Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 23, 2017

 

  • ‘Come West, California is Hiring’: State Recruits EPA Climate Scientists (KQED) http://bit.ly/2maX2g7
  • Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control (NPR) http://n.pr/2nj7eTc

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Can Rodale Create a Unified Voice for Organic Farmers in Washington? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2m01OKd                                      The Organic Farmers Association hope to give farmers a place at the table on federal food policy.
  • The Hows and Whys of Hops (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/2nbk1HO                                                                                        You’re going to drink it. You may as well know something about it.
  • Here Are the Three Main Challenges Facing US Agriculture Over the Next 50 Years (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2lQGutD
  • Many shades of gray – The context-dependent performance of organic agriculture (Science Advances) http://bit.ly/2nye057
  • This Is the Future of Farming (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2m2Jnn7        This is what cutting-edge looks like: The ‘world’s first post-organic produce’ grows at this vertical farm.
  • Texans Receive First Notices of Land Condemnation for Trump’s Border Wall (Texas Observer) http://bit.ly/2mKRMi4
  • The reindeer herder struggling to take on oil excavators in Siberia (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nKZzur
  • Who Grows Food For Blue Apron? Their Resident Agroecologist, Alison Grantham, Explains (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2lAmV7M
    • A pioneer of humanely raised meat is betting the farm on Blue Apron (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2nCH4LK

 

Food and Culture

  • Baba’s Home Style Perogies May Be The World’s Only Drive-Thru Perogy Joint (Huffington Post Canada) http://huff.to/2me8Jyw
  • For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home (NPR) http://n.pr/2nxzP7z

 

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mUO0DG                                 Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen O’Brien
  • World Food Program says ‘race against time’ under way to prevent Yemen famine (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2mqOiyD
  • #LetThemDie: ‘Heartless’ Donald Trump Blasted For Killing Meals On Wheels Funds (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nquPSP
  • National Survey Shows High Rates Of Hungry And Homeless Community College Students (NPR) http://n.pr/2mycXjM
    • Striking Number of College Students Are Hungry and Homeless (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2nKRV2o                         A new report says two-thirds of community-college students don’t have enough to eat, and 14 percent are homeless.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A New Supermarket Lets You Pay What You Want for Less Than Perfect Food (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2mhjQq1                           A new supermarket in Germany only sells food that would be tossed out by most grocery stores. While they aren’t the first store to sell would-be-garbage goods, they are the first to be a ‘pay what you want’ establishment.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Sell By, Use By, Best Before – Ugh. New Initiative Tries To Reduce Label Confusion (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2mbWd6t            There actually are no rules on the books for expiration dates. In fact, the only food that is required to have one is infant formula.

 

Children & School Food

  • High School Students Start Club To Make Sure No One Sits Alone At Lunch (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2mFeub9
  • (Australian) School ditches traditional met pies and sausage rolls to employ sous chef who trained at a hatted restaurant – but would your kids eat fom the menu? (Daily Mail) http://dailym.ai/2nkfDWr
  • ‘Outrageous’: expert slams White House for denying school meals’ link to learning (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mVcFVT

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2nzpyIK                                                              Trump’s immigration crackdown is supposed to help US citizens. For California farmers, it’s worsening a desperate labor shortage.
  • On Michigan farms and in restaurants, who will fill jobs? (Crain’s Detroit Business) http://bit.ly/2mnAK5O
  • Waiter fired after asking Latinas for ‘proof of residency’ at upscale Huntington Beach eatery (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2nFRuY6
  • Trump’s Plan to Make America Great Again Using Cheap Foreign Labor (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2noRZW7                                          The H-2 visa program leaves workers open to exploitation.
  • A court’s decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged on the absence of an Oxford comma (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2mGk7nO
  • Teamsters Maintain Lyft Driers Should Be Classified As Employees (Teamsters) http://bit.ly/2mEtClP                                    First it was FedEx that lost when they claimed their drivers were contractors, California’s courts determined the same thing for Uber in 2005, now Lyft.

