- Via Campesina Europe publishes an in-depth guide to Food Sovereignty (Via Campesina) http://bit.ly/2EtXRK2
- Food Sovereignty Now!: A Guide to Food Sovereignty (Via Campesina) http://bit.ly/2o23LI8
- 18 Documentaries That Will Inspire, Outrage and Mobilize (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2nVN7tR
- Can the Leopold Center be Saved (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2F7pXbj A year after the influential center for sustainable agriculture research was defunded, farmers and students are urging Iowa’s legislators to reinstate its budget.
- 12 Foods Chefs Never Order at a Restaurant (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2G1cBMC
- Most shoppers go to 6 grocery stores. You? (futurity) http://bit.ly/2BOsSXg
- Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nO4vRc A quarter-acre of land in Oakland, California is about to return to Native hands, bringing a sense of place and healing to the Ohlone people.
- Huge levels of antibiotic use in US farming revealed (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ENXhUo Concerns raised over weakened regulations on imports in potential post-Brexit trade deals
- British supermarket chickens show record levels of antibiotic-resistant superbugs (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DjDNZo
- American-Grown Saffron Could Change the Spice Trade (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2BIecct Researchers at University of Vermont have established a pilot program to see if Northeast farmers can grow the valuable spice.
- Here’s how we taste things like bacon, coffee, and sugar (futurity) http://bit.ly/2nTS3hS
- Dropped seeds from Kazakhstan got us modern apples, Cornell University (futurity) http://bit.ly/2EsKau2
- Genome re-sequencing reveals the history of apple and supports a two-stage model for fruit enlargement (Nature Communications) http://go.nature.com/2w8JjLw
- Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East (Local Futures) http://bit.ly/2HdQ3dj How the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement promotes democracy in North Kurdistan.
- Is Something Fishy Going on Between the University of Florida and the Agrichemical Industry? Consumers Have a Right to Know (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2BthXRT A lawsuit could uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of the food and agrichemical industries.
- Learning from Rashid Nuri: The History of Industrial Agriculture and its Impact (Justice Initiative International) http://bit.ly/2o63Z01
- A New Generation Of Small Farmers Is Emerging In Atlanta (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2o0j1oK Urban farmers are breaking ground on the city of the future.
- Foraged Beer Takes Craft Brewing Back to the Land (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2o2dy0S
- Grocery store program pushed farmers to go green, Stanford University (futurity) http://bit.ly/2skLOsN
- What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change (NPR) http://n.pr/2suqUrk
Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production
- ‘I used to see them as a bunch of rioters’: Brazil’s radical farmers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nczc1V
- Peruvian Subsistence Farmer Asks Court to Continue Case Against US Company in Delaware (EarthRights International) http://bit.ly/2G8CbQ1
- No-Till Farmers’ Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2BuNSRQ No-till farming started as a way to keep costs down for conventional farmers in danger of losing their land. Now it has become a subculture and a way of life for outsider farmers all over rural America.
- New Wave of Lavender Farmers Hope to Revive Barren Stripmines into Fields of Purple (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2sy1zNg
- University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Egg Contaminant Testing by California county: http://bit.ly/2F2wNyz
- Farm fumes are harming our health. Here’s what we can do about it. (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2nW9LCg Ammonia from animal waste and fertilizers play a surprising role in producing dangerous air pollution
Food and Culture
- Are Black Walnuts Ready to Boom? (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2EMqOjX Black walnuts are native Appalachian product that might mean, for some diligent foragers, money does grow on trees.
- Farming Bring 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.
- We’re more will tor try ‘gross’ foods with foreign names, University of Chicago (futurity) http://bit.ly/2nWvjh1
Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition
- Fredrick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control (NPR) http://n.pr/2ELi5hQ
- Food insecurity: a third of poorest (UK) households skip meals, survey finds 9THE Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ntkjYC
- If you are going to eat big portions, use this strategy, Penn State (futurity) http://bit.ly/2H1nSy4
- Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford (Los Angeles Times) http://lat.ms/2Bg0mgc
- How very low-calorie diets reverse diabetes, Yale University (futurity) http://bit.ly/2BO8A0c
- No Elitist Farmers Market Here – Free Healthy Food and Profits for Farmers (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2HlaFjS
- Philly airport offers ‘natural experiment’ on soda tax (futurity) http://bit.ly/2ET6BWX
- Pass-Through of a Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages at the Philadelphia International Airport (JAMA) http://bit.ly/2EzmiVy
- This is the most nutritious plant-based milk, McGill University (futurity) http://bit.ly/2BiXVJS
- New Online Calculator Lets You See the Impact of Your Meat Intake – e and Your Hon Animals, the Climate and Your Health (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2Cklsai One person’s meat-eating can make bigger difference than you think.
