Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 21, 2017

 

  • You’ll Be Shocked to Lean We Have Good News About Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2sS5Lao                                                           On pesticides, farm animals, and Michelle Obama’s legacy, no less.
  • Eating Local – More than Ever – Is a Political Act (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2sZEuhd                                                                                              The Independence Day, a reflection on how eating might become a deeper, more powerful source of communal strength in a political moment when we most need it.
  • Bronx co-op building gets an elegant, High Line inspired green roof (Curbed New York) http://bit.ly/2tFK9y5                                      The 30,000 square food garden features winding paths, a gazebo, and more
  • Your Chocolate Might Have Survived This Fungus in Ecuador (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2tVQWCQ                                                                          Half of all cacao grown in Ecuador is ruined by disease called frosty pod rot. But farmers, exporters, and chocolate-makers are finding sustainable ways to combat it.
  • The chocolate milk survey revealed our ignorance of science, but not in the way you think (The Point) http://bit.ly/2tOi5IL

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Rise of mega farms: how the US model of intensive farming is invading the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2tniiCX        Demand for cheaper food and lower production costs is turning greed fields into industrial sheds to process vast amounts of meat an poultry
  • UK has nearly 800 livestock mega farms, investigation reveals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2txKbn3                                                      US-style intensive factory farming of poultry, pigs and cattle is sweeping across the British countryside – raising concerns over animal cruelty
  • Nonprofit Helps California’s Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Businesses (NPR) http://n.pr/2tIVH29
  • The One Thing My Farm Training Never Covered: Racism (National Young Farmers Coalition) http://bit.ly/2tpGL7l
  • America’s Farmers Turn to Bank of John Deere (The Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/2ux6vBQ                                                          With banks more tentative, machinery maker raises financing to growers, keeping them as customers but feeding menacing debt
  • California Heat Wave Kills Thousands of Cattle and Overwhelms Dairy Industry (weather.com) http://wxch.nl/2sIGICl
  • Ward County (NR) Commissioners ask to halt cloud seeding following farmer criticism (KFYR TV) http://bit.ly/2vnm0tK
  • This shipping-container farm could someday solve the food desert problem (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2tDdA0z
  • A former USDA inspector writes a thriller about the dark world of dairy cattle slaughter (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tHg12x  It’s not always a pretty business.

 

Food and Culture

  • Decolonising Food Systems and Sowing Seeds of Resistance (African Center for Biodiversity) http://bit.ly/2tU3pHz
  • Can Taro Farming Heal Hawaii? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2tZGnzE  A Maui farmer is reconnecting the health of the land to the health of his people.
  • A thriving food culture is making Viroqua (WI) the place to be (Le Crosse Tribune) http://bit.ly/2tzvqDi
  • Edible Doom And Gloom: LA’s Most Expensive New Restaurant Wants to Depress You for Dinner (The Hollywood Reporter) http://bit.ly/2tjaTjQ

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Bride Throws Party For The Homeless After Canceling $30,000 Wedding (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2u79lwr
  • SNAP Works (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2uddAY7                    Access to food stamps in childhood has long-lasting education and health benefits.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Urban Gleaning Grows Up (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2ujIaP8        From branch-sensing technology and drones to supporting refugees, the urban gleaning movement is ripe with innovation.
  • Wasted food could feed a healthy diet to two-thirds of Americans (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2qBT2nH
  • Is It Really So Offal? ‘Ugly Food’ Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners (NPR) http://n.pr/2sxG9hk
  • Good Lord, The World Is Using Almost 500 Billion Plastic Water Bottles A Year (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2spQhu5                      We’ll hit 580 billion by 2021
  • Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2u8XWdQ                      First global analysis of all mass-produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since 1950s with the majority ending up on landfill or oceans

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • The Kings of ‘Rotten Eggs’ Are Going to Jail (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tMSqz5                                                                                          Jack and Peter DeCoster, the former heads of Quality Egg Co., were finally punished for their role in a Salmonella outbreak.
  • Egg mogul Jack DeCoster sickened 56,000 people. He’ll serve just three months in prison (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2u6KzNd
  • ‘We’re Losing More People to the Sweets than to the Streets’: Why Two Black Pastors are Suing Coca-Cola (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2tkC6D1
  • (Un)Happy Macaroni and Cheese Day: Toxic Chemicals Discovered in 10 Varieties of Macaroni and Cheese Powders (Environmental Health Strategy Center) http://bit.ly/2uxYnl4

