Volunteer Orientation Summary

The August 3rd Event is this Friday and we will be hosting 900 Youth on our Farm. 

The location of this event is at the Grow Calgary Farm: 10319 West valley Road SW.

Please ensure that you can get to this location at 11 am and be prepared to stay there until 4pm. Bring your own snack, drinking water and hat to cover from the sun for the day! Also make sure to not wear T-shirts with any offensive language or logos. 

Volunteers will assist during rotation times (every 45min-1 hour) so groups can transition easily. 

August 3rd Itinerary

-Arrive at 11am 

-In the 1-hour frame we will designate station rotation points to volunteers. A physical print out of the map will be provided to you. The different stations are marked by number signs for you to orient the youth to the correct spot. 

-Students will arrive at 12pm. Each bus contains appx 10 youth with 4 church leaders

-Some Volunteers will assist near the parking lot with sign-in once the groups arrive. The sheet with each group and their group leaders should be provided to you (volunteers) by our Farm Operations Manager the day of. 

-Volunteers will go to their designated spots after sign in to guide groups with station rotation. Each station will have a farm manager to guide students with tasks for the stations. Volunteers can assist with that in between rotation if they desire. 

-Rotate groups until 1.30pm. Head to the area between 9 and 10 labelled on the map at 1.30pm for a big group picture with the 900 youth, staff, and other volunteers during the event. After the picture and video we will head back to the designated spots.

-Around 3 to 3.30pm, volunteers and farm managers will escort the youth to the buses at our parking lot for departure. We will do this 6 groups at a time, as there are 17 groups of roughly 40 youth during the event.

-By 4pm we wrap up everything and you are ready to leave.  

***Lunch/Break time TBA: During the break time you are allowed to snack and take a washroom break, as we have portable washrooms on the farm. The Youth will head out the farm property for a pizza break. IMG_0828.PNG

 

Grow Calgary + Microhome Design / Build Competition

Grow Calgary is an NPO that operates an urban community farm located south of the TransCanada Highway, 1 km West of Canada Olympic Park. 2018 is the 70th Anniversary of the United Nation’s Human Rights Declaration, and we supportthe fundamental principles of Article 25:  the universal right to food and shelter, or what we like to call “Snack in the Shack”. Grow Calgary supports local charities and food security initiatives by donating 100% of the fresh produce we harvestto social agencies that have food access programs for their clients. Additionally, we provide educational opportunities to youth and low-income families on how to grow and cultivate food. Over 22,000 volunteers have contributed energy to the farm and over 10,000 youth (K-12) have accessed Grow Calgary’s free programming. 

 Addressing the enormous demand for affordable housing, we support and develop sustainable, affordable, and compassionate housing initiatives. This summer we are hosting Canada’s 1st Microhome Design/Build Competition in an effort to bring applied research, attention, visibility and engagement to good design around affordable, energy and resource efficient, aesthetically pleasing microhomes and to create an opportunity for designers to feature their microhome design concepts. 

 A microhome is a small dwelling typically between 100 SF to 500 SF The microhome movement is a commitment to minimalistic, sustainable, and affordable living. Traditional housing is excessive in its nature and the utilization of space tends to reflect the desire of materialistic possession, rather than nurture an efficient living environment. When downsizing to a microhome, the excessive non-essential aspects of traditional dwellings are cut out, which reduces theenvironmental footprint of the dwellings construction and operation. Building on to the benefits, a smaller house is significantly more affordable and the financial investment to own a microhome is comparable to buying a car. 

 Unfortunately, microhomes do not have a place within the provincial building code and local zoning bylaws. Through Grow Calgary’s competition we want to showcase the viability of a microhome as a sustainable, affordable, comfortable, compassionate living space and to make a case for a re-evaluation of how microhomes fit within the local and provincial regulatory framework.

 On the 15th of September, Grow Calgary is hosting an open exhibition to showcase Microhomes that have been constructed by our committed teams as part of Canada’s 1st Microhome Design/Build Competition. There will be over 10 unique homes, each with a different take on the optimal utilization of 100 SF of living space.

All members of trade associations, the housing construction sector, developers, social agencies that deal directly with homeless populations, affordable housing advocates, the general public and the media are welcome to attend, free of charge.