- Meat Biz Calculator (blitzresults.com) http://bit.ly/2mrSTmc
- There’s a Nationwide Cook Shortage. Culinary Training Programs to the Rescue (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2EIBMa2 Food leaders in Madison and around the country are helping underserved populations and short-handed restaurant kitchens.
Children & School Food
- New Study Shows Free School Lunches Boost Earnings (Talk Poverty) http://bit.ly/2EsnQla A new study from a trio of economists proves the old adage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. According to their research, free lunch actually has payoffs – to the tune of $11, 700 more in lifetime earnings for future workers…
- Study: Long-Term Effects of Childhood Nutrition: Evidence from a School Lunch Reform (IZA Institute of Labor Economics) http://bit.ly/2Ggh91N
- Jim Hightower: America’s farmworkers face poverty, neglect, and now deportation (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2B2vaNV Up to 70 percent of the people who put food on America’s tables may be undocumented.
- Lack of migrant workers left food rotting in UK fields last year, data reveals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Ekrr4I Brexit fears and falling pound left fruit and vegetable farms short of more than 4,000 workers, with senior MPs warning of a crisis
- Jersey Royal potato crop could be hit by shortage of EU workers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2rfnBnm Farmers say they are struggling to recruit staff, meaning fewer seed potatoes are being planted
- The Outlook for Millennials Is Bleak. Now They’re Unionizing in Record Numbers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2EPFnAB Young workers bring new blood to the battered labor movement.
- German union wins right to 28-hour working week and 4.3% pay rise (Financial Times) http://on.ft.com/2BZIC5k
- 50 years after the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the battle for higher wages rages on (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2BqIoYl “I fight this fight for my kids, so that they can have a better future.”
- #FightFor15: Fast Food Workers Stage Rallies Across Country, Demanding Living Wage and Union Rights (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2HforUZ The average fast food workers earns too little to afford a two-bedroom rental apartment in every US state.
- The Hourly Income You Need To Afford Rent Around The US (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2BwJi5W The average full-time minimum wage worker can’t afford rent in ANY state.
- Pricy heritage turkeys prefer these natural foods, Penn State (futurity) http://bit.ly/2C6r08b
- The USDA Is Fine With a Horrifically Cruel Practice to Smother Chickens, Turkeys, and Ducks (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2suEHhx The poultry and egg industries are using lethal foam to kill birds.
Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy
- Big business, not taxpayers, should pay to clean up plastic waste (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2G7FNSy
- Can Food Hubs Scale Nationally and Stay True to the Cause? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2DZYM0B Philadelphia’s Common Market is expanding to Atlanta, Houston, and beyond, connecting more farmers to eaters and scaling a model that has long remained local.
- Best in glass – can the return of the milkround help squash our plastic problem? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nTDpr5
- Leaving Stores Closed for Years Helps Grocery Chains and Hurts Communities (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2n8sFo2 Some supermarkets are using an arcane legal clause to prevent new stores from opening, creating a long-term lack o food access.
- Could Beer City Kill Foodtopia? (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2Cml9M7
- Dunkin’ Says Bye to Foam Cups (But Bring Your Own Thermos Anyway) (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2EhlQI6
- In Rural Tennessee, a Food Business Could Boost an Old Railroad Town (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2F8CTh2
- Building a Whisky-based Economy in the Land of Coal (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2AXOTSQ
- A Gift Economy Could Change the Food System (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2o2zlWi Alternative economics within our communities could feed us all and fight climate change.
- French fraud officials investigate Nutella deal that sparked brawls (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nncgx5
- The Price-Fixing Scandal Rocking Big Chicken (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2BruuVS Multiple lawsuits allege that top poultry companies colluded to make broilers more expensive.
Water & Our Oceans
- We Have Seen The Future Of Water, And It Is Cape Town (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2G62Htn
- Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2s4a9mG
- Eastern Kentucky’s Struggle With Water Symbolizes America’s Crumbling Infrastructure (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2HbVZDr Local communities are starting to take back control.
- Nestle Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2fDdbFG The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.
- America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2Ee5Neg My county is poor and remote. Fracking companies think they can abuse it.
