Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 30, 2016

 

  • Farmer Returns 700 Acres of California Coast to Native American Tribe (Good News Network) http://bit.ly/2bxecxV
  • Jam: Chemistry and Cool in a Jar (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2bNu1zn                                                                        Jam is nothing more than a balance of pectin, sugar, and acid. No wonder Marie Curie love making it so much.
  • What Makes A Jam A Jam? Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists (NPR) http://n.pr/2c7LAfD
  • In Northern New Mexico, a piñon-nut culture is vanishing (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2bgHRg2                                                              A warming climate hits piñon pines – and the community that harvests them.
  • Could Carolina Gold Be the answer to West Africa’s rice woes? (The Post and Courier) http://bit.ly/2bEmVin
  • Little Dumplings chef serves up ‘nomadic cooking’ in new dinner series (The Toronto Star) http://on.thestar.com/2bOSIKr
  • Discomfort food: Using dinners to talk about race, violence and America (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2bfkmlA
  • Imagining the Banana of the Future (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2bePe5J
    • Why Are Bananas So Cheap? (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2bEeyTJ                                                                    The United States overthrew the government of a sovereign country in the 1950s. That’s one reason.
  • Incredible Milk-Based Packaging is Better than Plastic – and You Can Eat It, Too (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bQ2KNp
    • Milk-Based Edible Packaging Could Help Save The Earth – And Your Cereal (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bDhlLT
  • Rush Limbaugh warns that federally paid ‘lesbian farmers’ could invade your town (The Daily Dot) http://bit.ly/2bxe1m9
  • Cooking Other People’s Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area ‘Ethnic’ Cuisine (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2bYRMqi                     It’s time to talk about pedigreed restaurateurs that co-opt traditional eats – and how the food-media hype machine enables cultural erasure.
  • Why Corporate Agriculture is “Recipe for Famine and Extinction” (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2bqK2IR
  • An Abandoned Quarry Above Rio’s Olympic Village Finds New Life as an Organic Farm (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bTkhFu

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Move Over Cigarettes: Ramen Is the New Major Currency in US Prisons (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bScjea                                                      Cost cutting measures and privatization of food services has reduced portion sizes and the quality of food. I have friends who have seen boxes of food product in jail/prison kitchens marked “not for human consumption.” This is what privatization is…
  • In Austin, A New Mobile Farmers Market Will Travel to Food Desserts (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bKBvVb

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Waste Not, Save More (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2bP9mKf          Here’s an idea for the climate, and your wallet: If you waste less, you should pay less.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch Of Seaweed Be The Answer? (NPR) http://n.pr/2bBFVMk
  • College Student Drops Out After School Denies Request to Opt Out of ‘Unhealthy’ Meal Plan (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bTmvoE
  • After a Decade of Decline, Americans Are Eating More Meat Again (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bM6m1m                                                    But there are some signs of hope in the new ways people go about consuming protein.

 

Children & School Food

  • A Community Garden Became an Alternative to Juvenile Detention (Citylab) http://bit.ly/2bTlFYQ                                                      A small green space in Queens helps court-involved youths turn their lives around.
  • Should Agriculture Be a Required School Subject? (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bvx0Pi                                                                            Yes!
  • The American Heart Association has Bad News for Your Children (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2bKyHZT                                                        New guidelines say kids should eat no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day. Here’s what that looks like.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Working ‘The Chain,’ Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries (NPR) http://n.pr/2bsVvOi
    • Fines For Meat Industry’s Safety Problems Are ‘Embarrassingly Low’ (NPR) http://n.pr/2btDLzi
  • Farmers Risk Losing Everything Because Of Absurd Immigration Rule (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bjhgKv                                        Crops are rotting in the field while farmers wait and wait – and wait – for help to arrive.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Café Welcomes Everyone (NPR) http://n.pr/2c1HS4b
  • Digested: Can Small Food Brands Scale Up Without Selling Out? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2c45XMb                                                                  Small is big business for food giants, but is that always a bad thing?
  • Soda Companies Have a New, Evil Language Trick to Keep You Hooked on Sugar (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2bvrHue                        A “grocery tax” sounds way worse than a “soda tax,” right? Yeah, Big Soda thought so…
  • How a Proposed $10 Billion Dairy Industry Merger Will Impact Your Glass of Milk (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bBr6YJ                    France’s Groupe Danone stands to dominate the organic dairy market. More industry consolidation, this time it’s big, really big…
  • Poultry Executive Channels the Madness of the Corporate Food Industry With Bizarre Olympics Metaphor (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bIVhRp
  • One Of The Nation’s Last Howard Johnson Restaurants Is Closing In Bangor, Maine (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bEmgi1
  • The Hidden Poverty in Marijuana’s Black Market (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bN1xal                                                                                  As the timber industry collapse, one Northern California town turned to marijuana..
  • The Democratized Economy: Big Boxes, Urban Centers and Placemaking (Strong Towns) http://bit.ly/2bRXXdy

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Contamination Threatens One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bvANNH
  • Here’s Another Reason To Be Worried About Bottled Water (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bfUrY1                                                  Sales are up, our spirits are down.
  • Scale of Threat Seismic Blasting Poses to Whales, Dolphins Laid Bare (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2bJLcm0

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads (BBC News) http://bbc.in/2bxmxSq
  • Quebec bill calls animals ‘sentient beings’ and includes jail time for cruelty (CBC News) http://bit.ly/2bKuoxl                                          The legislation applies to domestic and farm animals
  • Obama to create world’s largest protected marine area off Hawaii (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2bPm7Gd
  • Plan bee: Minnesota sets broad limits on chemicals blamed for bee decline (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2bJ6dOz
  • A Greener Weed: Certified Pesticide-Free Cannabis Comes to Colorado (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2btHfBW
  • Michigan’s drug-testing welfare program has yielded zero positive results so far (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2bWUe0n          Program and other like it may face renewed scrutiny over discriminatory nature of policies as non of the 303 applicants in Michigan test positive for banned drugs.
  • (Berkeley) Soda tax might be working better than expected (grist) http://bit.ly/2blmyKe
    • Study: Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption (American Public Health Association) http://bit.ly/2bSfP8w

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Victory In Mexico: Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2bx99h0
  • Synthetic prawns: a bid to make ‘seafood’ that’s sustainable and slavery-free (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2brAzqL

 

Poisons

  • Scientists are linking chemicals produced in the 1970s to increased autism today – not vaccines (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2bCAdgy
    • Drexel University: Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today (EurekAlert) http://bit.ly/2bQanmw
  • The Root of the Rootworm Problem: What a Tiny Beetle Can Tell Us About Our Broken Agricultural System (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2bj2Dga                                                                                                The re-emergence of the corn rootworm due to pesticide resistance reflects a broken cycle of pests and pesticides, and broke agricultural system.

