- More (Central) Valley farmers opting to go organic (The Business Journal) http://bit.ly/1U2vsKP Organics are the single-fastest growing segment in the food industry today – and more Central Valley farmers are taking notice.
- The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In 3 Acts (NPR) http://n.pr/1UBSLdg
- ‘Overwhelming’ Evidence Shows Path is Clear: It’s Time to Ditch Industrial Agriculture for Good (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/25FisCd New report looks at why, given negative outputs, a massive shift to agroecological approaches hasn’t yet taken hold
- Report: From Uniformity to Diversity (International Panel of Experts on sustainable Food Systems) http://bit.ly/1sTVAgC
- Farmers Are the New Climate Warrior (The American Prospect) http://bit.ly/28bBRtu Meet the Environmental Defense Fund’s Robert Parkhurst, the man working to create a market for farm-based carbon sequestration.
- Biodiversity Continuum Chart Download: How to Conserve Biodiversity on the Farm: Actions to Take on a Continuum from Simple to Complex (Wild Farm Alliance) http://bit.ly/1XZrHan
- Can fine dining make climate change palatable? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/1t9k5XX This restaurateur couple is betting San Francisco diners will warm up to The Perennial
- Florida Lawns Are Being Transformed Into Edible Farms (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/24iZxaA
- Let’s GROW! (Talin’ Trash with UHN) http://bit.ly/22DXizl I am thrilled and delighted to introduce our first wheelchair accessible garden at Toronto Rehab, Bickle Center!
- Urban Garden Aims To Bridge Gap Between ‘Old’ And ‘New’ Harlem (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1UC8Orm “Anyone who cares about this community wants to make sure the identity there remains strong.”
- Let them eat dirt! Our obsession with hygiene is jeopardizing our children’s health (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/1Uhq02z
- Is Buying Organic Really Worth It? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1t1B5z7
- Andrew Coppolino’s top 10 reasons for shopping at farmers’ markets (Canadian Broadcasting Co) http://bit.ly/1st5qpK From nutrition to convenience, economics to social engagement, Andrew’s list is food for thought
- All Aboard: Floating Food Forest Prepares for Debut Voyage in New York (takepart) http://bit.ly/25DDph7 Food produced on Swale will be free to the public.
- Farmers market manager at top of local food chain (Times Union) http://bit.ly/1U2BiuG
- Venezuela Is Running Out Of Beer Amid Severe Economic Crisis (NPR) http://n.pr/1r4zdUA
- Your Next Hamburger May Come With a Side of Endangered Wolf (takepart) http://bit.ly/1X1BYDS A group argues for adding wildlife conservation facts to nutrition labels.
- Center for Biological Diversity ‘extinction labels’ http://bit.ly/1XUaZJA
- Beans Could Be the Low-Tech Solution to Food’s Biggest Problems (takepart) http://bit.ly/1VAgRYi As the world gets hotter and drier, pulses may be key to feeding us.
- New Jerseyans Chew Over What To Call Their Favorite Pork Products (NPR) http://n.pr/1Y5s0AW
- Doctors’ ‘Drug of Last Resort’ Is Falling Prey to Antibiotic Resistance (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Pp2epp Coli bacteria that is resistant to colistin has now been documented in both a woman and pig living in the United States.
- They’re Back: 17-Year Cicadas to Blanket Northeatern US (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/25CfTNV
- 5,000-Year-Old Barley Beer Found in China (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/1X4M077
- State-of-the-art research greenhouse opens in Vineland, Ontario (Food in Canada) http://bit.ly/22HCyGS
- With re-creation of 1500s garden, a reminder of when herb knowledge was a survival tool (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1sZNkMb
Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition
- Crisis Narratives and the Ongoing Drought in Ethiopia (truthout) http://bit.ly/1Wxxh4L Ethiopia is currently the grip of its worst drought in half a century. More than 10 million people – over 10% of the population – are affected by drought related food insecurity…
- Food Deserts aren’t The Problem (Slate) http://slate.me/1sq5eaL Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into low-income neighborhoods doesn’t make poor people healthier… poverty itself is making people ill…
Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste
- Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish (NPR) http://n.pr/1U03gIG
- Is it Really Worth the Convenience? 6 Ways Plastic is Harming Animals, the Planet and Us (One Green Planet) http://bit.ly/1PcpHog Remember, single use plastics were not ubiquitous until after 1982
- Climate change is making food more toxic (grist) http://bit.ly/1Uep2nQ
- Extreme Weather May Raise Toxin Levels in Food, Scientists Warm (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2107rVt
- General Mills Recalls Flour Over Possible Link To E. coli Outbreak (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1P2BSUM Kashi Co also announced a recall of one variety each of its granola and granola bars.
