The Importance of Composting.

Grow Calgary has compost donated to them from a few partners like Bona Roma. Grow Calgary accepts compost within a three or four km radius from around the 11 acre farm west of C.O.P.

composting 2Now compost is actually decomposed organic material, now this would includes leaves, grass clippings, and waste from your kitchen.

Now all of this decomposing matter is very vital for the growth of a plant.

Compost can improve the configuration of soil and it helps hold the right amount of moister, nutrient and air to properly aerate the soil and help plants grow.

Composting

Compost in fact has the ability to change up even the toughest forms of clay soil and sandy soil alike.

Compost is a great way to help reduce the waste problem and it is also helps as an awesome improvement for mulch and soil.

The benefits of composting are easily found there is the reduction in garbage volume and it is also a natural alternative the helps cut back on the use of chemical fertilizers.

Compost also helps improve ventilation and drainage of the soil so the plant can grow.

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Now by adding the improved ventilation and drainage it helps decrease the need for watering.

There are something’s that can not be composted and are important to be weary of what you throw in your compost.

  • Meat, like fish and animal fats, these decomposing material may attract unwanted critters to your compost pile.
  • Certain kinds of paper like newspapers or office paper these kinds of papers may contain chemicals and are not good for your plant and should instead be recycled.
  • Ashes from grills, now wood ash can be useful in very small quantities but BBQ grill ashes shouldn’t go into the compost.
  • Pet feces these things can actually can add diseases to your compost and have an unpleasant odour. But good manure to uses for compost would be chicken horse cow, and even rabbit.
  • Treated sawdust from lumber mills because sometimes the wood could be treated with harmful chemicals.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 24, 2018

 

  • I left my serious job for the frivolous food industry. But chefs can bring change to the table (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2FBhBvG    If chefs back sustainable food, consumers will follow, writes Lucky Peach founder Chris Ying
  • New Study Is First to Demonstrate That Biodiversity Inoculates Against Extinction (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2G5Avu8
    • Study: Trophic redundancy reduces vulnerability to extinction cascades (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) http://bit.ly/2GE7zHB
  • California Farms Are a Silent but Sizable Source of Air Pollution (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2nHdiEg                                              Soil microbes convert fertilizer to nitrogen oxides, emitting about as much of the gases as on-road vehicles in the state
  • This Is How the Future Tastes: 6 High-Tech Foods That Are Changing the Way We Eat and Drink (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2pCB7gA

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots: “We Are Feeding Our Liberation” (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2GfGWIL                              Community farmers in DC say crops and methods of their African ancestors hold an essential key to restoring Black health.
  • This Farmer Turned Congresswoman Sees a Way out of America’s Health Crisis (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FLnHKg                        Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree got her start in organic agriculture.
  • The Real Organic Project: Disgusted With the USDA, Farmers Make Their Own Organic label (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2Fl6CTc
  • Trade War Prospect Shakes Part of Trump Base: Midwest Farmers (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2tzwRUi                                                      Rural voters voice concern that retaliation against tariffs could take aim at American agriculture, which posts a trade surplus.
  • The Surprising Ways Tigers Benefit Farmers and Livestock Owners (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2IxPdbZ                                A recent study finds that the often-feared big cats actually help keep crops and domesticated animals safe from other threats

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Next Green Revolution (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2pxitHO                                                                    Modern supercrops will be a big help. But agriculture can’t be fixed by biotech alone.

 

Food and Culture

  • So THAT’S Why We Call It Pizza ‘Margherita’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2GrBrXx                                                                                          Sorry, it has nothing to do with margaritas.
  • Food for Thought: Was Cooking Pivotal Step in Human Evolution? (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2Cl1NLC                   The dietary practice coincided with increases in brain size, evidence suggests

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity, Malnutrition, and Nutrition

  • Now People Who Need It Can Text for Food Aid (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2pxTowu                                                                    A startup in Chicago is rethinking the way low-income Americans apply for social services.
  • Salvation Army Opens Its First Nonprofit Grocery Store To Combat Food Deserts (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2FKsNCi
  • Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2FHuuo3
    • Study: Changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops, 1950 to 1999 (Save Our Soils) http://bit.ly/2rcAigB

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review (Environmental Health) http://bit.ly/2hPDZ6Z
  • Carnivore’s Dilemma (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2ptubCs                                                              Unhealthy. Nutritious. Cruel. Delicious. Unsustainable. All-American. In the beef debate there are so many sides.

 

Children & School Food

  • Children need microbes – not antibiotics – to develop immunity, scientists say (The Toronto Star) http://bit.ly/2e1oNQ7            Hyper-hygienic environments can lead to chronic conditions

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Tipping Equation (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2p8N6TQ                           At restaurants across America, servers calculate how far is too far, weighing harassing behavior against the tips they need to make a living wage.
  • Support the Farmworkers Fasting to End Sexual Assault in Wendy’s Supply Chain (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2InWE5v
  • Blood, sweat, and coffee (The Week) http://bit.ly/2GosHkT            The backbreaking work of the coffee makers. Roughly half of Americans drink coffee every day. Rarely do they think much about the people half a world away who picked the beans.
  • Prisoners Across Florida Went on Strike. Instead of Fair Wages, They Got Solitary. (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2DRqtb4
  • New allegations suggest Oakland chef Charlie Hallowell was long aware of harassment charges (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2p5ZOBX
  • Truckers’ Lawsuit Tells Company the Gig’s Up (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2HrPADr                                                                                        Truck drivers spent unpaid hours awaiting assignments from dispatchers, as well as burning up time at vehicle inspections or completing shipping paperwork – time that would be compensated if they were classified as hourly or salaried employees, instead of as contractors.