 

Pollinators

  • North Carolina State University: Nutrition matters: Stress from migratory beekeeping may be eased by access to food (EurekAlert) http://bit.ly/2bgzMZI
  • The Curious Case of the Bumblebee, the Virus and the Tomato (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2bgmtYi                          The virus-pollinator-plant relationship is not all bad. Bees prefer virus-infected tomatoes plants, and those plants put out more seeds.

 

Animals

  • Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years, animal rescue charity warns (Independent) http://ind.pn/2bLVUHc          Burning forests to make way for plantations to support the world’s insatiable demand for palm oil is one of the main causes of the astonishing decline in numbers of the species
  • The Disturbing Secret Behind the World’s Most Expensive Coffee (National Geographic) http://bit.ly/2bgQ9j8                                               Kopi luwak is made from coffee beans plucked from civets’ feces. This is bad news for civets.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 23, 2016

  • Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farm wins 2016 Farm Family of the Year (Hastings Star Gazette) http://bit.ly/2bbZH1L                                                                                        HAFA Farm, a 155-acre research and incubator farm in Vermillion township, is being honored as a 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.
  • Here’s What the World’s Top Chefs Are Making at the Olympics (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2aSW6Zp                                    Mouthwatering food makes its way to a lively neighborhood in Rio.
  • Here’s One Big Reason to Avoid Avocado Toast (Grub Street) http://grb.st/2blgttE
    • How Your Guacamole May be Killing Butterflies in Mexico (AlterNet)                                                                                                                   In the mountains of Michoacan, farmers have illegally destroyed swathes of forest to make room for lucrative avocado farms.
  • Why the African American museum’s food focus will go beyond soul (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2bA2Zyv
  • Naomi Starkman Doesn’t Think We Can Disrupt the Human Nature of Food (Edible Manhattan) http://bit.ly/2aYKG3g              … we need to be more thoughtful about the food – and ag-tech we actually need.
  • Trump announces farm and rural advisory team (AgriPulse) http://bit.ly/2aYseed                                                                                                It’s all about big ag…
  • Farmer Olympics in Petaluma: From compost shoveling to watermelon tossing (The Press Democrat) http://bit.ly/2bEZPoX
  • Mexico’s Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threat to Global Food Security (truthdig) http://bit.ly/2bIrTJ6

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Welfare Reform is 20 Years Old and It’s Worse Than You Can Imagine (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2bHSbtM
  • Why This Food Bank is Turning Away Junk Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2bxyGHO                                                                                            D.C.’s Capital Area Food Bank will no longer accept candy, soda, or sheet cake beginning September 1st.
  • Some Online Grocery Companies Are About to Start Taking ‘Food Stamps’ (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2ba56t8                                                      This spring, the USDA is expected to launch a pilot that will allow a limited number of internet food delivery services to start accepting SNAP payments.
  • US Soldiers Are Relying on Millions of Dollars in Food Stamps to Survive (truthout) http://bit.ly/2biZZ4C

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Americans Are Gorging on Meat in Amounts Not Seen in Decades (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bxA8KQ
    • Americans Are Eating More Meat, But Not For The Reasons You Might Think (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2b8q06u          Experts say an oversupply of chicken, not increased demand, is to blame.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Why You Should Treat Your Employees Like Your Most Loyal Customers (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2b6vOlo
  • Famous Restaurant Chain (Darden) Busted in Elaborate Scam to Rip Off Workers (US Uncut) http://bit.ly/2bdPWPw
    • Why Your Employer Really Wants To Pay You With A Prepaid Debit Card (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2bHCkg4
  • Convention For The 64 Million Americans Paid Less Than $15/Hour (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bkyJav
    • Minimum Wage Activists Turn Their Focus To The South (Buzz Feed) http://bzfd.it/2btTRIA                        The Fight for 15 movement says it will push to raise the minimum wage in the states and cities of the “former Confederacy.”
  • McDonalds Could Be Held Liable For Franchise Wage Theft, Federal Judge Rules (The District Sentinel New Co-op) http://bit.ly/2b6hkDh
  • Fruits of labor: sunny California is no paradise for farm workers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2bzLNth                                                                The bucolic fields of southern California entice many families for a ‘pick your own’ day out, but it’s a very different reality for those working under the sun
  • A Business Owner’s Legal Guide To Cooperative Conversion (SELC, Co-Op Law) http://bit.ly/2bvr9Jc                                             Including conversion models, case studies, and sample documents

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • US Importers Bought About 44,900 Tons organic Corn From Romania (Successful Farming) http://bit.ly/1sn8BPM
  • How the Corporate Food Industry Is Taking Desperate Steps to Fight Animal Reforms (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bhfWK1                      The worst offenders claim factory farming is “green.”
  • Syngenta shares jump after US clears ChemChina deal (BBC News) http://bbc.in/2bAJF2y                                                                        Shares in Swiss agribusiness group Syngenta have risen 12% after its takeover by ChemChina was given the go-ahead by the US regulator.
  • Disputed Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down in India: Deteriorating Groundwater Conditions Lead to Closure (India Resource Center) http://bit.ly/2bvfSto                                                                            Over exploited ground water, denying the community and farmers their right to water, ground water contamination…
  • Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Now Faces Stiff Corporate Competition (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bd3gSH
  • High-tech quinoa bowl restaurant Eatsa opens near campus (The Daily Californian, University of California) http://bit.ly/2b8zUVc
  • Companies Could Make Money By Helping Consumers Go Green (University of Washington Conservation Magazine) http://bit.ly/2bHjlB9
    • Study: Online purchasing creates opportunities to lower the life cycle carbon footprints of consumer products (Proceedings of the nation Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) http://bit.ly/2bxptxr
  • Food Advertising Can Change Brain Activity in Kids (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bFwbjA                                                                                  Businesses spend $2 billion a year marketing unhealthy foods directly to children.