The Competition

We’ve put out a challenge to builders and designers around the province to create a microhome that is innovative, transportable, replicable, and most importantly livable. There are three classes of competition, the micro, the tiny, and the design class.

Micro Class– submit a temporary structure under 100 SF, to be built entirely on site
Tiny Class– submit a temporary structure between under 400 SF, can be built off site
Design Class– submit the conceptual plans and design drawings for a microhome

 

Right now we have 10 teams from around Alberta, each working to develop a unique microhome. All of the microhomes will be on display to the public on the 15th of September on our farm. There will be a celebrity judging panel critiquing the homes and selecting a champion for each class.

Call for Competitors

We’re still accepting new competitors and if you feel you’re able to design and put together a microhome in two months you’re more than welcome to join the competition. We are able to provide manpower as we have a number of “free-agent” volunteers waiting to get involved.

Call for Sponsors

In an effort to be sustainable and cost effective, the majority of our teams are building their homes mostly out of repurposed material. Any organization or individual who is willing to donate building material will be recognized as a sponsor to the competition. We are also on the lookout for financial sponsors. Organizations are able to sponsor the competition as a whole or sponsor one of our individual teams. Sponsors will be recognized with a permanent name plate on the sponsored microhome(s), logo/name included on competition related promotional material, and will be given the opportunityto present promotional material on the day of the exhibition.

Contact Information

For more information on how to get involved email microhome@growcalgary.ca and visit www.growcalgary.ca.

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Summer Excitement!

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There’s so many awesome things happening on the farm right now, it’s hard to stay up to date! We’re about to break it down for you in this post!

Events & Volunteer Opportunities:

Grow Calgary is integrating itself heavily in events this summer! We have just completed an event packed stampede week, and we’re looking forward to what the rest of summer has in store for the Grow Team! More details about any of these events listed below can be found on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter Pages!

Every Saturday & Sunday: Family Open Farm Days, Microhome Construction, and Open Volunteer Hours, all happening at 1pm-4pm at the Grow Calgary farm site!

Sundays: Bee Hive Tours – We have partnered with ABC Bees to have hives on our farm to promote the health of bees as a species, and to aid us in successful crops! Come visit us on our farm site at 1-2pm, and 2-3pm for an exclusive bee tour!

If you wish to visit us at another time outside the allotted 1pm-4pm on Saturday or Sunday, please message us on any social media platform or email us at least 24 hours prior to your expected arrival! This allows for us to meet any required accommodations you may have, and ensure our amazing staff are expecting you on the farm!

Tuesday July 17th: YYC Free Market Event – We’re going to be boothing at this event, make sure you come on down and say hi to us! The project promotes accessible materials and sustainability! Hosted in Kensington, Calgary.

Saturday July 21st: Yoga at the Farm – Grow Calgary is hosting this event with the help of the wonderful yoga instructor, Candice Archer! It is going to be a morning of yoga, relaxation, farm learning, and community bonding! Event is on our farm from 9am-1pm, bring your own yoga mat, lunch, and family and/or friends!

August 3rd: Grow Calgary’s Biggest Event Ever! – We’re calling volunteers! If you are available from 11am-4pm on August 3rd and would like sign up information please fill out this google form! We are also hosting a volunteer orientation on July 29th in preparation for the event, which will include an exclusive farm tour! Google Form Link Here!

There will be another post with job opportunities coming soon! As well as updates on new and longstanding partnerships, microhome competition information, and first hand views at the farm lifestyle from our very own farm managers!

Earth Ship

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 6, 2018

 