 

Protests

  • Thousands of farmers march to India’s Mumbai to demand help (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2FxBsMv
    • Sea of farmers in Mumbai, here’s what they say (The Indian Express) http://bit.ly/2p3wi0B                                                              Having walked over 160 km in six days, the men and women traversed their final 20 km into central Mumbai even as the state government scrambled to prevent the embarrassment of a gherao of the legislature as threatened by the CPI (M)-affiliated All India Kasan Sabha.
  • Massive protest in Mumbai shakes up Modi government (Asia Times) http://bit.ly/2GujhER                                                                              The governments ability to deliver a loan waiver and crop failures, poor returns, and forcible land acquisition has led to huge discontent among farmers
  • Ahead of Major Protest to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Company Files Injunction Against Water Protectors (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2GaXt0x                                                                    “Kinder Morgan is intimidating environmentalists who are standing up for BC against a dirty tar sands pipeline.”
  • Farmworkers Bring Human Rights Fight to Wendy’s Doorstep, Fasting & Calling For Boycott Over Abuses (Democracy Now!)
    • Farmworkers Call Out Wendy’s For Failure To Act On Sexual Abuse And Harassment (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2pu4C5c

 

Pollinators

  • The Number of Monarch Butterflies Wintering in Mexico Is Down Again (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2pesuZF                              The plight of pollinators isn’t limited to bees.
  • Monarch Butterfly Migration Could Collapse, Scientists Warn (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2God9A6

 

Animals

  • US Ranks Second Worst Nation in the World on New Animal Cruelty Index (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2G1Pvdz                                    Yet animal protection is one of the fastest growing social justice movements of our time.
  • Sea Eagles are Returning to Scotland and Preying on Sheep. Will Lasers Help? (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2Iy1gpM
  • Better Beef (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2HHPFTB                  Can a remade cattle industry save the Amazon rainforest?
  • With Just 76 Orcas Left, Washington Governor Orders Protections for Beloved Killer Whales (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DBQhYn

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Is the USDA the Latest Site of Corporate Takeover in the Trump Administration? (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FSXyIM                            Big Ag’s increasing influence has some farmers wondering whether it’s time to abandon the organic label altogether.
  • Factory Farm Industry Wants USDA to Let Slaughterhouses Kill Animals Even Faster (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2FDDIlg              America’s system of industrial farming treats animals, the environment, workers and consumers with utter disrespect.
  • Science organizations and Coca-Cola’s ‘war’ with the public health community: insights from an internal industry document (Epidemiology & Community Health) http://bit.ly/2G4MhoH
  • McDonald’s offering (UK) farmers grants of up to £10,000 to deliver animal welfare initiatives on their farms (Farming Online UK) http://bit.ly/2FyYBu2
  • Coca-Cola Sees Public Health Debate as ‘a Growing War,’ Documents Reveal (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2u3URiX                      Coca-Cola intentionally funded the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) as a “weapon” in a “growing war between the public health community and private industry” on the causes of obesity, according to a press release sent to EcoWatch by consumer group US Right to Know.
  • Walmart Files Patent for Robot Bees (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2GD0hnF                                                                                            With the mass die-off of bees spelling trouble for agriculture, the world’s largest retailer has filed patents for the use of “unmanned vehicles,” or drones, to aid with pollination and crop production.
  • The Quinoa Boom Goes Bust in the Andes (North American Congress on Latin America, NACLA) http://bit.ly/2paO5lw              The quinoa boom was an opportunity for farmers in the Andes to make profits from their cops. But the incursion of large-scale farms outside the Andean highland into the market dashed these dreams.
  • Breaking The Drought In Food Deserts (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/2CGnUJb                                                                                        What happens when a grocery store opens in an inner-city neighborhood?
  • Rebuilding A Resilient Puerto Rico (Medium) http://bit.ly/2tRbmhY                                                                                            How this social enterprise’s solar powered oven may be the key to help.
  • Guaranteed Minimum Agriculture (Medium) http://bit.ly/2mCVg4P                                                                                            Why Basic Jobs might fare better than Universal Basic Income.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2IJAieQ              Many more cities than Cape Town face an uncertain future over water. But there are emerging solutions.
  • What You Need to Know About the World’s Water Wars (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2ua3x7j                          Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed.
  • Coke Nestle Near Ownership of World’s Second Largest Aquifer (MPN News) http://bit.ly/2EZotlN                                                                     A concerted push is underway in South America that could see the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water fall into the hands of transnational corporations such as Coca-Cola and Nestle.
  • Report: Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water (Food and Water Watch) http://bit.ly/2ostw4m
  • WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pePtnq              Researchers find levels of plastic fibers in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as found in tap water
  • Bottle Water, Brought to You by Fracking? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2pamnGz                                                                                              The line between fracking and bottled water industry is one more reason to take back the tap.
  • From Asthma to Cancer, ‘Blistering’ New Report Details Human Cost of Fracking (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2GqQJvO      “Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks,” says on researcher. “Now we see those risks have turned into human harms and people are getting sick.”
  • Study: Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Physicians for Social Responsibility) http://bit.ly/2Dny6FX
  • Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation (Democracy Now!) http://bit.ly/2FCdlMs
  • Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DjAoWB                                      A study reveals highest miroplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester, UK and show that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year
  • Area Of Plastic In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Three Times The Size Of France (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2pzdiqM                                                                                        And there’s up to 16 times more trash than scientists had thought.
  • Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2IKVKjz                                      Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, in the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish – a boon to the communities that rely on it.
  • ‘Beast From the East’ Drives Sea Life Die-Off (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DyW9lb                                                                                          March certainly came in like a lion in the UK and Ireland, as “The Beast from the East” brought freezing temperatures, up to 20 inches of snowfall and travel disruption to the British Isles.
  • Fishing Boats ‘Going Dark’ Raise Suspicion Of Illegal Catches, Report Says (NPR) http://n.pr/2Glgopz
  • Mackerel of Mussels? How Seafood Eater Can Make the Most Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Choices (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2DGlTME                                                                                      When it comes to fishing’s environmental impact, not all seafood is equal.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • European Commission gives green light to Bayer-Monsanto merger (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2I4tdo6                                  “The coming together of these two is a marriage made I hell – bad for farmers, bad for consumers, and bad for our countryside.”
  • Angering Organic Farmers and Advocates, Trump’s USDA Kills Animal Welfare Rule (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2FE1ycC    The rule would have “specified a set of standards for organic livestock and poultry designed to minimize stress, facilitate natural behaviors, and promote well-being.”
  • USDA Kills Rule For Organic Farms That Would Ensure Animals Could Go Outside (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2pfXCba              The rule would have put in place a variety of new animal welfare standards for farms producing certified organic meat, milk, and egg.
  • Your Organic “Cage-Free” Eggs Might Come From Hens Locked Up All Day (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FRPKGX                              The Trump administration is rolling back rules meant to change that.
  • National Farmers Union: Organic Livestock Standards Rule Withdrawn to Detriment of Family Farmers, Organic Label http://bit.ly/2FPqpxl
    • The Rule: National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices-Withdrawal (Federal Register) http://bit.ly/2BELwgD
  • Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era rule targeting wage theft, unsafe working conditions (Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2pqGvUL
  • ‘Truly Wicked’: Trump EPA Dissolves Program That Studies Effects of Chemical Exposure on Children (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2t0sUHY
  • The Government’s Own Watchdog Says Massive Poultry Companies Are Exploiting Small Business Loans (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2pkEn0V                                                                                                The surprising way US taxpayers are propping up multinational meat companies.
  • They’re Lovin’ it: Dems Press NLRB about Bungled Rule Repeal, McDonald’s Case (District Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2FnqysH
  • Study: Backyard Chicken Regulations Are Not Up to the Task (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2Gc5ORU
    • Study: A Method for Guarding Animal Welfare and Public Health: Tracking the Rise of Backyard Poultry Ordinances (Journal of Community Health) http://bit.ly/2GC0SWl