 

Children & School Food

  • Check Out These Apps That Help Kids Find Free Meals in the Summer (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2t5MfTU

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Monsanto’s Foes Are Branching Out (Bloomberg BNA) http://bit.ly/2t9VYcI
    • Monsanto Just Got Hit With a Lawsuit It Didn’t See Coming (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2tr5Ct8                                              Migrant workers say they weren’t paid minimum wage for their work in the company’s fields.
  • Work sick or lose pay? (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2sCDvne                                                                                            The high cost of being sick when you don’t get paid sick days
  • Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma’s Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out (NPR) http://n.pr/2tjJAVX
  • San Francisco chefs leaving for rural areas in search of work-life balance (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2t5UMGp

 

Protests

  • The global struggle of the local peasant (AlJazeera) http://bit.ly/2vl0Rzr                                                                                              Free trade agreements scripted by powerful governments and corporations destroy rural areas. Peasants will resist them!
  • Poverty Wages, Deportations, Wage Theft, Cockroaches: Farmworkers Demand Dignity From Ben & Jerry’s (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2tOw0eT

 

Pollinators

  • field tested: Neonics are really, truly bad for bees (Pesticide Action Network) http://bit.ly/2uuChje
    • Pesticides Are Harming Bees – But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows (NPR) http://n.pr/2tpE4oU
    • Country-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees (Science) http://bit.ly/2sXQOC7

 

Animals

  • An unlikely alternative to antibiotics: cayenne, sage, and cinnamon (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2v5mbJ5
    • The Meat Industry Refuses to Track Drugs on America’s Farms – and It’s making Superbugs Worse (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2vsgPaZ                                                                          Alternatives to antibiotics exist, but farmers have no way to know when to use them.
  • This Beef Farmer Had a Change o Heart and Sent His Cows to a Sanctuary (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vlycua                                                More than 60 cows will now get to live out their natural lives in peace.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • (Australian) Wholesalers on notice as grower group demands more transparency and fair pricing for farmers (ABC News AU) http://ab.co/2shzYv8
  • ‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Hires People With Dementia So Every Order Is A Surprise (Diply) http://bit.ly/2vfdKeY
  • Big Food Snaps Up More Independents (Good Food World) http://bit.ly/2sQi3jn                                                                                            Today it was announced the Campbell’s will buy Pacific Foods, producer of organic and natural soups and broths, plant-based milks, and more. Last week, Hain Celestial snapped up Better Bean Company…
  • If Ben & Jerry’s Is Progressive, Why Won’t It Protect Its Farmworkers? (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sDlULT        Remember, Ben & Jerry’s has been owned by Unilever since 2000
  • 1984 at the Grocery Store (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2vsp9HY    Amazon is buying Whole Foods, and that’s bad news for humans
  • Why Whole Foods’ Small Suppliers Think Amazon Will Be Good For Them (NPR) http://n.pr/2uiM4Vs                                                            The small companies that gave Whole Foods its local-food image are relieved to see Amazon taking over. But their hope may collide with the online retailer’s cost-cutting tactics.
  • Shoppers benefit from fierce Albany/North Berkeley grocery competition (East Bay Times) http://bayareane.ws/2uATFCF      New Albany (CA) Sprouts triggers ‘food fight,’ lower prices
  • Egg prices are at a record low, and nobody’s buying cage-free (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2u0GWsu
  • Impossible Foods CEO: we want to eliminate all meat from human diets (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2t6uL93                                We can produce the food that people crave without using livestock, pledges Pat Brown founder of the ‘veggie burger that bleeds’
  • Detroit’s Underground Economy: Where Capitalism Fails, Alternatives Take Root (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2tzJaiC    Over decades of poverty, Detroiters have fostered a resilient informal economy based on trust.
  • Monopoly Capitalism in Action: How Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Could Affect Us All (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2szrP5p
    • Amazon’s Brave New Future: A Whole Foods where cheaper groceries come at a cost (Salon) http://bit.ly/2uG9xju
  • What happened when Walmart left (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2twTuGV                                                                                              In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Impostor Imports (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2uqeOwl                                                                                                To understand how the surge of organic imports is affecting organic farmers in the United States, one only has to talk to farmers…
  • Preference Or Prejudice? Central Europeans Ask Why They Get Cheaper Ingredients (NPR) http://n.pr/2t3yJUR

