Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for January 30, 2018

 

  • The Biggest thing We Forget When Talking About Food Justice (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Dzr2uZ                                                                      Creating a just food system begins with land – who owns it, how they own it, and how it gets passed down from one generation to the next.
  • Even Though Food Gets an ‘F’ for 2017, There’s a Reason for Optimism (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2njHcxq                                            Local food policy councils can create an alternative to Big Food.
  • A Radical Vision for Food: Everyone Growing It for Each Other (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2DgV7OR                                                                        Unlike capitalism’s many specialized good and services, food is practical to barter – or, better yet, to gift.
  • How California’s Fires Are Linked to Climate Chaos, Soil Health and Food Choices (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2rM9ar9              Throughout history, agriculture has caused the loss of fertile soil, leading to the downfall of civilizations.
  • From Juicero to Misohawni: The first annual Epic Food Fails Awards (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2De6cQK
  • Trump’s Farm Fibs, Pollan’s Twinkies, and More: Your Winter Food Policy Round-Up (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2FzaJvb
  • Coalition of agriculture outsiders tackle powerful Agribiz insiders (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2Bj4W9L                                      Farmers, scientists and consumers are fighting back, and global health agencies are responding to the threats.
  • From Hooch To Haute Cuisine: A Nearly Extinct Bootlegger’s Corn Gets A Second Shot (NPR) http://n.pr/2EFnl3y
  • Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2DxuTog
  • Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions (NPR) http://n.pr/2mFrufQ                                                                                            What happened to biodiesel from used cooking oil?
  • Biodiesel production from used cooking oil: A review (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews) http://bit.ly/2DsA3ld
  • Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities o their parents for a new kind of neighborhood. (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2zXYgi1
  • Jim Hightower: Breakfast and beer (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2nevvYC                                                                                            The sweeping shift from the $10-billion cereal market to healthier alternatives, is in fact, an enormous, victory, driven by the organic movement.
  • 2017 was terrible for food policy. 2018 could shake things up (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2zDsRS7                                             The farm bill and midterm elections will put food back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • California Dreaming: Will Scott, Sharecropper’s Son (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2Ej9mAN                                                                             Will Scott is president of the African-American Farmers of California. He Spoke in the living room of his ranch house just outside Fresno.
  • In New York, farmers team up to solve the big distribution question that tech can’t (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2ExKX9k
  • The Netherlands Can Feed the World. There’s Why It Shouldn’t (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ELctQZ                                                                             What gets lost when we focus solely on increasing food efficiency?
  • This Tiny Country Feeds the World (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2lqHYes                                                                  The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.
  • Soaring Popularity of Grass-Fed Beef May Hit Roadblock: Less Nutritious Grass (NPR) http://n.pr/2m85RnS
  • Climate change threatens Montana’s barley farmers – and possibly your beer (FERN) http://bit.ly/2o2aCDK                      Warmer and more unpredictable weather has made it ever more challenging to grow malt barley, a crop that must meet exacting standards before it can be brewed into beer.
  • Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change and Beer (NPR) http://n.pr/2D0Gpfm
  • Australian Farmers and Scientists Make a Surprise Discovery When They Team Up To Fight an Invasive Weed (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2Dse6Uc                                                                               Innovative partnership shows local knowledge could be the secret ingredient for making science matter
  • After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate (NPR) http://n.pr/2Fk3maY
  • Connecticut Grown Avocados? Farm Bill Program Helps New England Farmers Grow Winter Crops (Eco Centric) http://bit.ly/2DBcomO

 