 

Protests

  • 350,000 People Call on Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigating Crops With Oil Wastewater (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bcbU6d
  • Strategize, organize… Take Action! Wendy’s Boycott Summit to set the stage for huge 2016-17 season ahead (CIW) http://bit.ly/2bFpYUI

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Is that food fake or real? One man wants to help us learn how to tell the difference. (Boston Globe) http://bit.ly/2baxBEg

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Yellowstone fish deaths: 183 miles of river closed to halt spread of parasite (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2b742VR
  • Tap Water Is Clearly Better Than Bottled Water – Here’s Why (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2byKyJt                                                              Americans spend $12 billion on bottled water each year when they could be drinking from the tap for free.
  • Indiana Lawmaker: East Chicago Lead Problem Mirrors Flint Crisis (CBS Chicago) http://cbsloc.al/2btDz1x                                          Ban on all fishing, rafting and other river activities in the US river will remain until fish stop dying, say officials
  • This Region Is Twice Flint’s Size – And Its Water Is Also Poisoned (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2bBoDS1                                              California’s agriculture boom means nitrate-tainted water for a least 212,000 people.
  • Economic Analysis of the 2016 California Drought for Agriculture (UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences) http://bit.ly/2aVklzZ
    • Why the heck isn’t drought-stricken California measuring water? (grist) http://bit.ly/2bL0oRn
    • How Nestlé Gets Away With Pumping California’s Water for Next to Nothing (Los Angeles Magazine) http://bit.ly/2bljyh5      The company pulls millions of gallons from a nearby creek – while paying an annual fee that’s lower than some gym memberships
  • When in drought: the California farmers who don’t water their crops (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2bo5u2u
  • Vote of a lifetime: Alaskan town decides whether to stay or go in face of climate change (Reveal) http://bit.ly/2bA1PDc
  • Your Favorite Fish Could Be In Danger Of Being Overeaten (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bDRN41                                                     “If you want to see tuna around for your children, you should probably stop eating so much of it.”
  • All Caviar Is Expensive – but It’s Not All Sustainable (takepart) http://bit.ly/2b8TSlP                                                                                                  The wild beluga sturgeon is endangered, but US aquaculture provides delicious alternatives.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The world is getting better at paid maternity leave. The US is not. (SunSentinel) http://bit.ly/2aPdw7R
  • Subsidizing Waste: How Inefficient US Farming Policy Costs Taxpayers, Businesses, and Farmers Billions (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/2b805uY
  • EPA scolded for failing to turn in its very important ethanol homework (grist) http://bit.ly/2bcqE4w
    • Cashing in on Cellulosic Ethanol: Subsidy Loophole Set to Rescue Corn Biofuel Profits (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/2bAnCJh
  • The Nightmare Continues: California’s Broken Child Care Subsidies System (truthout) http://bit.ly/2bqxQeN
  • When a City Passes a Soda Tax, Who Pays? (takepart) http://bit.ly/2b6MCK0                                                                                            Taxes are levied against beverage distributors – but if the costs aren’t passed along to consumers, the policies don’t work.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • UC Davis Sued for Failing to Release Public Records on GMOs and Pesticides (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bCU4be
  • How the GE Food Venture Has Been Chronically Dependent on Deception (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/2bxblo1
  • Millions Spent, No One Served: Who Is To Blame for the Failure of GMO Golden Rice? (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/2aXLlPQ

 

Poisons

  • Monsanto Just Made a Massive Mistake (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2by6yme                                                                                                One of its weed killers (dicamba) seems to be wiping out valuable crops, too. Ooops.
  • Souped-Up Weedkilling Robot Could Make Monsanto’s Toxic Herbicides Obsolete (March Against Monsanto) http://bit.ly/2bpb0C8
  • Methyl Bromide Is Out. What’s Next For California’s Strawberry Industry? (UC Food Observer) http://bit.ly/2bzdxNr
  • Holding Monsanto Accountable for Growing Public Outcry Over the Danger of Glyphosate (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2b8XLVa

 

Pollinators

  • Cottoning On To The Importance Of Pollinators (University of Washington Conservation Magazine) http://bit.ly/2bJ2ka4
  • Controversial Pesticides Threaten Not Just Bees, But Butterflies, Too (University of Washington Conservation Magazine) http://bit.ly/2bZiccL
    • Study: Increasing neonicotinoid use and declining butterfly fauna of lowland California (The Royal Society Publishing) http://bit.ly/2b9TQND

 

Animals

  • Britain’s wildlife ‘crisis’ with more than 120 species at risk of extinction due to intensive farming (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/2bIVrpk
  • Animal intelligence has been widely underestimated, says primatologist Frans de Waal (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2bvwQrJ
  • Here’s Proof That the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Is Now a Mainstream Issue (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bxS4VO              Less than a decade ago, not one of the nation’s major newspapers opposed the cruel confinement of animals on factory farms. Today, virtually all of them do.
  • Save the Chicken (Slate) http://slate.me/2bEpXA4                                    A few decades ago, no one cared abut chicken welfare. Now all our eggs are about to be cage-free. Why?

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 15, 2016

 

