- Farmer Returns 700 Acres of California Coast to Native American Tribe (Good News Network) http://bit.ly/2bxecxV
- At a Farm Camp for Girls, Learning to Grow Food – and So Much More (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bDQeBs
- Census of Agriculture Highlights 2012: Women Farmers (USDA Ag Census) http://bit.ly/2bzT5g1
- The Wild and Native Foods We Should Be Eating (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2bhnDkl
- Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement (NPR) http://n.pr/2bjsXa4
- Food Literacy Center Reaches Next Generation (UC Observer) http://bit.ly/2bfhfKt
- Japan’s Centuries – Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles (NPR) http://n.pr/2bTcW8T
- 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
- 44 Year Old Gladstone’s Malibu Set to Close October 2017 (Eater Los Angeles) http://bit.ly/2c3ENox
- 92-year-old Country man recalls full life in farming (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2bCs35p
- 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.
- Surge in Demand for Avocados Fuels Deforestation in Mexico (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/2bdDvaA
- How South Korea Uses Kimchi To Connect To The World – And Beyond (NPR) http://n.pr/2ckJMRY
- 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
- The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too? (NPR) http://n.pr/2btDVXu
- The Making of a Palm Oil Republic (Gozamos) http://bit.ly/2bWJWNU
- Rush Limbaugh warns that federally paid ‘lesbian farmers’ could invade your town (The Daily Dot) http://bit.ly/2bxe1m9
- Rush Limbaugh Terrified of Lesbian Farmers for Some Reason (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bvJ8vi
- Lesbian farmers are taking over the country, if you believe Rush Limbaugh (grist) http://bit.ly/2bQAM3E
- Australian Farmer Creates an Amazing Solution to Fight Erosion (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bCB7tk
- 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
- The Louisiana Floods Have Had a Big Impact on Small Farmers (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bPRvo1
- Yes, America Has A Working Tea Plantation. We Visited It (NPR) http://n.pr/2bTdrQf
- 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
- In Rural India, Less To Eat Than 40 Years Ago (IndiaSpend) http://bit.ly/2btkM5o
- Study: Diet and Nutrition Status of Rural Population… (National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau, India) http://bit.ly/2bJKXtg
- 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…
- Chile Battles Obesity With Stop Signs On Packaged Foods (NPR) http://n.pr/2bvsATK
- In Austin, A New Mobile Farmers Market Will Travel to Food Desserts (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bKBvVb
Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste
- Fixing America’s Waste Problem (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/2bfcrSB
- Artisanal Food Waste: Can You Turn Scraps Into Premium Products? (NPR) http://n.pr/2bvuW59
- 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.
- Is Butter Really Back? (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bKV24W
- Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch Of Seaweed Be The Answer? (NPR) http://n.pr/2bBFVMk
- Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’ (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2bj7W9J
- ‘Natural’ Carcinogen? (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/2bRTqH1
- 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.
- Are Kids Eating Nearly Four Times More Sugar Than They Should Be? (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bxlhzV
- The Dark Side of Local (Jacobin) http://bit.ly/2bSJwbd
- Why Walmart Matters to 21st Century Working-Class Struggle (truthout) http://bit.ly/2cbHJzL
- 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…
- Shrimp Grown In Tanks Make A Splash, Coming To A Market Near You (NPR) http://n.pr/2bvvbgy
- This Company Offers Tiny Loaves Of Bread So People Waste Less (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bSLnNr
- Poultry Executive Channels the Madness of the Corporate Food Industry With Bizarre Olympics Metaphor (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bIVhRp
- Slaughterhouse Will Let You Watch What Actually Happens Inside (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bJwBH0
- Elon Musk Revolutionized Cars. His Brother Wants To Do The Same For Food. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bDgRp6
- Can Kimbal Musk Do For Farms What Elon Has for Cars? (takepart) http://bit.ly/2c0GW1e
- This Celebrity Chef Wants to Revolutionize Your Burger (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2c1DEJG
- 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..
- How Rural Farming Communities Are Fighting Economic Decline (NPR) http://n.pr/2bQ1vO8
- The Democratized Economy: Big Boxes, Urban Centers and Placemaking (Strong Towns) http://bit.ly/2bRXXdy
Water & Our Oceans
- Colorado Anti-Fracking Initiatives Fail to Make November Ballot (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bxxKU7
- Anti-fracking activists hit a roadblock in Colorado (grist) http://bit.ly/2bxqUhg
- 23 Countries With Best and Worst Water Supplies (Global Citizen) http://glblctzn.me/2bj4ig2
- Contamination Threatens One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bvANNH
- Severe drought in India pushed thousands of farmers to suicide (grist) http://bit.ly/2c7MicN
- Here’s Another Reason To Be Worried About Bottled Water (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bfUrY1 Sales are up, our spirits are down.
- Bomb Trains on the Hudson (The Indypendent) http://bit.ly/2bKBoqj
- Microplastics Are Killing Baby Fish, New Study Finds (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bg9kt3
- 5 Ways to Help Stop the Destruction of Our Oceans (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bkxp4l
- Salmon Farms Are Destroying Wild Salmon Runs, First Nations Say (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bEcLhK
- Scale of Threat Seismic Blasting Poses to Whales, Dolphins Laid Bare (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2bJLcm0
- 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
- USDA to Spend $20 Million Buying Surplus Cheese (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bvKZ31
- California lawmakers pass farmworker overtime bill after 8 hours (KCRA 3) http://bit.ly/2bxVqTB
- 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
- Indian farmers cotton o to new seed, in blow to Monsanto (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2bcrJLM
- How Do You Make Meat GMO Free When Most US Feed Isn’t? (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/2bL7fGT
- Synthetic prawns: a bid to make ‘seafood’ that’s sustainable and slavery-free (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2brAzqL
- Dozens o Pesticides Are Linked to Farmer Respiratory Problems (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bQ2MVn
- 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.
- Illegal Herbicide Use on Monsanto GMOs Spurs Bitter Complaints (EWG) http://bit.ly/2bNy7HH
- 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.
- The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making (NPR) http://n.pr/2bvuow4
- 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.