Jenny’s Food & Ag Update April 18, 2017

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for April 18, 2017

  • What Cuba Can Teach Us About Food and Climate Change (Slate) http://slate.me/2p6GV3L                                                                                  After the Cold War, Cuba faced many of the agricultural challenges that the rest of the world is now anticipating.
  • Why the International Day of Peasants’ Struggles is important (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ptF7PG                                                           We should celebrate one of the largest but least recognized groups in the world, who grow most of the food we eat.
  • Public Science Under Attack: Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Food First) http://bit.ly/2ojyiiK
  • Psychologists Explain Why It Feels So Good To Bake For Other People (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2oFVqrE
  • We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2g9XcQt
  • Tiny, family-run Iowa newspaper wins Pulitzer for taking on agriculture companies (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2p53O7G
  • ‘No one leaves any more’: Ethiopia’s restored drylands offer new hope (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pEMUJW                                Migration is no longer the only option for many young Ethiopians, as careful restoration revives livelihoods on eroded and deforested land

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Recruiting Women Farmers for the Campaign Trail (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2obAt80                                                                                    Feeding off the post-election surge in political activity, the Plate to Politics network aims to help women farmers on both sides of the aisle campaign on a platform of sustainable food and farming.
  • Plate to Politics (Women Food & Ag Network) http://bit.ly/2ogaJr6                                                                            Advancing Women’s Leadership in Sustainable agriculture and Food Systems Development
  • Where grocery stores are sparse, one family nourishes a California town (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2ookZOV
  • Once in US illegally, Pajaro Valley organic farm owner pays it forward (Santa Cruz Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2oJaFDr
  • New Mexico farmer stakes his future on an abandoned, contaminated egg plant (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2oHU3tI
  • Long Lost Photos Reveal Life of Mexican Migrant Workers in the 1950s America (Time) http://ti.me/2op3vDN
  • Michigan’s Tart Cherry Orchards Struggle To Cope With Erratic Spring Weather (NPR) http://n.pr/2o6TRDM
    • Climate Change Is Ruining Farmers’ Lives, But Only A Few Will Admit It (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2opbh0Q
  • Why the Organic Checkoff is Bad for Organic Farmers, the Environment, and Independent Family Farm Agriculture (NOFA-NY) http://bit.ly/2nDA9zf

 

Food and Culture

  • Native Americans caught salmon here for millennia. Now the world is hooked (grist) http://bit.ly/2odOt1F
  • Food Sovereignty: Nourishing and Teaching the Next Generation (Indian Country Today) http://bit.ly/2o9kG9I                            Indigenous chefs pass on their culinary skills to regain food sovereignty
  • A New Restaurant Run By Refugees Is Revolutionizing One Of America’s Poorest Cities (Saveur) http://bit.ly/2oZdlgF
  • The Italian bakery explained: A guide to every cookie, pastry and dessert (nj.com) http://bit.ly/2oaL7Ly
  • The Instant Pot Is a Phenomenon – and Indian Cooks Are Using It in the Most Creative Ways (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2ohGjUB  Biryani in mere moments, anyone?

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Starving to death (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2o58INn      Wars in four countries left 20 million people on the brink
  • Venezuela’s Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding (NPR) http://n.pr/2p8ySzV
  • Analysis: What Americans get wrong about food stamps, according to an expert who’s spent 20 year researching them (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2p5svOz
  • Portland (ME) has a new strategy for feeding low-income residents (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2p2Zw0J

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Sweden Opens World’s First Mall for Repaired and Recycled Goods (Good News Network) http://bit.ly/2ndKlBO
  • Every Town Needs a Remakery (Films For Action) http://bit.ly/2mRLda6
    • Edenburgh Remakery http://bit.ly/2pm026q                    Refurbished electronics and furniture, with worship on how to repair their own stuff…