  • Indigenous Foods Foraging in North Dakota Hosted by ‘The Sioux Chef’ (Grubhub) http://bit.ly/2bjHUVK
  • 100 years ago, people were eating things that most of us will never taste. So what happened? (Upworthy) http://u.pw/2bdTbbE                                                                                        Where did all the seeds go?
  • So, what is Sustainable Agriculture? (Sustainable Food & Farming at UMass Amherst) http://bit.ly/2b63yuN
  • Special Report: US Organic Farming Hotspots – An Opportunity for Rural communities? (Food First) http://bit.ly/2aPVUEA
  • Marijuana Plants Vie for the Blue Ribbon at the Oregon State Fair (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aT8q5A
  • This Is Where Chocolate Comes From (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2aU6f2H                                                                                              The bean to bar experience actually starts with a pod.
  • The Countertop “Nanofarm” Automatically Grows Vegetables In your Kitchen (Fast Co.) http://bit.ly/2b785BI                                      Don’t have the time or space to garden? Plantable can give you fresh greens on your countertop.
  • Early warning – early action analysis for potential La Niña in 2016 – 2017 (FAO) http://bit.ly/2aKBrnr
  • Donald Trump’s Newest (Ag) Adviser Once Compared Syrian Refugees to Rattlesnakes (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2aB4qeL    Texas ag commissioner Sid Miller, the latest addition to Trump’s food and farms team, is a real character.
  • Building Soil From Scratch, Two Brothers Embark on Urban Farming Odyssey (seestock) http://bit.ly/2aZSEK4
  • What Is a Personal Food Computer? (The Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2bd4Fxn                                                                                                  A farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in cities
  • Did Deforestation Contribute to Zika’s Spread? (The Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2aQMHBB                                                    Evidence is growing that deforestation causes disease outbreaks by changing animal carriers’ behavior.
  • Meet The Michelin Starred Chef Who Only Charges $.50 Per Meal (Good Food) http://bit.ly/2aUiQIf                                                            The significance of cheap Cantonese street food earning a Michelin star goes beyond just the price tag
  • A street vendor in Singapore is being recognized as one of the best chefs in the world. (Upworthy) http://u.pw/2aJORBF
  • World’s largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2aUy90T                        AeroFarms has put $30 million into a green revolution that seeks to produce more crops in less space, but whether it’s economically viable is an open question
  • This Guy’s Going to Paddle an 800 Pound Pumpkin – For a World Record & a Good Cause (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2brhlNI

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • India: Chronic Hunger Lingers in the Midst of Plenty (Inter Press Service) http://bit.ly/2aRDetF                                                                  Despite being one of the biggest grain producers of the world, India lags behind on food security with nearly 25% of its population going to bed hungry.
  • Rio 2016: International chefs cooking surplus Olympic food for city’s poorest residents (The Independent) http://ind.pn/2bdQR4F
    • What the World’s Top Chefs Are Making at the Olympics (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2aSW6Zp                            Mouthwatering food makes its way to a lively neighborhood in Rio.
  • A Tale of Two Pigeon Peas: Bill Gates’ failing Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Food First) http://bit.ly/2aQ7uzm                      For a decade, Bill Gates – the quintessential technocrat – has been trying to end hunger in Africa by re-launching (yet again) the Green Revolution…
  • Twenty Years After Welfare Reform: Reflections and Recommendations from Those Who Were There (Shriver Center) http://bit.ly/2bfA8fB                                                                                            Since welfare reform, extreme childhood poverty has skyrocketed
  • Arkansas Farmers Are Fighting Hunger With Sustainable Meat and Dairy (takepart) http://bit.ly/2b3RoDl                                              Heifer International, known for fighting food insecurity around the globe, is doing work here in the US too.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Instead of Getting Trashed, Uneaten Airline Food Is Feeding the Hungry (takepart) http://bit.ly/2aLS3hd                                                        An Australian organization collects uneaten meals and donates them to local charities.
  • App Lets You Buy Leftover Food From Restaurants Ad It’s Rally Cheap (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2aP0VQk                                    It’s keeping perfectly edible food out of landfills.
  • This Beer Is Made From Old Bread (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2aMU0Vh                                                                                      And it’s coming to the US soon.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Calling Out the Gut Busters: The Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals of 2016 (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bfjX1X
  • A Single “Food Product” That Encapsulates the Entirety of the Problem (Weighty Matters) http://bit.ly/2aZ7qRl
  • Science and Public Health on Trial (JAMA) http://bit.ly/2aLXUmH  Warning Notices on Advertisements for Sugary Drinks

 

Children & School Food

  • It’s More Important to Teach Your Kids to Cook Than to Play Soccer (Weighty Matters) http://bit.ly/2aOZqhV
  • It’s Time to Modernize School Kitchens (Chef Ann Foundation) http://bit.ly/2b4Z0oW                                                                                          With more cooking from scratch in many schools, it’s time to build and remodel school kitchens to produce foods from scratch, not ‘sheet and heat’ foods…

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • There’s a Lingering Farm Labor Dispute Behind Your Summer Berries (takepart) http://bit.ly/2aMqAYU                                        Workers and management at a Washington state grower that supplies Driscoll are still at odds over pay and working conditions.
  • In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike (NPR) http://n.pr/2boyJGV
  • Chili’s Restaurants Honcho Allegedly Paid Under the Minimum Wage, Workers Allege in Suit (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aSSoux      The class action lawsuit was filed July 22 in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Dairy groups blast methane reductions: ‘Cows expel gas so they don’t explode’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2brefZS                  California wants to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting 5.5 million cows, but the industry is hitting back with a dose of reality
  • UK Supermarkets Moving to Cage-Free Eggs—But What Does That Mean? (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bsuucb
  • Target’s Grocery Business Is Struggling – Here’s One Way It Could Change (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bt5m2j
  • Report: Walmart Works Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion (in 2014) In Public Assistance (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2bpvECr                      Walrmart’s low-wage workers cost US taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report…
  • Shipping Giant COSCO Bans Transport of Whale and Dolphin Products (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) http://bit.ly/2aZ5CHW
  • This Infographic Shows How Only 10 Companies Own All The World’s Food Brands (Good Food) http://bit.ly/2bgg1Rx
  • Your Turkey Sandwich: Now Without a Side of Antibiotics (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2b2Asih                                                      Cargill’s ditching antibiotics in its two main turkey brands. But is it too little, too late?
  • Cargill turkey slices antibiotic use, creates Hones Turkey antibiotic-free product line (Cargill) http://bit.ly/2aQkc2W

 

Protests

  • With Berries in Demand, Local Co-ops Won’t Budge to Support Driscoll’s Boycott (Indy Week) http://bit.ly/2aR8Mtw