 

Protests

  • It Takes Something Seismic to Get This Group Protesting (Esquire) http://bit.ly/2mqL2nm                                                                      The Mennonites are out in the street.
  • Big Strike Brewing Against Trump: Coalition of More Than 300,000 Food Workers to Join May Day Showdown (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mUcIjo

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Big Chicken Goes Antibiotic-Free (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2noQSsf                                                                                          Giants in the poultry industry are mobbing away from the use of antibiotics in a big way. Perdue stopped using antibiotics last year and now Tyson, the largest chicken processor in the US, has pushed up its plans to stop using the drugs by June.
  • Burger King Vows To Stop Buying Chickens From Animal Abusers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2o2uHoHThe burger chain gave itself seven years to meet standards for humanely raised birds.
  • Pepsi, McDonalds, Nestle, Other Major Brands Implicated in Illegal Destruction of Critical Elephant Habitat (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nKqaHl
  • Honey Nut Cheerios Pulled Its Bee Mascot Because Bees Are Disappearing (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nG2Bj5
  • House of hemp: Growers call for a processing plant in WA to supply building industry (ABC News Australia) http://ab.co/2nhclAF
  • Seven Oil Multinationals That Are Pulling Out of Canada’s Tar Sands (environmental defence) http://bit.ly/2m4ckTJ
  • None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use (grist) http://bit.ly/2n58VBv              I remember posting this in 2013 when it was first published… It is more applicable today.

 

Food Scandals, Fraud, Weird

  • This former official dodged jail time in the Flint water crisis, just has to write an apology letter (grist) http://bit.ly/2mqDekJ
  • ‘100 Percent Orange Juice’ Probably Isn’t As Natural As You Think (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2mSPgWQ
  • Terrifying ‘My Little Pony’ Sting Cheese Is Pink, Tastes Like Strawberries (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nb9qfD

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Trump Said He’d Fix Flint. Hobbling The EPA Is An Odd Way To Do That. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2n4JC2n                              The agency enforces regulations that are supposed to prevent lead from poisoning people’s water.
  • Updated: Can This Genius Strategy Stop Big Ag from Dumping Fertilizer Into Drinking Water? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1EDrl2w
  • Using Nonnative Oyster (shells) to Help Restore Native Oysters in the Puget Sound (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2mdFdIh
  • Proposed Federal Budget Would Slash Puget Sound’s EPA Funding by 93 Percent (Seattle Weekly) http://bit.ly/2mdXnux