 

GMOs/ Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • The fight to save the EPA (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2pD077n                                                                                        With environmental regulations under attack and EPA budgets being slashed, can the destruction of the be prevented?
  • Swarming the Aisles II: Food Retailers Fail to Protect Bees From Toxic Pesticides (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2pisCIi
    • Score Card: Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/2DoruqK                                    Food Retailers Fail to Protect Bees From Toxic Pesticides
  • Lead exposure may be linked to 412,000 premature US deaths yearly, study says (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DnbbdV              Figure is 10 times larger than previous reports have suggested, potentially pointing to threat on par with smoking
  • Glyphosate exposure in pregnancy and shortened gestational length: a prospective Indiana birth cohort study (Environmental Health) http://bit.ly/2FNG14C
  • What’s Going on With the Roundup-Causes-Cancer Monsanto Lawsuit? (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2GEiMYw
  • Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy: An Investigative Reporter Talks Glyphosate (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2GksIZD

 

Resources

  • Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture (Community Alliance with Family Farmers) http://bit.ly/2FQZkKd                                                                                                A Resource Guide For Farmers

 

The Future of Earth

Welcome to the Earthship, this is the first in urban Earthship which is modelled after a bigger one in the country and now there are many others have coloured the country side.

Grow Calgary is proud to have over 200,000 volunteers come out and join us in team building activities.

Earth Ship

This Earthship is made up of repurposed materials recycled tires, cans, and bottles that are the foundation of this awe striking building.

The inner and outer rooms of the Earthship face south.

The Earthship also includes solar panels and the chance to treat recycle grey water, produce food and regulate temperature.

In the cold winter months which all Albertans know to well, and during this time the temperature in the Earthship has never dropped below minus one.

This is one of many station that volunteers get to join in and help with early germination.

With over 26 different stations to participate in it really is a new experience every time, and it will get people coming back for more and more.

Our Earthship is constructed out of old tires rammed with earth, cans and bottles that act almost like bricks, and featuring a new solar panel system.

This amazing building helps Grow Calgary produce more food for the at risk and vulnerable in Calgary.

22045747_1502924486422508_5195467280806881888_nAt Grow Calgary there are a total of 25 different water tanks as well as   numerous 45 gallon tanks this can hold about 200, 000 L of water.

 

Grow Calgary helps over 20 organizations with feeding programs, like the Drop in Centre, Alpha House, and the Women’s Shelter.

