Jenny’s Food & Ag Update September 13, 2016

 

  • How does your garden grow? (University of California) http://bit.ly/2cIXU7R
    • 15 Ways Urban Farming Can Revitalize a Neighborhood – and Help Farmers Too (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2cgfQGW                 What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living?
  • Sierra magazine names UC campuses among the nation’s greenest (University of California) http://bit.ly/2cGjFE9
  • How a native plant ended up on reality TV, and why it’s at risk (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2cd7ZXA
  • New Report Highlights Successes and Opportunities for Growth in Organic Research (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) http://bit.ly/2c3907F
    • Report: Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002 – 2014 (Organic Farming Research Foundation) http://bit.ly/2cHlNLF
  • History of Langer Khana (mta TV) http://bit.ly/2cn8R9E                      A Langar Khana is the place in Sufi Dergah where free food called Langar is distributed to all, and where food is prepared to be given to the poor.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

 

Healthy/Safe Food

 

Children & School Food

  • No juice boxes: Green school lays down lunch law (Toronto Star) http://on.thestar.com/2cnIILi                                                                              It’s about time!
  • The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farms in Business (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2cgIRjh                                          Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations.
  • Advocate for free school lunches will make pitch on Price Edward Island (Canadian Broadcast Corp) http://bit.ly/2ct7EQ6                  PEI Home and School gets some big help in its push for Island-wide free lunch program

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/2bRxx9L                                                                                      Ageism in the workplace is toxic, and it hurts everyone.
  • About 50 years ago, 14 million Americans stopped eating grapes – for a very good reason. (upworthy) http://u.pw/2c2cOQm          The 1970s grape boycotts and the UFW…
  • Lipton Workers Vote to Unionize: “Everyone just got tired of it” (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2cGl8qV                                                              … They voted, 108–79, in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board on August 26. More than 200 workers at the plant, which makes nearly all of the Lipton Tea sold in North America, will now be represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • 13 Academics Who Have Become Shills for Corporate Giants in the Food, Agrochemical and Fossil Fuel Industries (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2c6rh2K
  • Coca-Cola Is Getting Into The Bottle Coffee Game (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bVnqQY                                                                            Soda sales are down, while coffee and tea drink sales are growing…
  • Burger King has unleashed an absurd new weapon in the fast-food wars (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2cz4JZf
  • How Food Helps Homeless People Get Back on Their Feet (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2cJJu33                                                                                    The Doe Fund housing and job training program in New York City expands its food-related opportunities.                                                                   I worked on these programs when I was with the Doe Fund, Inc. in 2003 & 2004…
  • 6 Ways We’re Already Leading an Economic Revolution (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2cstHX6                                                                                              From the “buy local” movement to public banking, we’re well on our way to amore democratic, cooperative, and people-centered economy.

 

Protests

  • ‘A Call to End Slavery’: Nationwide Prison Strike Kicks Off (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2c8lV5m                                                    ‘When we remove the economic motive and grease of our forced labor from the US prison system, the entire structure… must shift to accommodate us as humans’

 

Food Fraud/Scandals

  • There’s A Shockingly High Chance The Seafood You’re Eating Isn’t Legit (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2cefM86
  • Maryland Woman Arrested For Stealing 3 French Fries From A Police Officer (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2cWNlgl                Hands off my taters!

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • A Whistle-Blower Accuses the Kochs of “Poisoning” an Arkansas Town (The New Yorker) http://bit.ly/2cmtAMd
  • Threat of Salmon Extinction Turns Small Tribe Into Climate Researchers (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ccTxfO                                                          As glaciers disappear, fish are expected to follow. But the Nooksack tribe of Washington state has a plan to keep nearby rivers and streams cool.
  • As Oceans Continue to Warm, Consequences Grow More Dire, Study Says (Inside Climate News) http://bit.ly/2cJFALK
  • Toxic Slime Spreads Across World’s Ocean as Climate Disruption Continues Apace (truthout) http://bit.ly/2cIhufK

