Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 28, 2016

 

  • Heirloom Non-GMO Corn Is Helping Sustain Mexico’s Heritage and Farmers (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29NcWaf
  • How to fix our food policy: A recipe for candidates (grist) http://bit.ly/2a8OlOg
    • Democrats say they want to support farmers, but what the heck does that mean? (grist) http://bit.ly/2adqvOR
    • The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most – When It Comes to Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2aqANLa                                        The Democratic Party Platform doesn’t say much about food or farming, except on one major issue.
  • Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 – How are the world’s forests changing? (FAO) http://bit.ly/2arxBiw          Forested areas have decreased but rate of net forest host has been cut by 50%.
  • The Great Food Blackout of 2016: How the Presidential Election Ignored the Most Vital Ingredient to Human Survival (Food First) http://bit.ly/29UrRPo
  • Latest Washington (state) real-estate gold rush: farms (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/29RCKxw                                                                        Prices for high-quality farmland across the state are up 47% in the last four years, mirroring similar increases in home prices and rents.
  • Plant These 10 Perennial Vegetables and Reap Harvests Year After Year (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29XHyab
  • More Than a Bingo Hall: A Story of Mashpee Land, Food, and Sovereignty (Food First) http://bit.ly/2azuGmB                                      “For Mashpee people, our life has always been about the land.”
  • Give Chipckpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast (NPR) http://n.pr/2afLykm

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Report: Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (Food Research & Action Center) http://bit.ly/2a2lDxi                                                                                            Hunger does not take a vacation…
  • Many More Bisexual Women Struggle to Afford Food (takepart) http://bit.ly/2a3Cvmj                                                                                      Bisexual men and women are more likely than gays and lesbians to rely on food stamps.
  • An Archaeological Mystery In Ghana: Why Didn’t Past Droughts Spell Famine? (National Geographic) http://n.pr/2ak3gUv

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Wal-Mart, America’s Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And Vegetables (NPR) http://n.pr/29QuW3o
    • Walmart Unveils New Line Of Ugly Apples and Potatoes (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2adSMEb                                              It’s a start.
  • The New ‘Ugly’ Apples Sold at 300 Walmart Locations Are More Than Perfect (takepart) http://bit.ly/2ad994F
  • I ate Expired Food For A Week And Didn’t Die (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29OGkIy                                                                                              It really wasn’t so bad.
  • How The Cleveland Browns Are Helping To Turn Food Waste Into Renewable Energy (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29Z2IPl

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Fast-Food Chains Can Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2aIYc9D
  • People Who Bring Their Own Grocery Bags are More Likely to Buy Junk Food (Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/29Yygbr                                  It’s all about perceived virtue
  • Massive Frozen Dinner Recall Affects All 50 States (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29SPua1                                                                              Small pieces of metal hiding in the sauce

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Thousands of young mother in India are paying with their lives to produce your cup of tea (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2a9Ptl7

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Have compost, will haul (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2a62Rqj                                                                                        Austin’s composting law aims to cut solid waste by 75 percent. So these Texans built businesses picking up the city’s lefovers
  • These 7 Household Names Make a Killing Off the Prison-Industrial Complex (US Uncut) http://bit.ly/1WB7R6h            Another form of slave labor…
  • Kellogg’s Want You to Think Cereal Is a Vegetable (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2a97wof                                                                                                  At one supermarket chain, you can find your Frosted Flakes right there among the apples and spinach
  • Buying directly from farmers has outsized impact on local economy, UC Davis study finds (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/2auDVqK
    • Study: Economic Impact of Local Food Producers in the Sacramento Region (UC Davis) http://bit.ly/2a9WVYH
  • Calculating the Hidden Cost of Industrial Farming (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/29ZsrNJ                                                                                            This preliminary, first-of-its kind data puts numbers behind the externalized costs and invisible benefits of several types of farming systems.
  • Not so peachy (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/29V2RrI      Crop insurance is supposed to cover everybody. But a devastating flash freeze in the Northeast proved it doesn’t

 

Protests

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Glyphosate Herbicides Cause Tragic Phosphorus Poisoning of Lake Erie (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/2aFEmfk
  • Microfiber Madness: Synthetic Fabric Harms Wildlife, Poison the Food Supply and Expose You to Toxins (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2a90Sy4                                                                                            With every wash, your synthetic fleece jacket releases microfibers that harm marine animals.
  • What It Takes To Clean The Ganges (The New Yorker) http://bit.ly/2aIUAo6                                                                                          More than a billion gallons of waste enter the river every day. Can India’s controversial Prime Minister save it?
  • Napa’s Water War with Big Wine (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2acyuIQ                                                                          New vineyards and resorts rising above the Napa Valley threaten the region’s water
  • Group Buys Fishing Net So Others Can’t, Will Save Up To 10,000 Sharks (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2a9hBB3
  • Red Snapper: The Gulf War (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2avwQav                                                                        Gulf of Mexico, commercial and recreational fishermen are squaring off in a battle over the coveted snapper

