Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 31, 2017

 

  • What ag schools really need to teach: a report (Food Politics) http://bit.ly/2qU2GlL
    • Report: The Challenge of Change: Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food & Nutrition Security (Association of Public & Land Grant Universities) http://bit.ly/2qMTH7E
  • The demand for ‘local’ food is growing — here’s why investors should pay attention (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2oNrLRO
  • Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’ (The Guardian)                                                 Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? An how will it change the industry?
  • Ron Finley Celebrates Victory For His South Central Garden (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2qRFGGe                                                                    The renegade gardener who has long worked to give people in food deserts the ‘freedom to feed themselves’ has raised $550,000 to save his land.
  • Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) http://bit.ly/2q60Fm5                    CounertSpin interview with Kyle Wiens on copyright overreaching
  • Chinese Chicken Is Headed To America, But It’s Really All about The Beef (NPR) http://n.pr/2pCDgfg
  • Mexico’s avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2riBAaz
  • If Raw Fruits or Veggies Give You a Tingly Mouth, It’s a Real Syndrome (NPR) http://n.pr/2qOh0fR
  • David Mas Masumoto: “I discovered that listening is love’ – the priceless art of story telling (The Fresno Bee) http://bit.ly/2ra8mrY

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • In the Fields with Ben Burkett (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2rb7fdu   The fourth-generation farmer and legendary farm advocate shares lessons learned from his decades on the farm, the changes facing small farmers, and why to continue pushing for change.
  • What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? Conservation Planning (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2qayMvi
  • In Napa, Mexican Americans have gone from migrant workers to vineyard owners. Here are 10 Latino-owned wineries to visit. (Matador Network) http://bit.ly/2r5FSzS
  • Birthplace of Fetzer’s Mendocino County win empire makes way for cannabis economy (Press Democrat) http://bit.ly/2qzGZWn
  • Farming and the geography of nutrient production for human use: a transdisciplinary analysis (The Lancet) http://bit.ly/2qSsHnv

 

Food and Culture

  • Street Smarts (Tasting Table) http://bit.ly/2qdCIso                            From the ultimate NYC pizza crawl to a market excursion in Hanoi, these are the 10 best street food tours around the world
  • This Week in Appropriation: Kooks Burritos and Willamette Week (The Portland Mercury) http://bit.ly/2qgBuvP
    • Portland Burrito Spot Shutters Amid Claims of Cultural Appropriation (Eater Portland, OR) http://bit.ly/2qIIaGy
  • The last farmer of Florida’s prized Zellwood corn is thinking of packing it in (Tampa Bay Times) http://bit.ly/2s1VR1U

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • There Are 3 Major Famines on Our Planet Right Now – Can You Even Name Them? The Media Is Virtually Blacking Out Human Tragedy (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oTUN1V                                        Millions of people are facing famine and drought in Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, but how many countries are paying attention?
  • Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work (NPR) http://n.pr/2rXBIce
    • Why Trump Cutting Food Stamps Could Starve America’s Economy (NBC News) http://nbcnews.to/2rNqmbA
    • Mulvaney: We must lower the debt for unborn children by taking food from existing children (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2qjEZX8
    • The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2rJSTld                                                                                    That so may working households qualify for the aid reflects the prevalence of low wage jobs, the real problem Washington should be solving.
  • GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2r9JhgJ
  • Illinois Offers Devastating Preview of Trump-Style Cuts to ‘Meals on Wheels’ (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2rdGhSR
  • Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2r4mdQB                                                                                        Some 10 million elders are threatened by hunger – but the president’s budget would slash desperately needed funding for food programs.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • If You Want To Be Healthier, Eat Your Trash (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2qBEyWS
    • Pumping Iron Down the Drain (Grist) http://bit.ly/2rzm6jd
    • Study: Wasted Food, Wasted Nutrients: Nutrient Loss from Wasted Food in the United States and Comparison to Gaps in Dietary Intake (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) http://bit.ly/2qtKx1k
  • Amazing building made from 1.5 million plastic bottles withstands fires and earthquakes (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/2r8yq9u
  • California’s Recycling Rate Drops Following Closures of More Than 500 Recycling Center (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2quqjj5            The state’s beverage container recycling rates have fallen below 80 percent for the first time since 2008.
  • It was a perfect California beach day … except for all the plastic pollution (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2pv30bJ
  • Why You Should Stop Feeding Your Baby From Trendy Little Food Pouches (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2s7vkA7                            They’re an environmental nightmare.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • More Than 5,600 Pounds of Beef, Pork, And Veal Recalled For E. Coli (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2pj5bww                                     The meat was sold in six states.
  • California mom drizzled gas station cheese on her Doritos. Now, she’s fighting for her life (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2qC1gfB

