Jenny’s Food & Ag Update January 13, 2017

 

  • Wendell Berry Speaks on Human Limits and Protecting Farmers and Farmland (Cooking Up A Story) http://bit.ly/2hF1qSn
  • Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2ijIgjW                                                                                        With corporate funding of research, “There’s no scientist who comes out of this unscathed.”
  • Seeding doubt (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2i0kSoC                                                                                            How self-appointed guardians’ of ‘sound science’ tip the scales toward industry
  • How “Open Source” Seed Producers From the US to India are Changing Global Food Production (ensia) http://bit.ly/2iUzwhq      Around the word, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.
  • From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food Local (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2jbTjge
  • Cupcake defender interviews for Ag secretary job (Politico) http://politi.co/2it1EsY                                                                                            Sid Miller now says he’s a fan of fresh produce.
  • There Is a Global Fight Against Land Grabs by Oligarchs – Will You Stand Up in Solidarity? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2hHZ44V        India’s land rights movements are preparing for sustained struggle in the year ahead.
  • This Kansas farmer fought a government program to keep his farm sustainable. (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2inr39q
  • ‘Restoration economy’ strives to protect pollinators, create jobs (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2iy5Wl6    Conservationists hope to boost livelihoods along the poverty-stricken Arizona-Mexico borderlands by repairing habitat for more than 900 species of wild pollinators
  • The Food Movement Has People and Can Make the World a Better Place… But It will Need Land (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2jsb9vz
  • When Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Are at Odds: Antonio Roman-Alcalá and Erin Havens on AB 551 (foodtank) http://bit.ly/2j2083R
  • Colin Kaepernick Just Dropped $25,000 To Support Urban Farming In North Minneapolis (Watch The Yard) http://bit.ly/2i7BFss
  • Organic and small-sale: An alternative vision for the future of farming (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2i3e1Ph                                        The Oxford Real Farming Conference has rapidly outgrown its decades-old establishment counterpart and is calling for radical reforms to the industrialized intensive model they represent.
  • Scientists have discovered a fourth state of water beyond solid, liquid, and gas (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2j6rwdV
  • Soy, Almond, Coconut: If It’s Not From A Cow, Can You Legally Call It Milk? (NPR) http://n.pr/2ji8rVB
  • 52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History (NPR) http://n.pr/2ilmxrn
    • Eocene lantern fruits from Gondwana Patagonia and the early origins of Solanacea (Science) http://bit.ly/2ih7q3W
  • Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2joESmb

 

Food and Culture

  • The History of Italian Espresso: How Well Do You Know Your Coffee History? (Perfect Daily Grind) http://bit.ly/2i7CJwp

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • To Truly Fight Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture Must Go Global (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2hHUgNd        How can we transform the way crops are grown on hundreds of millions of farms, from the largest plantations to the tiniest smallholder plots?
  • EBT Cards Must Be Accepted at All Certified Farmers Markets in LA: City Council (NBC Los Angeles) http://bit.ly/2ikxzK8
  • In Tampa, Food Not Bomb activists arrested for feeding the homeless – again (CL Tampa) http://bit.ly/2j6YjiZ
  • The world’s worst crisis: Hunger and Displacement in Lake Chad (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2iXL5Id
  • Food crisis looming in Haiti as aid slow to reach Hurricane Matthew’s victims (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2iwtqou
  • US backed Saudi War in Yemen Fuels ‘Largest Food Security Emergency in the World’ (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2jrVEE4
  • 6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate (NPR) http://n.pr/2iMbAgy                                                                                    … Calorie counts at restaurants and fast-food chains…

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • From Grease to Soap: How One Woman Is Repurposing Used Oil (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2iUwrxP                                                In 4 years, Laura Kneib has recycled some 5 tons of vegetable oil, cardboard, and biodiesel glycerin

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Snack bars with a winning twist: Beans in the international spotlight (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) http://bit.ly/2i67rTt
  • McDonald’s Hops on Kale Fad With a Salad That’s Worse for You Than a Big Mac (takepart) http://bit.ly/2ineV8j                                  Salad featuring the trendy green are available at locations in Canada.
  • Taco Bell’s Latest Creation Is A Fried Chicken Monstrosity (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2igJJIY                                                    Holy 2017.

