Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 31, 2018

 

  • Study Uncovers Surprising New Reason to Go Local (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2KWMt8v
    • Study: Imported food damages domestic environment: Evidence from global soybean trade (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) https://bit.ly/2KVjWQu
  • 6 Labels That Let You Know You’re Buying Good Food (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2kCBDJt                                                                                            As the Trump administration rolls back the USDA’s Animal welfare standards, the private and nonprofit sectors are stepping up to the ethical plate.
  • ‘Farm To Table’ Shouldn’t Only Be For Rich White People (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2IxYgco
    • Study: Who Owns the Land” Agricultural Land Ownership By Race/Ethnicity (Rural America)                                                                      Of all private US agricultural land, Whites account for 96 percent of the owners, 97 percent of the value, and 98 percent of the acres. Nonetheless, four minority groups, Blacks, Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, own over 25 million acres of agricultural land…
    • #BlackWealth Matters: The 5 Largest Landowners Own More Land Than All of Black America Combined (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KCQezI
      • Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Agricultural Workers, 2017: Median Pay $23,730, $11.40 per hour (US Labor Dpt.)
  • Are Avocados Toast? (Grist) https://bit.ly/2IGpSMo                      Climate change will have huge impacts on tree crops like lemons and avocados.                                                                                                                    What will we eat in 2050? California farmers are placing bets.
  • 17 Organizations Feeding and Healing the World Through Regenerative Agriculture (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2GAOXXk
  • Ticking Meatmares (Grist) https://bit.ly/2joThja                                  Lone star ticks hunt in packs and spread an allergy to beef and pork. Thanks to climate change they’re spreading.
  • Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Doe the US Fit In? (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2wA6m2z                                                  If there’s one thing the American food movement could learn from the global movement for agroecology, it’s the movements move government policy, not the other way around.
  • Deforestation in the US South Is Four Times Greater Than Logging in South American Rainforests (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2s8E8aA
  • Back To The Garden: How Green Thumbs Help With Addiction Recovery (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2Jd3BcV

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • How Cuba’s Women Farmers Kept Everyone Fed (Yes!)                         “I wake up early, I spend all day on the farm, working hard, managing the workers, planting, harvesting, selling, teaching – I do all of this out of love.”
  • Why merely owning land isn’t enough to empower Africa’s women farmers (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2KZjQXV
  • Ninety-nine percent of America’s farms are family-owned. But only half are family-farmed. (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2INn6Fg                                                                                              As land is passed on to kids and grandkids, millions of acres across the country end up being owned by people who are no longer farmers, and increasingly, never were.
  • Farmers Are Struggling to Make Ends Meet. This Controversial Policy Could Help. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KVgu8i            “Don’t raise more than what we can be consumed.”
  • Kansas Rancher Explains How Trump Has ‘Betrayed’ US Farmers: He ‘Won’t Fight For Us’ (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2kFwzUN                                                                                Mike Callicrate explains that the consolidation of power among big agribusiness companies is the single biggest problem facing American farers – and he says Trump’s administration has only made things worse.
  • Homes and Gardens: The Best Thing to Ever Happen to a Prison Site (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2Lw5LlR                                                                      New plans for the former correctional center include a permaculture farm, a recording studio, and housing for homeless veterans.

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • Syrian seeds and the future of wheat (Food & Environment Reporting Network) https://bit.ly/2IQgt9v                                        Engulfed by war, Syria’s seed bank still provided the genetic resources for a new generation of climate-resilient wheat varieties
  • In Wisconsin, hemp farmers clash with the state Department of Justice over CBD oil (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2scCSDn   There’s a lot of enthusiasm for hemp in farm country. But its hazy legal status means there’s a lot of confusion, too.                              Update, May 11, 10:37am, EST: The Wisconsin Department of Justice has announced the hemp farers will not be prosecuted for producing CBD oil.