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • France to Ban Single-Use Plastic Cups, Plates and Cutlery by 2020 (One Green Planet) http://bit.ly/2czo0G1
  • Court Rules Consumers and Farmers Can Sue USDA for Weakening Standard that Allows Synthetics in Organic (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2c6tJ9o                                                                    The ruling fends off one of several recent attacks to the integrity of the organic label.
  • Dakota Pipeline Was Approved by Army Corps Over Objections of Three Federal Agencies (Inside Climate News) http://bit.ly/2bWkZ0u                                                                                        Sioux tribe’s concerns were echoed in official reports b the EPA and two other agencies, but Army Corps of Engineers brushed them aside.
  • This Creepy Banned Chemical Is Still in Absolutely Everything (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2ch3bOj                                              Including socks, mouse pads, toothpastes, and socks. Oh, and hospitals.
  • Washing Our Hands of Toxins (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2ccWYmp                                                                                      The bacteria on your skin is safer than these two chemicals the FDA just banned from your soap.
  • Judge Strikes Down Plan to Open One Million Acres of California Public Lands to Drilling (Desmog) http://bit.ly/2czCc4k

 

GMOs / Cloning / Synthetic Biology / Nanotechnology / Food Technology

 

Poisons

  • Neonicotinoids: How Pesticide Giants Influence Research on Bee Impact (Greenpeace) http://bit.ly/2cd4iBb

 

Pollinators

  • The Coming Bee-pocalypse? Collateral Damage o Mosquito Spraying (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2cmqdpG                                    Pesticides used for mosquitoes are killing bees in huge numbers.

 

Animals

  • The Cage-Free Movement to Liberate Hens From Extreme Confinement Sweeps Across Latin America (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2crehnm                                                                                                The cage-free momentum, which began with nearly 200 major US food companies, is rapidly spreading around the world.
  • 6 Facts About Chicken That Will Make You Seriously Rethink Your Dinner (takepart) http://bit.ly/2c61gQW

 

Events

  • Food On The Edge Conference: The Future Of Food                 October 24 – 25, 2016                                                                                   Galway, Ireland                         http://www.foodontheedge.ie/index.html

 

Education

  • Organic farming and garden training program accepts applications in 50th year (University of California) http://bit.ly/2cgGVYl

 

Other

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update September 6, 2016

 

  • Can Local Farmers and Local Vendors Feed a Major City? (Medium) http://bit.ly/2bPeo8Y                                                                    Yes! Dar es Salaam is
  • Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2bAwPkf
  • These Lesbian Farmers Aren’t Here To Take Over America. They Want To Grow It. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bP1ebp          Rush Limbaugh seems to thinks queer farmers are a threat to rural America. He’s wrong.
  • 9-Year-Old Loves Driving the Combine On His Family Farm Because Why Wouldn’t He (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bGvvcl
  • Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms (CityLab) http://bit.ly/2bRL7dH                                                                            Agriculture flourishes in the city’s vacant lots – but can it survive the push towards revitalization?
  • The Fight to Feed Detroit (CityLab) http://bit.ly/2bWdYjs                  To mend the city’s food system, urban farmers and entrepreneurs are working to funnel fresh produce and artisanal goods to local tables.
  • Farming for their Lives (CityLab) http://bit.ly/2cfzBNo            Detroit’s urban growers are cultivating the land to pick up where they feel the city has let them down.
  • For 100 Days, This Dad of Four Tried Growing All His Family’s Food (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2bO5iKX
  • In This Food Desert, Kids Learn to Farm Veggies – Out of the Back of a Truck (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2c9Y0oo
  • New Study Warns Biofuels May Be Worse for Climate Than Gas (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2bSpfDs                                              When taking farmland and crop growth into account, the plant-based energy may not be all the carbon-neutral, study says
  • Study: Carbon balance effects of US biofuel production and use (Springer Link, published in journal Climate Change) http://bit.ly/2bSUj4G
  • Southern Ontario farmers feeling the heat due to hot, dry summer (Canadian Broadcast Corp.) http://bit.ly/2cbQyoK
  • Finding a Good Cup of Coffee Is About to Get Much Harder (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2c5pwlG                                                  Climate change is coming for your cup of joe, and it ain’t pretty.
  • Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2016: Kamilla Seideler, Gustu, Bolivia: Danish chef on a mission to champion Bolivian cuisine (Latin Americas 50 Best Restaurants) http://bit.ly/2cdhPqK        Really? There are no Latin American women who make the cut? Aaaaak!
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants http://bit.ly/2c5qU7M                 Not a single woman chef on the list, there is one as a partner with her husband #21…
  • Can Kimbal Musk Do for Farms What Elon Has Done for Cars? (takepart) http://bit.ly/2c0GW1e                                                                        A new food-tech accelerator is promising a host of urban ag start-ups. But just how sustainable will the growing operation be?
  • Why Have the Presidential Candidates Ignored America’s Food Issues? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2c0IF8n                                                  There is a dissonance between the lack of public debate on food issues and the food industry’s well-heeled presence in politics.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Insecurity, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Why Haven’t America’s Food Problems Been Central Issues in the Presidential Campaign? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2c0IF8n                More than 17 million Americans battle hunger on a regular basis. But you wouldn’t know it listening to the presidential candidates.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Here’s How Long It Took To Grow That Tomato You Just Threw Away (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2cpNbKU                      Someone put a lot of work into growing your food.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • What Happened When Scientists Put African Americans On An African Diet And Africans On An American Diet (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2bKvskE
  • Sports Drinks Are Dumb. This One is Even Dumber. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2cc5m7c                                                                            Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