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2jKd6j6                                                                        Yes indeed, if you look at USAID, we are not giving of the good of our hearts. We created USAID to open new markets. Case in point; food aid to Afghanistan has included a great deal of rice. Because Afghanistan is an arid or semiarid country all their rice production is dry land rice, which has lower yields than patty rice. Therefore, rice is a product that is consumed by the wealthy. When USAID and countries like Thailand donated rice, they were donating the equivalent of caviar to those starving in Afghanistan, creating new markets for the worlds subsidized rice…
  • No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2njDhSV                                  Every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to the organizer of the African Global Economic Development Summit
  • Mexico canceled sugar export permits to the US because it couldn’t find anyone to negotiate with (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2ng96Zw
  • Donald Trump Has A Weird Way Of Showing How Much He Loves Farmers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nkDcOW        Trump wants to “honor” farmers, but his policies could put their livelihoods at risk and their health care on the chopping block.
  • The Cuts in Trump’s Budget You Haven’t Heard About (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2n9ma64                                                                                        Whole national outrage is focused on Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, tiny agencies helping communities that teeter on the edge of poverty would also disappear.
  • Trump budget director: Feeding elderly and children has to end, it’s not ‘showing any results’ (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2nxaZ50
    • Meals on Wheels only isn’t ‘showing any results if you ignore these results (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2nzaPgV
    • White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’ (New York Magazine) http://nym.ag/2nsMEjV
    • How much does Trump want to screw over those in need? His budget eliminates Meals on Wheels (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2mUEYpf
    • Trump’s Budget Would Kill a Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens (Time) http://ti.me/2nwbGeG
    • Trump, Ryan budget will kill more Americans per year than all Muslim extremist attacks combined (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2nKz1IX
    • People are furious that Trump’s new budget cuts funding to Meals on Wheels (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2mXTooD
  • No, Feeding Hungry Kids and Seniors Isn’t a Waste of Money (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2mVh2SH                                                        Next up: puppy kicking?
  • Meals on Wheels is not showing any results’ only if you ignore all these results (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2nNDPNK
  • Meals on Wheels sees donation surge after Trump proposes funding cuts (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2mGJIvc
  • Donald Trump’s Agriculture Pick Has Some Serious Ethics Issues, Too (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nu3awP
  • Report: Trump budget will slash the EPA, State Department, Amtrak, Meals on Wheels Grants (Vox) http://bit.ly/2n1t1OU
  • Trump’s Plan to Slash Weather Forecast Funding Is Terrible News for Farms (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2lOXQHn
  • Congress Approves of Drug Test Measure that ‘Vilifies Unemployed Workers’ (The District Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2nw3MCe
  • EPA Official Accused of Helping Monsanto ‘Kill’ Cancer Study (Boomberg) http://bloom.bg/2mb2NdA
    • Monsanto Weed Killer Deserves Deeper Scrutiny As Scientific Manipulation Revealed (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2n0ZmDn
    • Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2n3yYe6
    • Has Monsanto Orchestrated a Massive Cancer Cover-up? Unsealed Court Case Documents Point to a Scandal (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nwKfBL
    • Judge Threatens to Sanction Monsanto Secrecy in Roundup Cancer Litigation (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nql8iT
  • California judge rules against Monsanto, allows cancer warning on Roundup (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2mQrZ8l
  • Un-Sweetened: How A Maryland County Cut Soda Sales Without A Soda Tax (NPR) http://n.pr/2mkJ72f
  • Arkansas “Ag-Gag” Legislation Could Be Bad News for All Whistleblower (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2mJr5b3
  • Path to the 2018 Farm Bill: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) http://bit.ly/2mGNmpM

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mdHDII
  • Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World – It’s Killing Our Children (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mQZ9Tk                                                                 Two new reports issue scathing indictment of US and global regulatory systems in collusion with chemical companies.
  • WHO Report: The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year (WHO) http://bit.ly/2lQSZRY
  • UN Human Rights Council: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, 27, Feb. – 24, March 2017 (UN General Assembly) http://bit.ly/2n9MLwG
  • Strawberries, Spinach Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2mJB175                                                                                        Report finds pesticide residues often remain on fruits and vegetables even after they are washed
  • Trying To Avoid Pesticides In Your Food? Maybe Don’t Buy Those Strawberries (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2nBydcZ
  • Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/2mgNXhO
  • Dozens of California Towns Have Childhood Lead Poisoning Rates Higher Than Flint’s (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nnLV2T

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • Radioactive Boars Rule Abandoned Japanese Towns In Wake of Fukushima Disaster (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2neHmoP
  • Cockfighters Defy the Law – and on National Television No Less (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mXndGA                                                                      The fact that this brutal practice continues – despite being illegal in all 50states – left HBO host Bryant Gumble dumbfounded.
  • Jim Hightower: 2016 Was a Disaster for America’s Democracy, But a Good Year for Egg-Laying Hens (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2njcfsb                                                                                              Before Trump took power, 2016 was a good year for protecting chickens.
  • US Activist’s Efforts to Rescue Dogs from Asia’s Meat Trade Draw Both Praise and Censure (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2mA6zM8

 

Events

  • Webinar Series: Farmers Markets First!                                                       How to Keep Farmers Markets at the Top of the Local Food Chain

Webinar: See and Be Scene: How to Create Community Around Local Food

Over 1,000 market managers were surveyed by the USDA in 2016 and 64% reported that hosting community events boosted the amount of customers coming to the market. Get ideas for affordable, easy-to-launch community events and activities that attract shoppers – and keep them coming back.

