Jenny’s Food & Ag Update November 29, 2016

  • Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2fmiNT8
  • Meet the street that grows its own food (Medium) http://bit.ly/2emAJ3e                                                                      Residents on 11 streets in an Australian town have been using verges and footpaths as gardens since 2009.
  • Tribes Revive Indigenous Crops, An The Food Traditions That Go With Them (npr) http://n.pr/2f08ozT
  • ‘Climate Tax’ on Meat and Dairy Would Sink Emissions and Diseases: Study (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2fCCTJT
  • For Two Decades, This Community Farm in Tennessee Has Taught People How to Grow Food Sustainably (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2fxEsq4
  • What’s So Great About Garlic? Here Are Some of Its Benefits (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/2fCyiZU
  • Raj Patel: Developing the Syllabus for an Agroecology Course http://bit.ly/2fsvUSM                                                                 Bob St. Peter, activist and farmer in northern Maine, is working on developing a syllabus for an agroecology course…
  • Food School at Micmac Farms Every Friday 3pm – 5pm November 11, 2016 – April 28, 2017                                                 Free & Open to all
  • Top Chef Star Tom Colicchio Thinks Trump Is in for a Huge Surprise (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2fMee4K                            And food workers have the might to fight back, the renowned chef said.
  • America’s First All-Renewable-Energy City (Politico) http://politi.co/2fbj9ut                                                                    Burlington’s decades-long commitment to sustainability has paid off with cheap electricity – and some pretty great homegrown food.
    • Thanksgiving Dinner Is Getting Cheaper, As Grocery Prices Fall Again (npr) http://n.pr/2gw9zHI
    • Greenland’s Getting Warmer, But Farmers There Are Struggling More Than Ever (npr) http://n.pr/2fm1yjC

     

     

 

Food and Culture

  • Displace by War, Refugees Find Hope in Their Food Culture (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2gqc3mM                                                      Can “gastro-diplomacy” close the gap between refugees and their host countries?

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • In a California (Salinas) Valley, Healthy Food Everywhere but on the Table (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2gBiaJc                                        … Public health officials here describe a crisis of poverty and malnutrition among the tens of thousands of farmworkers and their families to tend to the fields…
  • Climate Finance for Farmers Key to Avert One Billion Hungry (Inter Press Service) http://bit.ly/2fKeOSq

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • What Restaurants Can Teach Us About Reducing Food Waste (Center For a Livable Future) http://bit.ly/2fAfgT8
  • This Pizza Is Garbage – Literally (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2f7WoY8                                                                              No, really: It’s topped with veggies that would normally be trashed.
  • California Voters Saved the First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban (takepart) http://bit.ly/2fFHoVU                                            Washington state voters rejected a carbon tax, while a fracking ban passed in Monterey County, California.
  • This One Fact is Definitive Proof Plastic Bag Taxes in Great Britain Are Working! (One Green Planet) http://bit.ly/2g11NVp
    • Conservationists herald bag tax impact on beach rubbish (BBC) http://bbc.in/2gfwEu4                                                             The number of plastic carrier bags found on UK beaches has dropped by almost half, the Marine Conservations Society has said.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

 

Children & School Food

  • Nation’s Second-Largest School District Wants to Kick McDonald’s Out (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ff2fMQ                                  After almost four years of McTeacher’s Night fundraisers, teachers in the greater Los Angeles area are demanding the fast-food chain stop predatory marketing toward their students.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Judge Effectively Kills Rule Forcing Employers to Disclose Anti-Union Deliberations (The Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/2fFEDjq                                                                  Labor Department issued regulation in March but it was blocked by judge before going into effect
  • How Food-Labor Activists Are Preparing for President Trump (takepart) http://bit.ly/2geImpz                                            With a national minimum wage hike likely off the table, activists are focused on local policies and expanding union ranks.
  • Migrant Farm Workers: Our Nation’s Invisible Population (Extension) http://bit.ly/2gh2U42
    • Farmworkers on Edge After Trump Elected President (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2fFKSoz
    • What if the US Really Did Deport 11 Million People? (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2fxn8W4                                                               A case study of New York’s Hudson Valley, where immigrants – with and without documents – have brought once-dead towns back to life
  • Need Some Good News? We Have Some From Maine and Arizona. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2eFNOQp                  Tipped workers in Maine and Flagstaff, Arizona, will no longer be forced to work for poverty wages.
  • Our Food System Relies on Immigrants. Here’s How One Waiter Is Coping With Trump’’s Election (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2gvtR1e                                                                                    “I’m afraid, I’m terrified.”
  • Why Are the Residents of This Small Village So Happy? They’re Managing Their Farmland as Commons (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2fxFeU0                                                                                  Their fundamental premise is that the value of farmland lies in its contribution to food production, lasting ecosystems and human life – not financial gain.