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • The Coca-Cola addiction of Mexico’s indigenous population (El País) http://bit.ly/2eg1KB3                                                                                    In a country with Latin America’s highest death rate from diabetes, peasant communities are at risk
  • Pork Tacos Topped With Fries: Fuel For Mexico’s Diabetes Epidemic (NPR) http://n.pr/2oiOp2I
  • Rust, mold, parasites: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago cited for 78 health violations in the last three years (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2oani78
    • Trump’s Mar-a-Lago kitchen cited for food safety violations (BBC News) http://bbc.in/2pbxjoy
    • Mar-a-Lago Is the Definition of Excess – Except When It Comes to Refrigerating Raw Meat (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p2PfC6                                                                                Florida health inspectors found “high-priority” violations in the kitchen at Trump’s “Winter White House.”

 

Children & School Food

  • Free meals, school gardens give Confederation Park students fuel to learn (CBC News) http://bit.ly/2ogJC1u                                    Saskatoon school says providing breakfast, lunch helps students in the classroom
  • Chicken nearly disappeared from LA school lunches. Now, it’s making a comeback (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2pBjhct
  • (NM) Lawmaker’s Childhood Experience Drives New Mexico’s ‘Lunch Shaming’ Ban (NPR) http://n.pr/2ox12Y3

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Truth About Undocumented Immigrants and Taxes (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2k8pgC7                                                      They’re contributing billions of dollars a year to Social Security, but may never reap any retirement benefits from it.
  • Study: Public Health, Immigration Reform and Food System Change (John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future) http://bit.ly/2oO5jHV
  • Brewery owner boots sexist customer, unleashes must-read rant about women in the service industry (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2oitnyy
  • North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers. Only 7 Americans stuck it out (The Guardian) http://wapo.st/2oYgxq2
  • Before you eat that chocolate Easter egg, think about the people who produce it (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2oE5PY2
  • Most California Dentists are immigrants. Where else do immigrants work? (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/2oR0BZd          It’s well known that most California farmworkers are immigrants. But did you that so are most dentists, medical scientists, butchers and nursing aides?

 

Protests

  • Ivanka Trump’s website asks queer chef for an interview and her response is glorious. (Some News) http://bit.ly/2otXXGb
  • Berkeley Farmers Market Canceled Due To Safety Fears Over Pro-Trump, Alt-Right Rally (Eat Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2pxsrGM

 

Animals

  • Reports of Calves set alight after being doused in flammable liquid (Ten News AU) http://bit.ly/2ofgGHd

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • These 10 companies control everything you buy (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2oYnual                                                                      The updated 2017 version…
  • The Pork Industry’s Stance on Antibiotics Totally Misses the Point (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2obGCjy                                                It’s as if they’ve never heard of superbugs.
  • Smithfield gets into the organ-transplant business (Food, Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2pe50WA
  • Organic Industry Watchdog Wins Major Antitrust Victory (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2nuwhDV                                  France’s Groupe Danone Sheds Stoneyfield in WhitWave Acquisition Merger would have combined Stoneyfield, Horizon, and Wallaby to Dominate Organic Dairy
  • Cooking Lessons: Disillusioned with fine dining, one of the world’s great chefs took on fast food. It has been harder than he ever imagined. (California Sunday Magazine) http://bit.ly/2oOs5ew
  • The Economic Pamphleteer Collection (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development) http://bit.ly/2oQUjcp