- FDA Guidelines Target The Sodium Hiding In Our Diets (NPR) http://n.pr/1UkpWzb
Children & School Food
- School Lunches as Part of Education (The Maui News) http://bit.ly/28fED0O
- Efficiency up, turnover down: Sweden experiments with six-hour working day (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1VG2JNh
- Sweden introduces six-hour work day (Independent) http://ind.pn/1X5zW5F Employers across the country including retirement homes, hospitals and care centers, are implementing the change
- Even After Minimum Wage Hikes, Workers Could Still Be Getting Robbed (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1VsQ5Rn The new wage laws will increase minimum wages, but won’t strengthen the wage-enforcement system.
- At McDonald’s, Fat Profits but Lean Wages (NYT) http://nyti.ms/28dQufD
- These 7 Household Names Make a Killing Off of the prison-industrial (labor) Complex (US Uncut) http://bit.ly/1WB7R6h 4 of the seven are food corporations…
- Aging in the Fields: No Alternative But to Keep Working (Capitol & Main) http://bit.ly/1PutDWZ After working for 40 years harvesting vegetables in California, Consuelo Mendez tried retirement, but soon was forced to get another job. Now She makes $11.79 an hour.
- The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Pizza (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1U3uMVw Sorry to say it, but America’s favorite comfort food is anti-worker.
- This Lawsuit Against Domino’s Could Be Huge for Workers (The Nation) http://bit.ly/1RJktAj The New York attorney general’s wage-theft suit could pave the way for unionizing workplaces across different owner-operators.
- World’s Low-Cost Economy Built on the Backs of 46 Million Modern Day Slaves (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1sK5T6O
- The Global Slavery Index 2016 (Walk Free Foundation) http://bit.ly/1spyQ8k
- Pictures Show the Mysterious Disease That’s Killing Field Workers (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/22G1miy Photographer Ed Kashi documents how chronic kidney disease is affecting rural India.
Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy
- Four National Obesity Forum members resign over controversial report publication (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/1O8UgjP
- Immigrant Moms Were Told They Can’t Have Jobs – So They Started Their Own Tamale Co-op (Yes!) http://bit.ly/25DLm5I Employment options for undocumented immigrants are often extremely limited. These single moms have found a solution.
- America’s First Certified Organic Fast Food Chain Is Here – and it Pays $16 an Hour (Healthy Advice Team) http://bit.ly/1TUNgte
- The Organic Coup http://theorganiccoup.com/
- Seeds of Change: Corporate Power, Grassroots Resistance, and the Battle Over the Food System (Dollars & Sense) http://bit.ly/1RU0Aq7
- How candy makers shape nutrition (Associated Press) http://apne.ws/24q1HVQ
- Wal-Mart to test grocery delivery with Uber, Lyft (Business Insider) http://read.bi/28cmxwy
- Almost Everything America Calls a Breakfast Staple Is Corporate Myth (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1Y8poCl From cereal to orange juice.
- Why the Breakfast Most Americans Will Eat Today Is a Corporate Scam (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1ssY1Xt Wake up and smell the McCafe: Cold cereal, donuts, and orange juice are breakfast staples because somebody somewhere wanted money.
- Six Questions for Monsanto (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1r5ZO3q
- Shareholders Confront McDonald’s ‘McTeacher’s Nights’ Inside Their Annual Meeting (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/20VYs7E McTeacher’s Nights remain a point of controversy.