 

Food and Culture

  • Discover the Secret Birthplace of Wine (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/2JbOXT1                                                        Georgian winemaking traditions date back to 6,000BC.
  • Steak a Claim (Grist) https://bit.ly/2qY0M47                                      France declares that ‘vegan bacon’ is not a thing.
  • Sugar Shacks and Maple-Glazed Rabbit: Appalachian Cuisine Beyond the Stereotypes (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2krtpUv

 

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

  • A healthy diet isn’t always possible for low-income Americans, even when they get SNAP benefits (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2KJaQWM
    • Will requiring food stamp retailers to sell more healthy food make it easier for SNAP recipients to eat better? (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2kwsHVP
  • Changes to SNAP Threaten Food Security in Western North Carolina – ‘What Happened to That American Dream Again?’ (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2LyZVjF

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • UK’s Largest Grocer Takes on Food and Plastic Waste (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2krzcte                                                                                                It’s been a green week for Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket.
    • Tesco removes ‘best before’ dates on some fruit and veg (BBC News) https://bbc.in/2xeJdmR
    • Tesco to ban non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019 (The Independent) https://ind.pn/2knBnxU                                              Target ‘raises the bar’ for fight against pollution, but campaigners there is a need for the supermarket giant to make a firm commitment on reducing its volume of packaging

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • High CO2 Levels Make Rice Less Nutritious, Study Finds (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2IMUv2K
    • Study: Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this century will alter protein, micronutrients, and vitamin content with potential health consequences for the poorest rice dependent countries (Science Advances) https://bit.ly/2LnKk6I
  • We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us? (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/2rR8Nbn                There often are tiny bits of plastic in the fish and shellfish we eat. Scientists are racing to figure out what that that means for our health.
    • Scientists Launch Groundbreaking Study on Health Risks of Microplastics in Seafood (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2koXynm
  • Hormel Recalls 228,000 Pounds Of Spam (Hufington Post) https://bit.ly/2sfXZoj                                                                                                The canned pork and chicken products were produced in February and distributed across the country.
  • E. coli outbreak spreads to 19 states, prompting 42 hospitalizations (Yahoo) https://yhoo.it/2F6yABf                              With 121 cases total

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: NYPD (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2GzJikx        Police confirm they’re investigating the disgraced celebrity chef.
  • Charcoal-activated vegan croissant just might be the world’s most unphotogenic pastry (Yahoo) https://yhoo.it/2KzQFvr

 

Education

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Massive Minimum Wage Study Finds Significant Gains for Low-Income Workers and Few Downsides (minimum wage increase) (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Erfd5y                                                                  This research builds on previous studies that have chipped away at opposition to the policy (minimum wage increase)
    • Study: The Distribution Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data (US Census) https://bit.ly/2xpueqn
  • Detailing CEO-Worker Pay Gaps as High as 5,000 to 1, It’s Clear Why Corporate Execs Didn’t Want This Report Released (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2INL4V5                                                  CEO to median worker pay ratios: McDonald’s 3,101 to 1; Yum China Holdings 2,818 to 1; Yum Brands 1,358 to 1
  • ‘Terrible News for Workers’ as Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Them to Fight Back When ‘Screwed’ by Employer (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2xfSB9z                                                                  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says decision allowing forced arbitration clauses is ‘egregiously wrong’
  • Women of Color Demand Federal Investigation of Sexual Harassment at McDonald’s (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2sfXObR        Cooks and cashiers from McDonald’s franchises in nine major cities have filed 10 charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…
  • Marriott Workers Confront Shareholders About Workplace Harassment (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2ktM0zi                                            … eight workers attended the shareholders’ meeting to raise concerns about sexual harassment at work
  • With its food workers on strike, how is the University of California feeding students? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2ILxd1f                                                                                              Using student volunteers and other stand-ins. Don’t be surprised: Colleges have been weakening unions since the ‘70s.
  • Crab crisis: Maryland seafood industry loses 40 percent of work force in visa lottery (Baltimore Sun) https://bsun.md/2FCv2XC
  • The average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2rwM2KC
  • With its Way Of Life At Risk, This Remote Oyster-Growing Region Called In Robots (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KTo8Af  The revolution is coming to rural New Brunswick.

