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