Food and Culture

  • Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2se33uK                                                                          Forced assimilation destroyed most Nation’s diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
  • Ahwahsiin: The Where We Get Our Food http://bit.ly/2FI1gSj  Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Contemporary Food Sovereignty on the Blackfeet Reservation
  • Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1XTA0ox        From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.
  • Farming Brings Refugees Closer to Home Through Food and Community (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2mZ6zoW                                            They were forced out of their homes by Burmese military violence. Now they’re rebuilding their lives in North Carolina.
  • How did France, gastronomic capital of the world, sink to brawls over Nutella? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2GsNxzh
  • There’s Something Big Shifting in American High Cuisine (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ECd0op                                                            Veggie-centric cuisine is becoming a national movement.
  • The Friendship Bread Project: Can Baking Promote Unity In A Divided World? (NPR) http://n.pr/2Crr1rB
  • Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed – And Funded – The Civil Rights Movement (NPR) http://n.pr/2myblso

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Dignity Versus Waste at the Food Bank (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2n6rzKB                                                                                            The choice between preventing food waste and dignified access to food means groceries received at the food bank are often past their before date.
  • Organic Oranges for the Homeless? Brining Good Food to Skid Row (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2GmDNGO                                     Not eating well sparks a cascade effect in anyone, but the effect is especially pronounced among a homeless population experiencing high levels of stress, mental illness, substance abuse and all the pain that accompany the aging process.
  • How a Former Black Panther Who’s Been Serving Community Meals to Oakland’s Poor Has Become a Victim of Gentrification (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mBE7JJ
  • California Volunteers Share Food With Homeless, Get Arrested By Police (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DCz6ri
  • It’s Not the Food Deserts: It’s the Inequality (City Lab) http://bit.ly/2rsWllx                                                                                                      A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.
  • This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2iPNLoo                  After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back.
  • Our Fight With Fat: Why Is Obesity Getting Worse? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2BxJz4F                                                                                  America’s obesity epidemic is so serious now that close to 40 percent of Americans are obese.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • ‘Healing Through Harvesting’: Gleaning Unwanted Fruit Helps Refugees In Need (NPR) http://n.pr/2CxtWfb
  • UK Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A ‘Latte Levy’ On Disposable Cups (NPR) http://n.pr/2n3vgka
  • China No Longer Wants Your Trash. Here’s Why That’s Potentially Disastrous. (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Bq5GtN      The country has been the “worlds wastebasket” for decades. But starting Jan. 1, 2018 China has said “no more.”
  • Reducing food waste and changing diet could drastically reduce agricultural emissions (Climate Action Tracker) http://bit.ly/2njvJOp
  • California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws (Reason) http://bit.ly/2Bs3kuG

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Concerns Grow That Infections From ‘Zombie Deer’ Meat Can Jump To Humans (NPR) http://n.pr/2DCDKbi

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Children & School Food

  • New York’s ‘No Student Goes Hungry’ proposal sounds great on paper. How feasible is it in reality? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Dck3XT                                                                                                If passed, it could help students and local farms.
  • 3 Reasons Why the Trump USDA’s School Nutrition Rollbacks Should Worry You – and What You Can Do About It (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2BjZaVs
  • Elon Musk’s Brother Wants to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DKmiiO
  • Durango School District’s farm-to-school program brings the beef (The Durango Herald) http://bit.ly/2COGajz                Distribution center improves affordability, safety of cafeteria food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Unrigging the economy to grow the middle class: Pennsylvania takes the lead on overtime (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2DLmDUQ
  • Maryland grant s access to paid sick days to 700,000 workers and their families (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2E9oKQ8
  • America’s farmworkers face poverty, neglect, and now deportation (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2DEqxPY                                Up to 70 percent of the people who put food on America’s tables may be undocumented.
  • Food for Us (Canadians), Suffering for Foreign Farm Workers (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2DFvDL9                                                                From exploitation to damaged families, temporary workers pay a high price to provide our produce.
  • Coachella Rising: Aging Farmworkers, Unions, Organic Mangos & the Salton Sea (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2rMvFw4      “Sustainability” is the mantra for many groups and businesses near the Salton Sea. But sustainability for whom?
  • A Worker-Owned Cooperative Is Revitalizing Jackson, Mississippi (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2n0lcIJ                                                  A dynamic yet under-documented experiment in radical social transformation taking place in the United States.
  • An Education in Solidarity: Co-ops Make Gains at Concordia University in Montreal (Toward Freedom) http://bit.ly/2E4dbtv