- Nestlé’s bright idea: a water bottling plant in the desert (grist) http://bit.ly/1sXQwIS
- Why Some Restaurants Are Walking Back Their No-Tipping Policies (CityLab) http://bit.ly/1qYkdaB
- Brooklyn’s fancy artisanal-food businesses are getting chewed up (Crain’s) http://bit.ly/281StDJ Companies that launched the gourmet-food-production scene in 2008 fed New York City’s manufacturing revival. Now entrepreneurs are finding their dreams wiped out by rents and regulations
- Dow-DuPont Merger Will Cripple Farmers and Food Sovereignty, Groups Warn (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1P2RY0A
- Walmart, Gap, H&M Called Out for Global Worker Exploitation and Abuse (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1XNXye3
- Krispy Kreme Comeback (Press Reader) http://bit.ly/283owTQ
- Krispy Kreme is opening a hole-in-the-wall ATM-like dispenser in London that will sell Nutella donuts (NY Daily News) http://nydn.us/20TsQQ5
- Why a $15 Minimum Wage Can’t Fix America’s Affordable Rent Crisis (takepart) http://bit.ly/22BbSYo People living in San Francisco need to earn $44.02 to be able to pay for the average tow-bedroom apartment.
- Call to ‘Save Oceans, Protect Workers’ Goes Airborne as Greenpeace Targets Walmart (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/1ss57LS ‘Walmart can no longer hide the very real threat of labor abuse and ocean destruction with its insufficient policy statements and greenwashing’
- Fight for $15 organizers demand a union (Waging Nonviolence) http://bit.ly/1PduWEs
- The Women Who Are Taking on Walmart (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2114TGB
- My View: McDonald’s can easily afford to give us a raise (rrstar) http://bit.ly/1O81tRg Fight for $15 Chicago
- Scientists Develop a Parmigiano_Reggiano Authenticity Test (Eater) http://bit.ly/21086X3
Water & Our Oceans
- In Alabama, 100,000 people told not to drink water due to contamination (Reuters) http://reut.rs/1RTojqF
- At least 33 US cities used water testing ‘cheats’ over lead concerns (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1RRBIPX Guardian investigation reveals testing regimes similar to that of Flint were in place in major cities including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia
- The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere. (Wired) http://bit.ly/1Xh8Fhc
- First Flint – Now Philly? (The American Prospect) http://bit.ly/1UoN1k6
- Congress Weights Help To Pay Escalating Household Water Bills (circle of blue) http://bit.ly/1r68OWd We will further publicly fund privatized public water utilities…
- Fracking the Ocean and California’s San Andeas Fault (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/20XGwcM
- Portland (CT) joins three Connecticut towns in banning fracking waste (Middletown Press) http://bit.ly/1TSTNoh
- Company Apologizes for Oil Train Disaster it Acknowledges Was Inevitable (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/25Gr08F “We’re playing Russian roulette. I think the industry is perfectly willing to put a gun to our heads and risk our lives for the sake of making money. It is abundantly clear this enterprise is unsafe, unsustainable and they don’t know how to manage it.”
- Oregon oil-train crash damaged town’s water and sewer systems (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1Y1zHYF Area surrounding derailment site remains evacuated days after Friday crash with officials from small town Moiers say vital services are not working.
- Ground-Breaking Agreement Marks First Voluntarily Limits to Industrial Fishing in Arctic (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1TTfLaO
- Fish & Chips: How Seattle’s Drugged-Up Effluent Is Affecting Puget Sound (Seattle Weekly) http://bit.ly/1UlTkFh Hint – it involves what goes down our toilets.
- More Than A Third Of The Coral Is Dead In Parts Of The Great Barrier Reef (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1sIO5Js Huge portions of the structure have been damaged by the area’s biggest bleaching even ever
- More Dredging Near Florida’s Endangered Corals Could Spell Disaster (takepart) http://bit.ly/1TYFoE1 Conservation groups are demanding federal officials reevaluate a plan to expand a shipping port near threatened coral reef species.
- Fish Prefer Eating Dangerous Plastic Pollution (takepart) http://bit.ly/1Pp8vkV When European perch were exposed to polystyrene miroplastics, their survival rate dropped, a new study shows.