 

Children & School Food

  • One Man’s Mission to Teach Harlem Kids About Urban Farming, Nutrition and Sustainability (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2c4WEbs        “When a child plants something his or herself and tends to the plant, 9 times out of 10, he or she will always eat the final product and almost always like it.”
  • (NY) State wants more locally grown food in school lunches (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) http://bit.ly/2c6hLNw

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • There’s a Lot to Celebrate This Labor Day: The Summer Has Been Filled with Victories for Workers (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2cCr08K                                                                                              With the media focused on the election, you might have missed these.
  • Meet the Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control in California’s Wine Country (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2c32YAk
  • Underpaid, overworked farmworkers set to get liberal labor protections. Farmers grumble. (grist) http://bit.ly/2c1rhfS
  • If the Fight for $15 Wins, Fewer Americans Will Go Hungry (takepart) http://bit.ly/2cztBAm                                                                Raising the federal minimum wage should be a major policy proposal for fighting food insecurity.
  • Minimum wage jobs no longer make economic sense for college students (or anyone else) (Dallas Morning News) http://bit.ly/2bOET3P
  • “Equal Pay” Is Not So Equal: The gender pay gap is no myth. (Dollars & Sense) http://bit.ly/2c0Uh7E
  • Women Are the Majority of Minimum Wage Workers in Every State Except 5 (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2bOZfUx
  • The Forefront Of Progress: California Passes Historic Legislation To Protect Farm Workers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2cf6RSV
  • Man Claims Waffle House Broke the Law by Running Secret Background Check on Him (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2c2hsld                A US district judge said the restaurant chain’s actions have “an unsavory aroma.”
  • How the Decline in Union Membership Is Hurting All of Us: Report (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2bJOlS0                      ‘Rebuilding our system of collective bargaining is an important tool available for fueling wage growth and ending the era of persistent wage stagnation’
  • How Much Will the War On Unions Cost You This Labor Day? (Campaign For America’s Future) http://bit.ly/2bSFYVo
  • Why The Decline Of Unions Has Lowered Pay For All Workers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bP3fF6                                              Where unions are strong, they raise standards across an industry, according to a new study.
  • Study: Union decline lowers wages of nonunion workers (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2bzyq9V                                  The overlooked reason why wages are stick and inequality is growing
  • No-tipping trend now at more restaurants, with mixed results (The Press Democrat) http://bit.ly/2bXXE1D

 

Protests

  • World’s Largest Strike? Tens of Millions in India Rise Up Against Right-Wing Economic Policies (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2ca3yxO                                                                                          Public sector workers across India went on strike to protest Prime Minister Modi’s push for privatization and demand higher wages
  • No Other Way Than to Struggle: The Farmworker-Let Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries (truthout) http://bit.ly/2bCedwO

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground (NPR) http://n.pr/2c7t1WZ
  • Monsanto: Farming Has a Critical Role in Fighting Climate Change (Triple Pundit) http://bit.ly/2bQP6dF
    • Study: Charting a Path to Carbon Neutral Agriculture (Monsanto) http://monsanto.info/2bPJMnX                            Mitigation Potential for Crop Based Strategies
  • Coca-Cola says it now replenishes all the water it uses (Christian Science Monitor) http://bit.ly/2bSkhXk                                                Really?
  • Former Breakfast Staple Is Vanishing From Grocery Stores (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bOaDlu                                                   OJ concentrate? More like no-j concentrate.
  • The Startup Turning Locals Into Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati’s Gentrifying Economy (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1RWFaca