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2oCcRfC                                                                     A recent study predicts that in the next fie years, more than one-third of Americans will not be able to afford their water.
  • California’s Drought Is Over, but the Rest of the World’s Water Problems Are Just Beginning (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2oU82fm
  • 8 Million Californians Have Been Drinking Polluted Water For Years (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2ozdogh                                          If you want to know how difficult it is to get a water contaminated regulated in the US, take a look at the Golden State.
  • A chemical spill, too close for comfort (Chicago Tribune) http://trib.in/2omMVkq                                                                                        The chemical spill from the US Steel facility in Portage caused beaches in and around Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to close and left officials scrambling to determine the extent of damage caused to the environment.
  • Our Rivers and Lakes Contain a Scary Number of Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ovKspJ                                    And they only tested for a fraction of the 85,000 known chemicals.
  • Report: Shell and Dow Hid Cancer-Causing ‘Garbage’ in Pesticide, Contaminating Drinking Water for Millions in California (Environmental Working Group) http://bit.ly/2oqhbfS
  • What Will It Take To Keep Plastic Out Of The Oceans (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2pqVzPV                                                                          A three-pronged overhaul of our global packaging and recycling system could potentially raise our plastic recycling rate from 14% to 170%.
  • Revealed: more than 1 million plastic pellets found on a single stretch of Scottish beach (inews UK) http://bit.ly/2prv6BG

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Understanding the anit-regulation agenda: The basics (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2or64Dq                                          Regulations are protections for people, our environment, and our economy…
  • Why You Can’t Have Organic Food Without Soil (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1GD4tzT
    • Corporate Lobbyists / Influence Peddlers Eroding Organic Standards Analysis Illustrates USDA / Agrabusiness Collusion (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2ohXMNt
  • Restaurant Chain Settles Age Bias Case or $12 Million (ProPublica) http://bit.ly/2oTtRyt                                                                After a US lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse ended in a mistrial, the restaurant company, without admitting wrongdoing, settled the largest age discrimination case filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in decades.
  • America’s Toxic Workplace Rules (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2oYd0Lg      Why do federal regulators allow employers to expose workers to level of toxic chemicals far higher than those considered safe for everyone?
  • Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance stalls USDA/OTA National Certified Transition Program NCTP (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2oVn6cL
  • Trump Just Appointed a Chemical Industry Honcho to Protect Us From Chemicals (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2pkd5Gp
  • Small California towns are facing off against oil companies – and winning (grist) http://bit.ly/2nXWas8
  • Bangkok, Celebrated For Its Street Food, Is Ordering Vendors To Get Off the Road (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nZkCxl          Thailand’s capital plans to get rid of all stalls by the end of the year.
  • Report: First City In The United States: Berkeley’s Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (City of Berkeley) http://bit.ly/2nSmEeh

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Monsanto’s Driverless Car: Is CRISPR Gene Editing Driving Seed Consolidation (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2pleADk
  • Lab-grown meat is about to go global, and one firms is feverishly paving the way (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2oNIxPk

 

Poisons

  • The Legacy of Mosanto’s PCBs: Oosing Pus, Birth Defects and Immune Problems (truthout) http://bit.ly/2p9ITAL

 

Events

  • Celebrate Farm to Fork                                                                                           4th annual Toronto GMO-Free Festival & Farmers Market Christie Pits Park May 20, 2017                           http://2017.nongmo.to/

 

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update April 8, 2017

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for April 8, 2017

 

  • Seed Librarians Are Fighting to Protect the US’s Resilient and Diverse Food System (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/2nhi3Fq    How seed libraries are fighting against agricultural giants to increase genetic diversity in our crops.
  • Why Fiddlehead Ferns Are the New Superfood You Have to Try This Spring (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nWWKZK                      Fiddleheads were all the rage in the restaurant industry in the early 1980s…
  • Our Current Food System Is Broken and Unjust – We Need a Paradigm Shift That Values Nutrition as a Human Right (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nJGZ9t
  • There’s a big part of rural America that everyone’s ignoring (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2n7ff9Q
  • Ground-breaking truffle harvest portends something big in California (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2orAd5a
  • California’s vineyards are coming back from the brink of disaster thanks to the winter rains (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2nslyIO