- Study: Environmentally relevant concentrations of microplastic particles influence larval fish ecology (Science) http://bit.ly/1TYKrUR
- Now Is the Time to Protect Our Ocean’s Treasures (takepart) http://bit.ly/2872vU5 We have the largest expanse of ocean of any country in the world, and it’s our responsibility to protect it…
- EU Commission Backs Down on Long-Term Glyphosate Approval, Seeks Last Minute Extension (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1sQEKiA
- Passing Ban, Scottish Parliament Declares: ‘No Ifs, No Buts, No Fracking’ (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1Uj23rO Non-binding fracking ban signals ‘growing consensus that stopping climate change means we have to say no to new fossil fuels like fracked gas.’
- Japan Will Attempt to Regulate Bluefin Tuna Fishing (Eater) http://bit.ly/1ZnHKOg
- (Colombian) Families of Death Squad Victims Allowed to Sue Chiquita Executives (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/1TTjq8C US judge permits federal lawsuit against corporate executives for funding far-right paramilitary group in Colombia
- Swiss Reject Plan To Give Themselves A Guaranteed Basic Income (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/24tDq1f
- The Economic Idea Embraced by Milton Friedman and George McGovern Makes a Comeback (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/24p4WwE
- Summer Break for Polluters: Congress Bows to the Chemical Lobby on Toxics Regulation (GreenPeace) http://bit.ly/1sqZRIk
- Federal (EPA) Report Show Dimok (PA) Water Unsafe (DeSmog) http://bit.ly/1XXmuQx Back in 2012 the EPA made a starling announcement, shaking up the battle over fracking in one of the nation’s highest-profile cases where drillers were suspected to have caused water contamination.
- EPA Finds Widely-Used Weed Killer Could Threaten Animals (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/1U3L4O8 It should come as no surprise that atrazine is a threat to is a threat to humans, animals and our watersheds…
- EPA: Refined Ecological Risk Assessment for Atrazine http://1.usa.gov/1PaZxSQ
- Widely Used Hormone Disrupting Pesticide Putting Million 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.
- USDA Sec. Vilsack advocates for mandatory, national GMO Labeling at OTA Policy Conference (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/1Ut5hf0
- States Taking Action to Boost Worker Retirement Savings (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/24mBaZm
- (North Dakota) Measure 1 vote on corporate farming nears (The Dickinson Press) http://bit.ly/1r67ra4
GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology
- More Big Retailers Say ‘No’ to GMO Salmon (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1VCf9FV After the Canadian approval of GMO salmon nearly 80 major food retailers have committed to not selling GMO salmon…
- Campaign for GE-Free Seafood (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/1X37Is4
- Organic Farmers Are Not Anti-Science but Genetic Engineers Often Are (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/280Ow27
- Genetically modified Golden Rice falls short on lifesaving promises (Washington University St. Louis) http://bit.ly/20Xo2JJ
- Bt Corn Raises Questions (The Progressive Farmer) http://bit.ly/1O7Kmit Refuge-in-a-Bag Corn May Speed Up Bt Resistance
- EPA Under Fire on Bt (The Progressive Farmer) http://bit.ly/1Zk58MC Inspector General Demands Better Control of Bt Resistance by EPA
- Finally, Some Good News About The Future Of Bees (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1WztnZ4 The solution for declining bee populations may be in the wild.
- Honey Bees Are in Decline, but There’s Another, Unsung Bee Who Could Save the Plant’s Food Supply (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1RS1qns Gentle, good-natured and hardworking, mason bees are more efficient pollinators than honey bees – and can help orchard growers and everyday gardeners get more from their plants.
- How to raise and manage orchard mason bees for the home garden (University of North Carolina) http://bit.ly/24lrONx
- Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It’s Complicated (NPR) http://n.pr/1sQC3h9
- What you can do in your garden to help bees and butterflies (Toronto Globe and Mail) http://bit.ly/25xOZXw
- Solved: The Mystery Of The Bearded Chickens (NPR) http://n.pr/1Y5rAdN
- Study: A Complex Structural Variation on Chromosome 27 Leads to the Ectopic Expression of HOXB* and the Muffs and Beard Phenotype in Chickens (PLOS) http://bit.ly/1r4yzq4
- Moose Are Invading Farm Fields (takepart) http://bit.ly/1UkiDaL In southern Canada, the unusual visitors have created new problems for drivers and growers.
- Immune Booster (The Progressive Farmer) http://bit.ly/25EU1ou As the cattle industry responds to consumer demand for less antibiotic use, a new tool for control of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in young cattle is making its mark.