Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for February 16, 2017

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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
  • Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford (Los Angeles Times) http://lat.ms/2Bg0mgc

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • 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
  • 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.

 

Education

  • 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

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • 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.

 

Protests

  • 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.

 

Animals

  • 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

  • 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.
  • In Rural Tennessee, a Food Business Could Boost an Old Railroad Town (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2F8CTh2
  • 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.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • 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

  • 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

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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

 

Poisons

  • 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

 

Events

  • 5th Annual Farmers Guild-Raising                                                                 March 10, 2018, 9am – 10pm                                                                       Extension Center Dr., Davis, CA 94616                                                            415-473-4204                                                                                  http://bit.ly/2nJl7Jy