- 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.
- Scientists Peek Inside The ‘Black Box’ Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets (NPR) http://n.pr/2BeVFQh
- The Earth Microbiome Project http://www.earthmicrobiome.org/
- 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
- Over 100,000 People Have Pledged to Go Vegan for Veganuary (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2F3TBg9
- 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
- Vandana Shiva: Food Sovereignty is the Need of the Hour (Toward Freedom) http://bit.ly/2DFBBJs
- 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
- Powerful Food Lobby Group Loses Members Ami Industry Culture Clash (NPR) http://n.pr/2n8NI9Y
- Food lobby group’s rolls further contract as Hershey and Cargill Depart (Politoco) http://politi.co/2EXAeWQ
- 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
- Urban Farming Key in Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2EEEYQ5
- 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.
- Transplanting Traditions Community Farm http://transplantingtraditions.com/
- 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
- Here’s How Long You Can Food Before It Goes Bad (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DonBna
- Can we call it ‘cleanwashing?’? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2CWyhZb
- Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Hits 13 States (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2DatOqf
- Concerns Grow That Infections From ‘Zombie Deer’ Meat Can Jump To Humans (NPR) http://n.pr/2DCDKbi
- Aussie Teen Charged with Theft of 300 Sheep Worth $62K (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2EEqZtF
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
- 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.
- Canadian Minimum Wage (Government of Canada) http://bit.ly/2dV8DHo
- 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.
- Cooperation Jackson http://www.cooperationjackson.org/
- An Education in Solidarity: Co-ops Make Gains at Concordia University in Montreal (Toward Freedom) http://bit.ly/2E4dbtv
- 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
- 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.
- Honeybees Seem to Prefer Sugar Sources Laced With Pesticides (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2Do74zR
- 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?
- Two Boys Charged With Killing Half a Million Honeybees in Iowa (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2rjBbpS
- 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
- Jim Hightower: Who really pays for corporate subsidies (The Ledger) http://bit.ly/2GdzehY
- 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?
- Lawsuit Filed Against Walmart for Claiming “Cage-Free” Eggs (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2DylMaZ
- Why Sacramento may be charging even more for airport food (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2nfPxTG
- 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.
- California Cops Help Chickens Cross the Road, For Real (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2AXuGbu
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.
- 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.
- EU votes to ban biodiesel made from palm oil (FERN) http://bit.ly/2DBROBP
- 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
- Scientists Sue EPA Over Advisory Board Changes (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/2GkfYPP
- 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
- How NAFTA Is Making Our Food and Water Much Less Healthy (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DsRr9k
- 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.”
- What the 2018 farm bill means for urban, suburban and rural America (Salon) http://bit.ly/2ryB8Xp
- Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 (USDA) http://bit.ly/2F8m5Fw
- USDA 2018 Farm Bill & Legislative Principles http://bit.ly/2DINn8F
- 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.
- 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
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