?

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Results of Glyphosate Pee Test Are in ‘And It’s Not Good News’ (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1TbMx1f                                                                         … Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to see if glyphosate – the cancer-linked weedkiller – is in their system. Forty-eight MEPs from 13 different EU countries participated in the test…
  • Obama Just Cracked Down on Pollution From Farcking (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1NrLZr3                                                                                  For the first time ever, the EPA will regulate methane emissions. Yes!
  • It’s a day ending in Y and Republicans want to cut food stamps (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1Wvikk1                                                                    An additional $23 billion in SNAP cuts?
  • ‘Mistaken’ Release of Glyphosate Report Raises Questions Over EPA’s Ties to Monsanto (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1T4x4ji
  • Will New Chemical Law Hide the Fracking Industry’s Toxic Secrets? (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1V2SQsH
  • The FDA Is Going To Change The Definition Of ‘Healthy’ Food (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1OlR7x5                                                    Salmon can’t actually be marked as “healthy” under current FDA guidelines… Pop-Tarts, on the other hand, are in the clear.
  • The feds are trying to figure out what “natural” food is. Don’t Get your hopes up. (grist) http://bit.ly/1ZP5eLS
  • (ATF) Investigators: Fire that caused 2013 explosion at Texas fertilizer plant was deliberately set (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1NqXGOP
  • USDA: Federal, Philanthropic Partners Join to Strengthen Local Food Supply Chains, “Food LINC” to Boost Farm Sales, Grow Local Foods Sector in Ten Select Regions (USDA) http://1.usa.gov/1WqaGYb
  • USDA Announces New GroupGAP Program for the Produce Industry (USDA) http://1.usa.gov/21XmWyt                                    Helping Smaller Producers Reach New Markets
  • Government Assistance Is Easy to Get Only When You Don’t Need It (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1Tc8sVY                                    Why financial capability is central to financial access – and how some states are denying millions both.
  • Oil Company Gets The Go-Ahead To Explore For Oil In Wildlife-Rich Preserve (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/23L8FV5                          … the National Park Service approved Burnett Oil Company’s proposal to explore for oil in the Southwest Florida preserve (Big Cypress National Preserve.)
  • One city’s solution to drinking water contamination? Get rid of every lead pipe. (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1QZjNq1
  • You Will Have T Pay A Hefty Fine If You Carry Plastic Shopping Bags In Bengalur (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1THS6DU

 

GMOs/Cloning/ Gene Editing/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology/Food Technology

  • Even the Critics Are Coming Around on GMOs (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/1WwjbAl                                                                                            Food labeling initiatives that were originally meant to take GMOs down a peg bother biotechnology advocates, but the debate may be what pushed consumers to better understand a complicated issue.
  • You better learn about this new technology (gene editing) before it transforms the world (grist) http://bit.ly/1TfHmiO

 

Poisons

  • Three products demonstrate two different approaches to regulating chemicals (Upworthy) http://u.pw/1X8npNI                    The precautionary principal…
  • Children in Farm Communities Pay a Steep Price for the Food We Eat (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1WZdrhv                                                            The evidence linking pesticide exposure to childhood cancers and learning and behavioral problems has grown increasingly strong.
  • Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Pesticide (actually it’s a herbicide) Is Coming to a City park Near You? Already 2,000+ Locations Sprayed in NYC (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1T8QIjB
  • Federal Lawsuit: Farmers Claim Monsanto’s Controversial ‘Roundup’ Weedkiller Gave Them Cancer (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/27ldVmU                                                                                         Despite Monsanto’s claim that its glyphosate weedkiller is “safe enough to drink,” four Nebraska farmers say it gave them non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • London pollution: capital’s residents ‘inhaling tiny particles from disintegrating plastic bags’ (Evening Standard) http://bit.ly/1T82CdD

 

Pollinators

  • Almost Half of US Honeybee Hives Collapsed Last Year (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1T36paa                                                                              Will be do something now?
  • Native American Tries Dedicating Land, Food To Protect Monarch Butterflies (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1UW2Bsu      Tribal leaders in Oklahoma have vowed to plant nectar-producing plants for the butterflies whose number have dwindled.