 

Protests

  • At Berlin March, Tens of Thousands Demand End to Industrial Agriculture (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2rLuMnl              “Farmers and consumers from all over Europe have made it clear that they are fed up with current policies that benefit huge food and agriculture corporations, at the expense of the environment, peasant farming, and public safety,” – Adrian Bebb, Friends of the Earth Europe

 

Pollinators

  • The Buzz Fades (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2mHmeZL                            A dynamic yet under-resourced in an overworked agricultural system, honeybee colonies are gradually failing in most temperate regions.
  • Scientific studies conclude neonicotinoids damage bee populations (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2n37hk2                  What if honeybee health was greatly affected by commonly used pesticides, causing colonies to die en masse?

 

Animals

  • USDA Reports Dairy Farmers Are Sending Younger Cows to Slaughter (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2F3YPsk                                            Inside factory farms that treat animals like machines, dairy cows live only about four years.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • 8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for Good (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mkSjFQ                                          These business executives and entrepreneurs know that the future of food means not killing animals.
  • Organic Valley, Whole Foods and Others Blast USDA for Not Instituting Better Organic Regulations (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2F5xVjP
    • USDA Plans to Side With ‘Fake Organic’ Egg Producers, Ditch Animal Welfare Rules (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2qUhxR6
    • ‘Big Organic’ Egg Producers Poised to Feather Their Nests If USDA Scuttles Animal Welfare Rules (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2DysFbn                                                                                        The USDA plans to ditch rules that would have given hens more space and outdoor access.
  • Leveling the paying field: LA café lets patrons choose prices – and hasn’t lost cash (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Ei5ZtV
  • A Peas Offering For The Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival The Real Deal? (NPR) http://n.pr/2mVgdsG
  • An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country (FERN) http://bit.ly/2rxqEr5                                                                                  Smithfield Farms is pushing its grain farmers to cut back on fertilizer use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – but will it shrink the pork giant’s carbon footprint?
  • Shop Here, Not There: Science Says Reducing Inequality Is Almost That Simple (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Be1Ll4                                    New research shows that shuttling even 5 percent of consumer transactions to poorer neighborhoods can reduce income inequality by up to 80 percent.
  • Most American Farmers Will Be Hurt by the GOP Tax Bill (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2F98cXH                                                        But the top 4 percent highest-grossing farms will do just fine.
  • Eating out might be devouring your food budget – and you probably have no idea (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rxObbw
  • Paying Tipped Workers Better Won’t Hurt Restaurant Jobs (Institute for Policy Studies) http://bit.ly/2DFZwrr                            For decades, restaurant industry lobbyists have predicted that the sky would fall with each tipped-minimum-wage hike. But these case studies found no evidence supporting those claims.
  • How a More Human Economy Could Help Revive Rural America (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2GqOMik                                                            Factory farming is terrible for animals and it’s a disaster for rural America.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Cape Town set to become the first city to run out of water (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2BwH3Ml                                                                    Day Zero, when the taps run dry, is just around the corner.
  • Cape Town Braces For Water Emergency That Could Affect Nearly 4 Million People (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DyQ20Z  The South African city plans to shut off its water on April 12, unless dam water levels go up.
  • In the Water-Scarce Southwest, an Ancient Irrigation System Disrupts Big Agriculture (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2hdKIH7                          In New Mexico and Colorado, the “acequia” is more than just democratic water distribution – it is at the center of Southwest culture.
  • Can New Mexico’s ancient irrigation canals survive a changing climate? (FERN) http://bit.ly/2CBhlHT                                                        For centuries, acequias have been the lifeblood of a vibrant communal culture in hamlets throughout the state…
  • Bottled water is nonsense. Just ban it and fill our towns with drinking fountains (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2FohdfI              Plastic-free aisles just don’t go far enough – the government (UK) must be decisive if it is to fulfill its green pledges
  • Fracking companies won’t have to disclose chemicals thanks to Trump administration rollback (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2ByX04o                                                                                  California and a coalition of environmental groups have all filed challenges to the Bureau of Land Management’s fracking rule repeal.