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • California Dreaming: Will Scott Sharecropper’s Son (Capitol & Main) http://bit.ly/2nXKaYt                                                                              Will Scott is president of the African-American Farmers of California.
  • California Dreaming: Chukou Thao, Hmong Farmer (Capitol & Main) http://bit.ly/2nK4dsj                                                                    Chukou Thao is president of the National Hmong American Farmers
  • California Dreaming: Stephanie Honig, In The Vineyard of Change (Capitol & Main) http://bit.ly/2nwi1HK                                   … The family’s winery is know for both for the quality of its produce and for its sustainable methods.
  • Marion Nestle: Letters to a Young Farmers (Food Politics) http://bit.ly/2oLMoJE                                                                                              On Food, Farming, and Our Future
  • Why Some of America’s Small-Scale Organic Farms Like Mine Are in Jeopardy (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oJBoR1
  • Farmer forgoes millions to preserve agricultural gift for Edmonton (Edmonton Journal) http://bit.ly/2oDat6f
  • What We Need Are Farms That Support Farmers, Consumers and the Environment (ensia) http://bit.ly/2mrqefv                Agroecology can help fix the food, water and energy challenges that conventional agriculture has created.
  • Study Shows Wildlife Habitat Is Disappearing In Favor Of Crops For Biofuel (Earth Justice) http://bit.ly/2nTFaUN
  • This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood (The Hearty Soul) http://bit.ly/2lP1uAj

 

Food and Culture

  • For Centuries, These Asian Recipes Have Helped New Moms Recover From Childbirth (NPR) http://n.pr/2oqU07y
  • Meet the Palestinian-American Chef Fighting Cultural Appropriation in Food (Teen Vogue) http://bit.ly/2nybii5
  • Leaving the Resistance: Reem’s Brings Traditional Arab Bakery to Oakland’s Fruitvale (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2oGxZhC

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • This Man Learned a Neighbor Needed Vegetables. What He Did Next Is Beautiful. (Global Citizen) http://bit.ly/2oqsGqk
  • Trump budget threatens nutrition services for poor women and children (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mNLRaj
  • Immigrants Are Going Hungry Because They’re Worried About Being Deported (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2odCrYS

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Super Sizing Urban America (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/2mT81uX                                                                                          How Inner Cities Got Fast Food With Government Help
  • Pizza chains are making a desperate push to avoid posting calories on menus (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2nW7chw
  • Are Bad Diets Causing a Bowel Cancer Crisis Among Millennials? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nt6irX
    • Study finds colorectal cancer rates have risen dramatically in Gen X and millennials (EurekAlert!) http://bit.ly/2mKazaX
  • Burger King Has Made A Froot Loops Shake – Because Cereal Is Everything (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2o6s87X

 

Children & School Food

  • Free schools meals pledge is truly Labour (UK) and will help pupils in mind and body (Labour List) http://bit.ly/2nOMeQy
  • How Greener School Lunches Can Help Fight Climate Change (Green School National Network) http://bit.ly/2o9uul1

 

Education

  • Crete Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Programs Celebrating Our Cultural and Natural Heritage http://bit.ly/2o2m4NZ
  • Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program: Farm Locally, Connect Globally. (Farm Centered learning Network) http://bit.ly/2j3ZUZ4

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Why Flip Burgers When You Can Sling Weed? Denver’s Pot Boom Puts the Hurt on Local Restaurant Hiring (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oy49Ne
  • Why Are People Dying to Bring You Dinner? The Shocking Facts About Our Food System (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nujJIG                    We hear from the sweatshops behind our computers, sneakers and other attire—yet the exploitation of farmworkers has become normalized.
  • Oregon farmers scrambling as labor collides with Trump immigration crackdown (Oregon Live) http://bit.ly/2oFpu7j
  • America’s Growing Labor Shortage (The Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/2nweCXM                                                                              Lack of workers in ag and construction is hurting the economy.
  • Trapped by heroin: Lobster industry struggles with its deadly secret (Portland Press Herald) http://bit.ly/2nVjUxF

 

Protests

  • Workers, Black Lives Activists Join Forces to Continue Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign (Facing South) http://bit.ly/2mTuxDS
  • Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge pipeline is one permit closer to reality as groups plan continued resistance (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2oibuTj                                                                                                “It’s no surprise to us that the LDNR is issuing the permit, rubber stamping is business as usual in Louisiana.”