 

Animals

  • Cow Stands Outside A Window. When She Does THIS, Her Owner Can’t Stop Laughing (Shareably) http://bit.ly/21XAjPr
  • For the First Time in Decades, Life Is Looking up for America’s Egg-Laying Hens (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1OsyDWi                  American companies are learning that reducing animal cruelty is both the right thing to do and good for business.
  • Oregano to make cow burps more climate friendly (CPH Post) http://bit.ly/1WwoTCf                                                                                            The plant could reduce methane emissions from the bovine beasts by 25%

 

Events

  • Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum                                                       May 19 – 20, 2015, Phoenix, AZ                                                                   (Local First Arizona Foundation) http://bit.ly/1UTnpko
  • 7th National Small Farm                                                                           September 20-22, 2016, Virginia Beach, VA                                         USDA with the Support of Virginia Tech http://bit.ly/1TAdw6a
  • It Takes a Region Conference                                                             November 10-12, 2016, Hartford, CT                                                     North Eastern Sustainable Working Group http://bit.ly/1NqLTQw
  • Young Farmers Conference                                                                      December 7-9, 2016, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Pocantic Hills, NY http://bit.ly/23I9uhe

 

Other

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 9, 2016

  • After a Century in Decline, Black Farmers Are Back and on the Rise (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1TpZkfI                                                                      These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.
  • What Is ‘Natural’ Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil (NPR) http://n.pr/1QWPGiU
  • New York’s Newest urban Farm Will Float Down The Hudson River (Fast Co Exist) http://bit.ly/1TEhgGh                                              The “food forest” on a barge will grow more than 80 species of trees and plants, from the wild ginger and raspberries to asparagus and arugula.
  • What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change (Yes!) http://bit.ly/21ot7LJ                    Scientists believe that simple land management techniques can increase the rate at which carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in soils..
  • Soil Matters (Comstock’s) http://bit.ly/1VLQdw9                              Local farmers find a switch to carbon farming good for business – and the environment.
  • The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/24tDBLN                                        John Hingley has develop a ‘micro-grid’ in a metal box that can be used for disaster relief, mining, and even festivals.
  • Pasteurized, homogenized, organic, hormone-free: What’s up with your milk? (grist) http://bit.ly/1O8KOHE
  • Colorado Will Soon Be Home to Certified Organic Cannabis (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/26PyEiv                                                                                    How one hemp farm in Longmont, Colorado earned the USDA’s blessing.
  • If you think Mexican food is unhealthy, then you need to read this cookbook (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1q24xm9                                                I just had this debate with someone a couple of months ago, they were talking about the colonized diet and I was talking about the traditional diet…
  • The Gates Foundation accused of ‘dangerously skewing’ aid priorities by promoting ‘corporate globalization’ (The Independent) http://ind.pn/1O0Rv3I
  • KFC Has Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish Now (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WPeKPU                                                                                Really?
  • How Mexican Cuisine Was Doing Fusion 500 Years Ago (NPR) http://n.pr/1UO0GWW                                                                                Actually all cultures and cuisines are, and have been influenced by invading and colonizing cultures… the book below is on the subject…

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • The Science That Will Make You Question Everything About Weight Loss (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/26Uh118
    • After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight (NYT) http://nyti.ms/26MjcDT                                  Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles help explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • ‘Pretty magical’: Mid-coast (ME) students turn food scraps into good soil (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/1rAeFEd

 

Children & School Food

  • Republicans in Congress Want To Cut Free Lunches For Poor Kids (Education Opportunity Network) http://bit.ly/23A77wZ
    • Paul Ryan Says Free School Lunches Give Kids ‘An Empty Soul’ (Time) http://ti.me/1Y1dRm1                                                                    Paul Ryan says that free lunches provided to children by government programs give kids “a full stomach – and an empty soul.”
  • House Republicans Fight to Cut Important School Lunch Programs (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1N8jRZL