The Earth Ship is around 500 square foot located on our 11 acre section of land west of C.O.P..

This Earth Ship has no living people in it but is home to plenty of plant life for early germination.

We hope to see you at our next event!

 

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Helping the Needy in Micro-Doses

Grow Calgary is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding Calgary’s hungry, most vulnerable and at risk citizens. We grow vegetables, like tomatoes, potatoes, leafy greens and this year we plan on trying to grow jalapeños  in our Earth Ship.

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Yet this year we are stepping up our game and, in fact, has started the first annual  micro-home design and building competition in June to help shelter the homeless.

Now it would make sense to build a massive building with many units inside it , but the cost is outlandish going upwards to $300,000 or more, when a micro-homes can be built for around $3, 000.

 Micro Home

Now the goal of this competition is to gain the knowledge, wisdom and research of quality designs so we can build resourceful and energy efficient micro-homes.

There will be three categories in which to enter:

100 foot temporary structure that will be located at CRiBs Micro-community site at Grow Calgary 11 acre farm located west of C.O.P.

 400 feet temporary structure under which would be located off site.

Online which people from all over the world can submit their designs and micro-homes.

Check out our Facebook event. 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for March 10, 2018

 

  • The Future of Food (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2zhatxQ                       How do we build a just, sustainable food system?
  • Expropriating land without compensation is impossible – take it from Zimbabwe (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2GWrDnI
  • Natural Pest Control Method Taking Flight (Earth Island Institute) https://tinyurl.com/y8zsg9rd                                                Farmers from Israel to California are embracing barn owls over toxic rodentcides
  • Urban agriculture is the key to a sustainable future (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2CXbcEY                                                                                              We can beat climate change by growing food in small urban environments, like rooftops, balconies and even walls.
  • Oscar-Nominated ‘Knife Skills’ Showcases Ex-Cons And Odd Ducks In The Kitchen (NPR) http://n.pr/2FpbxCo
  • Farming for a Small Planet (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2toKMMZ                                                                                          How we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot – no matter how much we produce.
  • UN moves towards recognizing human right to a healthy environment (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2G8ZVVr                      Formal recognition would help protect hose who increasingly risk their lives to defend the land, water, forests, and wildlife, says the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment
  • Rich People are Ruining Wine (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2tzZ9OC                                                                                       … and Napa Valley is forever changing as a result.
  • How Tax-Dodging Billionaires Use Farmers as Props (Inequality.org) http://bit.ly/2txodpk                                                          Urban millionaires are trotting out the tractors and overalls in a bizarre effort to roll back their taxes.
  • Donald Trump Has Sold Out Family Farmers (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2IchS61                                                                                          Trump claims he’s “fighting for our farmers,” but his policies mainly benefit agribusiness.
  • The Warped Environmentalism Of America’s Biggest Industrial Meat Producer (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DgrgBP              Tyson Foods has a plan to stave off regulation and put a friendly face on its pollution.
  • Harvard Brain Collection Will Help Scientists Dive Inside Eating Disorders (NPR) http://n.pr/2tzaRsH
  • New Study: Eat Your Strawberries Before Climate Change Wipes Them Out (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p3XOdn                      Avocados, almonds, peaches, and many other California crops are also threatened.
    • Study: Climate Change Trends and Impacts of California Agriculture: A Detailed Review (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2t1HM97

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • This Kenyan Farmer is Modernizing – and Maintaining a Circular Mindset (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2FTF2gU                                          Traditional agricultural practices often aim to maximize value of resources and minimize waste. Can we Save that thought?
  • New Wave of Lavender Farmers Hope to Revive Barren Stripmines into Fields of Purple (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2sy1zNg
  • A ‘Floating Fillet’: Rice Farmers Grow Bugs To Replenish California’s Salmon (NPR) http://n.pr/2oXCHJD
  • A slow-motion catastrophe threatens 350-year-old farms (Food & Environmental Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2FajHid              Sea level rise might be causing salt to creep into the soil along the Chesapeake Bay
  • Validation of a Process-Based Agro-Ecosystem Model (Agro-IBIS) for Maize in Xinjiang, Northwest China (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2Hm3Sp4

 

Food and Culture

  • Why Doesn’t Tucson’s Mexican Food scene Get More National Attention? (NPR) http://n.pr/2D5iPcy
  • Indigenous and Rural Women Conserve Mother Earth and Empower Their Communities (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2Gefs6v
  • The Great Norwegian Porridge Debate, Or Tradition Vs. ‘Science’ (NPR) http://n.pr/2FvsmvG

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Syrian Seed Bank That Keeps Going Despite the War (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ti7si2                                                                              As Syrian people experience inconceivable loss, somehow, the seed bank in Tal Hadya continues to operate
  • This Colorado vault is keeping your favorite foods from going extinct (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FvQ7Hk                          Inside the collection site preserving the world’s biodiversity, hundreds of thousands of microbes, plant and animal cells at a time.
  • Is ‘seed to table’ the next big food trend? One top chef hopes so. (Food & Environmental Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2FjkfSY

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity, Nutrition, and Malnutrition