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Wage theft Discovered Inside The Senate (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2arjXvE                                                                                According to the Labor Department, low-wage workers who serve food were getting stiffed right under senators’ noses.
  • Judge’s Ruling Re-Opens a Major Loophole that Allows Union Busters To Remain in the Shadows (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2afVlXm
  • USDA Encourages African Americans to Take Up Farming, Ranching (Valley Public Radio) http://bit.ly/2a4lB6v

Low-frequency sonar used fro training and testing can injure whales and other marine life, and disrupt their feeding and mating

  • Damning Probe Finds EPA ‘Turning Blind Eye’ to Toxic Chemical Cocktails (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2acirgq                          Despite the EPA’s claims, information on dangerous synergistic effects is publicly available. In fact, the agro-giants collected it themselves.
  • Taxes on Groceries, Not Soda, Are Hurting Poor Americans (takepart) http://bit.ly/2af1tza                                                                    Grocery purchases are taxed in 16 states, and the extra cost hits hungry Americans the hardest.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Journalist hits back at Cornell University’s Alliance for Science over Bt brinjal in Bangladesh (GM Watch) http://bit.ly/29V3AGQ

 

Poisons

  • Soil Association writes to major bread companies asking them to avoid glyphosate (Farming UK) http://bit.ly/29WzaUn

 

Pollinators

  • San Francisco man singlehandedly revives a rare butterfly species in his own backyard (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/2aqsCy3

 

Animals

  • A ‘slow catastrophe’ unfolds at the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end (Los Angeles Times) http://lat.ms/29RxhfW
    • Science to United nations: Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs are No Joke (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aaWNb9
  • The cure for culling (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2amhTr5    In-shell gender selection may save billion male chicks a year. But why did killing them make sense in the first place?
  • Teenager Lucy Gavanagh Just Got Tesco To Stop Selling Eggs From Caged Hens (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2afSRZs              And she’s only 14.
  • One-fifth of the world’s back-boned animals face extinction, study warns (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29QEEib

 

Events

  • African Food Festival, NYC                                                                         August 13-14, 2016                                                                                         Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY                         http://bit.ly/29TFMDc
  • Out of Africa (Tasting Table) http://bit.ly/2a8VxYV                                  The NYC African Food Festival is drawing some of the continent’s top culinary talent
  • Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference                             November 4-6, 2016                                                                                              New York, NY –Harlem, Harlem Renaissance High School          http://www.blackurbangrowers.org/

 

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 18, 2016

 

  • This Young Farmer Wants to Save His Family’s Farm (Rural Advancement Foundation International) http://bit.ly/29Rmb8o
  • Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (UC Observer) http://bit.ly/29Kc2tJ
  • Women Farmers Get a Boost From New Global Food-Aid Bill (takepart) http://bit.ly/29Gj8fD                                                                  Instead of sending food in a crisis, US global hunger relief efforts will focus on helping farmers before disaster hits.                                                   It’s about time!
  • Farmers worry if younger generations will continue agrarian tradition (Daily Press) http://bit.ly/29EHHLx
    • The Resurgence of Black Farmers (Yes!) http://bit.ly/29Ftpf9    What the USDA had to do with the near – extinction – and now surprising turnaround – of Black farmers.
  • Shoyu (Images of Old Hawai’i) http://bit.ly/29EQkHq                      Some history of shoyu…
  • Now, Even Wheat Has Terroir (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29RcKrb                                                                                              Until very recently, small farms have tended to avoid planting wheat because it’s not very profitable per acre. Commercially, wheat is grown in such vast quantities that it’s usually sold not by the pound, but the ton…
  • Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research announces $100,000 prize for ag research (AgriPulse) http://bit.ly/29QgvgH
  • Slice, Dice, Chop of Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor? (npr) http://n.pr/29G8V2V                                                                                  Yes it does! Using a food processor is not the answer, they shred the food, and don’t ‘chop’ the food… mise en place, mise en place, mise en place!
  • Everything You Need To Know About Duck Eggs (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29R8bum                                                                                            The three major poultry products in the US – chicken, chicken eggs, and turkey – so thoroughly dominate the economic landscape that the USDA doesn’t even both tracking the market for ducks, let alone duck eggs.
  • 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants to Have a Bountiful Garden—with Less Water (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29ILMRu                    Drought-tolerant crops include some of the most storied foodstuffs in Western culture, such as grapes and pomegranates…
  • From Farm To Distillery, Heirloom Corn Varieties Are Sweet Treasures (npr) http://n.pr/29EJ0cT
  • Why The Far-To-Table Movement Will Keep On Growing, According To Dan Barber (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29DSpAy
  • Michael Pollan Names 10 Food and Farming Journalism Fellows at J-School (UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) http://bit.ly/29AVRQM
  • Biodiversity is below safe levels across more than half of the world’s land – study (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29IUock
  • This Hot Chef’s Pop-Up Dinners May Change How You Think About Race (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/29KshXE                      Nigerian-born chef Tunde Wey talks to BITE about cooking while black in America.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Do Corn Subsidies Really Make Us Fat? (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/29WspD5                                                                  “the potential impact of the agricultural subsidies on consumption right now is inconsequential,” and So if farm subsidies themselves don’t impact what people eat very much, what does?                               They blame grocery coupons…