 

Protests

  • A Navajo Chef Gives A Glimpse Inside The Makeshift Kitchens At Standing Rock (npr) http://n.pr/2fj7Ss7

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • World’s Largest Food Service Companies Make Historic Animal Welfare Announcement (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2fiwAxK
  • This Organic Food Company Doesn’t Discriminate Against Ex-Offenders – It Seeks Them Out (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2guZdFh
  • Big Ag Asked Congress for Taxpayers to Fund Public Education About GMOs (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2eLwAnL        Congress should instead allocate funding to support regenerative agriculture that leads to food security and carbon reductions.
  • Deforestation Opponents Enlist Powerful Ally: Big Food. But There’s A Catch (npr) http://n.pr/2fzaa7z
  • Black Farmers Shut Out Of $10 Billion Medical Marijuana Business (Black Enterprise) http://bit.ly/2gsFCYY

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Doctors speak out: For the sake of Human health ban fracking (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2eZsEBK
    • Report: Compedium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Concerned Health Professionals of NY) http://bit.ly/2fLjfNp
  • Maui Models Eco-Future by Electing Native Hawaiian Water Protector in Stunning Upset (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2gsqGGi
  • Michigan residents deplore plan to let Nestlé pump water for next to nothing (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2fDISMy

 

  • This Major City’s Drinking Water Was Fine. Then Came the Private Water Company. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2fh0xu0                                                                                    They will come in, rape your water company, and leave with money bags.
  • Octopus in the parking garage is climate change’s canary in the coal mine (Miami Herald) http://hrld.us/2gyirgY
  • Oil Drilling in the Artic Ocean and off the Atlantic Coast has been blocked (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2fkVoUa
  • A Belated Thanksgiving: The Atlantic Ocean Is healing Itself (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2guAMHU                                        … In an astonishingly short eight years, as a result of tougher emission rules on power plants and declining use of coal, concentrations or mercury in Atlantic Bluefin tuna, the sushi sort, dropped by 19 percent…

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Nations Agree To Establish World’s Largest Marine Reserve In Antarctica (NPR) http://n.pr/2emBtFA
  • Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2fNvBC6                            Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’
  • Concerned Over Growing Power of Big Ag, State Joining DOJ Probes of Mega-Mergers (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2fmmsjA                                                                                Dow-DuPont and Bayer-Monsanto mergers will face additional scrutiny as they seek to consolidate global GMO/pesticide industry
  • Fall 2016 NOSB Meeting Recap: Carrageenan, Excluded Methods, Hydroponics, Facebook Live Interviews (Living Maxwell) http://bit.ly/2fR5koU
  • Trump’s Top Food Guy Just Abruptly Quit (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2eRJZMY                                                                                The reason? He wanted to spend more time on his lobbying business.
  • Trump’s Head Food Guy Delivers for Little Caesars on the Side (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2g475Aj                                        It’s like Michael Torrey was sent from central casting.
  • Local Governments Can Prohibit GE Crops, Says US Court of Appeals (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2gq9zVz                                      The court recognized potential harm to farmers and environment from the widespread planting of GE crops.
  • State (MI) appeals judge’s order to deliver water to flint homes (abc 12 Flint) http://bit.ly/2fob1rj
  • Nestlé’s permit to pump more water almost went unnoticed. State now says full public review coming (Michigan Radio) http://bit.ly/2fszJWM
  • Six States Fail to Block Landmark California Farm Animal Protection Law (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2fxBfan                                A lawsuit tried to force California to sell factory farm eggs from states where hens were cruelly treated.
  • Chicago Will Now Tax Sugary Drinks (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2eQKwx8                                                                                The Windy City joins Philadelphia, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, and Boulder to slap a levy on sodas.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Local governments can prohibit GE crops, says US court of appeals (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2fyJL9U
  • Voters in This Florida County Just Approved GM Mosquitoes to Fight Zika (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2fxcTBa

 

Poisons

  • Alarming levels of glyphosate found in popular American foods (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2gc9LMM
    • Study: Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate (The Detox Project) http://bit.ly/2gddCJ0                                                          Food testing results and scientific reasons for concern
  • California marijuana would fail Oregon’s standards, study finds (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2fJrd6L                            California’s cannabis products fail largely due to the use of the pesticide myclobutanal, which can turn into toxic hydrogen cyanide during combustion.
  • Trumps Top Environmental Adviser Says Pesticides Aren’t Bad for You (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2ghxTOn                        In addition to not believing in climate change, Myron Ebell has several other lovely qualities.

