Jenny’s Food & Ag Update February 2, 2017


  • Mobile grocery store sees interest grow after 1 year in St. Louis food desert (St. Louis Public Radio)
  • The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law (Intercontinental Cry)
  • More soil organic matter makes more rain (Beef Producer)                                                                                              New satellite data shows just how important is plant-soil evapotranspiration and how it lasts longer than once believed.
  • How “Open Source” Seed Producers from the US to India are Changing Global Food Production (Resilience)
  • South LA “Gangsta Gardener” Ron Finley Fights to Save His Garden From Eviction (LA Weekly)
  • The Hottest Thing in Farming (Civil Eats)        New technology – and growing demand for local food – is making winter farming more possible than ever.
  • Beyond Trump: How Will a Billionaire’s Privatization of the Presidency Affect our Food? (Food First)
  • Hundreds Flock to New Vegan Soul Food Grand Opening in Oakland (The Post News Group)


Food and Culture

  • Meet the culinary zealot fighting to preserve Syrian cuisine despite years of war (Los Angeles Times)


Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • The Long Shadow of Childhood Hunger (Civil Eats)                                                                                                A new study links food insecurity to poor health and behavior problems.
  • Study: Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated With Behavioral Problems Ann worse Overall Health Among Children (Health Affairs)
  • Science Says This Weird Virus Could Make You Fat (Mother Jones)                                                                                    Yet more evidence that there’s more to losing weight than diet and exercise.


Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Swedish supermarkets replace sticky labels with laser marking (The Guardian)                                                          Food retailers aiming to cut plastic packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using hi-tech ‘natural branding’
  • What’s Better for the Environment, Paper Bags or Reusable Plastic Bags? (AlterNet)
  • Why Your Urine Is Too Good to Waste (Yes!)                                                                                            Almost all of the nitrogen and phosphorous we ingest comes out of our bodies – what if we could return it to the soil?


Healthy/Safe Food

  • Processed food NOT fat is the real cause of heart disease, claims heart surgeon who says a diet of natural food an even reverse the illness (The Daily Mail)
  • Palm Oil Products Are Being Pulled From Some Stores In Italy After A Report Linking It To Cancer (Huffington Post)
    • Report: Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods (European Food Safety Authority)
  • Sugar, explained (Vox)                                            Sugar is the dietary villain of our day. But the science is complicated.
  • It’s Time to Stop Shaming Poor People for What They Buy With Food Stamps (Mother Jones)                            No, low-income people aren’t quaffing huge amounts of soda on the taxpayer dime.
  • In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Not What the New York Times Reported (Talk Poverty)
  • Study: US Salmon May Carry Japanese Tapeworm, Which Can Grow to 30 Feet Long (KTLA)



  • Andrew Puzder’s shad history: Trump’s labor secretary nominee is a habitual violator of labor law (Salon)
    • New Labor Secretary (nominee): Cutthroat Businessman and Anti-Minimum Wage (AlterNet)        Andrew Puzder want to apply his fast food principles to federal policy.
  • Report: Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder’s Employees Report High Rates of Wage and Hour Violations, Age Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United)
  • A Legal Fight In New York Could Cause Big Headaches For Uber (BuzzFeed)                                                                       A disputed workers compensation claim could end with Uber being declared the legal employer if tits on-demand workforce.
  • Montgomery County (MD)to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour By 2020 (NBC4 Washington)



  • Beyond Standing Rock: As Pipelines Proliferate Across the US, So Do Protests (AlterNet)



Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Spain’s ‘Robin Hood Restaurant’ Charges The Rich And Feeds The Poor (NPR)
  • How Big Dairy Is Producing Poorer Farmers, Sicker Cows and Unsafe Beef (AlterNet)                                            The conventional dairy industry has pushed cows to their physical limits.
  • The Head of Obama’s USDA Just Took a Cushy Big Dairy Job (Mother Jones)                                                      Former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack heads to greener pastures at the US Dairy Export Council.
  • The Restaurant Industry Prepares for the Trump Era (Civil Eats)                                                                                                A look at how chefs, bakers, and eaters are lining up to resist the Trump administration on Inauguration Day and beyond.


Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Thousands of Skittles end up on an icy road. But that’s not the surprising part (CNN)                                                  … The sheriffs’ department later found out that the Skittles fell off a truck that was hauling the red candies to be used as cattle feed… I guess we are still feeding cattle candy, it is cheaper than fodder.


Water & Our Oceans

  • More Lockdowns, Arrests as Indigenous-Led Direct Action Campaign Continues in West Texas (truthout)
  • Battle for the Amazon: Tapajós Basin Threatened by Massive Development (truthout)
  • Obama Moves To Protect More California Coast in Mendocino, Humboldt, Santa Cruz (sfist)
  • Is Your Omega 3 Supplement Killing Seals, Penguins, and Other Arctic Animals? (One Green Planet)


Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard Of Just Passed The House (Huffington Post)                                      … the House of Representatives has passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standard, occupational safety and civil right law on the books.
  • Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out (NYT)                                                                                            The Rusty-Patch Bumblebee is the first bee to be listed as endangered from the lower 48 states…
  • USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump (BuzzFeedNews)                                            “Starting immediately and until further notice” the department’s main research division “will not release any public-facing documents,” according to an internal memo.
  • ‘It’s Outrageous’: EPA Acknowledges Proven Dangers of Bee-Killing Pesticides But Refuses to Restrict Them (EcoWatch)
    • EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’ (Common Dreams)
  • Obama Declared An Emergency In Flint One Year Ago. The Crisis Isn’t Over (Huffington Post)
  • Obama Regulators Reject Fracked Gas Pipeline Across Oregon (AlterNet)                                                                      FERC refused to approve a liquefied natural gas export project – for the first time ever.


GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • There Foods Aren’t Genetically Modified but They Are ‘Edited’ (NYT)                                                                                No, they are genetically modified, I don’t think this author understands basic biology…
  • Burkina Faso says cotton production increases after it discontinues Monsanto variety (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)                                                                                            Burkina Faso estimates its production of raw cotton for the 2016-17 harvest will rise by 25 percent compared to the previous harvest…



  • Poison Fruit (The Intercept)                              Dow Chemical wants farmers to keep using a pesticide linked to autism and ADHD



  • Ground-Breaking Animal Welfare Organic Rules Moving Forward (Civil Eats)                                                                            The proposed rules were finalized just under the wire.
  • EPA Ignores Risks and Expands Uses of Toxic Herbicide Enlist Duo (Beyond Pesticides)



  • You May Be Eligible For A Cash Payout If You Bought Milk In This Timeframe (Huffington Post)