 

Pollinators

  • Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2IMQWxB

 

Animals

  • The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2JMTI1Q                                                            Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.
  • I Know Just How Incredible Chickens Are: I’ve Spent More Than Thirty Years Getting to Know Them (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2smFBtZ

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Table-to-Farm-to-Table: Startup Grows Food for Restaurants With Kitchen Leftovers (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2LxnPMw
  • Monsanto And Bayer Are Set To Merge. Here’s Why You Should Care. (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2scdFYR                                “Together they will influence markets all over the world on a scale we’ve never seen before.”
  • Child labour, poverty and terrible working conditions lie behind the sugar you eat (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2s9pzDx
  • Saved In The CECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction (NPR) https://n.pr/2sbhOMU
  • Here’s How the Burger Is Being Reinvented and Changing the Way America Eats (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2LzmLIa                            The success of America’s first-ever plant-based burger joint is no accident.
  • Florida brewery unveils six-pack rings that feed sea turtles rather than kill them (The Time Picayune) https://bit.ly/2Lwet3z\

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Homeless Man Jailed After Being Falsely Accused of Using Counterfeit Cash Is Suing Burger King (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KAMxKJ

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Fish Market Buys Freedom For Fred The 70-Pound Octopus (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2xdyPeP
    • The owner of a SLO County fish market bought a 70-pound octopus – but not to sell it (San Luis Obispo Tribune) https://bit.ly/2KTkmqG
  • How Science-Based Policy and International Cooperation Can Protect Marine Ecosystems – and the Human Food Supply (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2svQ8lO                                                                      The precipitous decline – and steady recovery – of jack mackerel has become a parable of global cooperation. World leaders, take note.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EU Wants American Cheesemakers to Stop Using Names Like Gorgonzola, Feta, and Parmesan (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2LpMcMh
  • Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement (Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2symRXY
  • The USDA’s Proposal For GMO Labels Is Here, And It’s Wacky (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2I3opn6                                                      After months of waiting, the USDA’s proposal for the labels to signify that food has been genetically modified is here.
  • Now Trump Is Coming For Your Beer (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2INJIW9                                                                                          The president’s aluminum tariffs will squeeze small producers.
  • USDA Study Shows We’re Losing A Concerning Amount of Trees In Cities (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2jVEiOb                                        A recent study from the USDA’s Forest Service used aerial imagery to take a look at the change in tree cover in the US’s cities and towns over a five-year period, from 2009 to 2014. What they found is staggering: each year over that period, non-rural areas lost 36 millions trees.
  • Missouri Passes Bill Defining ‘Meat’ to Exclude Plant Based and Lab Grown Foods (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2rYhoKp                  Missouri state lawmakers passed an omnibus agriculture bill on Thursday that includes a provision prohibiting plant-based products from being labeled as “meat.”
    • Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KEwX0Q                                                                    The beef lobby is going to war against veggie burgers.
  • The House Farm Bill Just Failed (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2rLOv3Q                                                                                            Let us count the ways it would have screwed rural America.
    • Farm Bill Goes Down in Flames, but It Isn’t Dead Yet (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2s8FWQP
    • The 2018 Farm Bill Battle Lines Have Been Drawn: Here’s What You Can Do (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2J6A3NS
    • House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hardship (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) https://bit.ly/2rIWcIh
    • GOP’s poor arguments for doubling down on SNAP’s work requirements (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2ILE2Qs
    • On eve of farm bill vote, Staten Island religious leaders went hungry to advocate for food stamps users (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2LwJh4x
  • Does a California Supreme Court Decision Really Mark the End of the Gig Economy? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2INdfTZ

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Farmers and cropdusting pilots on the Great Plains worried about pesticide risks before ‘Silent Spring’ (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2JadIip
  • As Landmark Glyphosate Case Moves to Trial, Man Dying of Cancer to Have Day in Court With Monsanto (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2GUL9QP
  • We’re asking the wrong questions about glyphosate (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2KQ6sFQ                                                                  It’s not enough to talk about how safe glyphosate is. We need to consider what “safe” actually means – and who gets to define it.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 4, 2018