WHEN: March 29, 12:00-1:00pm Presentation, 1:00-1:30pm Q&A

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Farmers Market Managers

REGISTRATION LINK: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/createcommunity

FMM Pro graduates, you can earn 1 continuing education credit by participating in both webinars!

 

Laura Biasillo                                                                                                     Agricultural Economic Development Specialist                                     Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County                                     (607) 584-5007 – Phone                                         www.ccebroomecounty.com                                                                                    Find us on Facebook

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  • Plant Propagation & Seed Starting Workshop                   WRENTHAM- The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) is pleased to announce their first workshop of the season! Learn how to start the season for your farm or garden the right way. We’ll be visiting White Barn Farm,  a small vegetable farm located in Wrentham, Mass. The husband-wife farmer team, Chris and Christy Kantlehner, use organic practices to supply a CSA, farmstand, and restaurant accounts with fresh produce.  White Barn also has a huge plant sale the weekend before Memorial Day every year. Growing seedlings for that very financially significant sale is a major part of early season farmwork at White Barn Farm. After the plant sale, many of the crops grown for sale are produced by transplant – either with a water wheel transplanter or a paper pot transplanter. We’ll see these tools and learn how they are used. Christy will share her experience and the methods currently used in her greenhouse.                                                                                                                         When: Saturday, March 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                       Where: White Barn Farm,  458 South St, Wrentham, MA

Cost:  $5 Beginning Farmers, $15 SEMAP Members, $20                           General Public

Register online at semaponline.org/seedstarting

 

 

Other

  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development http://bit.ly/2nQ7HJE                                                          Open call for papers

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 10, 2017

 

  • Special Report – Voice of Justice: Women for Agricultural Transformation (Food First) http://bit.ly/2n3Y6zf
  • Acta Non Verba: The Youth Urban Farm Program Educating and Uplifting East Oakland Kids (Bay Area Bites) http://bit.ly/2lDE1CS
  • As California’s Organic Farming Pioneers Age, A Younger Generation Steps In (NPR) http://n.pr/2lF49tE
  • This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood (The Food Revolution Network) http://bit.ly/2lHLSxx
  • Farming Gives Hope to Some Veterans with PTSD: ‘I Found a New Normal in My life’ (WV Public Broadcasting) http://bit.ly/2lAoFPt
  • At Alaska’s only seed-cleaning facility, things are really shakin’ (Alaska Dispatch News) http://bit.ly/2lSICxH
  • Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2joESmb                              Crop-breeding innovations are merely a short-term solution for falling yields. Only agricultural diversity can ensure food security and resilience
  • Here’s Why the USDA Is Wrong to Certify Hydroponics as ‘Organic’ (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mTOd78
  • Solar-powered floating farm could produce 20 tons of vegetables daily (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2mqq9Zb
  • He tore off his chef’s coat and told a black-tie crowd, ‘I am an immigrant’ (Miami Herald) http://hrld.us/2l0ICic
  • Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2m2WVCh                                  Because of soil depletion, crops gown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. It is not only soil depletion but cultivars developed to grow quickly with uniform size and color, picked green to be shipped across the country or across the world…
  • WHO’s ‘priority pathogens’ list highlights urgent need for new drugs (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) http://bit.ly/2lOLqeq
  • The rise of biodynamic farming: a return to ‘the way farmers farmed for millennia’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mbeaPq
  • Reverse Advertising: Graphic Warning Labels Show the Sinister Side of Products (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2lTistV
  • Copper is great at killing superbugs – so why don’t hospitals use it? (Down To Earth) http://bit.ly/2lAlHKF
  • Farm-To-Table Amenities Yield Profits (Builder) http://bit.ly/2mDgUHZ                                                                                      They are also players to gentrification on urban areas of the San Francisco Bay Area…
  • Farmers sue World Bank lending arm over alleged violence in Honduras (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2lLFqXM