  • Earth Works Action Press Release: Enviros File Suit to Block Trump’s Attempt to Kill the BLM Fracking Rule (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2rIYBoy
  • Study: Babies with low birth weights more likely near Pennsylvania fracking sites (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2DtBPCv
    • Hydraulic fracturing and infant health: New evidence from Pennsylvania (Science Advances) http://bit.ly/2DwfacN
  • The Rover Pipeline spills again, the same spot where it spilled 2 million gallons last year (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2DyGaZi  The Rover pipeline has more “noncompliance incidents” than any other interstate gas pipeline.
  • Ignore the Lame Excuses: What 300,000 Escaped Salmon Prove About Factory Fish Farming (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Da5HDK    Sustainable-food advocates want to love aquaculture – yet it comes with so many risks.
  • Tanker disaster in East China Sea could be world’s works oil spill in 35 years (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2nh1Dei                                Oil will continue to spread for months, potentially threatening Japan and South Korea.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Inside Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Battle to Downplay a Deadly Farmed Salmon Disease (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2DkcTOV  Part one of a series. Provincial lab played key role in denying existence of HSMI in British Columbia.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Plan to Gut Rules Protecting Wild Salmon from Fish Farming Disease (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2FpEOgZ                                                                                            Part two of a series. After court losses, federal government has new strategy to protect industry.
  • How the Republicans plan to stiff your waitress (Salon) http://bit.ly/2mWOAPf                                                                        Restaurant owners may soon be pocketing your server’s tip money
  • Women would lose $4.6 billion in earned tips if the administration’s ‘tip stealing’ rule is finalized (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2B7zons                                                              Overall, workers would lose $5.8 billion
  • Your waitress makes $2.13 per hour. An now Trump wants to take her tips (nj.com) http://bit.ly/2DxWJ3p
  • The best place to be a waitress if the US passes its “tip stealing” rule change (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2DywolV
  • Serfing USA: New ‘Bracero’ Bill Could Cut Agricultrual Workers’ Rights and Wages (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2BBNihQ                  A new Congressional Bill would reduce a broad range of agriculture workers to the status of “guest workers.” California’s dairy owners are ecstatic.
  • Federal Appeals Court Takes Down Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law for Win Against Factory Farming (Eco Centric) http://bit.ly/2BqXObz
    • Federal Judge Rules Idaho’s Ag-Gag law ‘unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment’ (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2FGs8Ca
  • FDA’s new guideline on additives isn’t bad. It’s as good as it’s going to get. (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2qYPqQu
  • EPA allowing widespread use of unapproved pesticides, study finds (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2n1WKq5                                  “The chronic abuse of the emergency approval process has created a shortcut for pesticide companies looking to gain backdoor approval for use of harmful pesticides.”
  • EPA to allow minors to be exposed to highly toxic pesticides (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2mBMcwO
  • In its Quest to Kill Regulations, Trump’s EPA May Allow Teenagers to Handle Farm Pesticides Again (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2n4INaT                                                                                              The agency is reconsidering an Obama-era rule requiring pesticide applicators be at least 18.
  • EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution (Chicago Tribune) http://trib.in/2AmJ7tb
  • New Report on Radioactive Tap Water Renews Concerns About trump Nominee for Top Environmental Role (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2EFtLyK                                                                                        Critics are challenging Trump’s “outrageous” and “alarming” move to re-nominate the former head of a Texas environmental agency who has admitted to falsifying reports of radiation levels in drinking water
  • Trump Administration Violates Law, Extends Fishing Season for the Gulf Red Snapper (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/2DE5wkE                                                                                          The fisheries office of the NOAA decided to disregard their science-based quota requirements and extend the recreational fishing season of the red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico after pressure from Gulf members of Congress.
  • USDA proposes ‘modernizing’ swine inspections (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2DUYgEs                                                                  New rules will affect worker and consumer health. Here’s your primer.
  • Trump’s USDA Wants to Make Pork Processing Faster—And More Dangerous (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2n8Nz6O                    A new rule would let pork companies simply “determine their own evisceration line speeds.”