 

Children & School Food

  • School District Switches to Local and Organic Meals, Cuts Carbon Footprint – and Saves Money (yes!) http://bit.ly/2rdUr7d  A new report reveals surprising results when Oakland overhauled its lunch menu at 100-plus schools by serving less meat and more fruits and vegetables.
  • Less Meat, Better Food, Happier Kids: Oakland Unified Reinvented its School Lunch (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2n9zoNK  In 2008 we transformed Oakland’s Senior Nutrition program (Meals on Wheels & Congregate Sites) to local, sustainably produced foods and cooked from scratch, we reduced our food costs by 1.6%, serving a vegetarian meal once a week…
  • Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2oZeLEE
    • Jim Hightower: Using lunch to punish the poor (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2rYyN40                                                              Nearly half of American school districts shame and stigmatize kids whose parents can’t afford school lunches.
  • America the cruel: While hedge fund managers pocket windfalls, kids lacking lunch money are shamed (Salon) http://bit.ly/2r0eLaH
  • ‘What is wrong with you?’: Michelle Obama savages Trump for gutting her legacy (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pIlsv5              Former first lady attacks president’s reversal of regulations to help improve school lunches: ‘Thing about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap’

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • How low-wage immigrant workers are reviving unions (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2qAIXpJ                                                                In Los Angeles, a steady movement takes hold under the Trump administration.
  • Stop Supporting Child Slavery By Avoiding These 6 Chocolate Companies (Educate Inspire Change) http://bit.ly/2oZa8ve
  • Wal-Mart Settlement in First LGBT Workers’ Class Action Reflects Larger Shift (The National Law Journal) http://bit.ly/2q88H12
  • Exploitation and Abuse at the Chicken Plant (The New Yorker) http://bit.ly/2qCe9W1                                                                                        Case Farms built its business by recruiting immigrant workers from Guatemala, who endure conditions few Americans would put up with.

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • Meet Nevada’s cow cops (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rhMYDe                                                                                    Where crime scene investigators ride the range.
  • The Largest Cockfighting Bust in US History Just Happened in California (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2pWPPxe                                      Sheriffs found a staggering 7,000 fighting roosters at a single location.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • The Real Reason Chinatown Produce is Crazy Cheap (Saveur) http://bit.ly/2qwsh3T                                                                                           The Wall Street Journal doesn’t find foreign imports or discounts for low quality vegetables, but rather a special network of suppliers selling especially fresh food
  • Access To Markets: The Greenway Farm Family & Farm Advocacy (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2quqQSj
  • Walmart’s $237 Million Man: How Americans Subsidize Inequality (truthout) http://bit.ly/2qkHZh9                            Remember that US taxpayers subsidize each Wal-Mart store to the tune of $900,000, currently there are 4,672 Wal-Mart stores in the US (supercenters, neighborhood markets, discount stores & Sam’s Club) http://bit.ly/2rR8VHj
  • America has become so anti-innovation – it’s economic suicide (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2r4Ofeh                                                          What has been the driving force behind American innovation, the public or private sector?
  • Report: Invested in Exploitation? (Action on Aid) http://bit.ly/2qgZ6QF                                                                                      TIAA’s Links to Land Grabbing and Deforestation
  • Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth (Al Jazeera) http://bit.ly/2rAMpFh                                                                                              It’s time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.
  • Report: Honest Accounts 2017: How the world profits from Africa’s wealth (Global Justice Now) http://bit.ly/2qX1rnQ
  • US Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies (Organic Trade Association) http://bit.ly/2mcoR7t                              The results are positive with lower poverty rats, higher median annual household incomes, organic agriculture can be used as an economic development tool…