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Restaurants Cook Up A New Way To Pay Kitchen Staff More: A Cut Of Sales (NPR) http://n.pr/2onLpm7
  • Down to zero: How this Ottawa entrepreneur plans to change the way you buy food (CBC News) http://bit.ly/2mhNqAo
  • Score One for the Little Guys as W Hotel Drops Its Minimum Wage Surcharge in Seattle (The Daily Beast) http://thebea.st/2ladsDx                                                                                          The chain escapes a potential PR nightmare after getting called out for listing a surcharge to cover the cost of a higher minimum wage, but not one for the $4.1 million CEO.
  • Blue Apron buys Bill Niman’s BN Ranch as meal-kit business grows (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2oq4gtl
    • Meal Kits Make Money on Razor – Thin Margins. So This Shocked Us. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2nt2xE9
  • McDonald’s Will Use Fresh Beef On Some Hamburgers, And Wendy’s Isn’t Having It (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2ohuMsj
  • What US Poultry Producers Do Not Want You to Know About Bird Flu (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2n9Rgrs                                                        A bird flue outbreak exposes the unethical and deceptive practices of poultry producers.
  • How Burger King’s Palm Oil Addiction Is Devastating Local Communities – and Plante Earth (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nP4jln
  • Hopsopoly (Dollars & Sense) http://bit.ly/2nhBmO7                       Global beer mergers reach a new level.
  • The Restaurant Industry Depends on Immigrants. What Happens If We Lose Them? (Indy Weekly) http://bit.ly/2mz9zdf
  • Behind a Corporate Monster: How Monsanto Pushes Agricultural Domination (green left weekly) http://bit.ly/2ooL8gb
  • Charge the ‘rich’ to feed the poor: Madrid’s Robin Hood homeless café (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2hdmH4Y
  • A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nF3Wtp                                                                                                  In Quebec, co-ops and non-profit businesses account for 8-10 percent of GDP.
  • Capital’s Hunger in Abundance (Jacobin) http://bit.ly/2oodF8U      As long as food is produced for profit and not need, people will go hungry.

 

Pollinators

  • Man Creates Gardens For Unwanted Bees, Grows Free Food in 30 (NOLA) Abandoned Lots (Good News Network) http://bit.ly/2mIGgVO
  • Bees Are Slowing Going Extinct. These Prisoners Are Trying To Stop That (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nAvhJH

 

Animals

  • Going Undercover at a Slaughterhouse – Humanity Is Capable of Atrocities It Simply Can’t Confront (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2njq7Sa
  • Dairy is scary. The public are waking up to the darkest part of farming (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nD6KqF
  • Bird Flue Is a Big Deal. Of Course Trump Wants to Defund the Best Way to Contain It. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2o6FRwc    The virus has now hit Georgia, the No. 1 poultry-producing state – and Trump plans to cut surveillance funds.
  • Japan Returns With 333 Minke Whale Carcasses After ‘Scientific Expedition’ (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nqK8qa                  Japan has been conducting this ‘research’ since the international moratorium on whaling in 1986…
  • Selling Dog and Cat Meat Is Still Legal in Most of US – but a Federal Ban Could Soon Be in Place (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mZdBXK                                                                                          Forty-four states have no law standing between the family dog and the dinner plate.
  • Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food (Nation of Change)

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • San Francisco PD Cites Senior Citizen For Eating Pizza At Mid-Market Bus Shelter (hoodline) http://bit.ly/2nOzsFj