  • Brining Farming Back to Nature (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2tuyi3V
    • Agroecology Knowledge Hub (FAO) https://bit.ly/2fSvrIs
    • Agro-Ecological Transition Support Project in West Africa is now a reality (Economic Community of West African States) https://bit.ly/2HU1kmY
    • Jornadas Agroecologicas: On the Agroecology Trail in Ecuador (Food First) https://bit.ly/2NtvHQ9                                                            In 2009 Ecuador adopted food sovereignty into their constitution…
  • Food hub could make locally sourced food more accessible to Edmontonians (CBC) https://bit.ly/2JPWGTO                              Proposed project could help farmers and other producers sell their food directly to local consumers
  • A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2Ko1PmV
  • Pioneering Leader in Organic Food Production Resigns from Industry Lobby Group (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2IWtJnS                                                                                      Nature’s Path’s move “protests” betrayals by the Organic Trade Association”                                                                                                                      Here is some background:
  • Monsanto And The Organics Industry Pay To Train Journalists: What Could Go Wrong? (Forbes) https://bit.ly/2u7zycQ
  • Who should feed the world: real people or faceless multinationals? (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Hiojml                          The merger of corporate giants Monsanto and Bayer begs a vital question – what kind of agriculture do we really want?
  • Is The Produce At The Farmers Market Local? Turns Out, Not Always (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2IyCNiM                                States have different rules for what can be sold at farmers markets, and some states have no rules at all.
  • Tampa Bay farmers markets are lacking in just one thing: Local farmers (Tampa Bay Times) https://bit.ly/23xJaMf
  • Our Beef Addiction Has Contributed To Shocking New Deforestation Figures (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2yQ0bZr      Efforts to deal with the crisis are like “trying to put out a house fire with a teaspoon.”

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • 5 ways Indigenous groups are fighting back against land seizures (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2yyVpiH                                              While no measure can guarantee land security, these actions have helped communities protect their homes.
  • Black Farmers Are Being Forced Off Their Land by Longstanding Government Discrimination (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2KxKZBP    “The unfair treatment of black farmers went under the radar for many, many years. It was not taken up by the civil rights movement, and it should have been front and center.”
  • The Push to Turn Church Land into Farmland (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2MIRbHs                                                                                      Faith leaders, conservation experts, and food advocates are joining forces to connect young farmers to the vast quantity of land owned by churches.
  • Produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers are trying to change that (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2zhHQoq
    • Why It’s Time to Stop Punishing Our Soils with Fertilizers (Yale Environment 360) https://bit.ly/2pOl6pO
    • Study: Changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops, 1950 to 1999 (Save Our Soils) https://bit.ly/2rcAigB
  • Immigrant Farmers Revive Dormant Greenhouse to Grow Food From Home (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2NauT2s                                                   At a small farmers market south of Seattle, you’ll find varieties of ethnic vegetables unlikely sold in your typical supermarket.
  • How a simple error inflated the farmer suicide crisis story – and let to a rash of inaccurate reporting (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2twHFQ0
  • Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47 percent (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2KzWnAo
  • What Canada Can Teach Trump About Milk (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2ylyB5W                                                                                        Our northern neighbor didn’t cause our dairy crisis, but mimicking its policy might get us out of it.
  • Protecting Crops With Predators Instead of Poisons (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2Mildlm                                                                                              By luring predatory birds to farms, farmers can reduce the need to use poisons to keep insects, rodents and other pests in check
  • Small strips of prairie hold big hope for helping cure a multitude of environmental ills (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2K2texX

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • Stuffed or Starved? Evolutionary Plant Breeding Might Have the Answer (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2HTvD8z

 

Food and Culture

  • To Native Culture, the Salmon Decision Means More Than a Treaty Rights Win (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2LTq8sG                                   How indigenous food is tied to important sacred stories.
  • How Native American Food is Tied to Important Sacred Stories (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Ndej1R                                               A new Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.
  • Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2lKKB8g                                                                                  Preparing food – and letting others in our communities cook for us – is how we become good citizens who engage with the communities around us.
  • How Posts and Pans Turned Us Into Creative Cooks (The Atlantic) https://theatln.tc/2KeSQ6Q                                                        After harnessing fire, kitchenware is the most important invention to food as we know it.