- Eating Seafood Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, But Some Fish Are Better Than Others (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2E9sVL7
- $40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success (NPR) http://n.pr/2o91VEI
- Big business, not taxpayers, should pay to clean up plastic waste (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2G7FNSy Plastic is destroying our oceans, yet big corporations are still being given money to produce cheap plastic. It’s time for polluters to pay for the damage they cause
- UK launches nationwide review of meat processing plants (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2E9l2Zg Renewed focus on food safety comes after ‘serious incidents’ at 2 Sisters and Russell Hume
- Democrats Rally Against Trump’s Plan To Let Restaurants Appropriate Workers’ Tips (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2nGTDV5
- Trump Administration Proposal to Let Bosses Keep Workers’ Tips Provokes Investigation (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2G2AljA
- Trump’s ‘Tip-Pooling Plan’ Could Screw Your Bartender (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ChBuld The restaurant owner-in-chief wants to give employers more control over workers’ gratuities. What could possibly go wrong?
- Tips Are for Servers, Not CEOs (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2o04Yjg The Trump administration wants overs to hand over nearly $6 billion to their bosses.
- Trump’s EPA Chief is Reshaping Food and Farming: What You Need to Know (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nJjRoU
- President’s Budget Proposal Threatens Food, Farming, and Nutrition Programs (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) http://bit.ly/2C2EFkX
- Trump’s Budget Would Partly Replace Food Stamps Benefits With Canned Goods (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sqFZtV
- “Let Them Eat Cake” Moment Couldn’t Get More Stupid (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2GbYAfi He proposes to cut funding for food stamps in the most embarrassing way.
- Trump Administration Seems To Be Winging It On Food Stamp Replacement Boxes (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Ep045r
- The right-wing roots of Trump’s “Blue Apron” SNAP attack (Media Matters) http://bit.ly/2o9XiKC The outrageous SNAP proposal in President Trump’s new budget is build upon decades of conservative lies about welfare
- The Trump Administration Isn’t Even Masking Its Contempt for the Poor Anymore (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sursNR Blue Apron for SNAP recipients? A new proposal is as offensive as it sounds.
- Trump Wants America’s Kids to Eat More Salt (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sn8kkYApparently, “making school meals great again” means feeding children dangerously high levels of sodium.
- Ag Secretary Perdue Moves to Make School Meals Great Again (USDA) http://bit.ly/2p16HT4 Local Control of Whole Grains, Sodium, Milk to Make Meals Healthful, Appealing
- Three Interventions That Reduce Childhood Obesity Are Projected To Save More Than They Cost To Implement (Health Affairs) http://bit.ly/2nTSg4B
- Lowering Sodium In School Foods (Center For Science In The Public Interest) http://bit.ly/2jMnRpp
- International Action on Sodium (Center for Science In The Public Interest) http://bit.ly/2BgNpTr
- Here’s the Worst, Anti-Science Idea of the Week from the Republican Congress (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2EoQsrc The head of the House science committee is pissed about research into Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
- GOP sides with Monsanto, threatens to cut off WHO funding for agency that labeled glyphosate as a carcinogen (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2En1tgN Several Republicans once again side with Monsanto and put American’s health on the line.
- Trump Administration Sued for Suspension of Clean Water Rule (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2soEXi6
- 50+ Groups Back Landmark Effort to Halt ‘Out of Control’ Factory Farming in Iowa (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2EfU0Mv
- No, big corporations shouldn’t get tax breaks to create jobs (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2C16Yf0
GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology
- Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2nZqJzH
- These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They’re Under Attack (NPR) http://n.pr/2C0oO6w
- Gene edited crops should be exempted from GM food laws, says EU lawyer (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DszPdP
- Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2hkP7ev Damning assessment by on of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change
- Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2o1Me1p Study shows almost all farms could significantly cut chemical use while producing as much food, in a major challenge to the billion dollar pesticide industry
- UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mdHDII Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systemic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’
- This vigilante scientist trekked over 10,000 kilometers to reveal BC’s leaking gas wells (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2GVX2aD
- Cotton growers facing complete crop loss after alleged herbicide drift (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nYGKVB 5,000 hectares of cotton thought to e affected by off-target spray drift, says Bernie Bierhoff of Walgett Cotton Growers’ Association
- 5th Annual Farmers Guild-Raising March 10, 2018, 9am – 10pm Extension Center Dr., Davis, CA 94616 415-473-4204 http://bit.ly/2nJl7Jy