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Why “Gleaning” Might Be the Answer to Half of the US Food Supply Being Discarded (Buzz Flash) http://bit.ly/29FNH5j
  • Why You Should Never Wash your Fruit Before Refrigerating It (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29EdScR                                              Don’t sabotage those berries.
  • Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29T8kNA                                      The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry
  • You’re Probably Throwing Away ‘Expired’ Food That’s Totally Fine To Teat (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29Gzuqu            Expiration dates on food are basically useless.
  • 3 Easy Ways To Sop Wasting So Much Food (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29PbTHW                                                                              Embrace the bulk bins.
  • How did Denmark become a leader in the food waste revolution? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29K8O9W                                                  From community food banks to food waste kitchens and even a supermarket, the Danes have embraced the concept
  • Can Edible Ice-Cream Containers Reinvent Food Packaging? (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/29wF6WR                                                          The environmental cost of boxes, cans, and jars has sparked a movement to change how food is stored.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Soylent Is Healthier Than the Average North American Diet (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/29DmijL                                                                  And that’s embarrassing.
  • Contaminated Flour (Not Just Eggs) Makes Raw Dough a Nope (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/29zAnPN                                             Federal officials also caution against letting kids sneak a taste of homemade dough projects.

 

Children & School Food

  • High school’s anonymous pantry lets students in need shop discreetly for free food, clothing & basic necessities (inhabitots) http://bit.ly/29Eh2Tj
  • Kids Say Commercials Make Them Pester Parents for Junk Food (takepart) http://bit.ly/29Ruzog                                                              Activists say strict bans should be enacted to counter ads for items high in fat, salt, and sugar.
  • Could a Home Ec Revival Help Slash Food Waste? (takepart) http://bit.ly/29LwIPm                                                                                  Teaching an updated set of cooking skills to school kids could help reduce a major financial and environmental problem.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Inside The Lives Of Farmerworkers: Top 5 Lessons I learned On The Ground (npr) http://n.pr/29KR2iU
  • What It’s Like to Work at an Ice Cream Factory (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2aaT2mx                                                                            Althea Sherwood talks about her long career at Ben & Jerry’s, and why flavors with cookie dough and frosting are hard to make.
  • Migrant Justice’s Milk With Dignity Program Fights for Fair Labor in Vermont (Food Tank) http://bit.ly/29DuEwQ
  • Tea, the Ugly Beverage (lens culture) http://bit.ly/29FR5jg            “The Ugly Beverage” is a story of tea…
  • Starbucks Employees Aren’t Happy About Their Coming Raises (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/29zJobB                                                 Fighting for a living wage…
  • Dockers across six continents take actions to defend rights (International Transport Workers’ Federation) http://bit.ly/29HGHc8
  • The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its DGP (Yes!) http://bit.ly/29zyh2b                                                                                  Six things we can learn from Northern Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, where cooperatives drive the economy.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture (Rural Advancement Foundation) http://bit.ly/29B6sGV
    • Big Chicken Companies Own and Control Everything Except the Farm: Why? (Rural Advancement Foundation) http://bit.ly/1qHbVE6
  • Milk Producers Go Negative on Almond Milk (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/29FCapu                                                                                   As sales for the plant-based substitute have grown 250 percent in just five years, the dairy industry is launching a campaign with a bit more bite than “Got Milk?”
  • Can Walmart’s food labels make a dent in America’s $29bn food waste problem (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29Ee2T0                          The retail giant will now require its suppliers to use a new date label designed to ease safety worries and prevent food from being tossed away too early
  • Kellogg Says Good-Bye to the Cereal Aisle – and Moves In With Produce (takepart) http://bit.ly/29MEBXj                                                  By placing its breakfast products in the produce section, the food company is hoping to look like a healthier option.
  • Crunch Time: Can A Hip New Cereal Bar Help Kellogg’s Revive Soggy Sales (npr) http://n.pr/29XDwg3
  • A Nonprofit Grocer Tries To Sell More Healthful Food Without Going Under (npr) http://n.pr/29LuHUL

 