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • Massachusetts Voters Pass Historic Animal Protection Law (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2fp1Ze8                                Millions of animals will be spared from suffering.
  • It’s a Good Idea to Eat a Rare Bird on Thanksgiving (takepart) http://bit.ly/2fTKiTU                                                                              Heritage turkeys have recovered from near extinction thanks to the work of people like Jessica Isbrecht.
  • Look How Much Bigger Thanksgiving Turkey Than in the 1930’s (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2g19QkT                              And not just bigger – they’re also sicker.

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update November 9, 2016

 

  • To Save Apples, Look to Their Wild Roots (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2ebNaut                                                                    Making apple trees grow shorter over the years has made them easier to pick and ship, but I has also left them more vulnerable to disease.
  • UC Santa Cruz project wins US agriculture grant to diversify food studies (UCSC Newscenter) http://bit.ly/2ejiE1Q
  • This Farm-To-Hospital Program Brings Organic Produce To Those Who Need It Most (Rodale’s Organic Life) http://bit.ly/2fvvFWq
  • How Lobsters Are Keeping Students in School (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2eN7Byp                                                                                        In a small marine community in Maine, the crustaceans have long been a key to economic livelihood – but now, they’re entering education.
  • Agriculture must transform to feed a hotter, more crowded planet, UN says on World Food Day (UN News Centre) http://bit.ly/2fra85J
  • 10 Key Principles for Supporting Small Scale Farmers in Adapting to Climate Change (groundsell international) http://bit.ly/2eMUkpi
  • Beyond Access: What the Movement for Black Lives’ Policy Says About Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2eXTNkR

 

Food and Culture

  • 5 Rare Foods Protected by Women’s Groups Around the World (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2f5us96                                                                Women-led groups are working to protect the food biodiversity of their local regions.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Alabama A&M Student Launches Campus Food Pantry So Classmates Won’t Go Hungry (Essence) http://bit.ly/2eHFMav

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A delicious dinner in Berlin – from food that would have been thrown away (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2eS6wWz

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • This Study Made Me Change My Mind on Soda Taxes (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2e2p7SH                                                                               The connection between soda and diabetes is just so clear.
  • Study: Sweetened beverage intake and risk of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) and type 2 diabetes (European Journal of Endocrinology) http://bit.ly/2fcXNyl

 

Children & School Food

  • Already a leader, Oakland Unified School District ups ante on feeding students (Berkeleyside) http://bit.ly/2eT30KB
  • Nation’s Second Largest School District Wants to Kick McDonald’s Out (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ff2fMQ                                            After almost four years of McTeacher’s Nigh fundraisers, teachers in the greater Los Angeles area are demanding the fast-food chain stop predatory marketing toward their students.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Did Slaves Produce Your Food? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2dYa5bJ    New report says 20 of the largest food and beverage companies need to do more to keep forced labor out of their supply chains.
  • $15/Hour Minimum Wage: Disaster or Opportunity for Family-scale Farms? (Food First) http://bit.ly/2fdSnlp
    • Conservatives Say Raising the Minimum Wage Kills Jobs. New Research Says They’re Wrong. (Talking Poverty) http://bit.ly/2f6v0hu
    • The Raise the Wage Effort Is Coming to a City Near You (Center for American Progress) http://bit.ly/2dZ7raJ
  • 4 States Will Decide Whether To Raise the Minimum Wage On Election Day (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2fwSeyS                      Paid sick days are on the ballot, too.
  • The largest workplace raid under the Obama administration just happened in New York (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2dUcnsg
  • Trump violates federal labor law, refuses to negotiate with his Vegas workers’ union (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2ft5hOy
    • Donald Trump’s Las Vegas Hotel Is Breaking The Law (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2f8OYoQ                                              Five days ahead of the election, federal officials had to order the Trump International Hotels to start bargaining with its workers’ union.
  • How Urban Governments Are Promoting Worker Co-ops (Grassroots Economic Organizing) http://bit.ly/2fvbRSG                    10 Cities Investing in Healthy, Sustainable & Equitable Growth

 

