- 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
- How to Farm a Forest – and Feed a Neighborhood (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2iSDPwS
- How food, forests, and people are connected, in 10 charts (grist) http://bit.ly/2i3Emg8
- 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.
- Kale Is About To Have An Identity Crisis (NPR) http://n.pr/2j6KhOD
- 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
- A California Agriculture Update (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/2i3lmKz
- How Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard (cbs news) http://cbsn.ws/2iwyRDL
- New Generation of Farmers Rent to Cope With Soaring American Cropland Prices (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/2hL7p88
- 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
- Trump Quietly Deposed in Jose Andres Civil Lawsuit (The Daily Meal) http://bit.ly/2isccaJ
- Soy, Almond, Coconut: If It’s Not From A Cow, Can You Legally Call It Milk? (NPR) http://n.pr/2ji8rVB
- 5 Global Food Trends to watch in 2017 (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2iSPs4G
- 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
- Trump Somehow Found Time to Meet With Monsanto Execs (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2ih8Jjr
- Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2joESmb
Food and Culture
- The Lost Ancestral Peanut Of The South Is Revived (NPR) http://n.pr/2iX4lW9
- The Widow Who Crated the Champagne Industry (Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2iqmOJZ
- Dinner in Appalachia: Finding Common Ground In Trump Country (NPR) http://n.pr/2i7utMW
- The History of Italian Espresso: How Well Do You Know Your Coffee History? (Perfect Daily Grind) http://bit.ly/2i7CJwp
- A Detroit Urban Farm Preserves Black History In Jam Form (NPR) http://n.pr/2jrolB4
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
- A New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America (NPR) http://n.pr/2j5C1hW
- 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
- Drought-Stricken Southern Madagascar Teeters On The Edge Of Famine (NPR) http://n.pr/2jrAJAY
- US backed Saudi War in Yemen Fuels ‘Largest Food Security Emergency in the World’ (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2jrVEE4
- How the Soda Tax Hits Home (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2i69iro
- 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
- The staggering social and environmental costs of food waste (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2i0F35T
- 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.
- 12 Bad-for-You Food Additives to Avoid (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2i7T4kO
- Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive (NPR) http://n.pr/2i5MyrC
- Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don’t Know (NPR) http://n.pr/2iSs5bB
Children & School Food
- Good Food Rising (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2iWBKk6
- Challenges Linger Over More Healthful School Lunches (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2js4D86
- 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
- Trump’s new labor secretary is not good for workers (East Bay Times) http://bayareane.ws/2jnD5gZ
- 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
- Japan builds a Fight for $15 movement of its own (Waging Nonviolence) http://bit.ly/2iXJWAi
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
- The Final Days Of Hawaiian Sugar (NPR) http://n.pr/2i7IHxg
- 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
- Bay Area restaurant industry prepares for Trump Administration (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2j6vuDi
- Squamscot Soda: Helping You Wash it All Down Since 1863 (NPR) http://n.pr/2iscdvB
- Higher Seattle Minimum Wage Hasn’t Hurt Restaurant Jobs Growth After A Year (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2iS89pu
- 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
- Poisoning the Well: The US’s Unsafe Drinking Water Outrage (truthout) http://bit.ly/2jc9HcI
- Farmers Score in Battle Over Diverting Klamath River Water For Endangered Species (California Institute For Rural Studies) http://bit.ly/2iwbjPt
- Scientists Stumped By Thousands Of Dead Fish Off Nova Scotia (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2iRlVvo
- Only common trait dead fish share is where they live: Professor (Halifax Metro) http://bit.ly/2hEc2PO
- 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
- UN adopts ‘groundbreaking’ animal welfare policies (Global Meat News) http://bit.ly/2hDR7Jj
- 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.
- The ‘chickenization’ of beef (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2hY5kpy
- Labor Department to bar company that stiffed its employees from working with the government (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2iFA8YX
- CDC: Prevalence of Perceived Food and Housing Security – 15 States, 2013 http://bit.ly/2j5LFBk
- 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.
- USDA Allows Non-GMO Label for Some GMO Fed Animal Products (Sustainable Pulse) http://bit.ly/2iUoSHw
- 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.
- 19 States Increase Minimum Wage at the Start of 2017 (abc News) http://abcn.ws/2iHWt7Z
- Yes, this is real: Michigan just banned banning plastic bags (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2ijIRSO
- 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.
- Selling Shark Fins Is Now A Crime in Rhode Island (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2i6lxEV
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.
- 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
- 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.
- The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained in New York City High Schools (NPR) http://n.pr/2iWU8sM