 

Food and Culture

  • How the Chili Dog Transcended America’s Divisions (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2lEhukp                                                                The national dish is really a fusion of immigrant fare.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • In Famine-Hit South Sudan, Women And Children Eat Water Lilies To Survive (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2m0mUup

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A Whole New Kind Of Grocery Store Is Coming To The US (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2m91LNS                                                 Zero-waste retailers imagine a world with much less garbage.
  • How the Plastic Bag Became So Popular (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2mZQihb                                                                                        It took years of industry advocacy before the cellophane sack, invented in the 1960s, caught on.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

 

Children & School Food

  • DeVos Questions If Schools Should Provide Free Lunch (Yahoo News) https://yhoo.it/2kY6djz
    • Actually, Betsy DeVos, There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2llJJoy                                                  For many children, that free lunch at school is the only meal they will eat that day.
  • Poor kids eating free breakfast? Not if congressional Republicans have their way (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2lcelIt
  • Low-Carbon meals; A Triple Win for One of California’s Largest School Districts (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2mquoXz
    • Report: Shrinking the Carbon and Water Footprint of School Food: A Recipe for Combatting Climate Change (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/2n32BsQ

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • More than 50 detained in immigration raids at Asian restaurants in Mississippi (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2lD9EKS
  • Experts Warn Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the US Agriculture Industry (Vanity Fair) http://bit.ly/2mxdl2n
    • After Trump’s immigration order, anxiety grows in Florida’s farm fields (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2mzunwV
  • Big Meat’s Dirty Little Secret: Few Jobs for Americans (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2lWW9qz                                                                                          With few exceptions, American citizens simply won’t work in slaughterhouses.
  • Berkley CA: Student Workers at University Walk Off Job and Form Union (Its Going Down) http://bit.ly/2mg2JaT

 

Protests

  • Pittsburgh Restaurant Gives Female Staff Paid Day Off For ‘A Day Without A Woman’ (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2mliz2q        Male bartenders, including the mayor, will take over their shifts while raising money for Planned Parenthood.
  • Strawberries and Solidarity: Farmworkers Build Unity Around Driscoll’s Berries Boycott (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2lw3yca
  • Protests begin in DC after motion to halt Dakota Access in denied (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2m9O1yM

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Can Agroecology Bring Jobs To America’s Hearland? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2lzoRu0                                                                Rebuilding our local economies through local food production…
  • Some diners are furious about a pricing strategy tat is becoming the ‘new normal’ at restaurants in states that raised the minimum wage (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2mForWi
  • A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2n2d0pK
  • Jim Hightower: The Speculating Farmers of Wall Street – Making Quick Money Has Seized American Farmland (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2m5oSbT                                                                                Financial trusts snatch up valuable US acreage, then convert into fast-buck investments for global speculators.
  • Billionaire behind Rainforest Café, Bubba Gump’s: ‘We can’t afford’ to gie SF workers healthcare (SF Gate) http://bit.ly/2n5Ujop
  • Police say they were ‘authorized by McDonald’s’ to arrest protesters, suit claims (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2lxf86G        Fight for $15 chapter in Memphis alleges that officers engaged in surveillance and intimidation of fast-food worker organization

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2maXytM
  • Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just 4 states (Science Magazine) http://bit.ly/2l4Jgeh
  • These Programs Keep Toxic Algae out of Drinking Water – And Trump Wants to Gut Them (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2m8QcU6
  • Sand mining: The global environmental crisis you’ve probably never heard of (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mw53sk                    From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is causing wildlife to die, local trade to wither and bridges to collapse…
  • Striking photos taken from space show dramatic impact of 2017 storms (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2n5J9MW
  • ‘Extraordinary’ levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2lMUfsF

