- 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
- An Apple Shows Just How Broken Our Food System Is (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2kr58xM
- Study: The Hidden Cost of UK Food (Sustainable Food Trust) https://bit.ly/2AAnmqN
- 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.
- An Unusual Way to Rescue a City From Urban Blight – Bees (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2wTLhQP As the city removes thousands of blighted properties, this couple saw an opportunity to support a cooperative economy.
- Regenerative Organic Certification https://regenorganic.org/
- Animal Welfare Approved Standards https://bit.ly/2kF6Njy
- Certified Grass Fed https://bit.ly/2kDTArd
- Certified Humane https://certifiedhumane.org/
- California Certified Organic Farmers https://www.ccof.org/
- Certified Sustainable Seafood https://www.msc.org
- Food for thought: Food security, population growth & over-farming (Al Jazeera) https://bit.ly/2KbkhhJ
- ‘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.
- Second International Symposium on Agroecology (FAO) https://bit.ly/2IRxEDa
- 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.”
- Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2EG5tEt
- 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.
- 5 Reasons Getting USDA Organic Certification Is Really Difficult (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2KQkxD5
- California is turning farms into carbon-sucking factories (Grist) https://bit.ly/2KZ3PCj
- California Healthy Soils Initiative https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/healthysoils/
- California Shows How to Fight Climate Change and Help Underserved Communities (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2tkrqsx The Gold State recognizes that poverty and pollution go hand in hand, and that smart policies can help tackle both.
- 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.
- 10 Numbers That Show How Much Farmland We’re Losing to Development (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2koTQdq
- Fish and Fishermen Already Moving to Survive Climate Change (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2J2PhUb
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
- 5 of the Most Valuable Crops You Can Grow in the US (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2CTPYvK
- Red Gold: Farming Saffron in Sardinia (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2s8IdM9
- 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
- What are halal foods? (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2xmlqkG
- 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
- The Geography of Food Stamps (100 Days In Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2xgwoby
- 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
- Why Millions Of Californians Eligible For Food Stamps Don’t Get Them (NPR) https://n.pr/2FJkPsf
- 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
- First ‘Plastic Free’ Label Debuts to Help Shoppers Cut Waste (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2GswtZ6
- A Plastic Planet http://www.aplasticplanet.com/
- How People Make Only a Jar of Trash a Year (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2Ld6yIf
- How the US military Played a Role in America’s Obesity Crisis (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2L6SvDp
- 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
- E. coli 0157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce (CDC) https://bit.ly/2HlRyc8
- 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
- Learning to Farm Is a Graduation Requirement at This High School (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2sh54V4
- 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’
- Cheating Workers Out of Wages Easier Than Ever (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2GFDbLl
- Migrant (Canadian) farm workers vulnerable to sexual violence (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2HQok6k
- 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.
- Desert Bees Have a Secret: How to Survive a Decade of Drought (UnDark) https://bit.ly/2sbolXS
- Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2IMQWxB
- 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
- Whole Foods quietly pauses its GMO labeling requirements (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2Lx9MGI
- 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\
- McDonald’s Shareholders Vote to Keep Distributing Plastic Straws (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2s9s8pm
- US McDonald’s Resists Calls for Plastic Straw Ban (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2IPzFQl
- Homeless Man Jailed After Being Falsely Accused of Using Counterfeit Cash Is Suing Burger King (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KAMxKJ
Water & Our Oceans
- We can now see how humans have altered Earth’s water resources (Grist) https://bit.ly/2rKJE30
- Study: Emerging trends in global freshwater availability (Nature) https://go.nature.com/2wJc8iI
- The algal blooms poisoning US lakes tripled in number last year (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2L9mUSm
- 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
- More Whales Are Being Spotted Without Their Tails, Scientists Say (The Weather Chanel) https://wxch.nl/2I9WC0k
- Third Dead Whale In A Week Washes Ashore In Northern California (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2s7te4N
- 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.
- Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids (CBS News) https://bit.ly/2Lu9UqH
- Opioids Found in Seattle Mussels Could Put Salmon, Other Fish at Risk (Buzzflash) https://bit.ly/2stXBlt
- 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
- Now That Calorie Labels Are Federal Law, Will We Eat Less? (NPR) https://n.pr/2rqnMd1
- 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.
- Study: Declining urban and community tree in the US (USDA) https://bit.ly/2GPyw9N
- 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
- Vancouver Bans Plastic Straws, Foam Cups and Containers (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2xjd7GA
- These CRISPR-modified crops don’t count as GMOs (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2kjARAN
- Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/2HQxY4S
- Farmers and cropdusting pilots on the Great Plains worried about pesticide risks before ‘Silent Spring’ (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2JadIip
- Pesticide Use on California Farms at Near-Record Levels (Fair Warning) https://bit.ly/2I8UyWw
- 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.