 

Poisons

  • Why Farmers Are Using Glyphosate To Kill Their Crops – And What It Might Mean For You (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2muXxiz
  • Monsanto giving cash to farmers who use controversial pesticide (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2E0bHR6                                    Meanwhile, regulators in North Dakota, Missouri and Arkansas are taking steps to set restrictions on dicamba-based herbicides.

 

Education

  • Military Veterans, Beginning Farmers invited to Poultry Workshops (UC Food Observer) http://bit.ly/2E1RxpA
    • Beginning Farmer & Ranch Development Program: Pastured/Free-Range Poultry http://bit.ly/2E2Y7vX and the registration form is here http://bit.ly/2n9hk7x
    • San Diego, CA – 1 day course 2/22/18
    • TBD, CA – 1 day course 3/14/18
    • Oregon – 2 day course 3/27/18
    • Santa Rosa, CA – 1 day course 5/16/18
    • Davis, CA – 1 day course 8/8/18

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for January 23, 2018

 

  • For The Love Of Huckleberries: August Brings Out Hunters Of Elusive Fruit (NPR) http://n.pr/2fxrPBn
  • Geneticists trace humble apple’s exotic lineage all the way to the Silk Road (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2uHmSMP
    • Study: Genome re-sequencing reveals the history of apple and supports a two-stage model for fruit enlargement (Nature) http://go.nature.com/2w8JjLw
  • A Chef’s Special Mole Sauce Will Help Dozens of Immigrants Apply for DACA Renewal (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2x5HF9s      Because without immigrants, there’d be no restaurants.
  • How Tax-Dodging Billionaires Use Farmers as Props (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2w08grN                                                                      Urban billionaires are trotting out the tractors and overalls in a bizarre effort to roll back their taxes.
  • 10 Years Later: Thunder Valley Celebrates Its First Decade By Looking Forward (Daily Yonder) http://bit.ly/2wftwtH                       The Oglala-led community development corporation looks for solutions that grow out of local experience. Food Sovereignty, youth leadership, and social enterprise drive the organization, which has an ambitious plan to build a model sustainable community on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • 6 Ways This Ivy League University Is Acting Like a PR Firm for Junk Food, GMOs and Pesticides (AtlerNet) http://bit.ly/2vrII7G    Consumers lose when professors get their marching orders from Big Ag and Big Food.
  • A Culinary Legend Gets the Big-Screen Treatment ‘Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy’ (Eater) http://bit.ly/2xJlGqH
  • The Food Bibliography http://bit.ly/2xWOwqL                                   Food History – A Bibliographic Database
  • Syria Holds the Secret to Our Species’ Survival (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2hmpp5D                                                                                           The fertile crescent offers a strategy for adapting to climate change.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Puerto Rico’s Farmers Face A Long Road to Recovery Post-Hurricane Maria (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2jmRsmH              The island lost 80 percent of its crop value to the storm – and it could take anywhere from 10 months to a year to get production levels back again.
  • Raj Patel: Industrial farming is driving the sixth extinction of life on Earth, says leading academic (The Independent) http://ind.pn/2eVCS4c                                                                                         ‘Re-imagining a world with less stuff but more joy is probably the way forward,’ says Professor Raj Patel
  • How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2wS3URy                                                                                    Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system, from saving seeds to curbing food waste.
  • A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2BbPFbi
    • Earn a Good Living Without a Tractor: A Market Gardener Tells You How (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1D9rd35
  • Global methane emissions from agriculture larger than reported, according to new estimates (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2xO7Ipf
  • Here’s Why Pasture-Raised Turkeys Are So Expensive (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2gzAzri                                                      More importantly, here’s why you should buy them.