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2sCxp74
    • Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nwOYGe                          Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacred
  • Native Americans sue frackers over manmade earthquakes in Oklahoma (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2tYdIul                                  “If an earthquake comes through here and destroys the buildings, we can rebuild,. But if you pollute our water, we’re done.”
  • As Pruitt Guts Water Rules, EPA Will Allow Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf of Mexico (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2ubC7vU
  • Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2tIIc3o
  • ‘People Power Defeating Corporate Power’”: Atlantic City Says People Have Say Over Their Water (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2ugm9Rj                                                                                                “A ringing endorsement of the work done by community members to save their water system from a corporate takeover.”
  • Why Coastal Tribes Are Growing Clam Gardens That Look Like Asian Rice Fields (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2tUeNmZ
  • The First Offshore Shellfish Ranch Opens in the US, on the LA County Coastline (LA Weekly) http://bit.ly/2swOUtE
    • Catalina Sea Ranch http://bit.ly/2sxjaVc                                                First offshore shellfish ranch in US Federal Waters
  • Restaurants Are Returning Their Empty Oyster Shells To The Ocean To Rebuild Decimated Reefs (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2sOuWps                                                                                               A partnership between a nonprofit and waste-management company in Mobile, Alabama has already diverted 2.8 million oyster shells from landfill.
  • Seven right whales found dead in ‘devastating’ blow to endangered animal (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2tTuk6l
  • Fish Farming Is So Filthy That Salmon Are Getting Lice (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tQajeA                                                                                                    A study published in 2015 noted that factory-farmed salmon become “so depressed they give up on life.”
  • Salmon (farmed) retail prices set to leap owing to infestation of sea lice (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vgICef                                  Wholesale cost rose 50% in 2016 as fish farmers from Scotland to Norway and Chile tried to tackle parasite problem
  • Study: Fish on Factory Farms So Stressed and Depressed They “Give Up On Life” (Mercy For Animals) http://bit.ly/2t7v3kK

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • New Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise The Stake For India’s Beef Wars (NPR) http://n.pr/2tSmgmN
  • EPA – Approved Dicamba Is an Airborne Menace and Some States Are Banning It (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2u9EYpI
  • Trump Administration Gives Industry More Time to Adopt New Nutrition Fact Label (NPR) http://n.pr/2tYNZj1
  • “Why the hell am I paying more for this?” Major egg operations houses “USDA Organic” hens at three per square foot (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2urHrwh
  • The USDA is Helping Industrial Hydroponics Water Down the Definition of Organic Farming (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2tZLe0Z
  • (California) Farmers seek help from Sen. Kamala Harris. What did they want most? Hint: Starts with ‘w’ (Fresno Bee) http://bit.ly/2szhrdR                                                                                  Agricultural leaders and farmers pressed their case for a reliable water supply, immigration reform and their fair share of the Farm Bill during a roundtable discussion with Sen. Kamala Harris…
  • (California) State Seizes Farina’s Liquor License To Recover $274K In Unpaid Taxes (hoodline) http://bit.ly/2txQmHL
  • Republicans in several states are lowering the minimum wage – yes, you read that right (Salon) http://bit.ly/2tvIwli                              With the political world focused on the health care battle, Republicans in at least four (Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine) seek to cut wages
  • Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 to $7.70 (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sjRUW7 and St. Louise minimum wage will drop from $10 to $7.70 (CNN) http://cnn.it/2sUEOhn
    • Missouri’s governor says raising the minimum wage will take money out of peoples pockets’ – so he’s lowering it (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2sLGuyw
    • Why the Minim Wage in St. Louise Is Going… Down (Governing the State and Localities) http://bit.ly/2tzqJrL
  • Maine’s new food sovereignty law put local control over local foods (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2sD6o2p
    • Maine’s new food sovereignty law means neighbors can sell each other raw milk (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2u1fYAY
  • Monsanto’s Glyphosate to Be Listed on California’s Cancer-Causing Substances List (Care2) http://bit.ly/2tWVxFh                      It is a victory for environmental and health activists everywhere: glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other pesticide products, will officially be on California’s list of cancer-causing substances beginning July 7…
  • Minneapolis Just Adopted a $15 Minimum Wage in a Landslide Vote (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tV0SwL                                                        City council members credit the hard work of grassroots labor organizations.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media – and Discourages Criticism (The Progressive) http://bit.ly/2tJ5Ius
  • This Documentary Wants to Teach People About GMOs, But Experts Call It Propaganda (Munchies) http://bit.ly/2ui1Lgh        Marion Nestle’s response? “At this point, I think the less said about this film, the better.”
  • “Food Evolution”: Propaganda for Public Support of GMOs (Food First) http://bit.ly/2uJ2J5D
  • Food Politics: This Blog No Longer Accepts Comments, Thanks to GMO Trolls (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2tC5FTk
  • Have the ‘Food Evolution’ Fimmakers Mistreated Moms? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2uUt5AQ                                                                    The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