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Your Olive Oil Is Almost Certainly Fake (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2bfNtmZ                                                                                            Here are some tips on finding the real stuff.
  • Report: Food Fraud and “Economically Motivated Adulteration” of Food and Food Ingredients (Congressional Research Service) http://bit.ly/2b27dNb
  • Report: Tests indicate that imported “extra virgin” olive oil often fails international and USDA standards (UC Davis Olive Center) http://bit.ly/2aUsHd8
  • Hampton Creek Serves Up Another Vegan Mayo Scandal (takepart) http://bit.ly/2biXVdC                                                                      The eggless company is being criticized for buying back its own products.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Back to Basics: Saving Water the Old-Fashioned Way (The Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2b2YjfC                                                          Across the world, communities are reviving old ways of saving or storing water – with promising results
  • Peru’s Oil Spills Deserve the World’s Attention (Global Health Now) http://bit.ly/2aZv1R0                                                                                    In Peru’s third major oil spill this year, an estimated 600 barrels of crude oil gushed out near the Marañon river…
  • Colorado Readies for ‘All Out War’ as Anti-Fracking Measures Advance to Ballot (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2b9wCWS      Citizen-led efforts to override the government and fossil fuel industry could be devastating for Big Oil in the state
  • Meet The California Couple Who Uses More Water Than Every Hoe in Los Angeles Combined (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2bfzuPm                                                                                            How megafarmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick built their billion-dollar empire.
  • The lake that left town: why is this California community drying up? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2bveJ5v                                                  Eagle Lake is one of the largest in the state, but receding waters have caused the town around it, and its industries, to dwindle. Is climate change to blame?
  • Millions Of Americans May Be Drinking Toxic Water, Harvard Study Finds (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2bgFveo
  • The Ocean’s Great Garbage Patches Might Have Exit Doors (The Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2aOTIN7                                                          Garbage isn’t destined to swirl in the ocean forever; new models show it eventually washes up on shore.                                                                           But how much of it breaks up, sinks and is eaten by sea life?
  • Rising Ocean Temperature Are Making Us Sick (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2b8lh9B                                                                                        Deadly marine bacteria are proliferating in warmer waters, prompting “unprecedented” outbreaks in the US and Europe, study finds.
  • There’s Something in the Water (Global Health Now) http://bit.ly/2aGAQAo                                                                                          Rising global temperatures are clearly linked to an increase in illnesses from waterborne vibrio bacteria…
  • Pollution Threatens Little-Known but Unique Seal (takepart) http://bit.ly/2aVTNzu                                                                                                  A first-of-its-kind study tracks the migration of the rare Caspian seal to show how oil drilling and overfishing are taking a toll on the marine mammal

 

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Canada: What’s Fishy About the Feds’ Salmon Promises? (Desmog Canada) http://bit.ly/2bwzvS6                                                        Fish farming, First Nations and sustainability…
  • FDA Issues Flawed Rule on Substances Recognized as “Safe” in Food (Center for Science in the Public Interest) http://bit.ly/2bdCz5c                                                                                                  Here we go again… Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) rule change: chemical and food companies now get to decide which chemicals are ‘safe’ in our food…
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a USDA Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Helicopter (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bsSNnv
  • FDA Approves Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Combat Zika in Florida (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2aMLGKO
  • Are You Sure You Want to Eat That? (Food and Water Watch) http://bit.ly/2b1EdoV                                                                                                The alarming volume of food imports turned away at US border is raising some disturbing implications for the safety of our food under the TPP.
  • DEA sends warning shot to hemp growers (Bend Bulletin) http://bit.ly/2bznfAn                                                                                        Oregon regulators, farmers look for answers on hemp “principles”
  • EPA’s Own Advisory Board Demands Revision of Deeply Flawed Fracking Report (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2b24hQC        Panel of independent scientists tells EPA to revise report that said fracking did not have “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water
  • EPA Science Advisory Board: Agency’s Fracking Study Ignored Significant Water Contamination Cases (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2aIlS16
  • Failure of Hawai’i to Enforce Pesticide Law Sparks Request that EPA Revoke State’s Authority (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2aLWBSc
  • California Regulators Sued Over Plan To Turn Aquifer Into Permanent Oil Waste Dump (Desmog) http://bit.ly/2b7bOxX
  • Welcome to Sunny Barcelona, Where the Government I Embracing Coops, Citizen Activism, and Solar Energy (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2aStt8V                                                                                The city that resisted Franco is looking to its radical past to build a progressive future.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Nigeria’s Latest Food sovereignty Struggle: The World is Watching (Food First) http://bit.ly/2b6tdUf                                                  The biotechnology brigade has underestimated the power of the people.
  • Vandana Shiva: False Promises: Avoid ‘Miracle’ Rice and Just Eat a Carrot (Inter Press Service) http://bit.ly/2aSQ8U3
  • Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa Has Gone Wild (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bgbQ8z
  • There’s a Difference Between Buying Organic and Not Buying GMOs (truthout) http://bit.ly/2b3PnH0                                                        Even with the new GMO labeling law, shoppers still need to be savvy to know what they are buying
  • If GMO ‘Labels’ Are Buried in QR Codes, Few Consumers Will See Them (takeapart) http://bit.ly/2bj0jBo                                                              A new survey found that just 15 percent of Americans have used their smartphone to scan a grocery item in the last year.

 

Poisons

  • Dicamba, Monsanto, and the Dangers of Pesticide Drift: A Modern Farmer Explainer (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bhQwLi

 

Animals

  • Undercover Footage Reveals ‘Culture Of Animal Cruelty’ On Tyson Farms (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bc05PU
  • Should Livestock Eat Garbage Instead of Grain? (takepart) http://bit.ly/2aSoEQb                                                                                        Feeding food waste to farm animals could help solve major environmental and social problems – all while saving money.
  • How Factory Farming Is Giving Rise to Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bdUIvN                                                 In addition to causing immense animal suffering, factory farms are spawning dangerous superbugs that current antibiotics are powerless against.
  • KFC Urged To Stop Routine Use Of Antibiotics On Poultry (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2aKs0RP                                            More than 70 percent of medically important antibiotics in the United States are sold for use on livestock and poultry.
  • A Disease That Is Wiping Out Bats Spreads Across the US ( takepart) http://bit.ly/2bkaOVb                                                                      Growing industry of genetically engineering animals requires unnecessary torture and deaths of tens of thousands of animals, Germany’s Green Party argues
  • Chinese Activists Stop Truck Transporting 300 Dogs to be Slaughtered (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2b0elJ3
  • We’ve figured out how to solve human-elephant conflict. It takes bees. Lost of bees. (Upworthy) http://u.pw/2bqj8ph

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 9, 2016

 