  • Jim Hightower: A Food Stamp Indignity Worthy of Dickens (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2FqoAYu                                                      Behind the White House’s demeaning “Food box” idea is a plan to eliminate food aid for poor people xomletely.
    • I’m a Founding Investor in Blue Apron, and Let Me Tell You: Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Is No Blue Apron (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2BwqnIa                                                                                          The boxes are the epitome of hypocrisy for a party that spent eight years howling with rage about a first lady who just wanted school lunches include more vegetables.
  • Climate Change Is Fueling An Impending Malnutrition Crisis, Even For The Well – Fed (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2FhEPXO
    • Study: Global and regional health effects of future food production under climate change: modeling study (The Lancet) http://bit.ly/1RrKqok
  • Rohingya refugees sell aid to fund basic diet (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2D1RLLk                                                                                      Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say they are selling aid and other belongings so they can buy fish and vegetables.
  • How I learned to Be Hungry (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2p3bGVk    America’s nutrition conundrum can mean swinging between two extremes of bad eating.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • One way to get companies to care about food waste? Make it profitable (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Fue1iY
  • Grocery bags and takeout containers aren’t enough. It’s time to phase out all single-use plastic (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2GBOLHO

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • More fraud in Brazil food industry; labs falsified pathogen tests (Food Safety News) http://bit.ly/2Ii63vk
  • The Impact of Genetic Changes during Crop Domestication on Healthy Food Development (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2Ftp8sr
  • Nutrient Management in Aquaponics: Comparison of Three Approaches for Cultivating Lettuce, Mint and Mushroom Herb (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2tvSncP

 

Children & School Food

  • Philando Castile Charity Covers Entire School District’s Lunch Debt (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Fj4MFr                                              The cafeteria supervisor’s memory will live on in the charity be ensuring no student goes hungry.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Florida Farmworkers Push for Fairness in the Fields (Inequality.org) http://bit.ly/2oU6XoD                                                      South Florida was known as hotbed for modern-day slavery. Now, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are using their innovative model to bring dignity to the tomato fields.
  • When Harassment Is the Price of a Job (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FYD4KO                                                                                              As decades of activism meet the #MeToo moment, could the food –service industry be poised for sweeping change?
  • ‘It Becomes Your Job to Provide the Girlfriend Experience’” Women’s Stories of Work in Food Service (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2CaUaTB
    • Amid a Fast-Food Industry Plagued By Sexual Harassment, This Mother and Daughter Said “No More” (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2tkYNeJ
  • Why Today Is a Sad Milestone for Minimum-Wage Workers (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FopJ2x                                                                                 It took 41 days for federal minimum-wage workers to catch up to what they made in 2009.
  • These Cities Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Decide Whether or Not to Gut Unions (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FxEGML                                                                                      They’re finding ways to support organizing now.
    • How the Supreme Court’s Janus decision could squeeze food service workers (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tkYNeJ
    • Behind Janus: Documents Reveal Decade-Long Plot to Kill Public –Sector Unions (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2F38x1L

 

Protests

 

Pollinators

  • The Buzz Fades (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2mHmeZL                   Under-resourced in an overworked agricultural system, honeybee colonies are gradually failing in most temperate regions.
  • Unlikely allies are crowdsourcing funding and habitat to save the monarch butterfly (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2I1CNZs

 

Animals

  • Mysteries of the Moo-crobiome: Could Tweaking Cow Gut Bugs Improve Beef (NPR) http://n.pr/2G3RMSf

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Food By Local Farmers. Distribution System By Ants. (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2EAOrfW                                                                                      Looking for a way to help sustainable food system grow, Cullen Naumoff turned to nature.
  • Here’s Why Environmentalists Are Cheering The Latest Burger At Sonic Drive-In (NPR) http://n.pr/2FUdB6H                                          The idea behind the blended beef-mushroom burger is the mixing chopped mushrooms into our burgers boosts the umami tastes, adds more moisture and reduces the amount of beef needed. And reducing the need for beef has a big impact on the environment.
  • An ADM – Bunge Merger Would Drive More Concentration in Commodity Grains (Open Markets Institute) http://bit.ly/2Fu6oNq
  • Salvation Army To Open First Grocery Store, Located In Baltimore (The Shelby Report) http://bit.ly/2GbXvFI
  • PCC Community Markets To Open Flagship Store In Downtown Seattle (Shelby Report) http://bit.ly/2FDQ0cv                                            … PCC, branded as the largest community-owned food market in the US…
  • Amazon, Walmart and Target are squeezing traditional grocery chains on price (Recode) http://bit.ly/2FL9LfR                                            A tough environment for local grocers is getting tougher.
  • The Real Reason Pizza Hut Just Rolled Out the Extra Cheesy (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FpWNHA                                                             It has little to do with taste.
  • Three chicken producers that control 90 percent of the market are accused of price-fixing – again (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2CWN31w                                                                                    Tyson’s CEO calls the accusations chicken little.
  • The Amazon-Whole Foods behemoth keeps growing – feeding on malls, young shoppers, and itself (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2t8vnAe                                                                                              We’re keeping tabs on the beast that is Amazon-Whole Foods (alternatively, A-Whole) for you. This is our weekly round-up of news, separated from the rest of the noise.
    • Getting Your Product on Shelves at Whole Foods Just Got Harder (The Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/2C4BMM7                                                              Whole Foods is asking suppliers for more fees and deeper discounts to enhance profits
    • This creamery took on millions in debt for a contract with Whole Foods. Then Whole Foods bailed> (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FqoWOU
    • Atlanta Fresh Closes its doors after Whole Foods Terminates 7 –year contract, 14 month in” ‘In hindsight, we were naïve…” (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2DgUBfD
  • Trump’s war on NAFTA is already taking a heavy toll on US farmers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2D0yOsB                                      As Mexico begins to look for imports elsewhere, working families suffer.
  • Food Stall Serves Up A Social Experiment: White Customers Asked To Pay More (NPR) http://n.pr/2tgBRwS