  • In the Desert, Tucson Models Affordable Food Access (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HEVYLc
  • Can Organics Help Rural America Rebound? (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HGtcYr                                                                                      Some see organic farming a sure-fire way to improve struggling farm communities. Others say it will take a lot more than higher premiums to make a lasting economic difference.
  • Here’s Even More Evidence That Hand Dryers Are Pretty Disgusting (Vice) https://bit.ly/2HxLV8h                                                          A new study found that they’re actually blowing bacteria onto your hands.                                                                                                                                    If hand dryers are not sanitized, as an ice machine must be, they will encourage bacterial growth, the temperatures are perfect, 50°F – 176°F (10°C – 80°C), dependent on the type of bacteria, water activity, and pH… (Brooklyn CUNY) https://bit.ly/2Go0Rrp
  • Napa County Measure C proponents say ag preservation needs oak woodlands protection (North Bay Business Journal) https://bit.ly/2IWasDs
  • Last year’s devastating wildfires left behind an unexpected bounty: morel mushrooms (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HvA7CQ                                                                          Unexpected to some…
  • On The Hunt For The Elusive Morel Mushroom In Ohio’s Appalachian Country (NPR) https://n.pr/2FlM7Ff

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Two Years Ago, I Was a College Student – Now I’m a Farmers and It’s Completely Changed My World (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2r65ePa                                                                                                The work of farming itself is remaking and shifting the way that I approach the world.
  • The Women Reviving Heirloom Grains and Flour (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HtMWyf                                                                                    Female grain growers, millers, and artisan bread bakers are collaborating to lift women’s role in bread into the spotlight.
  • Stressed, Struggling, and Suicidal: America’s Farmers Are Begging or Mental Health Services (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HoZCWY                                                                                Trump’s trade war promises even more uncertainty.
  • Suicide Rates Among Farmers are Alarmingly High. Can Federal Legislation Help? (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2vnfPtx                              The STRESS Act would provide support, but some farmers say it’s little more than a band-aid and real policy changes are needed.
  • Rural Kansas is dying. I drove 1,800 miles to find out why (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2r3YjoG                                                            A native Kansan returns home to find that the broken promises of commodity agriculture have destroyed a way of life.
  • The future of seafood is bait-to-plate transparency on blockchain (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HwvbkY                              Sometime soon, American eaters may be able to purchase tuna labeled with a QR code that can be scanned to reveal when and where the fish was caught, and by whom…

 

Food and Culture

  • An Indigenous Corn Makes a Comeback (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HFZCVc                                                                                              In New York, the Iroquois White Corn Project is riving an ancient and sacred variety of white corn in hopes of improving Native nutrition and health.
  • Don’t Mess With The Sweet Potato Pie: A Museum Wrestles With ‘Authentic’ Black Menu (NPR) https://n.pr/2IOWpQm
  • Ouch, No! Some Scots Cry As Their Beloved Soda Gets A Less Sugary Revamp (NPR) https://n.pr/2HuAth7
  • When Did Food Network Change Its Diet? (BuzzFeed) https://bzfd.it/2vPuZIf                                                                                        Food Network once taught us the difference between kale and chard. Why did it pivot to brioche French toast topped with pulled pork?

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

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

  • The food industry’s food stamp problem (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2K47JsX                                                                                              We recently obtained data on SNAP employers from six states and found that thousands of people who work in fast-food and retail jobs don’t make enough money to buy groceries.
  • Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs – but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in a least five state (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2F2HpMr                                                                  One third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.
  • Photos: Who Actually Benefits From Meals on Wheels (The Nation) https://bit.ly/2Gs0NIh                                                                       And why did the Trump administration think it was a good idea to cut funding for these vital programs?
  • Brining meals to people with food insecurity may deliver savings to the healthcare system (Los Angeles Times) https://lat.ms/2IrqNQf                                                                                        The research I conducted back in 2008 to justify transforming Oakland California’s Meals on Wheels and Congregate meals programs to local and sustainable foods showed that good nutrition does indeed reduce hospital admissions and length of hospital stays… The data is out there.
  • Can the Recovery Quench America’s Food Desserts? (US News & World Report) https://bit.ly/2qZMnVf                                                              In a time of seeming prosperity, millions of Americans struggle with food access and security.
  • Perpetuating the Cycle of Poverty (The New Republic) https://bit.ly/2HuaDJf                                                                                          How the Republican Party’s proposals to reform the food stamp program will keep people down
  • Republicans Propose Strict Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HjovGf                                  “This bill attempts to change SNAP from a feeding program to a work program.”
  • Study: From Welfare To A Workbased Safety Net: An Incomplete Transition (University of Michigan School of Social Work) https://bit.ly/2H1TMtO                                                                                      The reform and related policies did increase the economic well-being of working poor families with children. But given the economic conditions in the last 15 years, TANF has decreased the economic well-being of the nonworking, nondisabled poor, as evidenced by the increased number of disconnected and extremely poor families.
  • Recent Welfare Reform Research Findings (2004) (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) https://bit.ly/2veOee0          Implications for TANF Reauthorization and State TANF Policies
  • The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements (The Atlantic) https://theatln.tc/2nefXUo
    • Research Report: Work Requirements in Social Safety Net Programs (Urban Institute) https://urbn.is/2E326aW                      A Status Report of Work Requirements in TANF, SNAP, Housing Assistance, and Medicaid