  • Want to double world food production? Return the land to small farmers! (The Ecologist) http://bit.ly/2aUBEUJ
  • The Cucamelon Is The Cutest Summer Food You Should Be Eating (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2b8KEaxI have always loved these, since I first found them about 7 years ago…

 

  • Hipsters Are Treating Farmers Markets Like a Dating Scene – And It May Be Bad for Business (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aVOIt2    Some customers care more about the scene than the cilantro.
  • Why Has a Clothing Made a Film About Food and Agriculture? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2aulPD8                                                                          In ‘Unbroken Ground,’ Patagonia features the sustainable operations that supply its line of food items – and lays out a new vision for the food system overall.
  • The Most Meat-Like Veggie Burger Ever Has Been Unveiled – and It’s Dripping With Plant Based Blood (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aym3u9
    • Impossible Foods’ Vegan ‘Bloody Burger’ Hits NYC Food Scene (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/2ajdJjq
  • Great Wine in Great Britain? The Unlikely Vino Culture Emerging in England (Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2ayrBEV                                           In the south of England, a new class of vintners is giving French bubbly a run for its money
  • Edible Weeds Are the New Edible Flowers: How One Austin Farm Is Growing Trash as Treasure (Munchies) http://bit.ly/2aU2ej1
  • The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2aGwKO5                                                                                    In the age of Instagram-perfect dishes, why are there so many sites and blogs dedicated to culinary disasters?
  • 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes (BuzzFeed) http://bzfd.it/2aWPkQm                                                                                      This is what US mainstream food culture was like in the 1970’s, the mid 1970’s is when our taste in food began to change…
  • The fantastic culinary horrors of the 1970 book ‘Happy Living” A Guide for Brides.’ (some cards) http://some.ly/2aORJtm                More horrifying recipes from the 1970’s…
  • The Bizarre Reason Why Amish Children Are Less At Risk For Asthma (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aCBJfS
    • Study: Innate Immunity and Asthma Risk in Amish and Hutterite Farm Children (New England Journal of Medicine) http://bit.ly/2aC10Wz
  • Rootworm Alert: Rotation-Resistant Northern Corn Rootworm Suspected in Missouri (The Progressive Farmer) http://bit.ly/2aJAh98
  • There’s Quite Likely Something Fish in Your Wine – Maybe Try a Vegan Vintage? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aCxFvc
  • Undisturbed Ecosystems Benefit Everyone (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2aEivDG                                                                        Why Not to Convert Native Land to Organic Management
  • 9 Ways Vermont’s Food Scene Is Impossible To Beat (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bamfRM                                                                          From maple to cheddar, this tiny state has a lot to offer.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • In Alaska’s Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry (NPR) http://n.pr/2aBSBQK

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Salvage Supperclub: A High End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste (NPR) http://n.pr/2aZiMX9

 

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • 75 Percent of Americans Say They Eat Healthy – Despite Evidence To The Contrary (NPR) http://n.pr/2b3dnNT                  We’re living at a time when more than 80 percent of Americans fail to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. At the same time, many Americans overeat refined grains and sugar…
  • CDC Weekly Report July 10, 2015: Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations – United States, 2013 (CDC) http://bit.ly/2aX87uO
  • I’m Sick Of Junk Food At the Register, and I’m Not Talking About Grocery Stores (Parents) http://bit.ly/2aFmtBV                                      Why are candy, chips, and cookies in the checkout aisle of just about every store – even ones that don’t typically sell food?
  • Cockroach Milk: Yes. Your Read That Right (NPR) http://n.pr/2aX5WaJ                                                                                                Turns out, cockroach milk is among the most nutritious substance on Earth. But it may still be a while before you can scurry to health stores for roach-milk shakes.
  • When Food Firms Cut The Salt, What Do They Put In Instead? (NPR) http://n.pr/2aGVYJR                                                                              Food companies looking to cut the sodium while keeping the flavor have a promising candidate: potassium chloride. But it’s far from perfect.

 

Children & School Food

  • Across America, Children Getting Diabetes Treatment Can Also Order McDonald’s Junk Food – in the Same Hospital (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aTrjdj                                                                                              Aren’t hospitals where we go to get health?

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Chicken Factory Owners Are Some of the cruelest Employers in America: Workers Share Horror Stories as Campaign Builds to Fight Exploitation (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aGxyTt
  • Massachusetts Just Banned Companies From Asking Job Applicants How Much They Make (Slate) http://slate.me/2aubxEt
  • CEOs Make 276 Times More Than Typical Workers (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aDrYBh                                                                                          1978 to 2015 CEO compensation grew 941 percent.
  • Latest Senate Food Workers Victory Highlights Perils of Privatization (Campaign For America’s Future) http://bit.ly/2aV5XKv
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Settles Lawsuit: A Store Manager Had Sexually Harassed Female Employees for Years (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aHjlmy
  • Surprise! It’s a Co-op. Any business can be a worker-owned business (Valley Advocate) http://bit.ly/2auMra5

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Sandwich Company Jimmy Johns Gets Its Comeuppance for Outrageous Selfishness Toward Workers (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2b3ARm4                                                                                        Jimmy John’s had a ridiculous restriction for former employees.
  • A Nonprofit Grocer Tries To Sell More Healthful Food Without Going Under (NPR) http://n.pr/29LuHUL
  • Budweiser is facing a new threat from an unexpected company (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2aFn4DK                                        Walmart is quietly rolling out its own craft-beer labels.
  • Nestlé Will Build Phoenix Bottling Plant to Resell City Water to drought-Stricken Area (truthout) http://bit.ly/2awdccI
  • How Are You Supposed to Win a Gold Medal If You Can’t Get A Cup of Coffee? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2b2PC8L                      Coca-Cola is the “exclusive” provider of non-alcoholic beverages for the 2016 Olympics, hence no coffee?
  • Microbe-Coated Seed Startup Could Help Us Thrive In a Dark, Fry Future (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aCXxuN
  • Why Do Milk Prices Spike And Crash? Because It’s Like Oil (NPR) http://n.pr/2aCfSUQ                                                                                            Milk prices are in the tank. You may not have notices this, since prices in the supermarket have fallen only slightly. But on the farm, it’s dramatic. Diary farmers are getting about 20 percent less for their milk than they did last year…
  • Rural America confronts a new class divide (The Christian Science Monitor) http://bit.ly/2aF5rj5                                                      Farms that once generated wealth for entire communities are now creating a new class of superfarms, which are concentrating wealth and income at the top.
  • As farms keep getting bigger and more mechanized, rural income inequality grows (The Rural Blog) http://bit.ly/2ay9EDK

