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