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Americans Waste 150,000 Tons of Food every Day – That’s a Pound Per Person (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2vy4N4I
    • A New Study Shows the Stunning Amount of Food People Toss in the Garbage Every Day (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HgIbvc                                                                                         And it’s people eating the healthiest who are throwing away the most food.
    • Study: Relationship between food waste, diet quality, and environmental sustainability (PlosOne) https://bit.ly/2vurSoV
  • The food that goes bad in your fridge amounts to trillions of gallons of wasted water (Sacramento Bee) https://bit.ly/2JcrQnK
  • For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line (NPR) https://n.pr/2K1Dsv3

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • National E. coli Outbreak Is Worsening, a Ban On Romaine Lettuce Is Recommended (MSN) https://bit.ly/2HzZabf
    • CDC Warns People To Steer Clear Of Romaine As E. Coli Outbreak Spreads (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2HlleCS          So far 53 people in 16 states have been infected
      • Toss the romaine lettuce now – or risk getting E. coli illness, health officials warn (Helena Independent Record) https://bit.ly/2qMq0mM
      • A surprising clue in the E. coli investigation: Sick inmates in an Alaska Prison (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2I1nhxg                                                                                The outbreak that originated with Yuma, Arizona-grown romaine lettuce has taught us one thing so far: that it’s much easier to spot a pattern when everyone’s eating the same thing.
  • Here’s what it costs restaurants when a foodborne illness outbreak occurs (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/2Hvn8Ez
    • A new study puts a price on the cost of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States, which can range from a couple thousand dollars to millions
    • A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health simulated a number of different types of outbreaks using common causes like norovirus, E. coli, and salmonella.
    • Panera Bread is the most recent restaurant to be linked to a foodborne illness outbreak.
  • Study Warns Eating Out Can Increase Phthalates, Lead To Disease (International Business Times) https://bit.ly/2qM8Sxx

 

Education

  • Launching the Next Generation of Latinx Farmers in Washington’s Skagit Valley (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2r3LWK5    The region is home to a handful of training programs helping to support new farmers and local food producers.

 

Children & School Food

  • School Garden Apprenticeship – Teen Summer Jobs Available (Cropmobster Community Exchange, SF Bay) https://bit.ly/2qPLlL9

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them. (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2EXwgMH
    • The restaurant industry is struggling to convince eaters that workers don’t deserve minimum wage (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HkJtW8                                                                                      A leaked poll conducted by the industry lobby found that diners don’t mind higher prices if they raise worker wages.
  • Fast food chains like In-N-Out are quickly becoming jobs people want to have (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2JBIOfD
  • “He Grabbed My Butt. I Dumped an Entire Tray With 10 Glasses of Red Wine on Him.” (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GYWiVJ
  • Migrant Dreams: Canada’s Broken Promise (Al Jazeera) https://bit.ly/2HWCvXG                                                               What happens when Indonesian migrant workers trapped in debt-bondage in Canada decide to fight back?
  • Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HWoRQT                  “They can’t get people to move here, or stay here, because there’s nowhere for them to live.”                                                                            Welcome to California’s housing crisis…
  • In the American West, Arbitrary Poverty Designations Are Shortchanging the Rural Poor (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2HpzOt3
  • Immigrant Detainees Forced To Work For $1 A Day: Lawsuit (International Business Times) https://bit.ly/2qRoBvg
  • Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2JtIDmk                                                    One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits – and overtime destroys them. So why do we still do this?
  • Reversing Past Oppression, Cooperation Jackson Builds a Better Future (Counter Punch) https://bit.ly/2K3frDH

 

Protests

  • Animal Rights Activists Target Slaughterhouses as Worldwide Movement Grows (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2v80HA3                  Animal rights activists launch a “war of ethics and morals.”
  • What’s Really in McDonald’s Happy Meals? Here’s the Awful Truth (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2HBUT7W                                                The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu.
    • McDonald’s Sells More Chicken Than Beef. This Campaign Demands it Treat Birds Better (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HgpTdm                                                                            Animal welfare groups are tackling the welfare of chickens destined for McNuggets and McChickens. But past victories don’t guarantee a success.