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • University of Arkansas disposes of wastewater from nuclear plant in city sewer system (40 29 News) http://bit.ly/2qrqmzq
  • Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2oUsela
  • Making Us All Sicker: Detroit Water Shut-Offs May Well Have Caused Irreparable Damage (truthout) http://bit.ly/2rRqBBy
  • In these Western cities, using less water costs more (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rhsJpl                                                         Some homes pay five times as much as others for the same amount of water.
  • Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved, Australian experts concede (Independent UK) http://ind.pn/2qA5Fya                                ‘In our lifetime and on our watch, substantial areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding ecosystems are experiencing major long-term damage’

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Why the US Should Seize & Occupy Canada’s Milk Policy (Medium) http://bit.ly/2qsNgXX                                                                Make American Dairy Great Again!!!
  • How Trump’s Skewered View of Rural America and Agriculture Threatens the Welfare of Farmworkers (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2qbHQj5                                                                                        Trump wrote an executive order on rural America as if farmworkers don’t exist.
  • ‘An Idea Who’s Time Has Come’: Lawmakers Roll Out Plan to Expand Worker Ownership (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2q9kUBa                                                                                      ‘Giving workers a seat at the table and their fair share of the profits they help produce is one way to even up the playing field and give hardworking Americans a chance to create an economy that works for everyone’
  • Judge: EPA’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides Violated Federal Law (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2rhApZr
    • The Trump Administration Just Punted on How to Handle the Most Toxic Pesticides (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2qstY4H      Including one that likely sickened 12 farmworkers earlier this month.
  • Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2qjKP9g
  • House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2qqNEC5                Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides.
  • EPA Chooses Foreign Mining Interest Over Critical Alaska Watershed (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2pHnbAQ                          “If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first – and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last – then sadly it’s succeeding”
  • A New Law Would Legalize Selling Home Cooked Food in California (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2pn6aOy                                  California is trying to legalize small-scale sale of food made by home cooks. But will it allow tech startups to treat home cooks like Uber drivers?
  • California’s senators just proposed a path to legal status and citizenship for farmworkers (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2pJDtKj
  • Missouri legislature passes bill to undo St. Louis minimum wage hike (Fox 2 St. Louis) http://bit.ly/2rd98U5
  • North Carolina Lawmakers Side With Factory Farms as Communities of Color Suffer From he Spraying of Hog Manure (Democracy Now!) http://bit.ly/2qBDCjb
  • Flint Residents Could Lose Their Homes Over Unpaid Bills for Poisoned Water (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2qG0k8K                  ‘I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started this actually scared me,’ local resident says of tax lien notice
  • President Trump’s Budget is an Assault on the Farm Safety Net and Rural Communities, NFU Says (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2qTEGRO

 

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                                    Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. Leads Lawsuits To Sue Monsanto For Cancer-Causing Roundup Weed Killer (March Against Monsanto) http://bit.ly/2oW1o8r

 

Events

  • Local Sustainable Economies Conference                             Northeastern University, Boston, MA                                                       June 7 – 9, 2017                                                                   http://bit.ly/2lMk7BZ

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 1, 2017

 