 

Poisons

  • Organic food backed by landmark report warning pesticides far more dangerous than was thought (Telegraph UK) http://bit.ly/2uiz59C                                                                                            Who ever thought that eating neurotoxins was safe, or petrochemicals?
  • Arkansas just banned the weedkiller that damaged hundreds of farmers’ crops this year (grist) http://bit.ly/2tqkiIR
    • Worry over dicamba grips Arkansas farmers (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette) http://bit.ly/2uHUPZb
    • Farmers Say This Weedkiller Is Also Killing Their Soybean Plants (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2tynP6l                            Hundreds of complaints led to the Arkansas Plant Board to vote for a temporary ban on dicamba.
  • How hard is it to find products with these toxic chemicals? Shockingly easy. (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2sS6sAC

 

Events

  • NOFA Summer Conference                                                                       August 11 – 13, 2017                                                                               Hampshire College                                                                                       Amherst, MA                                                 http://nofasummerconference.org/

 

  • Using Gardens to Build Community: Summer Institute For Educators                                                                                                             August 15, 2017                                                                                 Poughkeepsie Farm Project 51                                                     Pughkeepsie, NY                                             http://nesawg.org/events/using-gardens-build-community-summer-institute-educators
  • Yale Food Systems Symposium                                                           September 29 – 30, 2017                                                                                   Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies                               New Haven, CT                                             https://yalefoodsymposium.org/
  • Undoing Racism In The Food System                                                   October 9 – 12, 2017                                                                                           Soul Fire Farm                                                                                             Petersburg, NY                                         http://www.soulfirefarm.org/food-sovereignty-education/undoing-racism-farmers-immersion/

 

  • NESAWG It Takes A Region Conference                                       November 9 – 11, 2017                                                                                     Lord Baltimore Hotel                                                                                   Baltimore, MD                                                 http://nesawg.org/conference
  • Community Food Systems Conference                                       December 5 – 7, 2017                                                                                     Boston Park Plaza Hotel                                                                                 Boston, MA                                                             https://nesfp.org/community-food-systems-conference-2017

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 6, 2017

 