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mlZU8d
  • France passes controversial bill making cameras mandatory in all slaughterhouses (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2miLneK              The French national assembly voted on Friday to monitor slaughterhouse practices and worker behavior to prevent animal cruelty as well as hygiene and safety violations.
  • Germany bans meat at all official functions to combat climate change (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2lUhdLX                            Because animal agriculture is responsible for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, Germany’s Federal Minister for the Environment recently banned meat from being services at official functions.
  • Republicans Just Made It Easier For Companies To Exploit Workers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2mhZCPG                        They vacated an Obama executive order that would have punished federal contractors that rip off or endanger employees.
  • Senate votes to repeal labor protection laws that safeguarded poultry workers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mi3LDt                Trump has vowed to sign bill to eliminate Obama-era mandate to disclose on-site injuries and fatalities, which occur at a high rate in chicken-processing industry.
  • EPA environmental justice leader resigns, amid White House plans to dismantle program (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2mbyrnh
    • Trump slashes Great Lakes funding by 98 percent in early budget plan (Michigan Live) http://bit.ly/2lF0U3F
  • Monsanto Cancer Lawsuit Take Dramatic Turn Over EPA Official’s “Highly Suspicious” Role (BuzzFlash) http://bit.ly/2md1AS0
  • Trump’s Removal of Bumblebee From Endangered List Is Illegal, Advocates Say (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2lCLhdY
  • Why the people who grow your food are worried about Scott Pruitt (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2miPzLH                            Pruitt’s approach to the EPA is likely to threaten farmworkers, who are highly exposed to the effects of climate change, including heat stress and increased pesticide use.
  • Farmers are Cheering Trump’s Repeal of an Environmental Rule That Doesn’t Affect Them (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2mTcCZy    Agriculture is actually the only industry exempted from the Waters of the United Sates rule.
  • Who Could Benefit From Water Rule Change? Trump And His Golf Courses (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2mb3vUU
  • Bill advances to exempt seasonal (Montana) workers from minimum wage (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2l7ZX8O
  • Appeal Filed in Lawsuit Over Alabama Minimum Wage Law (US News & World Report) http://bit.ly/2mEtiIj                                              Fast food workers and civil rights groups are appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged an Alabama law that blocked Birmingham’s plans to raise the minimum wage.
  • Major victory for California cities vs. Monsanto over PCB contamination (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2lX4kD9
  • Chevron, Aera Energy sue to block Monterey County, California’s voter approved ban on fracking (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2nez0xp

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Brazil becomes the newest country to refuse GMO imports from the United States (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2lc9wyR                 As of 2015 there were 38 countries that had banned GM crops.
  • Monsanto loses millions of dollars after Indian farmers switch to indigenous seeds (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2mupCHS        Monsanto claims that the genetically modified cotton seeds they sell are superior. So why are so many people trying to switch?
  • Vegetable technology gap (Politico) http://politi.co/2n5YVr2         Washington spends millions on crop research. Why doesn’t more go toward the foods we’re actually supposed to eat?
  • Why Trendy Nanosilver Products Are Hazardous to Your Health and the Environment (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mj1Uj5                    Over 400 products on the market use nanosilver technology, and most aren’t reviewed by the EPA.

 

Poisons

  • Monsanto and Bayer’s Chemical Romance: Heroin, Nerve Gas and Agent Orange (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2lTomi3
  • The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2n4tiNI                                                                              Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater…
  • US Agriculture Still Using Antibiotics That Cause Bacterial Resistance to Life-Saving Medicines (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mXQXna
  • Bald Eagles Keep Dying And No One’s Talking About It (The Dodo) http://thedo.do/2n85MDI                                                                  “They cannot even open their beaks.”

 

Animals