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Oklahoma orders shutdown of 37 wells after earthquake (CNN) http://cnnmon.ie/2c0dR3V
    • Can We Stop the Surge of Man-Made Earthquakes? (Popular Science) http://bit.ly/2bKRRcL                                                                There is a whole lot more shaking going on in the Midwest lately – and humans are to causing it.
  • 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bKvMzV                                                                                          One of the side effects of fracking…
  • Water is a human right, not a mere commodity (The Toronto Star) http://on.thestar.com/2c0be26                                                                Allowing large corporations to profit profligately from public water supplies during a time of drought, as is happening in Aberfoyle, Ontario, is not irresponsible, but reprehensible.
  • Why did millions of fish turn up dead in Indonesia’s giant Lake Toba? (Mongabay) http://bit.ly/2cf7rSD
  • Toxic Chemicals That Harm the Immune System Have Contaminate the Drinking Water of Millions of Americans (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2cqrpH9                                                                  Used in hundreds of products like Teflon, PFCs can be passed on by mothers to their children.
  • Tainted Water Imperils Health, Traditions for Montana Tribe (Environmental Health News) http://bit.ly/2c37cWW
  • Iowa Sets New State Record for Blue-Green Algae Advisories (Iowa Environmental Council) http://bit.ly/2cppaH5
  • Fish for dinner? Your seafood might come with a side of plastic (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ca5syC                                                            Fish are “stuffing themselves” on plastic, but scientists are still trying to figure out what effect that might have on those of us who eat seafood

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used in Antibacterial Soaps (NPR) http://n.pr/2cy6S7V
    • ‘Huge Victory for Health’: FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed from Soaps (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2c1BLz1  Triclosan has been shown to disrupt hormones and muscle function, environmental groups say
  • Study: Triclosan causes spontaneous abortion accompanied by decline of estrogen sufotransferase activity in humans and mice (PubMed) http://bit.ly/2cy5B0C
  • FDA Bans Antibacterial Chemicals From Consumer Soaps (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2cd4O1C                                                  The agency said the chemicals are no more effective than soap and water and could cause long-term harm.
  • US Approves Fracking California’s Santa Barbara Channel (The ECOReport) http://bit.ly/2bKeAFV                                                                    I guess they don’t remember the 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil spill/blow out, which halted oil leases, until now… Here we go again…
  • California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves (ProPublica) http://bit.ly/2bVSxyO
  • Amazing Disgrace: California Is the Only State to Permit Driftnets, Which Kill Thousands of Whales and Dolphins (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2cj2F3c
  • California AB 1066 “The Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016” (UFW) http://bit.ly/2bPS3br
    • California Lawmakers Vote to Expand Overtime Pay for Farmworkers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2craEjk
    • Long Hours May Soon Pay Better for California Farmworkers (takepart) http://bit.ly/2bLOt1e                                                                      A bill passed by the state legislature would make overtime pay kick in sooner for farm employees.
  • Farmworkers give up day’s pay to see leaders say ‘no se puede’ (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/2caiHfZ
  • Why California’s New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks (NPR) http://n.pr/2c3Hy7B
  • Sweeping Climate Legislation Will Help Grow Crops and Local Economies (California Climate & Agriculture Network) http://bit.ly/2cuGDz6
    • CalCAN Press Release: Sweeping Climate Legislation Will Help Grow Crops and Local Economies http://bit.ly/2bGv6LL
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike To $15 An Hour (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2c8qL0B
  • ‘Big Soda’ Loses in Court to Oakland (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2c9Pl3R                                                                                                    An Alameda County commissioner ruled earlier today that it’s soda tax, not a “grocery tax.”

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Transforming agriculture, again (American Chemical Society) http://bit.ly/2bVWlQq                                                                                          Trying to sell us all on gene editing…

 

Poisons

  • Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 (East Chicago) Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2bPd6e4
  • 10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2bM6yfr

 

Pollinators

  • Western monarch butterflies get a closer look (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2bC58V2
  • ‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2ci605P
  • US beekeepers fear for livelihoods as anti-Zika toxin kills 2.5m bees (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ckFhlO

 

Animals

  • Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ceN8nX                                                                      The fate of industrial farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line
  • Orphaned Orangutan’s Story Show Why We Need Responsible Palm Oil Policies (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2bVG5jf