  • Agroecology in the Context of Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Movements (The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice) http://bit.ly/2tdgZG9
  • Lebanese Grocery Store In Brooklyn Was Just Ranked The Best In The United States! (The961) http://bit.ly/2sYuHez
  • Too Many Americans Apparently Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ts7M8P
  • We Will Son Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2sDuyhl                                                                                        Forget the GP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.
  • Bakery Takes Pan-Maker to Court After $120,00 Worth of Cakes Get Ruined in Dessert Disaster (Time) http://ti.me/2sCipsF          US Foods sued for faulty cake pans…
  • Growing Community and Feeding the Revolution on an Atlanta Urban Farm (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2rrInQt
  • Farming Pathogens: An Evolutionary Biologist on the Links Between Big Ag and Disease (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2suxkVD
  • Scientists Scramble To Understand The Invisible Creatures Around Us Before It’s Too Late (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2rzbZui          Researchers are uncovering the importance of the trillion-plus kinds of microbes on the planet – even as they worry the richness could be disappearing.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Australian farmer’s weed-destroying invention draws world interest (ABC News AU) http://ab.co/2rViQKR
  • The end of the family farm (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2sgh8Hi
    • Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Have Been Duped into Producing Too Much Milk (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sEWB0l
    • USDA Food Prices and Spending 2017 http://bit.ly/2sIJNpZ
    • America Spends Less on Food than Any Other Country (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2rus8Od                                                  Keep in mind that US households spent 33% of income on food in 1963 and now spend 7% of income on food…

Food and Culture

  • The “Woke” Chef Behind the 1st Dominican Vegetarian Food Business in New York City (Medium) http://bit.ly/2tCPjXg

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Can Congolese Agriculture Fight Future Famines (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2rILfmZ                                               The Democratic Republic of the Congo is about the size of Western Europe, and only a fraction of its arable land is being used.
  • Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rIhliI
    • Study: Malnutrition risk of older people across district health board community, hospital and residential care setting in New Zealand (Australasain Journal on Ageing) http://bit.ly/2rDqfmB
  • The Nazis Used It, We Use It (London Review of Books) http://bit.ly/2r0B91j                                                                                            Alex de Waal on the return of famine as a weapon of war

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • All That Online Shopping Has Cardboard Consequences (NBC News) http://nbcnews.to/2st7bEJ                                                              And with Amazon buying Whole Foods…
  • A campaign to eliminate plastic straws I sucking in thousands of converts (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2u2EfUs

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Brining Healing Meals to the Chronically Ill in California (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2spYgUA                                                                  California nonprofits are advocating for a medically tailored meal pilot program for low-income residents.
  • Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2rV22n1
    • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory and Protects Brain Against Alzheimer’s Disease, New Research at Temple Shows (Temple Health Newsroom) http://bit.ly/2sPAZxx
  • Association Between Indulgent Descriptions and Vegetable Consumption: Twisted Carrots and Dynamite Beets (JAMA) http://bit.ly/2sQlEN9
  • Doctors Want Sugar and ‘Cancer-Causing’ Foods Out of Hospitals (Live Science) http://bit.ly/2rzoJxG
    • Healthy Food in Health Care (Health Care Without Harm) http://bit.ly/1yHnb5P
    • Study: A growing opportunity: Community gardens affiliated with US hospitals and academic health centers (Science Direct) http://bit.ly/2sqdiuY
  • More peas or less Pepsi? Researchers compare how food policies could save lives (grist) http://bit.ly/2snxdJv
    • Study: Reducing US cardiovascular disease burden and disparities through national and targeted dietary policies: A modeling study (PLOS) http://bit.ly/2rCaqcu
    • Fruit and vegetable subsidies may work five times better than soda taxes (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2sfmmBw          What about using soda tax revenue to subsidize the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables?
  • Data reveals farmed salmon to be one of the most toxic foods in the world (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sdLhXP
  • Doctors Are Warning Patients to Eat Less Meat (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2sAqnTS                                                                                             And more major medical groups are endorsing a diet heavier in plants.
  • You May Be Eating Chicken Contaminated With a Hallucinogenic Drug (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sJUtTL                                                          The nation’s third biggest poultry produce is falsely advertising chicken that tested positive for a slew of drugs as “100% Natural.”     We all should know by now that there is no federal regulations on the use of the word ‘natural.’ It is meaningless…
  • Do poor people eat more junk food than wealthier Americans? (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2t2mi85                                                  No, they don’t, it is the middle class that eats the most…
  • Study: The association between socioeconomic status and adult fast food consumption in the US (Economics & Human Biology) http://bit.ly/2rD4fZ5
  • Is Lean in the US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ? (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rDgqoD                                                               A study has found that nearly 9 out of 10 baby food grape juice samples had detectable levels of lead in them.
  • Baby Food More Likely To Contain Lead Than Normal Food, Study Finds (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sfXNnW                                  “There is no safe lead level.”
  • Why mounds of chicken tenders, pork bangers and canned pasta are on a recall (Miami Herald) http://hrld.us/2so505h