 

Pollinators

  • Honeybees Are Struggling to Get Enough Good Bacteria (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2qNsEIM
    • Study: Bacterial communities associated with honeybee food stores are correlated with land use (Ecology and Evolution) https://bit.ly/2HkEJeI

 

 

Animals

  • If You’re Like Most Americans, You Think Farmed Animals Are Treated Well: That’s Simply Not True (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2r7o1cV                                                                                          Katie Cantrell wants to educate people about what really happens on factory farms.
  • Jury awards hog farm neighbors $50 million (Raleigh News & Observer) https://bit.ly/2KiRBEd                                                              Could the tide be turning on Confined Animal Feeding Operations?

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • The Bayer-Monsato Merger is Bad News for the Planet (Web of Debt) https://bit.ly/2r1taTF
    • Here’s Why US Farmers Overwhelmingly Oppose Monsanto-Bayer Merger – and So Should You (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2q4Yeke                                                                                    The proposed merger is bad for everyone – except Bayer and Monsanto.
  • African American owned coffee shop looks to become next Starbucks with a different philosophy (KTVU 2) https://bit.ly/2qKoykN
  • Big food companies are trying to use free trade agreements to kill health warning labels (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2ERskNs
  • Yosemite’s secretive Starbucks: café opens in park, to delight and dismay (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2GzzWsX                                            A new Starbucks provides convenience and caffeine to visitors, but to many it represents a trend of commercialism and 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening
  • On-third of American households have struggled to afford either food, shelter or medical care (Market Watch) https://on.mktw.net/2I43pfn

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • The South Texas Fajita Bandit Has Been Sentenced to Fifty Years in Prison (Texas Monthly) https://bit.ly/2Fk70QM                              The nine-year meat hustle has caught up with the former Cameron County Juvenile Detention Center worker.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Flint Residents Pay to Drink Polluted Water While Nestle Pumps Great Lakes for Profit (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2HwRVgV
    • Michigan is practically giving away clean water – but not to Flint (Popular Science) https://bit.ly/2HfuCb4
  • Thousands of Poor Detroiters Are About to Get Their Water Cut Off (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2F3dwM1                                            The city prepares for its fifth annual water shutoff.
  • There Is an Area of Plastic in the Ocean That’s Three Times the Size of France. This 23 Year Old Thinks He Can Clean It Up. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2JcRWXQ
  • The Arctic faces record levels of pollution from microplastics (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2JxwWLF                                           Scientists trace the plastics back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, fishing nets, and cigarettes.
    • ‘Nowhere is immune:’ Researchers find record levels of microplastics in Artic Sea ice (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2Kez77I
  • Iceland sets target of 191 kills as country resumes whaling (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Hb6cE1                                                        Authorities grant whalers a quota to hunt the endangered fin whale this summer after a two-year pause