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • This Invention Lets Rural Hondurans Clean Their Water – And Own the Treatment Plant (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2n7evqp
  • There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2osFM6N
  • Flint Victory Is Replicable, Residents Say: Other Cities Should Ditch Their Lead Pipes (truthout) http://bit.ly/2nB3E4I
  • Oil spill in creek originally underestimated, making it one of the largest in North Dakota history (Bismarck Tribune) http://bit.ly/2odyq2Q
    • December North Dakota Oil Spill More Than 3 Times Larger Than Initial Estimate (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2oe4jbG
  • Brazil is handing over the Amazon rainforest to mining companies and big agriculture (Vice) http://bit.ly/2mQl4cw
  • Love Canned Tuna? More Grocers Want To Make Sure It Was Caught Responsibly (NPR) http://n.pr/2o43kup

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mYPuJO                                                                Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission want to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees’
  • Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nwOYGe
    • Himalayan glaciers (lakes and forests) granted status of ‘living entities’ for protection purposes (9 News AU) http://bit.ly/2o0cEk9
  • El Salvador makes history as first nation to impose blanket ban on metal mining (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nyQvJF
  • Trump’s Budget Would Set Food Systems Progress Back Generations (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nMXa5H                                        A “mean-spirited” budget proposal would cut key programs supporting farmworkers, ag communities, fresh food access for low income Americans, and pesticide safety.
  • Donald Drumpf and GOP-Controlled Congress Strip Workers of Rights and Protections (and No One Is Talking About It) (Lambda Legal) http://bit.ly/2oLFXGg
  • ICE arrests New York farmworkers, alarming industry and advocates (Crain’s NY Business) http://bit.ly/2nLJHLf
  • EPA to Investigate Civil Rights Abuses Over Pesticide Use in Hawaii (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2npjhMb
  • Senator Demands More Info About EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2oynIYB
    • Will Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Pesticide Known to Damage Kids’ Brains? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2ntLQKA
    • EPA Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2oDGg5T
    • Common Pesticide “Disturbs” the Brains of Children (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2nqXWBz
    • EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Brain Damaging Pesticide Shows Profit Trumps Public Safety (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2nCUi8J
  • The Military Believes in Climate Change – The EPA, Sadly, Does Not (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2o27UO1                                              Defense Secretary Mattis sees climate change as a threat to national security.
  • Congress Will Put Public Health at Risk If It Passes This Dangerous Food Safety Bill (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oSqjd2            The so-called Regulatory Accountability Act jeopardizes critical food safety rules.
  • Red state legislatures are taking away workers’ raises and paid leave (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2nqEo0g                                                  A rising wave of preemption laws blocking cities from increasing their wages and benefits is sweeping the country.
  • Heartless In The Heartland (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2omOT5z                                                                                          It’s the first time that a state (Iowa) has nullified local minimum wage ordinances that have already taken effect
  • In Major Victory for Environment, Maryland Legislature Votes to Ban Fracking (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nB7wTk                                        The vote enshrines the three-year ban, enacted in 2014, as a permanent major environmental victory.
  • California EPA becomes first US agency to declare that Roundup causes cancer (GM Watch) http://bit.ly/2oqbCk7
    • Glyphosate to be listed under (California) Proposition 65 as Know to the to Cause Cancer (California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) http://bit.ly/2oO2Hp8
  • (CA Assembly) Bill would force employers to ensure ICE agents have warrants (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2n5CTo0
  • Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Sues Town for Trying to Protect Their Environment (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2oQHKdt

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Oregon Bill Would Create Trespass Cause of Action for Landowners Against GMO Patent Owners (Lexology) http://bit.ly/2nz56EQ
  • Inside the Network Funding GMO Propaganda and PR to Cover Up Toxic Chemical Risks (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2nDpAPu

 

Poisons

  • Researchers find glyphosate in pregnant women, worry about impact on infants (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2nW65hP
  • Popular Farm Pesticide Found in Drinking Water (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2oashHz
    • Study: Occurrence of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and Fate during Drinking Water Treatment (Environmental Science & Technology) http://bit.ly/2oashHz

 

Events

  • Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land

Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration

The 35th National Pesticide Forum, April 28 – 29, 2017

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

http://bit.ly/2mIQjdE