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Cape Town May Avoid Running Out of Water (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2oSM3Hj                                                                                              The city’s serve water restrictions may have averted Day Zero.
  • The Tainted Water Crisis In Upstate New York That Andrew Cuomo Can’t Shake (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2IeOdJv
  • What can Nebraska teach the American West about managing water? A lot. (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2FVBL0H
    • Report: The Future of Groundwater in California: Lessons in Sustainable Management Across the West (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2EBo85Z
  • Widespread Drought Across US Stokes Fears About A Repeat Of 2012’s Wrath (NPR) http://n.pr/2t7ZF69
  • Coal ash is polluting groundwater across the country, according to new utility data (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2FfgJgm
    • Trump signs resolution to permit dumping mining waste into waterways (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2CYqgm1
  • International Fishing Trawlers are Driving Up Demand for Ocean Bushmeat in West Africa ( Earth Island Institute) http://bit.ly/2thb7fL

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EU – US trade spat: ‘This is the last thing we need,’ say EU farmers (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2FuD7y5                                                          A trade dispute between the US and EU would hit the agricultural sectors of both countries hard, farming association Copa and Cogeca has warned.
  • EU Antitrust Chief Says “Beware” of Bayer – Monsanto Control of Farm Data (Open Markets Institute) http://bit.ly/2Gcaln6        Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s top antitrust enforcer, appears also to be focusing on how much control a combined Bayer-Monsanto would have over the data generated from private farms.
  • Jordan ends bread subsidy doubling pita prices (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2D1aRkN                                                                                            Price of large pita bread nearly doubled in bid to ease the country’s budge woes.
  • Kiir’s (South Sudan) government using food as war weapon, UN reports (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2D1Y5lY
  • Regenerative certification meant to add to USDA Organic, no supplant it, developers say (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2FvBhx5
  • Poultry farms aren’t small independent business, says the agency (SBA) that funds them (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2HmFVOB                                                                                              A new report concludes that poultry farms are so completely controlled by big meat processors that they may not qualify for small business loans.
    • Report: Evaluation of SBA 7(a) Loans Made to Poultry Farmers (Small Business Administration) http://bit.ly/2oXCl6C
  • Where’s the beef? The cell-cultured variety is still ‘meat,’ says attorney as cattlemen petition USDA over clean meat labeling (Food Navigator USA) http://bit.ly/2p3hOgi
  • EPA Says Glyphosate “Likely Not Carcinogenic,” Despite Scientific Findings to the Contrary (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2oXE9N8
  • EPA eased herbicide regulations following Monsanto research, records show (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2GeE6nB
    • Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court want to see the proof (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2p8JlNx                                This week’s events will mark the first time that the science used to justify certain pesticides will be analyzed under oath for all to see
  • Michigan governor admits his prison food privatization scheme has failed (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2oUrCsG                                Years of maggots, scandals, and cost overruns proved critics right.
  • California Court Blacks State Ag Department from Spraying Pesticides (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2tiVZ1t                  Agency failed to adequately review impacts or provide proper notice of pesticide use, rules judge
  • ‘History in the making’: California aims for world’s highest farm animal welfare law (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2IbqycQ
  • How an Iowa Law Requiring Grocers to Sell Conventional Eggs is Stirring Controversy (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2FmiPLg        Supporters of a new bill say its purpose is for more equity for low-income consumers, but advocates claim it’s propping up industrial agriculture.
    • Bill requiring sale of conventional eggs gets final Iowa Senate OK amid complaints it’s anti-free market (Des Moines Register) http://dmreg.co/2p753S2
  • Austin Just Brought Sick Leave to the South (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2onwC92                                                                                        Thanks to a savvy, progressive coalition, Austinites will no longer have to work through heart attacks, flus, and stomach bugs.

 

GMOs/ Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Not just elections? Russia meddles in GMO debate, too (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FMiC0W                                                English-language Russian news outlets are publishing loads of anti-GMO click bait. Whoever thought Vladimir Putin would be an “clean eating” advocate?
  • Is Russia Using the GMO Debate to Troll Americans? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2DiysgN                                                                      Surprising new findings about the media sites accused of meddling in the US elections.

 

Food Technology

  • Silicon Valley wants to give us eggs without chickens, and meat without animals. Do we want that? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2F5CTl8                                                                                            What the alt-protein revolution tells us about the future of eating.