 

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

  • High Schoolers Bring Their Love of Culinary Arts to Feed Local Homeless (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2JVp626                                                          It wasn’t enough for a group of students to provide free meals. They’re looking to tackle systemic problems.
  • Food Aid To Puerto Rico Is Salty, Sugary, And Unbalanced, Researcher Says (NPR) https://n.pr/2K20R3d
  • In Some States, Drug Felons Still Face Lifetime Ban On SNAP Benefits (NPR) https://n.pr/2tlNBf8                                                              Only West Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi – still enforce a lifetime ban on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…
  • Toronto’s Pay-What-You-Can Grocery Store Feeds the Hungry, Not the Landfill (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2yS0jYp
  • How Land Under Solar Panels Can Contribute to Food Security (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2sHHXUp                                                                Beneath some solar arrays, pollinator-friendly plants, fruits, vegetables and forage are cropping up in place of turfgrass or gravel

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A pay-what-you-can grocery store is opening its doors in the Junction neighborhood (CBC) https://bit.ly/2MveLs5                Toronto chef Jagger Gordon wants to see the provincial government make it mandatory for grocery stores and restaurants to donate food approaching its exiry date to food banks and shelters, instead of throwing it in the trash.
  • For-Profit and Nonprofit Firms Devise Creative Ways to Reduce Food Waste (Nonprofit Quarterly) https://bit.ly/2tuqe2m
  • Food waste is going to take over the fashion industry (Fast Company) https://bit.ly/2JOKJOr                                                                    The startup Circular Systems is pioneering new tech to convert food crop waste – like banana peels and hemp stalks – into wearable fibers.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Rotten and Rat – Infested: The Appalling Food and Health Care Conditions Facing US Prisoners (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2ygItOF
  • Superbugs Found in Nearly 80 Percent of US Supermarket Meat (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2yUFWK4
    • Supermarket Meat Still Superbugged, Federal Data Show (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2KfoTHS
    • Study Shows Most People Are Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen and Don’t Even Realize It (USDA) https://bit.ly/2lKF6Xb
    • Study Executive Summary: Food Safety Consumer Research Project: Meal Preparation Experiment Related to Thermometer Use (USDA) https://bit.ly/2MyXL3r
  • Trump slams Red Hen for being ‘filthy.’ Inspectors found no violations but Mar-a-Lago was cited 78 times in three years (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/2KnBN2y

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird/Funny

  • Your sustainable scallops might have been caught with the help of shady labor practices (grist) https://bit.ly/2KjhZh2
  • Halo Top ‘Dramatically’ Under-fills its Pints, Lawsuit Alleges (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2lEXgJJ                                                               Fewer calories might just mean less ice cream.
  • Halo Top routinely under-fills its pints, alleges lawsuit, ‘dramatically so, at times…’ (Food Navigator) https://bit.ly/2yCUXjO
  • Today Is National Catfish Day. But Where Do All These Weird Holidays Come From, Anyway? (Observer) https://bit.ly/2KA7MA3
  • Vancouver festivalgoers invited to enjoy a cool class of… hot dog water? (Global News Canada) https://bit.ly/2MPHw34

 

Children & School Food

  • Teens fought back to improve cafeteria food… and won (CBC) https://bit.ly/2MvI0ep                                                                                          The students said Chartwells has been very open and receptive to the changes they’ve requested

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Forced Labor Remains Common in Tea and Cocoa Industries, Despite Certification Programs (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2KePy3P
  • Waiting Tables or Harvesting Food, Why Fair Labor Is Still About Civil Rights (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2GXI0EQ                                                    For too many women, deciding whether to stand up to harassment at work is a choice between earning enough tips to put food on their tables or not.
  • Amid immigration crackdown, this avocado farmer is struggling to find workers (CNN) https://cnnmon.ie/2JSu8cc
    • Vineyard Workers Already Face Long Hours, Low Pay, and Harsh Conditions. Then Came Trump’s Immigration Crackdown (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2u2MXCQ                    “Are we fearful in Sonoma Valley? Of course.”
  • Female farmers struggle to work and take care of children. And no one’s really talking about it. (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2lsuMmc
  • Snacks, slouching, stagnant wages: the office is making us miserable (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2JGBZ0C                      Research has found we’re consuming 1,300 calories in office snacks per week. But it’s not just the treats that are bad for us
  • Nonprofits and Governments Pursue Food Incubators for Refugee Resettlement (Nonprofit Quarterly) https://bit.ly/2MJPz1g
  • A Cooperative Farm for Refugees Joins the New Nonprofit Economy (Nonprofit Quarterly) https://bit.ly/2KLWDfz

 

Protests

  • From Barricades to Courtrooms: The Fight Against a Fracked Gas Future in New York State (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2Myr5Yz

 