Protests

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Farm Country Faces Water Pollution from Droughts and Rains Spurred by Climate Change (EcoCenteric) http://bit.ly/29CnFj3
    • Controversial Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Calls For Farmers to Clean Up Drinking Water (EcoCenteric) http://bit.ly/29yOuor
  • North Carolina Eases Coal Ash Cleanup Laws as New Leak is Discovered (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/29FUiPQ
  • Toxic Algae Bloom in Florida’s Largest Lake Tied to Chemical-Intensive Agriculture (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/29VoR56
  • UN World Heritage Committee to Mexico: Save Vanishing Porpoise or Risk ‘In Danger’ Status for Gulf of California World Heritage Site (Center For Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/2ahv359
    • Meet the Vaquita Porpoise, the most endangered sea mammal in the world (ABC 7 LA) http://bit.ly/29YU4FM
    • Down to 60: scientists mull risky captive breeding for panda porpoise (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29D6gq6                                  As the vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise – plunges towards extinction, scientists have a tough decision ahead of them: to attempt a super risky captive breeding program or not?
  • Even as Fish Stocks Decline, the World Eats More Seafood Than Ever (takepart) http://bit.ly/29EUFrS                                            Aquaculture is supplying much of the growing demand, but overfishing continues to be a problem.
  • Hong Kong’s Beaches Teeming With Plastic Trash, Can Even Be Seen From Space (Buzz Flash) http://bit.ly/29CWN7f

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • UN FAO celebrates entry into force of first binding international treaty against illegal fishing (New China) http://bit.ly/2ab0Nst
  • How the TTIP Could Make Ethical Meat Harder to Find (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/29RccBK                                                                        Looking for the cage-free eggs and antibiotic-free meat? The new transatlantic trade agreement could make both harder to find.
  • Congress Proposes to strip Farmworker Protection Standards in Funding Bill (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/29ZEhna
  • Sorry, Flint, Congress Has Nothing For You (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29WP052                                                                                        The House and Senate will adjourn this week without having acted on aid for the Michigan city that still has undrinkable water.
  • Federal Court Finds USDA Process for Allowing Pesticide-Contaminated Compost Improper and Stops Use (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/29VqhfM
  • USDA Aligns with Chemical Industry for Pollinator Festival, Disinvites Environmentalists (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/29ZFdIt
  • (California Governor) Brown call on Bruce Babbit, as time runs short for water fix (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/29F2rS4
  • California Officially Lists Common Pesticide Atrazine as Reproductive Toxin (Center for Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/29JLOu2

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • How National Food Companies Are Responding to Vermont’s GMO Law (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2aaS0XC                        Rather than comply with a new labeling regulation, some manufacturers are pulling their products from the state’s shelves.
  • GMO labeling bill exposes rift between Maine, national organic trade groups (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/29XGHWK
    • Organic Farmer Group Dumps Organic Trade Association (OSGATA) http://bit.ly/29xjc27                                                          OSGATA cites betrayal over Monsanto backed GMO labeling bill
  • The National Academies’ Gene Drive study has ignored important and obvious issues (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29CTixq

 

Poisons

 

Pollinators

  • Butterflies Are Vanishing Around the World (takepart) http://bit.ly/29Rv55A                                                                              Researchers find the species are disappearing because of pollution, pesticides, and habitat loss.

 

Animals

  • American “Humane” Certified Worker Convicted of Animal Cruelty (Mercy For Animals) http://bit.ly/29FwdZq
  • If You Think the Organic Label Means Less Animal Suffering, You’d Be Wrong (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29JrMj5                            Animals raised under the organic label experience cruelty similar to those raised on factory farms. The USDA may change that.
  • Scientists Declare Borneo’s Orangutans as High Risk of Extinction (takepart) http://bit.ly/29EURYb                                    Poaching and palm oil plantations are killing off the great ape.
  • 5 Big Meat Companies Produce A Combined 162 Million Tons Of Manure Each Year (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/29EfQdk

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 13, 2016

 