 

Food and Culture

  • Feasts of Resistance: Understanding Conflict Through Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2w8PBu5                                                                                  A Chicago cooking series helped participants learn about and support refugee issues over delicious meals.
  • Do You Really Need a Meal Kit in a Box Delivered to Your Doorstep? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2wPjMXG                                              A New York City chef offers one possible explanation for meal kit service Blue Apron’s underwhelming IPO.
  • 30,000 people are going to a food festival that doesn’t exist (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2hCde8x
  • Historic San Francisco restaurants menus show what people were eating on Thanksgiving 100 years ago (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2zpXBoQ
  • New ‘Indigenous’ Cookbook Feature Recipes With No Colonial Ingredients (Wisconsin Public Radio) http://bit.ly/2zFC001

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Inching Closer to Mass Starvation: Nigeria’s Ticking Time Bomb (Toward Freedom) http://bit.ly/2wTmtDD

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • 5 Ways Wasting Food Hurst the Environment (and 5 Ways You Can Fix It) http://bit.ly/2vmIF8f                                                            Americans waste p to 60 million tons of food a year.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

 

Children & School Food

  • Meet the Nation’s First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2vVu19G                                “This program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat and serve meals that dominate school kitchens.”
  • 5 Things You don’t Know About School Lunches (but Probably Should) http://bit.ly/2vBVYBH                                                                             It’s harder to nourish young minds if we don’t also properly nourish their bodies.
  • Dairy Is Bad for Humans, Cows and the Planet: So Why Are Public Schools Required to Offer Milk With Every Meal? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2zG6Ql9
  • Florida Schools’ Food Waste Program: A Win-Win to Fight Hunger and Save the Environment (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2hQ6WTs

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It’s Food Labor That’s Ripe For Change (NPR) http://n.pr/2uNBYgz
  • Sexual misconduct rampant in restaurant industry, workers say (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2AaVJS1
    • Tom Colicchio’s Open Letter To Male Chefs: ‘Enough Sexist Shit-Talk’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2hUGdl7
  • The Disturbing Story of an Activist Who Worked Undercover at a Turkey Slaughterhouse (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2x5QzDB                   It wasn’t just the turkeys facing abuse; it was the workers, too.
  • How seafood’s “dark web” obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2w0b7kx
  • Silicon Valley’s Techno-Capitalists Have a Low-Wage Worker Revolt on Their Hands (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2uN4JcM
  • How Heat Kills Farmworkers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2xFZmAP                                                                                              And what’s being done about it.

 

Pollinators & Invertebrates

 

Animals

  • Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vVl179
  • New Drone Footage Reveals That Farm Animals Are Really Raised in Giant Factories – Not on Farms (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2jc3xhq
  • Popular Diestel Turkey Sold at Whole Foods Tests Positive for FDA-Prohibited Drugs (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2ibUcqh
  • ‘Big Chicken’ shows government regulators were slow to act on ABX resistance (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2AbqY21