 

Poisons

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for March 2, 2018

 

  • Food and Farm Policy Bringing First-Time Candidates to the Campaign Trail (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2GUO50k                        Around the country, resistance to the Trump administration’s policies have spurred a political awakening. Theses first-time candidates are running on food and farm policy platforms.
  • Southern Italians Are Tussling Over Tomatoes (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2CGuPB5                                                                                          The latest twist in a food-based ware between Campania and Puglia.
  • Vegetarian Protein Is Just As ‘Complete’ As Meat, Despite What We’ve Been Taught (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2HUyUFQ        We’re hanging on to notions from a 1970s diet fat that’s a “complete” waste of our time.
  • Making Salt From an Ancient Ocean Trapped Below the Appalachians (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ov0IYd                          West Virginia was once a seabed.
  • This Swedish Indoor Urban Farm Wants To Revolutionize How We Live And Eat (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2I03bTp                  But people can’t live on microgreens and exotic salads alone.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ouY1GU                                                          The map’s creators envision equitable distribution of land and resources through “people-to-people” reparations.
  • How A Skeptical Rancher, Aided By An Outdoors Brand, Turned Climate Friendly (NPR) http://n.pr/2HSQlX9
  • New Study Details How Climate Change Will Affect California Agriculture (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2F6s3ap
  • Farmers Face Tough Choices as Clubroot Invades Canada’s Canola Fields (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2CkxjJG

 

Food and Culture

  • The Restaurant Where Grandmas Cook to Share Their Cultures (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2FvC5mB                                                                                A New York City restaurant does more than serve home cooking from around the world. It prepares each dish with the love that only a grandmother can provide.
  • Saying Farewell to Mr. Okra, New Orleans’ Musical Produce Seller (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2F0FprY                                              His chant and truck were symbols of the Crescent City.
  • How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2CFdxo7                                                                        One stubborn doctor pioneered a cure.
  • Choke-Proof Food That Tastes Like the Real Thing (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2oyRpHC                                                                                    In Japan, where more people die each year from choking than in traffic accidents, mush is getting a high-tech treatment.

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • World’s Largest Seed Bank Hits One Million Unique Food Crops (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2FAosmb                                                                  The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle – also know as the “doomsday vault” safeguarding the world’s most diverse collection of seeds – now holds 1,059,646 unique crops varieties after receiving more than 70,000 samples…
  • Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Salve Cooking (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2GFm6Sg                                                                                        The search for the missing grain led to Trinidad and Thomas Jefferson, and now excitement among African-American chefs.
  • Dan Barber’s Seed Company Seeks to Sow the ‘Democratization of Flavor’ (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2teB7sv                                                Can renowned chef, a seed breeder, and a farmer reinvent your favorite vegetables? That’s the hope behind Row 7 Seed Co.
  • Cucmelon (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2EPWXrq                        Mexico’s “mouse melon” is actually a tiny cucumber. I love these they are only available at the end of the summer, and well worth the wait…

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • ‘We loot or we die of hunger’: food shortages fuel unrest in Venezuela (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2rrGm72                                      As the country’s economic problems mount, towns and cities have been hit by an outbreak of looting and violence.
  • California State University study finds 42 percent of students struggle to afford food (SFGate) http://bit.ly/2F91Xnh
  • Rewards Program Encourages SNAP Recipients To Make Healthy Choices (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2FLLjLA                                  Cities and states are trying new ways to entice food stamp recipients to eat their fruits and vegetables. But the Trump administration’s plans to slash food stamp benefits could change all that.
  • How Might Trump’s Food Box Plan Affect Health? Native Americans Know All Too Well (NPR) http://n.pr/2Fwhu1q

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • We Are So Forked (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2El5Y7J                 Wait, we toss out how many plastic utensils every year?
  • Fast Food Garbage Makes up 50% of Street (and Pacific Gyre) Litter (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/2FDhXyE                                              The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aka the Pacific Gyre is roughly the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash, floating between Hawaii and San Francisco.
  • ReThink NYC Transforms Five-Star Food into Meals for the Hungry (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2CGaITD                                                  The new nonprofit collects surplus food from high-end restaurants and delivers it to missions and soup kitchens in New York City.
  • French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food (NPR) http://n.pr/2Ft2otr
  • Is there life after plastic? The new inventions promising a cleaner world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2F9PH9Z                                              As the backlash against plastic waste grows, industry is replacing and redesigning single-use products, from recyclable bottles to biodegradable film

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • 48 Million Sickened Every Year by Tainted Meat (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2F5pMAq                                                                                             We can thank the factory farm industry for the increased incidence of foodborne illness in the US.                                                                                        As a chef, we are held responsible for the contamination of the food we serve, when that contamination comes from our production methods (CAFOs,) and the produces are not held responsible. If you have ever seen a cattle feed lot, as the many in the Central Valley of California, of course this meat is going to make us sick. These poor creatures are living and sleeping in their own waste…

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Culinary women serve up their own #MeToo moment in Sweden (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2taeBka                                                  Hundreds of chefs, scientists and farmers to attend Malmö forum to confront sexism in the industry
  • Restaurant fined $4,000 for refusing to hire a waiter because he wasn’t Asian (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2EW0dln
  • The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ETFUR9                                                    Remembering Local 338 and the world’s toughest bagel bakers.
  • Can Food Co-ops Survive the New Retail Reality? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2oI5MbN                                                                                             As mega-retailers like Amazon-Whole Foods and Costco go after their customer base, community grocery stores are being forced to reinvent to stay relevant.