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • India: Monsanto Loses Right to Patent Seeds (Daily Pioneer India) https://bit.ly/2rh89EV                                                                                            Delhi high Court’s ruling which forbids Monsanto from stopping supplies to seed companies is a boost to domestic seed companies, and will cub the ability of multinationals to establish seed monopoly.
  • In ‘Huge Win for Pollinators, People, and the Planet,’ EU Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2vWAkNW                                                                      “Authorizing neonicotinoids during a quarter of a century was a mistake and led to an environmental disaster. Today’s vote is historic.”
  • Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils (Global Citizen) https://glblctzn.me/2CRjezn                                            All single-use plastic must be phased out by 2030.
  • ‘A Scourge on Our Seas’: UK Government Takes Aim at Single Use Plastics (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2vrNhis
  • French MPs force vegetarian food producers to mince their words (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2HhGGsJ                                  Makers of ‘vegetarian sausages’ and similar items will no longer be able to use meat-related terms after new ruling
  • Wins For Sustainable agriculture in FY 2018 Omnibus (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) https://bit.ly/2HBAeh0
  • Kirsten Gillibrand Takes Aim at ICE After an Arrest at a New York Dairy Farm (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2F56eXM                    “Officers should not be allowed to raid private property without a warrant.”
  • Trump Just Gave Factory Farms a Huge Break (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2FrvgAC                                                                                          This harmful industry doesn’t deserve support from the federal government.
  • Pesticide Executives Are Running Ag Policy for Donald Trump (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2qPL3E3                                                          The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is the “eyes, ears, and voice for US agriculture around the world.”
  • US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services becomes multi million-dollar federal wildlife-killing program (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2FkmUuH                                                                                        “The Department of Agriculture needs to get out of the wildlife-slaughter business.”
  • Trade war backfire: Steel tariff shrapnel hits US farmers (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2vam4Rz
    • Trade War Hits Another Red State (MSN) https://bit.ly/2qQOP0Z
    • Trade War Is About to Screw Over California’s Remaining Republicans (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2qAabyz              China’s tariffs will hard in the Golden State’s farm country.                In California the Central Valley is the heart of the Republicans strong hold…
  • Trump administration approves oil drilling, pipeline in Carrizo Plain (San Luis Obispo County, CA) National Monument (The Tribune, San Luis Obispo) https://bit.ly/2r1uV2E
  • Why Is Trump Trying to Kill Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2r7p2lf                                                        Prohibiting warning labels would be a huge win for the food industry and a big loss for consumers.
  • Everything you need to know about New York’s proposal to eliminate the tip credit (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HhvwE4
  • State (California) can label widely used herbicide (Roundup) as possible carcinogen (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2Ja0y1c
  • Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax (NPR) https://n.pr/2HlfYlT
    • Consumption of sugary drinks plummeted after Philadelphia passed the country’s highest soda tax (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HbmatH
  • Tulsa says no more Dollar General, curbing exploitation of black neighborhoods (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2qMFWW2
  • Chellie Pingree: Get Ready for the 2018 Farm Bill Fiasco (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HahSGQ
    • The House Farm Bill Ignores What Farmers Want (and Farm Groups Call BS) (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2HTzsOY
    • Opinion: The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our food System (foodtank) https://bit.ly/2HLVQqX
    • The 2018 Farm Bill’s Hidden Agenda to Push Millions to Push Millions off Food Stamps (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2HbvgXm
    • Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School (NPR) https://n.pr/2EJz5RA
    • GOP House’s Farm Bill Would Gut a Key Conservation Program (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HeU8Bq                          Some see organic farming as a sure-fire way to improve struggling farm communities. Others say it will take a lot more than higher premiums to make a lasting economic difference.
  • Why the GOP food stamp overhaul might not work (Politico) https://politi.co/2Hu4M7z                                                                            There’s little evidence that SNAP job training works, let alone that it can be scaled up quickly for millions more people.
  • ‘Sick Joke’: House Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill Attacking Environment, Endangered Species (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2He5wxj

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Should Farm Animals Be Genetically Modified to Remove Their Capacity to Feel Pain? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Hxvf0D          Creating a “brainless chicken” opens up serious ethical questions.

 

Technology

  • The Secret Truth Behind Food Flavorings (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2vXHv8N                                                                              Processed food contains some surprising additives to create specific flavors.

 

Poisons

  • Lawmakers want the EPA to ignore impacts of pesticides on endangered species (Environmental Health News) https://bit.ly/2qN5wJL                                                                                              It would be hard to overstate the dangers of this Farm Bill rider
  • Environmentalists and Farmers Seek Court Decision Halting Use o Dow’s ‘Agent Orange Pesticide (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2qM7Otp
  • Monsanto bullies EPA on Glyphosate ruling (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2KfITXk                                                                                Monsanto has launched a campaign to pressure the EPA into declaring glyphosate safe.
  • A Cancer on Society: Monsanto Claims Right Not to Speak About Roundup (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2qSEbWK            Monsanto doesn’t want the world to know their product is labeled a “problem carcinogen.”