 

Education

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Rigged (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2ry2wnV                                    Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.               This is why port truck drivers at the West Coast Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Oakland, Los Angeles and Long Beach have all gone on strike in recent years. Many of these are the same issues that FedEx lost a court case on in 2014 http://bit.ly/2teha0Q
  • Labor Shortage Leaves $13 Million in Crops to Rot in Fields (Santa Barbara Independent) http://bit.ly/2t2IKAk                          More Mexican Immigrants are Leaving the US Than Arriving
  • California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor (The Daily Beast) http://thebea.st/2tEEjtq                                                                  During the 1850s gold rush, vineyard owners used an army of enslaved Native American workers.
  • Prison Labor Is The New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support It By Spending Money With These Companies (Counter Current News) http://bit.ly/2rH9ems
    • Prison Labor: Three Strikes and You’re Hired (Ella Baker Center for Human Rights) http://bit.ly/1Cqf4gZ
    • ‘Modern-Day Slavery’” Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governor’s Mansions and Capitol Buildings (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tdD7A1                              Another old tradition that belongs in the dustbin of history.
  • A New Farm Worker Union Is Born (American Prospect) http://bit.ly/2toGG6S                                                                              Indigenous Oaxacan farm workers win themselves a union in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Farmworkers at Sakuma ratify historic first union contract (NW Labor Press) http://bit.ly/2swpby7
  • Farmworker union reaches tentative contract deal with Sakuma berry farms (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/2rrqTPY

 

Protests

  • Veteran Organizer Gives Inside Look at the First $15 Minimum Wage Campaign (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sy1F2E

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Organic Sector Posts Record US Sale: Survey (Progressive Grocer) http://bit.ly/2udnaGO                                                            Category growth outstrips conventional counterparts
  • Will Factory Farm Industry Evolve and Embrace Change – or Continue Practice of Torturing Chickens to Death? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sfqva2                                                                                                  Big retail customers lie Burger King and Subway are finally demanding change.
  • JBS to sell assets of Colorado-based Five Rivers, world’s largest cattle feeder (Denver Business Journal) http://bit.ly/2sPO2z4
  • Soda and Fast Food Lobbyists Push State Preemption Laws to Prevent Local Regulation (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2tOdcfJ                      Big food has a lots of power, it willing to use it, and cares about profit, not America’s health.
  • Amazon To Buy Whole Foods For $13.7 Billion (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2siQpbq
    • Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2tzaMjO                                                                            The retailer’s $14 billion bet isn’t just about the future of food. It’s about the future of commerce – especially for rich urban consumers.
  • Amazon’s Move On Whole food Is Primal More Than ‘Disruption’ (Medium) http://bit.ly/2ssM6u2
    • Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Starts a Supermarket War (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2sdywwe
    • Amazon Buying Whole Foods Will Stoke A Price War In The Grocery Business (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2tfoxVI
    • Amazon has a patent to keep you from comparison shopping while you’re in its stores (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2tDauIU                                                                        Amazon was awardee a patent May 30 that could help it choke of a common issue faced by many physical stores: Customers’ use of smartphones to compare prices…
  • Can food hubs boost rural farming economies? (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2bw92B4                                                                           The Department of Agriculture is funding new initiatives to streamline local food systems.
  • Can food hubs make small farms economically feasible? (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rKbc5F                                                                A new effort near Lake Tahoe, California, brings farms and food buyers together to buck the system.
  • Migrant Workers Pour Trillions Into World Economy (IPS) http://bit.ly/2sisyIP
    • Report: Sending Money Home: Contributing to the SDGs, one family at a time (International Fund for Agricultural Development) http://bit.ly/2sYfpEI