 

Protests

 

Animals

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Oyster Vending Machine (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2owdRAf      For those late night mollusk cravings. Ars-en-ré, France
  • KFC Says ‘FCK’ In Full-Page Ad Apologizing For Chicken Shortage (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ouLZgd                                                        The fast-food chain is trying to soothe ruffled feathers with humor.
  • How can a fast food chain ever make money from a $1 burger? (BBC) http://bbc.in/2HV1TcB                                                                        Would fast food need to be almost free for you to buy it every day?
  • Amazon And Whole Foods Disagree on Products Like Coca-Cola (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2F1N2PO
    • Amazon took over Whole Foods and dropped prices: What’s happening 6 months later? (SFGate) http://bit.ly/2HSr6Eg
  • Underground Farm Delivering Rare Herbs to New York’s Top Chefs (Gastro Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ELufqY
  • Organic Farming Gets a Boost from Kashi’s Innovative Certification Program (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/2EMXruw
  • Sign of the Times: Largest Meat Producer in US Announces Vegan Product Line (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2osSYae                                        Tyson Foods concedes that the demand for plant-based protein is growing.
  • I Was Wrong About the Rural-Urban Divide (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2sVtHdn                                                                                  Economics and politics in rural Wisconsin…

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Risk Assessments of Fracking Focus on Environmental Impacts, but Miss the Human Rights Implications (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oHLzTv                                                                                              It’s critical that we understand the human rights repercussions of environmentally risky actions.
  • Approaching Day Zero (The Week) http://bit.ly/2ERZa1z              With Cape Town nearing ‘Day Zero,’ the world may be seeing a grim portent of a drier future.
  • Are You Drinking Radioactive Water? Use This Interactive Map to Find Out (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ChaHtz                                              170 million Americans drink radioactive tap water as Trump nominee faked data to hide the caner risk.
  • Plastics Found in Majority of Deep Water Atlantic Fish, Posing Potential Threat to Human Health (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2ESjHDl
  • The Trump Administration Just Got Sued Over an “Unusual Mortality Event” in the Ocean (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2Fvgf2D                                                                        Environmental groups are not happy.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Ag Secretary Perdue Talks Trade, Immigration at World Ag Expo (The Business Journal) http://bit.ly/2EpbYMI
  • Trump Wants to Deny Struggling Americans Access to Healthy Farmers Market Food (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sQFtWx              Getting to choose what you eat seemingly doesn’t apply to poor people.
  • EPA Shuttering Program That Aids the Study of Chemical Effects on Children (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2FliIz3
  • Wisconsin just made it way harder to get food stamps (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2oxcnG4                                                                      Drug testing, work requirements, healthy food: Some of the new rules are legal. Some require a waiver. And in one case, Governor Scott Walker seems to be flouring federal law entirely.
  • Arkansas banned a weedkiller. Now, Monsanto is suing (Salon) http://bit.ly/2EZIoS4                                                                                              There is a new type of seed that won’t die when exposed to herbicide dicamba and has created a crisis in the US.
  • Fearing a cage-free insurgency, Iowa lawmakers leverage federal food aid to keep caged eggs on the shelf (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2CmcUnG                                                                                Producers of conventional eggs seem to be pursuing whatever avenues possible to keep their product on the shelf.
  • California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying (Center for Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/2GY46CO                 Judge Strips State Food and Agriculture Agency of Authority to Use Chemicals
  • Native Communities are Fighting for More Inclusive Farm Bill (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2Cmc7TU                                                                Farm policy has long ignored tribal governments and communities. A coalition of tribes aims to change that.
  • What Is the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” and Why Does It Matter? (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2GXaXfz                                    HR 3599 and 4789, written by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) for inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill, would disallow any state or local regulation of agricultural products that come from another state…

 

GMOs/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology/Food Technology

  • Perhaps You’d Like to Try Lemon or Raspberry Flavored Oysters (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2sRdF4b                                                         After years of testing, a French gastronaut is offering everyone’s favorite happy hour mollusks in a rainbow of flavors.
  • New Technology Aims To Take The Sugar Out Of Gelato – Not The Flavor (NPR) http://n.pr/2sjuC7f

 

Poisons

  • These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2owxRDY                                                  And farmers are about to deploy them on a land mass nearly twice the size of California.

 

Events

  • Cultivating the Paddy to Cultivate the Future: Joy and Challenges of a Small Scale Farmer in Rural Japan                                                    March 5, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:15pm                                                      University of California Berkeley, Morgan Hall Lounge        http://bit.ly/2FMHLJ4
  • Can agriculture technologies change gender dynamics and food security? Pump it Up or the Women’s Community Gardens in Zimbabwe                                                                                                                  March 6, 2018, 12:30pm – 2:00pm                                                        University of California at Berkeley, Center for African Studies        223 Moses Hall                                                                http://bit.ly/2EQYObm
  • New Hampshire Food Alliance Statewide Gathering,                      March 9, 2018, 8:30am – 3:30pm                                                              Colby-Sawyer College                                                                                            New London, NH                                                                http://bit.ly/2BdwAIR
  • A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters                  March 19, 2018, 5:00pm – 7:00pm                                                  Sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Public Health                        David Brower Center                                                                                            2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704                http://bit.ly/2ERSG2z
  • National Good Food Conference                                                              March 27 – 30, 2018                                                                                          Hyatt Regency Albuquerque                                                          Albuquerque, New Mexico                                        http://bit.ly/2BPhVnQ
  • 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference                                              April 25 – 27, 2018                                                                                              Duke Energy Convention Center                                                      Cincinnati, Ohio                                                                    http://bit.ly/2CuJzac
  • Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture Conference and Symposium                                                                              June 28 -30, 2018                                                                                                    Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale                                                                      New Haven, Connecticut                                            http://bit.ly/2CgGRW8