  • Better Tasting Strawberry Developed at Rutgers Makes Debut (Rutgers Today) http://bit.ly/2oWKV4s                                    Strawberries developed for New Jersey climate, not California, and to taste good, rather to be shipped across the country…
  • Red, Ripe and Renegade: Berries That Break All the Rules (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2ou6hsR                                                                                        They don’t produce a lot or last long. But Harry’s Berries, a 50-year-old family farm in California, thrives by selling strawberries at their peak.
  • 4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2oQXU66                                                                              Our food system is built on stolen land and exploited labor. Here’s what we can do to fix it.
  • Mark Musick transformed the way Seattle thinks of local, seasonal food (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/2oa0kBh
  • Big Agro on Campus (The Walrus) http://bit.ly/2o9n3cy        Universities claim industry-funded research on chemical and pesticide safety is scientifically sound. Not everybody is convinced.
  • The Match.com of Seed Saving (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2phTcjr  The Center for Food Safety rolls out a new site for seed saving and seed swapping, aimed at the tech-savviest generation of growers.
  • A River Runs Red And A Small-Town Paper Wants Answers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2p0urYR                                                 Art Cullen’s Pulitzer-winning work showed how agribusiness infiltrated an Iowa battle over pollution from farms.
  • Restaurant Group (ROC United) Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition (NPR) http://n.pr/2omTCEc
  • International Monsanto Tribunal In The Hague – October 2016 (Monsanto Tribunal) http://bit.ly/2oIkFML                                              Find here the full text and the summary of the advisory legal opinion delivered by the Monsanto Tribunal judges in The Hague on April 18th 2017.
  • Tribunal Judges: Monsanto Violates Basic Human Rights to a Healthy Environment (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2p7KjsI
  • In Trump’s America, Navigating a Path for a Progressive National Food Strategy (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2oIbID7                                There seems to be little in the way of a guiding federal strategy on food. Advocates say a national food strategy would change that.
  • This world-renowned chef saved his town’s economy with cheese and rice (Upworthy) http://u.pw/2pfoSJ4
  • The great global food gap: Families around the world photographed with weekly shopping as they reveal cost ranges from £3.20 to £320 (Daily Mail) http://dailym.ai/1gd74zt                  This is from 2013…
  • Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2oCuJ6F
  • Race and the Proletarianization of the American Farmer (Food and Farm Discussion Lab) http://bit.ly/2oCKtX5
  • Study: Higher crop yields won’t feed the world. Stopping unplanned pregnancies will. (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2oYcdsX
  • Saving America’s Broke Prairie (UN Dark) http://bit.ly/2pu6oE4    Scientists call the American prairie on of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Its loss would have consequences the world over.
  • Prescriptions For Fresh Produce, And Other World Changing Ideas In Food (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2pGLsdx
  • On the Day of People’s Climate March, the Ponca Tribe Begins Its Own 273-Mile March (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2oXdkqi                                    A unique alliance among tribes, ranchers, and other landowners in Nebraska regroups to resist fossil fuel development like the Keystone XL.
  • It Takes Roots: US Food Sovereignty Alliance @ the #PeoplesClimate March (Food First) http://bit.ly/2qho9r4
  • 6 Mexican – American Winemakers to Check Out in Sonoma and Napa (Sonoma Magazine) http://bit.ly/2qhuzXl

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • American Farmers Urge Trump: Stay in Paris Agreement (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oy9qTR                                                          “Farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and they have been experiencing costly disruption fro climate change for some time.”
  • For Seed Rebels, Saving Life’s Building Blocks Has New Urgency (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nUMJxt                                                                          As the seed industry consolidates, open source breeders hope to preserve a handful of important varieties for the farms o the future.
  • This inspiring 83-Year-Old Runs a 210-Acre Farm and has no Plans of Retiring (Reader’s digest) http://bit.ly/2oBv q2
  • Honor for environmental activist farmer, 83, surrounded by mines on three sides (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pWDL05           For 30 years anti-pollution campaigner Wendy Bowman has stood firm against mining giants (New South Wales)
  • Farmers’ Beef With Trump Over ‘Big Meat’ (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2oY4PvK                                                                                    An Obama-era measure meant to level the playing field for chicken growers is shelved, and the industry is delighted.

 

Food and Culture

  • Reclaiming native ground: Can Louisiana’s tribes restore their traditional diets as waters rise? (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2l4ESc3
  • If you Are What You Eat, America Is Allrecipes (Slate) http://slate.me/1SUENmd                                                                                   The nation’s most popular recipe site reveals the enormous gap between foodie culture and what people actually cook.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • To Solve Hunger, First Solve Poverty (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2oUOisu                                                                                        Hunger is big business…
  • Trillium Grow Grant supercharges food security for (Canadian) Island communities (The Manitoulin Expositor) http://bit.ly/2pGoW4y                                                                                          Inch by inch, row by row community gardens will be growing thanks to $651K in funding from an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant…