  • 30 says cities can prepare for global warming (Wayne Roberts) http://bit.ly/29p6t6u
    • Urban Farming Is Ludicrous Idea (Forbes) http://bit.ly/29kHaN0                                                                                        … Farming is a low added value production process…                       The premise is that using cheap land, labor and inputs gives us cheap food, and that is a good thing…
  • Keep Your Eyes on These 30 Change Makers Under 30 (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/29mjLiJ                                                                                  When it comes to changing the food system, The University of California’s Global Food Initiative says these are the young men and women to watch.
  • Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29wM2Vc                                                                                                A fifth-generation seed saver, this Los Angeles Kitchen garden guru distills the lessons learned from 70 years spent tending heirloom edibles.
  • How Women Farmers are Changing US Agriculture (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/29y84Hh                                                                                    Women now account for 30 percent of the farm operators in the US, a number which has almost tripled in the last three decades…
  • The Bitter Truth About Olives (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/29xCbfb                                                                    Thank goodness we figured out how to press lives into oil, because eating them raw is not a pleasant option.
  • Meet The Fruit: Fraises Des Bois, the Best Strawberry You’ve Never Had (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29BPdIL                                    We have the in California, but they are almost impossible to find, if you do find them, try them, it is worth it…
  • Strawberries Are Available Year-Round, but Summer Is Their True Season (takepart) http://bit.ly/29FIBtf
  • Bog Butter and Other Odd Ways the Ancients Preserved Food (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/29rEUDN                Before the Frigidaire, Persians built cooling caves and Greenlanders preserved birds inside of sealskins.
  • Farmers, Foresters, and Fishermen Have the Highest Suicide Rate of Any Profession (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29GSGb5
    • Suicide Rates by occupational Group – 17 States, 2012 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://bit.ly/29IrxBQ
  • Report: Farm Input Subsidy Programs (FISPs): A Benefit for, or the Betrayal of, SADC’s Small-Scale Farmers? (African Center for Biodiversity) http://bit.ly/29JzS80
  • Saving Elephants With Chili Powder-Filled Condoms and Firecrackers (takepart) http://bit.ly/29Ndyxi                              Volunteers in Tanzania are using unorthodox methods to keep the large animals out of farmers’ fields.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Today’s Average American Woman Weighs As Much As Average US Man In The 1960’s (Good) http://bit.ly/29j0rTM
  • When College Students Need Food Pantries More Than Textbooks (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/29CXs7N          Universities are discovering that keeping low-income students in school takes more than financial aid.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Famous Italian Chef Takes Campaign Against Food Waist to Rio Olympics (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29zmiqR
  • 58 Organizations Fighting Food Waste Around the World (takepart) http://bit.ly/29BvTLD                                                                       At least 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year. These groups are taking action.
  • Beyond Recycling: How ‘Upcycling’ Is Paving The Way For Sustainable Entrepreneurship (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29o8BZp
  • Photographer Collected Four Years Worth Of Trash To Show Just How Wasteful Humans Can Be (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29xDWcP

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Doctors’ Notes: Slow down and really taste the farm-fresh food (The Toronto Star) http://on.thestar.com/29tdcq0                          Grass-fed beef has more omega-3 fats and tastes different than grain-fed beef but there is no research to prove it is healthier.
  • We have long blamed carbs for making us fat. What if that’s wrong? (Vox) http://bit.ly/29nHDhX                                              Remember that the science of nutrition is a young science, Thiamin was identified in 1926…
  • Study: Energy expenditure and body composition changes after an isocaloric ketogenic diet in overweight and obese men (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) http://bit.ly/29pgyQG
  • The US Spends Hundreds of Billions on Crops That Make Us Unhealthy (takepart) http://bit.ly/29xt4en                                                     A new study finds that high consumption of commodity crops is linked with poor health outcomes.
  • Practically All the Least Healthy Foods Have This One Thing in Common (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/29trZSR
  • Study: Association of Higher Consumption of Foods Derived From Subsidized Commodities With Adverse Cardiometabolic Risk Among US Adults (JAMA) http://bit.ly/29tJAZD
  • FDA Warns About Eating Raw Cookie Dough – But Not For the reason You Think (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29FSQxO                  It’s not Salmonella-hosting raw eggs that the FDA’s Worried about. It’s E. coli in the flour…

 

Children & School Food

  • Monsanto Tries to Build a Society of GMO and Pesticide Devotees, One Child at a Time (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29uArDD    The company covertly indoctrinates children through education propaganda.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Sakuma Brothers Farms Cave, Will Negotiate With Farmworkers’ Union (The Stranger) http://bit.ly/29NN4Jx                                          Labor activists say the farm is finally giving in to their boycott campaign.
  • As Workers at Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino Go on Strike, a Look at Trump’s Long History of Labor Abuse (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29tHtbn                                                                                            About a thousand housekeepers, cooks, bellmen and servers at Trump’s Taj Mahal Atlantic City casino went on strike on Friday.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Now Even Fast-Food Chains Are Getting Into Farming Their Own Produce (Fast Co) http://bit.ly/29CKU1G
    • Good Is Opening Its Own Farm (Boston Magazine) http://bit.ly/29CLzzS                                                                                        The crops will go to B. Good restaurants and the community.
  • Dining Out? Here’s Some Food for Thought (Other Words) http://bit.ly/29zNWyp                                                                                            Big chain restaurants pay poverty wages, hurt local economies, and pollute our climate.
  • Salt of the Earth (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2a0Nxqh                  High in Peru’s Andes Mountains, members of a 600-year-old co-op harness gravity and sunlight to harvest the world most elemental seasoning.
  • Quaker Oats Accused of Being ‘Deceptive and Misleading’ After Glyphosate Detected in Oatmeal (takepart) http://bit.ly/29FJbYg
  • In Search of the True Cost of Industrial Meat (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1VRB8rl                                                                                                An important conference this week (4/12/16) held by the Sustainable Food Trust brings together leaders to assess the true cost of food. Its director discusses one of the largest concerns: how to value the externalities of factory farmed meat.
  • How a Hidden Noodle Shop Tour Helps Street Youth in Vietnam (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/29zTP2Z                Tourist can explore the secret, slurpy side of the city of Hội An and support a program that trains local teens in hospitality.
  • Ecologically Sustainable Growth Is Possible: An Interview With Economist Robin Hahnel (truthout) http://bit.ly/29UBuLb