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Why This Seattle Chef Is Embracing A Higher Minimum Wage For Employees (NPR) http://n.pr/1XhWq2A
  • Farm Workers Are Taking On Poor Pay And Conditions – And Winning (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1Us48pX                  America’s farm workers have been exploited for centuries. A group of Florida Tomato pickers is changing that.
  • The Little-Know Farmworkers Who Sparked the Biggest Labor Movement in US History (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1Uqx5CP                  There would be no Cesar Chavez without the Filipino manongs of Delano, California, whose decision to strike set off the most significant labor movement the United States has ever seen.
  • Portland Fast Food Workers Don’t Just Want a Raise –They Want a Union Too (Yes!) http://bit.ly/21os5zz                                            Employees at Burgerville, a Pacific Northwest restaurant chain, are unionizing a demanding benefits. Even without their employer’s recognition, their union offers and alternative model for organizing low-wage workers.
  • Drowsy Driving Delivers Unto Us A Horde of Bees and Thousands of Potatoes (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2735kFp

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • How Chobani CEO ensures that employees will share in the company’s success (LA Times) http://lat.ms/21ozSgw
  • Lines Out the Door for Nation’s First Major Organic Drive-Thru Fast Food Restaurant (Healthy Holistic Living) http://bit.ly/1Y1fkZM
  • Dannon Yogurt to Remove GMO Ingredients and Source Milk from Non-GMO Fed Cows (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1UNTKZJ
  • How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado (NPR) http://n.pr/1VR1Phv
  • Michigan’s Water Wars: Nestle Pumps Millions of Gallons for Free While Flint Pays for Poisoned Water (Democracy Now) http://bit.ly/1s5eOjx
  • Campbell’s New Parental Leave Policy Is A Big Step Even If It Isn’t The Best (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WFO0Bm
  • Monsanto, Dow Syngenta: rush for mega-mergers puts food security at risk (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1YbDNLY
  • Fast Food Industry Looks To Skirt Labor Law, With An Assist From Scott Walker (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1WYxZa3
  • Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon (kcci) http://bit.ly/1QSpxlr                                                                               Going up against Monsanto…
  • “Nestlé Is Trying to break Us”: A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction (Moyers & Company) http://bit.ly/1X2V0Zu
  • What Small Farms Need to Compete With Corporate Food (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1rLt3K5                                                                                              Most small farms have to follow the same rules as big corporate ones. In Maine, flexible food ordinances have increased the number of small farmers.                                                                                                                           Food sovereignty is continuing to grow in Maine…
  • Even the world’s largest food company knows the American diet is an environmental catastrophe (grist) http://bit.ly/1SELhH0
  • At McDonald’s, Fat Profits but Lean Wages (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1NCO4jJ                                                                                        The move is part of a larger trend among big food companies.
  • The True Cost of a Cheap Meal (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Tv6VtD     Cheap food relies on billions of dollars of externalized costs that are kept hidden from consumers.
  • How Americans pretend to love ’ethnic food’ (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1O8yIn7                                                                                        We have been taught that food should be cheap, and therefore do not respect it, especially if it is not from our own culture…
  • Why California’s $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Hike Still Isn’t High Enough (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1TxwI4p                                    California’s $10 minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour by 2022, but the state’s skyrocketing ost of living is already greater than most in the country.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • How High Fat and Sugar Diets Can Hack the Body to Prevent You From Feeling Full (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1UD3ZA6                        Eating a typical Western diet high in fat and sugar is bad for our memory, including remembering whether to not we’re full.
  • University of Iowa study finds diet drinks associated with heart trouble for older women (University of Iowa) http://bit.ly/23AEO1s                                                                                            One of the largest study of its kind looks at diet drinks and cardiovascular outcomes
  • If You Eat Fast Food You’re Getting a Generous Helping of Toxic Chemicals (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1SZQVAe                                        New study shows that consumption of fast food is linked to higher levels of phthalates, the chemicals used to produce many plastics.
  • Study: Recent Fast Food Consumption and Bisphenol A and Phthalates Exposures among the US Population in NHANES, 2003 – 2010 (Environmental Health Perspectives) http://1.usa.gov/1Qv4nts

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Book from New Orleans “White House chef” pulled after fraud claims (Best of New Orleans) http://bit.ly/21v9Vfz