 

Protests

  • Two Towns Battle Colorado for Freedom to Ban Fracking (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2aDaAYa                                                                                                  In a growing number of states, communities are demanding more self-governance over everything from environmental sustainability to gun control.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • High Levels of Toxins Found in Bodies of People Living Near Fracking Sites (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2b3AdEW                          Harmful chemicals from natural gas operations are contaminating the bodies of residents of Pavillion, Wyoming.
  • Echoes of Flint, as North Carolina Water Pollution Is Swept Under the Rug (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2b42N7v
  • Toxic algae alert issued for Russian River, Sonoma County California (The Press Democrat) http://bit.ly/2aKkABH
  • The Oyster’s Mighty Comeback Is Creating Cleaner US Waterways (NPR) http://n.pr/2aJEzNY
    • Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable (Oyster) Harvesting (NPR) http://n.pr/2aq9tPk

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Israel’s war on water (Socialist Worker) http://bit.ly/2aX5GWq
  • Corporate Money Wins: GMO Labeling Bill Betrays Consumers (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2aqkEHQ
    • Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham – and a National Embarrassment (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2b3yj7t
  • For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy – Here’s How It Became an Ally (truthout) http://bit.ly/2aCRUwv
  • 6 Chemical Food Additives That Are Legal in America and Banned Abroad (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aXi2hc                                            Thanks to inaction at the FDA, Americans get, among other potential ailments, anal leakage.
  • Tired of Waiting for Corporate High Speed Internet, Minnesota Farm Towns Build Their Own (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aJX5Wz                                                                                                  A unique community – owned broadband cooperative will free dozens of tiny towns and farms from reliance on slower corporate providers.
  • Pennsylvania Abandons Oil and Gas Regulations, Fails to Protect Public Health (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aDryuG                                        The Keystone State has the dubious distinction of being the only state to abandon oil and gas regulations after they’ve been fully developed and publicly reviewed.
  • Under Proposed New Jersey Law, Drinking Coffee and Driving Could Be a Crime (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aBsaLk                        Proposed ‘distracted driving’ law poised to be harshest in the nation.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Organic Food Fights Back Against ‘Non-GMO’ Rival (NPR) http://n.pr/2baPEZw                                                                                                    … “Non-GMO is agriculture before GMOs were introduced, which is still chemical agriculture.” – Organic Trade Association
  • ‘Non-GMO’ Does Not Mean Organic, Folks (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2betPIn                                                                                                It’s time to clear up some confusion on this matter.
  • Local Residents Force Monsanto to Tear Down GMO Seed Plant in Argentina (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2bcBOtF
  • Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Approved By FDA To Figh Zika In Florida (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2aQN2kk

 

Poisons

  • Marion (IA) residents hit by crop duster spray told not to eat garden vegetables (kcrg) http://bit.ly/2aOxW1H
    • Agricultural inspectors searching for clues to Marion (IA) spray accident (kcrg) http://bit.ly/2ajveM4
    • Disturbing New Evidence About What Common Pesticides Can Do to Brains (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1qCACBN
  • Study Adds to Findings that Link Prenatal Pesticide Exposure to Lower IQs (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2aDrFpW
    • Study: Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticide Use and I in 7-Year-Old Children (Environmental Health Perspectives) http://bit.ly/2aCyvYD

 

Animals

  • This Spanish Farm Makes Foie Gras Without Force-Feeding (NPR) http://n.pr/2aq9dzI                                                                      Traditional, sustainable, Foie Gras production…

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 2, 2016

 

  • Welcome to Brazil, Where a Food Revolution Is Changing the Way People Eat (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2aAeKTr                          How the country challenged the junk-food industry and became a global leader in the battle against obesity.
  • Little Pantry on Street Invites People To Leave Good For Those In Need (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2alxpyu
  • The ‘Bloody’ Battle to Make Veggie Burgers Great Again (takepart) http://bit.ly/2acJWZV                                                                      Will the next generation of vegetarian patties be able to disrupt their meat counterparts?
  • What Would It Take To Mainstream “Alternative” Agriculture? (ensia) http://bit.ly/2aoSCsg                                                                    Innovative food systems such as agoecology can become the norm if we weave a web of legitimacy from science, politics, society and values.
  • Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here’s How. (ensia) http://bit.ly/2amymJO                                                                              The various incarnations of the sustainable food movement need a science with which to approach a system as complex as food and farming.
  • Biological explanation for wheat sensitivity found (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2aoetm0                                                                                  Weakened intestinal barrier, systemic immune activation may explain symptoms in people without celiac disease
  • Teasing out the microbiome of the Kansas prairie (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) http://bit.ly/2ajFAxi                        One teaspoonful of soil holds DNA of tens of thousands of microbial species
  • Rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2amDDEn                                                         New study identifies rice crops that are more efficient at using nitrogen
  • Study: Biological nitrification inhibition by rice root exudates and its relationship with nitrogen-use efficiency (New Phytologist) http://bit.ly/2ar3d65
  • Every grain of rice: Ancient rice DNA data provides new view of domestication history (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2aUD1RW
  • Bill O’Reilly thins slaves were ‘well fed’. So will he eat like one for a week? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2aqrZCl
  • Mysterious High Roller Donald Trump Wants to Put in Charge of Our Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2aqxwZi                                      Like Trump, Charles Herbster is an unconventional business titan with political amitions.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • The Reason This Farmer (MI) Left A Huge Pile Of Fresh Cherries To Rot (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2asthAc                                        So much fresh fruit going to waste – while so many people go hungry – underscores on of the frustrating contradictions in our food system…. USDA limits the amount of cherries that can be sold each year to match demand…
  • Farms Are Wasting Billions Of Pounds Of Food, And We’re All To Blame (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2ayZ18O                              Many US farmers are trying to find a solution every way they know how. It’s time for us to help them.
  • Olympic Chefs Pledge to Salvage Unused Food and Feed the Hungry With It (truthout) http://bit.ly/2aCRgNP
  • ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into eco-friendly construction blocks (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/2a8EfaT

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • You Have Never Actually Eaten Mexican Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2aESc5j                                                                                                  But you can now.
  • Taco Bell’s Cheetos Burrito: ‘A Stoner’s Dream Date With Death’ (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2aCGrLt                                                Really?
  • Reheating Food Is a No-Brainer, Right? Chances Are You’re Doing It Wrong: Here’s the Ultimate Guide to Getting It Right (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aaev28                                                                  Getting it right when it comes to leftovers can be the difference between a quick meal and a sick day.
  • Don’t Eat that (Unbaked) Cake: General Mills Recalls Even More Flour Products (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aAzlYe                            In one of the worst recalls of the year, General Mills has recalled, to day, about 25 million pounds of products under various brand names, including Betty Crocker cake and Gold Medal flour.