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Black restaurant worker beaten, enslaved for years, Charleston lawyers say (The Post and Courier) http://bit.ly/2iX7mFU
  • Restaurants run by labor secretary nominee report ‘disturbing’ rates of sexual harassment (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2jsVQ1I      Survey finds two-thirds of female workers reported harassment at brands owned by CKE Restaurants, run by Andrew Puzder, Trump’s labor pick
  • Trump’s pick for labor secretary runs a fast-food chain where 2 in 3 women report being sexually harassed on the job (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2jv875F
  • Certification of Agriculture Fair Labor Practices (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/2hLlBfD
    • Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay (NPR) http://n.pr/2j6yj7r
  • Organic Farming Doesn’t Mean Fairer Labor (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2i62qKC                                            The first organic unionized farm in American Swanton (Berry Farm) is among the increasing number of growers adopting a new label: Food Justice Certified
  • These Workers Are Celebrating 20 Years of Shared Bread and Shared Ownership (truthout) http://bit.ly/2iFAZca

 

Protests

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • There’s a Massive Restaurant Industry Bubble, and It’s About to Burst (Thrillist) http://bit.ly/2iXMpHB
  • ConAgra dealt blow by ninth circuit in ‘100% natural’ case, but its wider significance is less clear, say experts (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2jbYSar
  • A Major American Meat Company Is Betting on Plant-Based Protein (takepart) http://bit.ly/2hIbxFV                                                Tyson Foods now owns 5 percent of the star-up Beyond Meat.
  • After 8 Decades And Countless Pastrami Sandwiches, New York’s Carnegie Deli fold (NPR) http://n.pr/2iX84TW
  • Higher Seattle Minimum Wage Hasn’t Hurt Restaurant Jobs Growth After A Year (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2iS89pu

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Are You Eating Smuggled Avocados? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2iSfoQ0                                                                                                  As climate change makes it harder for growers, the criminal underworld has seized on the fruit’s ever-growing popularity.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Farmers Score in Battle Over Diverting Klamath River Water For Endangered Species (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/2iwbjPt
  • Would You Eat This Fish? A Shark Called Dogfish Makes A Tasty Taco (NPR) http://n.pr/2jredbl
    • Conservation and Management Status of Spiny dogfish Sharks (Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species) http://bit.ly/2jhYAz4
  • Fishing rule Aims To Do For All Marine Mammals What It Did For The Dolphin (NPR) http://n.pr/2is6SnT

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Obama Protects Waterways From Coal Mining Before Trump Crashes the White House (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2i0iPAS
  • Obama Regulators Reject Fracked Gas Pipeline Across Oregon (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2iUnAvY                                                                    FERC refuses to approve a liquefied natural gas export project – for the first time ever.
  • Labor Department to bar company that stiffed its employees from working with the government (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2iFA8YX
  • EPA Bans 72 Toxic Ingredients in Pesticides, but Hundreds of Other Remain – and Aren’t Even Listed on Labels (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2iSJD7z                                                                                              The failure of EPA to require the disclosure of inert ingredients poses many problems for those trying to protect human health.
  • The FDA’s report on antibiotic use in farm animas: still increasing (Food Politics) http://bit.ly/2i33qjy
    • FDA: 2015 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals http://bit.ly/2j15In7
  • Pacific Fisheries Management Council Nominated for ‘Shark Enemy’ Award (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2iy6cAs                                        For over a decade, the council has failed miserably to protect sharks from deadly drift gillnets.
  • Court OKs California Raisin Growers’ Suits to Force Federal Payment for Seized Crops (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/2iwuoAO
  • Two Unelected Emergency Managers Are Charged Over Flint Water Poisoning – Will Gov. Snyder Be Next? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2i0qiQs                                                                                      “Nobody’s off the table,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • German GMO – Free industry body says gene-edited foods are GMOs (Food Democracy Now!) http://bit.ly/2iQkuJd
  • Why You Should Really Think Twice about Eating GMO Corn (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ixRpWt
    • An integrated multi-omics analysis of the NK603 Roundup-tolerant GM maize reveal metabolism disturbances caused by the transformation process (Nature) http://go.nature.com/2i0iFti
  • Meet Monsanto’s Dangerous Bioengineered Plant That Never Dies (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2i0jIJI                                                          Creeping bentgrass can-cross pollinate with related wild species and spread uncontrollably.

 

Poisons

  • Monsanto Supporters Admit Massive Fail over Glyphosate Report Criticism (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2it5fXV
    • Alarming Levels of Glyphosate Contamination Found in Popular American Foods (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2hI1BdR
  • Texas Wineries Worry EPA Approval of Monsanto, Dow Herbicides Will ‘Kill’ Industry (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2jaL8AL

 

Animals

  • US Wildlife Is Increasingly Being Managed as Private Livestock – and It’s Creating a Disease Epidemic (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2hEiFOB                                                                                                The rapid and dangerous rise of wildlife privatization has occurred largely out of sight of the American Public.
  • Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics (NPR) http://n.pr/2i7AsRI
    • Resistance to the Antibiotic of Last Resort Silently Spreading (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2jnKc91                                            Just over a year after they were discovered in China, bacteria that can fend off colistin are being found all across the world.

 

Education

  • The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained in New York City High Schools (NPR) http://n.pr/2iWU8sM