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • London’s plastic water bottle waste is out of control, mayor is told (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2q37k0b                                              Committee calls for deposit return scheme and free refill stations  after finding capital hooked on bottled water but not recycling
  • In the Fishing Industry, Gear Recycling is Finally Catching On (Food and Farm Discussion Lab) http://bit.ly/2q2TPxd
  • Could This Plastic Eating Caterpillar Be The Answer To Our Waste? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2p3EOgu                      Scientists sy the parasitic waxworm is capable of devouring plastic bags.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • The “True” Human Diet (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2ooqmwI                                                                                          From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth
  • You’re Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1nN0gNE                                                                                            And we’re not talking about soy or almond, either.
  • America’s Drug Of Choice: It’s Not What You Think (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2o76UqG                                                                              The next time someone tells you that she doesn’t eat dessert, no longer east sugar, or doesn’t want a birthday cake, believe her.
  • Drinking Four Cups of Coffee Is probably Safe (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2oAoiWv                                                                                  The most comprehensive review of evidence on health consequences of caffeine use has just been published.
  • Study: Systematic review of the potential adverse effects of caffeine consumption in healthy adults, pregnant women, adolescents, and children (Food and Chemical Toxicology) http://bit.ly/2plPi9n
  • Should link between dementia and artificial sweeteners be taken with a pinch of salt? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pOPZbg

 

Children & School Food

  • America’s Second-Largest School District Says No to McDonald’s McTeacher’s Nights (AlterNet)                                                                           The Los Angles Unified School District adopted a resolution to end the kid-targeting of junk food.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • ‘It makes me nervous’: Farmer who can’t find workers to havest his crops blames Trump (RawStory) http://bit.ly/2prdZmK
  • Despite Populist Rhetoric, Trump Is Poised to Preside Over Crackdown on Unions (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2qmxxWC      “He’s following the script from the Chamber of Commerce.”
  • Harvesting Union Rights in the Field (Labor Notes) http://bit.ly/2pgb29s                                                                                                    North Carolina farmworkers are getting ready for a season of organizing with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Unlike most guest workers, they have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union.

 

Protests

  • Big Strike Brewing Against Trump: Coalition of More Than 300,000 Food Workers to Join May Day Showdown (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2qftiQr

 

Animals

  • Disturbing Facts About the Pork Industry Nobody Told You Before (The Unbound Spirit) http://bit.ly/2qvVyL8

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use (grist) http://bit.ly/2pjzPsk
  • Beyond fair trade These ban-to-bar chocolate makers are upping the ante on working with cocoa farmers (Financial Post) http://bit.ly/2pnRGwi
  • Monsanto Has Violated the Basic Human Right to a Healthy Environment and Food (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2pvqopZ
  • No-tipping experiment fails to pay off at 2 popular Maine restaurants (Portland Press Herald) http://bit.ly/2pDO7VB  Owner / Chef Cara Stadler drops policy, at least for now, after profits decline at Bao Bao in Portland and Tao Yan in Brunswick, but legislation may offer another option.
  • Hard times for Whole Foods: ‘People say it’s for pretentious people. I can see why’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pJ51lO
  • Where’s Your Retirement Fund Being Invested (act!onaid) http://bit.ly/2pJVmey                                                                                          TIAA is one of the largest private pension funds in the United States. It provides plans for teachers and nurses, but is funding their retirements through land grabs and human rights violations…