 

Protests

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • If You Eat Fish, You’re Probably Getting Ripped Off (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/29wqv9E                                                                    Seafood fraud hurts consumers and fishermen. Luckily, there’s a growing effort to fight back.
  • Canada: Bee-ware of foreign honey influx, consumers warned (Vancouver Sun) http://bit.ly/29FFAJA                                                    Here we go again, honey-laundering…

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity (NYT) http://nyti.ms/29nwmm5                                                                      LLipallapani, Bolivia – The water receded the fish died. They surfaced by the thousands, belly-up, and the stench drifted in the air for weeks…
  • Low Or No Water Conservation (CA) Targets ‘Shortsighted’ (Capital Public Radio) http://bit.ly/29G2244
  • Desalination Plants Get a Reboot to Fight Water Shortages (takepart) http://bit.ly/29NDPvf                                                                    New technology is making the energy-hogging facilities more efficient and less harmful to marine life.
  • Hong Kong’s Beaches Are Suddenly Covered in Trash and No One Knows Why (Gizmodo) http://bit.ly/29q2pQy
  • Global Fish Stocks Depleted to ‘Alarming’ Levels (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29GHjQE                                                                                                A growing appetite for seafood is not a good sign for life beneath the waves

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • ‘Sham’ GMO Bill Advances in Senate Amid Widespread Opposition (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/29AyAiF
    • How the Corporate Food Industry Destroys Democracy (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29rzjgM                                                        Vermont implemented a law to label goods containing genetically engineered ingredients, and it’s facing full-out attack from Monsanto.
  • Advocates: Organic Food Companies Worked with Monsanto on Bogus GMO-Labeling Bill (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/29sNCrc        ‘It is non-labeling bill disguised as a labeling bill, a sham and a legislative embarrassment’
  • The Senate Just Voted to Halt GMO Labeling (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/29u2NMT                                                                                        Now the labeling-preemption bill goes to the House.
  • Update: Senate votes to proceed to final debate on GMO labeling bill (Sustainable Food News) http://bit.ly/29lwOwZ
  • Senator Feinstein on Monsanto’s DARK Side? (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/29xpIYW
  • US Senators backing a controversial bill just got expertly trolled by Bernie Sanders (Quartz) http://bit.ly/29o1ZKi
  • A Flawed Approach to Labeling Genetically Modified Food (NYT) http://nyti.ms/29lubvu                                                                                              … instead of requiring a simple label, as the Vermont law does – it would allow food companies to put the information in electronic codes that consumers would have to scan with smartphones or at scanners installed by grocery stores. The only reason to do this would be to make the information less accessible to the public.
  • Activists Expose Monsanto’s Senate Lackeys Minutes Before Dark Act Vote (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/29Sm6yT          Actions highlight how senators who took money from Big Ag companies are voting against majority public opinion on GMO labeling
  • Is Congress Finally Ready to Rein In Powerful Food Monopolies? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/29oZtB3                                                            For the first time since the Reagan administration, politicians are making noise about “stopping corporate concentration.”
  • FDA: Sugar Should Be Called Sugar (takepart) http://bit.ly/29xXcVC                                                                                          Thanks to new guidance from the agency, ‘evaporated can juice’ may be a thing of the past.
  • Other Names for Sugar (EatingWell) http://bit.ly/29rwo8F          Sixty-five names for sugar that may appear on food labels…
  • Progress: Nearly Half of California’s Population Can’t Use Single-Use Plastic Bags (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29tNotK                                    The statewide ban – delayed by out of state plastic bag manufacturers – is now in the hands of voters.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • GMO Industry: The Dumbest Guys In The Room (Investing.com) http://bit.ly/29NL1Fh                                                                                                   I am now convinced the GMO industry has managed to hire the worst public relations strategists in human history. By supporting a deeply flawed GMO labeling bill in the US Congress…
  • GM Crops Now Banned in 38 Countries Worldwide – Sustainable Pulse Research (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/29HKXqi
  • Genetically modified Gold Rice falls short on lifesaving promises (Washington University in St. Louis) http://bit.ly/20Xo2JJ            GMO activists not to blame for scientific challenges slowing introduction, study finds
  • Disembedding grain: Golden Rice, the Green Revolution, and heirloom seeds in the Philippines (Agriculture and Human Values) http://bit.ly/29reMJX
  • Don’t Eat the Yellow Rice: The Danger of Deploying Vitamin A Golden Rice (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/29ybSE9
  • Safety of rice grains and mycotoxins – a historical review of yellow rice mycotocicoses (PubMed) http://bit.ly/29FXZWE            Yellow rice is poisonous, the culprit is aflatoxins, the most powerful mycotoxins, rice eating cultures know not to eat yellow rice…
  • Scientists: Glyphosate Contributes to Phosphorus Runoff in Lake Erie (No-Till Farmer) http://bit.ly/29td0ak
    • Glyphosate Sprayed on GO Crops Linked to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29G41rr
  • I Was Barred from a Nobel Laureate Press Conference by a PR Consultant with Monsanto Ties (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/29iZhmI                                                                                            Food & Water Watch researcher Tim Schwab exposes the empty rhetoric and unexplained discrepancies in the Nobel laureate attack on GMO activists.