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers (NBC Bay Area) http://bit.ly/24EiM0n
    • Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater (Desmog) http://bit.ly/1ZuCqIq
  • Report: Climate-Driven Water Scarcity Could Hit Economic Growth by Up to 6 Percent in Some Regions, Says World Bank (World Bank) http://bit.ly/1W83cbq
  • When in drought: the California farmers who don’t water their crops (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1T5H29D                                          Dry farming forgoes modern irrigation and, farmers say, produces much tastier crops. In a drought-stricken state, should others follow suit?                                                                                                                                   Dry land farmed crops have more intense flavors and sugars…
  • California’s Thirsty Almond Acreage Increased by 60,000 Acres in 2015 (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1NXizRE
  • Old Arctic Drilling Permits Hold Up Protection for Narwhal Whales (takepart) http://bit.ly/23CU79Z                                            Activists sue the Canadian government to revoke 30 oil and gas exploration permits issued to Shell Canada in 1971.
  • Why Are Fish Suddenly Dying By the Millions (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1rDsNN3                                                                                          Both lake and sea fish in Chile, Vietnam, China, Bolivia, Brazil, India, Cambodia, Indonesia…
  • ‘Ghost Gear’ + Climate Change = Band News or Lobsters (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Ocwgwb                                                     Researchers find that thousands of lost traps sitting on the ocean floor will destroy lobsters’ habitats as cyclones become more frequent.
  • A cure for herring loss: We’re here to teach you to love this sustainable fish (grist) http://bit.ly/26J30TN

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Stealing Small Amounts Of Food When In Desperate Need Is Not A Crime, Rules Italy’s Highest Court (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1OelboW
  • US To Ship Peanuts To Feed Haitian Kids; Aid Groups Say ‘This Is Wrong’ (NPR) http://n.pr/1VR1ATC                                                                  It is wrong, this is how we have destroyed local farm economies in many countries. Remember USAID programs were developed to create markets for US products, as the USDA was created as the marketing arm of the US government for US agricultural products.
  • Inside Washington: Ag groups seek exemption from scrutiny (Associated Press) http://apne.ws/1VJnE2s                                                 Big Ag is seeking to exempt “checkoff” programs from the Freedom of Information Act
  • The EPA Hasn’t Updated Fracking Rules In Nearly 3 Decades. Now, Environmental Groups Are Suing. (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1q9QStv
  • EPA Lengthens Comment Period on Dicamba (Nebraska Rural Radio Association Stations) http://bit.ly/1Uu5MaL
  • Colorado Supreme Court Upholds State Power, Says Cities Can’t Impose Fracking Bans (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1Uw3QP1

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • The way we make fertilizer sucks, but we haven’t had a good alternative… until now (grist) http://bit.ly/1pWkvya                          This author seems to believe that the only answer is industrial agriculture, and nanotechnology, GMOs are our only options
  • Your Chewing Gum Is Making You a Lab Rat (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1TLMw64                                                                                        Tiny nanoparticles are entering our food supply unregulated, unlabeled, and untested.

Poisons

  • The Weed Killer Glyphosate Is Being Found Everywhere – but Will It Hurt Us? (takepart) http://bit.ly/1rxds0v
  • Widely Used Hormone – Disrupting Pesticide Putting Millions at Risk, Including Infants and Children (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/23tgyyk                                                                                                  EPA tests repeatedly found atrazine – the second most-used herbicide in the US – in drinking water sources that exceed levels of concern for infants and children.
  • 3 Pesticides Are Putting Nearly All US Endangered Species At Risk (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1XhRWZR
  • Industry lobbyists accused of scaremongering over ban on bee-harming pesticides (Greenpeaces) http://bit.ly/1WcJhIX                  Big Ag warned that the UK ban would doom crops, but yields have actually flourished.
  • Interactive Maps Show Where Monsanto’s Roundup Is Sprayed in San Francisco and Portland (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/24qpeb9
  • Say it, Don’t Spray It (Other Words) http://bit.ly/1YbFWHq              A cultural divide in farming communities squelches conversation about hot-button issues like pesticides.
  • Plastics should be considered toxic once it gets into the environment, MPS told (The Independent) http://ind.pn/1SWv1A0

 

Pollinators

 

Animals