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • The Deliciously Fishy Case of the “Codfather” (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2mLekPB                                                                                            New England’s seafood industry is in deep trouble – thanks in no small part to one mogul’s seriously shady business.
  • Chobani sues InfoWars for spreading xenophobic conspiracy theories (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2oM5orV                            InfoWars targeted the immigrant-owned company in a series of inflammatory posts last year.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Clean Water Is A Basic Human Right, And We Can And Should Make It Affordable To Everyone (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2pCegnj          As we invest in our public water systems – and we must – we need to distribute costs equitably.
  • Flint Water Crisis Is a Result of Systemic Racism and History of Segregation (Colorlines) http://bit.ly/2pZP5If                                              A new report tracks what led to the disaster – and how to prevent it from happening again.
  • Report: The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint (Report of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission) http://bit.ly/2p46WjO
  • Skeptics Called Him a “Lead Magician.” But He Was One of the First Scientists to See Flint’s Toxic Water. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p1ai6K
  • Bangladesh’s water crisis: A story of gender (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2orqY8R                                                                                      Climate change is driving an acute water crisis in coastal Bangladesh in which women are bearing most of the strain.
  • Pipeline leaks 18,000 gallons of crude oil onto Kingfisher Co. Farmland (KFOR4) http://bit.ly/2pYQ7oC
    • Pipeline leaks thousands of gallons of crude oil onto Oklahoma farmland (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2pmCmA7
  • Chromium spill near Lake Michigan brings new attention to cancer-causing pollutant (Chicago Tribune) http://trib.in/2p9OZAS
  • The Saga of North Carolina’s Contaminated Water (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2pxJ31W                                                                                  The states GOP leadership tried to make the state more business-friendly. Now residents are saying their water isn’t safe to drink.
  • Widely-Opposed Pipeline ‘Confirms Worst Fears’ After Two Spills Into Ohio Wetland (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2pT4bPv                  Energy Transfer Partners’ new Rover Pipeline has spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio’s wetlands. Construction of the $4.2 billion project only began last month.
  • Climate change causes glacial river in Yukon to change directions (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) http://bit.ly/2pLe01Y                      Glacier retreated so much that its meltwater switched course…
  • Baltimore’s solar-powered water wheel has now remove 1.1 million lbs. of rubbish from the river (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2ondtDb
  • Great Barrier Reef Reaches “Terminal Stage” as CO2 levels Rise at Record Rates (truthout) http://bit.ly/2psOX7J
  • Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic – And No One’s Paying Attention (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2paYChX                                            “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste.”
  • How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2paYChX                                                                                         The problem is staggering, and it’ll get worse if we do nothing.
  • Trump Signs Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries (NPR) http://n.pr/2pHc4eH
    • Scientists have found a 10 million gallon ‘bath mat’ of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2oTWhpS

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Trump Signs Executive Order for Agriculture (Ag Web) http://bit.ly/2oKbE2h
    • On-the-Record Press Briefing on the President’s Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (The White House) http://bit.ly/2phxuyi
  • You’re (Canada) Paying Too Much for Milk (The Walrus) http://bit.ly/2oYYDmv                                                                                          The idea that Canada’s protectionist policies benefit mom-and-pop farms is mostly propaganda
  • Trump Has Okayed a Pesticide That Terrifies These Families (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2obKuWJ “We know this is dangerous fro the kids, but what are we supposed to do?”
  • Dow Chemical Donates $1 Million To Trump, Asks Administration To Ignore Pesticide Study (Vanity Fair) http://bit.ly/2oCBp4w
    • Public Records Sought on Dow’s Efforts to Pressure Trump Administration Over Pesticides, Endangered Species (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2owSttu
    • Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study (SF Gate) http://bit.ly/2pjfJ2s                                                                                               A group of three pesticide makers, including Dow Chemical, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding they throw out a study showing the impact of three pesticides on endangered species.
  • Iowa Senate Oks closing of ISU’s Leopled Center, other budget cuts (Des Moines Register) http://dmreg.co/2oYVXbk
  • North Carolina Republicans Are Trying to Keep Residents From Suiting Hog Farms (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p0665A
  • Oakland, California Soda Tax: Oakland Council members Accuse Mayor Schaaf of ‘Bait and Switch’ With Soda Tax Revenue (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2oLeo4s

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Farmers Balk at Bayer’s Move for Monsanto (AgWeb) http://bit.ly/2ppAhoW
    • Farmer Sign On Letter to Attorney General on The Proposed Dow-DuPont, Monsato0Bayer and Sygenta-ChemChina Mergers http://bit.ly/2ppSlPY

 

Poisons

  • Canada finds excessive glyphosate levels in 3.0 percent of grain products (Food, Agriculture and the Environment) http://bit.ly/2qgjfYq
  • 6 Ways Trump’s Administration Could Literally Make America More Toxic (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2puPuTl

 

Events

Featuring: Keynotes from Raj Patel, Karen Washington, Malik Yakini and more! Regional Farm Tours. Hand-on Workshops & Paper PresentationsLocal FoodResource Fair and More!

The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Equitable Local Food System

Schedule Dates: May 11 – 13, 2017

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, and Roots Rising Farm are pleased to announce the Finger Lakes “Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Equitable Local Food System.”

Location: Ithaca, NY and surrounding locations

COST: FREE

The 3-day Conference is FREE for all participants, thanks to the generous support of the organizations and grantors listed here. The ‘true’ cost to each participant would be $150 without this support. If you’re able, consider making a donation to support Groundswell Center & Rising Root Farm. We also welcome local business sponsorships. http://bit.ly/2qeCFfl