 

Poisons

  • IARC Scientist Reaffirms Glyphosate’s Link to Cancer as Monsanto’s Requests to Dismiss Cancer Lawsuits Denied (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29tHJE6
  • Monsanto Roundup is Used on Wildlands, but No One Knows How Much (takepart) http://bit.ly/29Bv9GD                                  Research find herbicides are sprayed in US national lands to control invasive species, but data is lacking on the impact on native plants and wildlife.

 

Pollinators

  • Firefly Populations Are Blinking Out (takepart) http://bit.ly/29xYboL                                                                                              The glowing insects pollinate plants and keep pests in check, but they’re disappearing as pesticides and habitat loss take a toll.

 

Animals

  • The Next Big Battle for Farm Animals: The Chicken Meat Industry (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29zrJD3                            Heartbreaking cruelty on a massive scale is inflicted on nine billion birds each year in the US
  • The Looming Threat of Avian Flue (NYT) http://nyti.ms/29GTkFK   Last year’ outbreak showed just how difficult it is to protect America’s agricultural system from devastating diseases. Next time could be even worse.
  • Pragmatism vs. Purity: How Animal Advocates Are Taking on the Meat Lobby – and Winning (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29xp9hm          In the fight to be protect American’s farm animals, our metric should be progress, not perfection.

 

Events

 

Education

 

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 6, 2016

 

  • Can Organic Farming Feed the World? (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29kEkLL
    • If You Eat Organic Food, You Should Care About Organic Seeds Too (takepart) http://bit.ly/29htdTz                                    There’s a shortfall in organic seed production and research, but a new report shows that things are improving.
  • Imagine millions of New Taxes for organic farmers that will benefit corporations (No Organic Checkoff Coalition) http://bit.ly/29aiyt7
  • When Life Gives You Cheap Bananas, make Banana Wine (takepart) http://bit.ly/29kbmOa                                                                    After large harvests caused prices for their staple crop to crash, these Ugandan women turned a problem into a new business.
  • Trader Joe’s” Looks adorable, passes gas like a climate villain (grist) http://bit.ly/29MneEk                                                                            The EPA just dinged the chain for its criminally leaky refrigerators.
  • For This Veteran-Turned-Urban Farmer, It All Started With A Lemon Tree (Hobby Farms) http://bit.ly/29htyFZ                                       A discovery of fresh, backyard-grown fruits led Kelly Carlisle to take her newfound garden knowledge to the streets of Oakland.
  • Food, Farming & the 2016 Election: A Conversation with Marion Nestle (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/29oZUx4
  • Food hub and co-working space anchor Northeast Harbor (ME) revitalization (Maine Biz) http://bit.ly/29eFF3x
  • Apothecary gardens fuel farm-to-medicine-cabinet movement (Philadelphia Enquirer) http://bit.ly/29dJ4zb
  • This Is Why organic Milk Lasts So Much Longer Than Regular Milk (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29mlbac                                            It’s all about the pasteurization.
  • The group that was supposed to make palm oil sustainable just disappeared (grist) http://bit.ly/29gD2SZ

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • This Grassroots Project Is Out to Cut Food Waste and Feed the Hungry (takepart) http://bit.ly/29ovOK9                                                  Food for Thought is redistributing leftover restaurant meals in Pakistan to people in need.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Walmart Refuses To Sell “Ugly” Fruit And Vegetables. That Needs To Change. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2985apK                Produce that doesn’t look perfect enough for consumers usually ends up thrown away – and the country’s biggest grocer could help fix that.
  • 11 Ways You Can Support The Fight Against Food Waste (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29jlJPS                                                    Did you know 68 percent of all greens grown for bagged salads ends up wasted, with the majority of waste happening at home? Let’s ma a change.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Home Care Workers Can Finally Claim Victory (NYT) http://nyti.ms/29g2tUj                                                                                          Now we need to ensure that farmworkers receive overtime…
  • Cultivating a workers’ paradise (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29hMQsG                                                                                              La Fageda is one of Spain’s most successful dairy farms. It’s also a co-operative which employs mentally ill people…

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • A Whole New Kind Of Grocery Store Is Coming To The US (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29k7vAG                                              Zero-waste retailers imagine a world with much less garbage.
  • Top in-house lobbyist for POM Wonderful jumps to Heather Podesta’s firm (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/29b6MwC
  • Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/291AH9L                                                        Benin, Mozambique and Nepal are among countries most exposed to climate change, water scarcity and food price volatility