Protests

  • We’re in the midst of the biggest prison strike in US history (Vox) http://bit.ly/2elXRe7                                                                                        Prison officials have made it hard to get this information to the public. But it’s a big deal.
  • Harvard Workers Went On Strike and Won – Here’s How They Did It, and How Students Helped (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2ffvCzt                                                                                      Solidarity statements and op-eds are important, but direct actions are essential.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • How a Mexican American Farmer Is Making Organic Food More Accessible (takepart) http://bit.ly/2fDNpnh                                                Sin Fronteras is changing the CSA and other distribution models to make local produce less of a luxury item.
  • Chobani Hires Refugees And Treats Them Well. That Makes A Lot Of People Angry. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2fcDWPT              “If a refugee has a job, they are no longer a refugee.”
  • Volunteers and vendors sought for Food Emporium launch in Hilltop on Friday (Richmond Standard) http://bit.ly/2dYhjQ8      After organizers behind Off-the Grid declined to set up in Richmond, local leaders decided to launch a similar concept of their own called the Food Emporium…
  • What is Coffiest? (soylent) http://bit.ly/2fHjiLV                              Coffiest is soylent’s new breakfast product…
  • What to Understand Trump’s Rise? Head to the Farm (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2dPrloc                                                                                                  For many angry rural voters, Donald Trump is fueling a fire that started with the farm crisis of the 1980s.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Public Opposition to Fracking Grows Worldwide (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2e5zhxb                                                                                    Allegations that fracking contaminates water supplies and creates small earthquakes have led to a backlash in local communities across the world.
  • With New Study in Hand, Pennsylvanians Reiterate Call for Fracking Ban (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2eT3OPx
    • Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Funds (Yale School of Public Health) http://bit.ly/2f8RFee
  • As Flint Suffers, Nestlé Plans Dramatic Expansion of Water Privatization in Michigan (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2fHR6HY                                                                                        What’s more, the biggest food company in the world gets to pump that water at no cost.
  • WIN! Township of Centre Wellington passes resolution against Nestlé water takings (The Council of Canadians) http://bit.ly/2ew1Ib2
  • Report: Hurricane Matthew Was a Farm Runnoff Disaster (takepart) http://bit.ly/2emvv2o                                                    Floodwaters washed hundreds of millions of gallons of hog waste off North Carolina’s pig farms.
  • Exposing Fields of Filth (Environmental Working Group) http://bit.ly/2fDABxj                                                                                            After hurricane, first detailed look at flooding of feces-laden NC Factory farms
  • America’s Lead Crisis Continues: Chicago Parks Shut Off Drinking Fountains After Tests Find High Levels of Lead (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2f5wkPh
  • Alabama’s ‘Worst Drought In Memory’ Is About To Get Even Worse (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2e5lEkz
    • Climate Change Wallops Alabama, but the State Climatologist Is a Climate Skeptic (takepart) http://bit.ly/2ewAFw2                  The state has few plans to deal with record drought that scientists say will only worsen as temperatures rise.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

 

 

  • USDA Allowing Illegal “organic” Produce Production (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2edEGlI

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2fuOTzc
    • The New York Time Cuts Through the Hype on GMOs (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2ezKQh7                                                                  They’re likely safe to eat, but they sure haven’t lived up to their high-yield, low pesticide promise.
  • Monsanto Was Put on Trial for Ecocide at the Hague: Here’s What Happened (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2eUbvpj
  • IARS Scientists Defend Glyphosate Cancer Lin; Surprised by Industry Assault (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2dYKLY5                …Monsanto and its friends at CropLife America are driving efforts to cut off US funding for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)…
  • UK Supermarket Waitrose Moves Towards Non-GMO Animal Feed for Pork Products (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2fyHYpL
  • Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region known as “Ground Zero” for Their Development (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/2eH43hp
  • Dead or Alive? Who Knows: The stem cell burger is back, and this time it might even be affordable (grist) http://bit.ly/2eMREsR

 

Poisons

  • New Study Shows Reduction of Persistent Pollutants in Breast Milk, Though Concerns Remain (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2eMCFRw
  • Organic Consumers Association Press Release: Nonprofits File Lawsuit Against Sioux Honey Over ‘100% Pure’ and ‘Natural’ Labels on Products Contaminated with Glyphosate (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2eEWYgS
    • Glyphosate found in Iowa honey (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2fhTsN3                                                                                          The glyphosate residues show up in food are surprising and worrisome.
  • San Francisco Lab Launches New Era of Glyphosate Testing in Food (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2filwh1

 

Pollinators

  • Shocking Number of Top Retailers Sell Food Produced With Pesticides Toxic to Bees (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2ewhmmW

 

Animals

  • This May Be The Most Sweeping Set Of Animal Protections Ever Announced (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2fAxJB0                              … two of the world’s largest food services companies, Compass Group USA and Aramark, announced sweeping new welfare improvements for boiler chickens in their supply chains.
  • The Fate of Millions of Animals Will Be Determined on Election Day (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2f2asnk                                          Massachusetts voters have a chance to significantly help the most abused animals in agribusiness.
  • Scientists Believe The Chickens We Eat Are Being Slaughtered While Conscious (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2ff4rHY
  • Eating The World’s Mammals To Extinction (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2e2lImS                                                                                Bushmeat hunting threatens hundreds of mammal species with extinction and millions of people with food insecurity.
  • The Netherlands will spend 150 million Euros to turn cow poop into biogas (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/2ecYuL5