 

Children & School Food

  • Breastfeeding associated with better brain development, neurocognitive outcomes (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2aEX1KZ
    • Study: Breast Milk Feeding, Brain Development, and Neurocognitive Outcomes: A 7-Year Longitudinal Study in Infants Born at Less Than 30 Weeks Gestation (The Journal of Pediatrics) http://bit.ly/2ajEPEf
  • Olympians Are Selling Sugar Water to Kids (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2avbokk                                                                                              No, world-class athletes, kids do not need sports drinks.
  • USDA Finalizes School Nutrition Rules: What You Need to Know (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2aq5iBO                                                                  Hard boiled eggs are back, limits were placed on on-campus food and beverage marketing, and other new rules were finalized six years after the Child Nutrition Reauthorization passed.
  • New USDA Rules crack Down on Junk Food in Schools (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2aFenZh                                                  The USDA recently announced its final changes to the Smart Snacks In School regulation, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Workers Who Feed Members of Congress Will Share $1 Million In Back Pay After Years of Abuse (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2aoXX2X
  • This Woman Is Being Sued for $67,000 Because She Found a New Job (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2alRrtn                                                            Kelley Rieves is being sued by Buc-ee’s, a convenience store chain in Texas.
  • Trump To Pay Thousands For Retaliating Against Workers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2aqlNuO                                                                            … Trump agreed to pay $11,200 federal settlement for retaliating against workers who voted to unionize at his eponymous Las Vegas hotel.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • 100% of McDonald’s chicken is raised without antibiotics after activist push (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/2aqwRY3
  • New Healthy Restaurant Chain Plans to Base Prices on Zip Code (takepart) http://bit.ly/2auirHC                                                                            In the ritzy part of town, Everytable customers can expect ot pay more for a meal.
  • Applegate Commits to Remove GMOs From Entire Meat Supply Chain (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2aGJV1i
  • Another Reason To Buy Directly From Farmers: You Could Help the Local Economy More (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2azaQZS
    • Study: Economic Impact of Local Food Producers in the Sacramento Region (UC Davis) http://bit.ly/2azaQZS                There are many reasons to buy directly from farmers (at farmers markets or through CSAs) – higher quality produce, faster delivery times, supporting small farmers – but on that isn’t too well-understood is this exchange’s impact on the local economy.
  • US Failing Dismally on Sustainable Development, Despite Vast Wealth (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2aDcQSs                                First of its kind report rates 83 countries on UN’s sustainable development goals and found US “seriously far from achievement”

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • Most ‘Organic’ Eggs You Buy Are Far From Organic (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2as9kXk                                                                                            With Big Ag dominating the organic egg industry, consumers and chickens all lose out.
  • “Organic” Factory Farm Investigation (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2aJtuhw
  • Report: Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2asaJ00

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Israel Proves the Desalination Era is Here (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2azumFQ                                                                                              One of the driest countries on earth now makes more freshwater than it needs
  • 6 Human Activities That Pose The Biggest Threat To The World’s Drinking Water (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2al6wAH
  • New Wetlands Are Being Created in Weird Ways – and That’s Good for Birds (takepart) http://bit.ly/2apjeIw                              Scientists discover the symbiotic relationship between agriculture, development, and some avian species.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Landmark Human Rights Complaint Lodged Against World’s Worst Polluters (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2ak0KLt                    In unprecedented case, Filipino governmental body accuses carbon polluting corporations of violating people’s right to “life, food, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and to self determination”
  • “Less Meat, Less Heat”: China’s Plan to drop Meat Consumption Gets Praise (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/28M35yl                        New dietary guidelines would reduce the country’s livestock-related carbon emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030
  • Court Stops Massive Land Grab in Brazil, rules Against TIAA-CREF and Foreign Investors (Grassroots International) http://bit.ly/2aAMaAi
  • President Obama Signs GMO ‘Non-labeling’ Bill, Leaves Millions of Americans in the Dark (Center for Food Safety) http://bit.ly/2akpoQm
  • If Your Veggies Weren’t Grown In Soil, Can They Be Organic? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2aPJ5v2                                                                            A new report by a government task force on hydroponic farming has left this raging debate wide open.
  • This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2abXIr4                                                          A pending Iowa case could set a new national precedent for water pollution stemming from farms.
  • Controversial Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Calls For Farmers to Clean Up Drinking Water (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2aIKDYJ                                                                                                    A 2015 federal lawsuit over nitrate contamination in the Raccoon River pits farmers against water users and pushes Iowa to action on water quality.
  • State health department fines Blue Bell $850,000 following Listeria outbreak (Dallas Morning News) http://bit.ly/2ar0Vq8

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Illegal GMO Wheat Discovery in Washington State Causes Global Export Panic (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2aICJ1q        USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced Friday that Twenty tow unapproved GMO wheat plants have been discovered in Washington State, sending export markets in to a panic.
  • Scientific Correspondence: Promiscuity in transgenic plants (Nature) http://go.nature.com/2anDbCR                                                     This is the argument many have been making since the 1990’s
  • The GMO Debate: One Student’s experience of Pro-GMO Propaganda at Cornell University (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/2as3RoM

 

Poisons

  • EPA on the Verge of Banning a Dangerous Herbicide (If It Can Stand up to Lobbyists) (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2aCjwhP                  “How many animals have to die before we do what Europe did 12 years ago and ban atrazine?”
  • Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2aEVLXY

 

Pollinators