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • To reduce El Niño’s impact on Central America’s Dry Corridor, build resilience and invest in sustainable agriculture (UN FAO) http://bit.ly/29jffiB
  • Stanford scientists find ‘water windfall’ beneath California’s Central Valley (Stanford News) http://stanford.io/294tslv            New research indicates that California’s Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimate, but challenges to using it include pumping costs, ground subsidence and possible contamination from fracking and other oil and gas activities. But that doesn’t mean we should be pumping it!
  • California: Westlands Water District Relieves Tom Birmingham of General Council Duties (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/296R4a1      Westlands Water District is rearranging chairs on the Titanic…
  • ‘Guacamoel-Thick’ (Toxic) Algae Takes Over Florida’s Atlantic Coast, 4 Counties Declared State of Emergency (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/298kBzy
  • Can These Inventions Save Oceans From Our Plastic Habit? (takepart) http://bit.ly/29itFhb                                                                              As an environmental catastrophe looms, innovators around the world are hoping to turn the tide.
  • Plastic waste dumped in UK seas ‘carried to Arctic within two years’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/29kcKjZ                                    Analysis shows most UK plastic ends up in the Arctic, where it does ‘extreme harm’ to the fragile polar environment
  • Canada to Release Salmon to Help Feed Endangered Killer Whales (takepart) http://bit.ly/29uUyDP                                                       A lack of food is the biggest threat to Southern Resident orcas.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Glyphosate Given Last-Minute Approval Despite Failure to Secure Majority Support (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29mSbmn
  • Canada: Microbeads listed as ‘toxic substance’ en route to ban (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) http://bit.ly/29b7f1M
  • First-Ever GMO Labeling Law in US Is Finally Here (takepart) http://bit.ly/29dRrAn                                                                                  Vermont requires GMOs to be labeled, but the future of regulations for genetically engineered ingredients and labels is anything but clear.
  • Fate of Vermont’s Historic GMO Labeling Law in US Senate’s Hands (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/29hKEmp                              Victory in Vermont’s, where GMO label requirements went into effect Friday, be ‘fleeting’
  • A Staggering $58 Million Has Been Spent By Biotech To Buy The US Senate: How Much Did Your Senator Go For? (March Against Monsanto) http://bit.ly/29sGjxJ
  • Senate Ag Leaders Lobby Hard to Pass DARK Act Compromise to Preempt Vermont GMO Law (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29fxGnP
  • Sanders Takes a Stand Against Senate Bill That Would Undermine Vermont’s New GMO Labeling Law (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/299eOZJ                                                                                                “I will do everything I can to defeat this bill, beginning by putting a hold on it in the Senate,” Sanders vowed.
  • Food Movement Opposes “Backroom Deal” on GMO Labeling (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/292o9Sr                              Coalition of 70 groups condemn “compromise” bill that would keep the public in the dark
  • Victory for Consumers as Judge Rules Pesticide Contamination Should Be Prohibited From Organic Production (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29nEpj3                                                                                    Organic integrity has been maintained as a federal court closes pesticides loophole.
  • Judge’s Ruling to Halt Fracking Regs Could Pose a Threat to Federal Oversight (Inside Climate News) http://bit.ly/29dX4yF
  • Here’s How Congress Plans To Save Food From The Trash (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/295FtF0                                      Lawmakers are working to change the culture of waste in the US
  • San Francisco Bans Packing Peanuts, Coffee Cups and Other Foam Products (Time) http://ti.me/29b7mub
    • With the Nation’s Toughest Ban, SF Puts the Smackdown on Styrofoam (takepart) http://bit.ly/29uUqEo                                  Starting in 2017, city retailers must stop selling the packaging material.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • From Mommy Bloggers to Clandestine Spies, Here’s How Monsanto’s PR Company Controls the GMO Debate (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/29ov8Wm
  • Greenpeace to Nobel Laureates: It’s Not Our Fault Golden Rice Has ‘Failed as a Solution’ (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/29fxLYO
  • We’ve Missed the Entire Point about GMO Food – A Farmer Explains Why (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/29xcpal
  • The War on Weed Is Winding Down – but Will Monsanto Be the Winner? (truthout) http://bit.ly/29a8oLO                                                    … New bills purporting to legalize marijuana for recreation use impose regulations that opponents say would squeeze home growers and small farmers out replacing the natural cannabis plant with patented, genetically modified plants…

 

Poisons

  • Neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to honeybees (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/292fmhf                                                                Researchers discover new mechanism associated with worldwide decline of bee populations

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • North Carolina’s Factory Farms Produce 15,000 Olympic Pools Worth of Waste Each Year (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/29idep0  CAFOs are often hidden in plain sight. A new mapping project reveals the location and impacts of the state’s 6,500 industrial hog and chicken farms.

 

Events

  • Food Waste: A Food Justice Opportunity? A Panel Event                 July 20, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm                                                                         La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA (Food First)  http://bit.ly/299Mpii
  • Soil Not Oil Conference, International Environmental Conference                                                                                                         August 5 – 6, 2016, Richmond, California http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/