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Who Owns Your Grocery Store? (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2w1mGnv                                                                                              In the age of monolithic grocery giants, food co-ops offer a promising alternative.
  • The Grocery Industry Confronts a New Problem: Only 10% of Americans Love Cooking (Harvard Business Review) http://bit.ly/2wMAKGZ
  • Patented Seeds Are Terrible – Here’s How We Can Regain Ownership of Our Crop Genetic Resources (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2xSulZU                                                                                      Patent and license restrictions on the use of seeds are damaging no only to farmers, but to society as a whole.
  • The 25 Most innovative Ag-Tech Startups (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2wVpJyu
  • Republicans Rush to Monsanto’s Aid Touting Industry-Biased Reuters Report (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2uzkCY7                          Flawed reporting has emerged as a key lobbying tool for the embattled agrichemical company.
  • Blue Apron is spending more than $400 for every new customer – and that’s a major problem for the company (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2vIHeVL
  • ‘Farm to Table’ Has Jumped the Shark (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2eQbNzm                                                                                   Whole Foods is now selling “farm fresh” Amazon electronics.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • EPA Report: 20% of the nation has been exposed to potentially unsafe drinking water in the past decade (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2x1RfuS
  • Americans’ Appetite for Cheap Meat Linked to Widespread Drinking Water Contamination (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2l87xR1
  • Drought, Water Transfer Has Put One of Spain’s Longest Rivers at Risk of Drying up (The Weather Channel) http://wxch.nl/2wUUQLo
  • Nestlé pays $200 a years to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2yLkUJM        While Flint battles a water crisis, just two hours away the beverage giant pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles
  • Thousands of Farmed Atlantic Salmon Escape Into Pacific Ocean (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vUzbkS
    • Is There a Better Way to Farm Fish? (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2gHnTOY                                                                                     We’ve just seen how open-net operations can go wrong. It’s time to look at the alternatives.
  • Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here’s Why (NPR) http://n.pr/2hLzD2Q
  • South China Sea Set to Undergo Catastrophic Depletion of Fisheries, Endangering Marin Life and Global Fish Supplies (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2eyGCvo                                                  Unsustainable and destructive fishing practices like cyanide and dynamiting are ruining the marine ecosystem.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • NAFTA renegotiation objectives fall short for farmers and the planet (IATP) http://bit.ly/2v7UdvI
    • What is at stake for farmers, food and the land in new NAFTA (IATP) http://bit.ly/2fQ9oIg
    • NAFTA’s ‘Broken Promises’: These Farmers Say They Got the Raw End Of Trade Deal (NPR) http://n.pr/2vFks0x and here is the other side of the issue… The first casualties of Trump’s trade wars are Texas cattle ranchers (Dallas News) http://bit.ly/2uBk5Rq
  • Immigration Proposal Does Nothing To Address Ag-Worker Shortage (The Daily Yonder) http://bit.ly/2w1GxYb                          While the Trump administration is getting behind a bill to limit immigration to highly skilled workers, farmers and worker groups alike say what the nation needs is more reliable supply of agricultural workers.
  • ‘They’re Scared’: Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage (NPR) http://n.pr/2wUXaG2
  • EPA eyes limits for agricultural chemical linked to crop damage (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2wCcSnw
    • How Monsanto is Devastating Thousands of Farms Across 20 States (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2jgv3L5                                  Monsanto’s GE cotton and soybeans were made to be resistant to an herbicide that drifts to nearby crops.
  • Government Greenlights Amazon’s Expansion Into Grocery Industry (The District Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2geP2Zt
  • The National Park Service Just Ended Its Bottled Water Ban – After Finding It Worked (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2k0QNus        Water bottlers spent lots of money to make this happen.
  • Twenty-eight states make it illegal for counties and cities to pass seed laws (Food and Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2fRHefZ
  • Louis’ minimum wage has dropped after Missouri’s governor said increasing it to $10 would take ‘money out of people’s pockets’ (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2sLGuyw
  • California Court of Appeals Rejects State’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2yAph9N                                   In California alone, almond crops are entirely dependent on bees for pollination and are valued at over $3 billion.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2xbJAtW
  • The Escalating Use of Pesticides Is Harming Already Imperiled Aquatic Invertebrates (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vQ4RLh                “This study exposes the hidden harm of our increasing addiction to pesticides.”
  • Pesticides Prevalent in Midwestern Streams (USGS) https://on.doi.gov/2uqbcdr                                                                            One hundred small streams in the Midwest were tested for pesticides during the 2013 growing season and found to contain, on average, 52 pesticides per stream.
  • Neonics Harm Bees, Poison Drinking Water and Don’t Improve Crop Yield: Why Aren’t We Banning Them? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vVCxFJ                                                                                                We know neonicotinoids kill bees. Now these pesticides are showing up in our drinking water.