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rFqDRH                                                        The first in a series of lawsuits sides with tribal sovereignty
  • Judge’s DAPL Ruling, Reckless Spill Record Pushes pipeline Company’s Shares Below $20 for First Time (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2taKCoq
  • The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2sHh98s                                                              A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
  • 5 Michigan officials charged with manslaughter in Flint water crisis (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2ttJH1F
  • Cancer-causing compound in (SF) East Bay Drinking water reaches near critical level (KRON4) http://bit.ly/2toq8YG
  • Scotch Whisky’s Future May Rest on Restoration (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2hszDnK                                         The Glenmorangie Distillery is embarking on an ambitious plan to restore oysters to the Dornoch Firth.
  • If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em: Pasties may help cram woes (Phys.org)                                                                                                                       The unwanted crabs that have plagued Maine’s clam beds for years might soon play a new role – as appetizer.
  • Bummer: Report Card says some Southern California beaches hazardous to your health (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2sKsFzD

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The EPA Quietly Approve Monsanto’s New Genetic-Engineered Technology The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2sYwQXV                          It’s the first time RNA interference will be used to kill insect pests.
  • EPA chief met with Dow Chemical CEO before deciding not to ban toxic pesticide (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2tjmrXD
    • Environmentalists sue EPA for reversing Obama-era move to ban pesticide (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nOawLm                  The EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, has ignored the scientific recommendation of his own agency to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos, despite its links to brain damage
  • Trump give pen to dow chemical CEO after signing executive order to eliminate regulations (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sg8BS6
  • Crackdown on Immigration Is Terrible News for Anyone Who Eats Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2t9Xmy1                                    And it’s particularly bad news for farmers.
  • Brace for food price hikes thanks to Donald Trump’s deportation force (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2sYXMqt
  • EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban (AP News) http://apne.ws/2sORv0i
    • EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ba Pesticide ‘Puts All Children At Risk,’ Pediatricians Warn (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2t8GVzV    The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency “has no basis” to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops.
  • PRIME At Would Help Put the ‘Local’ Back in Local Meat Production (reason.com) http://bit.ly/2rClVjD                                States could set their own rules for meat that’s processed and sold within their own borders.
  • LePage (Maine) signs food sovereignty law, the first of its kind in the nation (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2sYd0NH                        … LePage signed LD 725, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems, Friday legitimizing th authority of towns and communities to enact ordinances regulating local food distribution free from stat regulatory control.
  • California to Monsanto: Glyphosate is going on the cancer list (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2suiRp0
    • California Gives a Giant Middle Finger to Monsanto (Fusion) http://bit.ly/2stXuEl
    • California Is Risking Public Health by Improperly Assessing Safety of Monsanto Herbicide (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2smtvzT                                                                            California’s proposed “safe Level” of glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp, does nothing to protect citizens from harm.
  • Louis $10 minimum wage will revert back to $7.70 in August, (Gov) Greitens announces (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) http://bit.ly/2sdZzVR
  • San Jose to Crack Down on ‘Unpermitted’ Food Handouts to Homeless (NBC Bay Area) http://bit.ly/2tgx7Wr                                  Here we go again, vilifying those who have fallen pray to our economic policies…

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Braking: Kansas jury rules in favor of 7,000 farmers against Syngenta (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2t0nARy
  • Monsanto Spin Doctors Target Scientists in Flawed Reuters Story (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2smK1zP
    • Here is the disputed Reuters Story: Cancer agency left in the dark over glyphosate evidence (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2sau2oD
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Narrates New Doc ‘Food Evolution’ – a Blatant Case of Monsanto Corporate Propaganda (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2swL00r                                                                                          With its skewed presentation of science and data, the documentary is a flagrant example of propaganda for the agrichemical industry.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Owes a More Honest Conversation About GMOs than ‘Food Evolution’ (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ti8iKl            By promoting Monsanto’s corporate propaganda, Tyson risks losing many of his devoted fans.
  • Top US Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat (MIT Technology Review) http://bit.ly/1TbcvWx                                  Easy to use. Hard to control. The intelligence community now sees CRISPR as a threat to national safety.
  • Researchers Have Traced The Genes For Antibiotic Resistance Back to Their Source (Science Alert) http://bit.ly/2tAhZQD

 

Poisons

 

Resources