Pollinators

  • In defense of wasps: why squashing them comes with a sting in the tale (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2auNtB4

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Six things to know about Creator, San Francisco’s new burger robot restaurant (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2Kf08eZ
  • Best advice to US dairy farmers? ‘Sell out fast as you can’ (NBC News) https://nbcnews.to/2z3p5VM                                                        Small-dairy farmers are getting squeezed out by corporate agriculture “That is not what America is about,” a struggling farmer said.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • 9,000 barrels of bourbon crash to ground after collapse at Kentucky distillery (NBC5) https://bit.ly/2K4mwHS

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • This Farmer Turns Manure Into Clean Water and It May Be the Future of Farming (Thrillist) https://bit.ly/2JMLydC
  • The Creative, Climate-Saving Magic of Beavers (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2KMi7ch                                                                                    Beavers are ecological Swiss Army knives, capable of tackling water quality, flooding, and climate change.
  • Medicine Residue Is Everywhere in Our Rivers and Lakes – and Fish Are Behaving Strangely (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Ln9zFb      We have a new major environmental problem on our hands.
  • Fatberg ‘autopsy’ reveals growing health threat to Londoners (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2qWtnqn                                           Potentially deadly bacteria thriving in huge clots of waste in sewers, Channel 4 study shows… The forensic analysis revealed that cooking fat is the biggest contributor to the crisis, making up nearly 90% of the sample.
  • ‘We’ve Made History’: Ireland Joins France, Germany and Bulgaria in Banning Fracking (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2tuWchn
  • ‘We Don’t Know… How Bad It Is’: 31 Car Oil Train Derails Into Iowa Floodwaters (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2MhVyJn        Amid worries of drinking water contamination, tankers looked as if they had been “thrown around like Legos”
  • Settlement Ends Nestlé’s Expired ‘Zombie’ Permit to Siphon Water from San Bernardino National Forest (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Khbv5j                                                                                                  I guess not…
  • US Allows Nestlé to Keep Piping Water From Drought-Ridden Southern California (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2lMvvPy
  • The Mysterious Microbes in the Sky (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2NdbEVV                                                                                Scientists are just beginning to understand how microscopic organisms that rise out of the ocean can help manage global temperatures.
  • Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2tGrH6x
    • Iowa nitrogen pollution in the water is getting worse, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, study shows (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2KqgRIb
  • Virginia Beach’s once-endangered oysters are thriving again – and so is its culinary scene (Mic) https://bit.ly/2tNjEnI
  • Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2tC7ZsO                                                           Oil spill disaster reduced biodiversity in sites closest to spill, report finds, as White House rolls back conservation measures
  • Study: The impact of the Deepwater Horizon blowout on historic shipwreck-associated sediment microbiomes in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Nature) https://go.nature.com/2Km01yr
  • This Mine Threatens America’s Largest Wild Salmon Run (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KwWvNu
    • 5 Reasons Salmon Are an Environmental Justice Solution (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2KUpJpM                                                                        We need wild salmon – and not just because they’re tasty. They are indicator of ecosystem health.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The white House Tried to Suppress a (EPA water) Bombshell Study Because They Were Afraid of the PR (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2yxmlQb
    • Suppressed Study: The EPA Underestimated Dangers of Widespread Chemicals (ProPublica) https://bit.ly/2tofS4c        The CDC has quietly published a controversial review of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that indicates more people are at risk of drinking contaminated water than previously thought.
  • White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study (Politico) https://politi.co/2jTtaBg                                                                                     The intervention by Scott Pruitt’s aides came after one White House official warned the findings would cause a ‘public relations nightmare.’
  • FDA Takes First steps to Regulating lab-Grown Meat (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2K4BFcf
    • Is It Too Early for Fake Meat? (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2ySsGWv                                                                            An environmental group warns of insufficient research, regulation and labeling in the realm of “food technology.”
  • How Trump’s Dangerous and Misguided Trade War Could Reshape the American Diet (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2KaEbtk
    • As Trump’s China Tariffs Kick In, US Farmers Watch Prices Slide (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2ziozTM                              Growers in corn and soybean country face billions of dollars in losses.
  • Tariffs on US soybeans could cost Iowa farmers up to $624 million (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2LZmxJU
  • We are the casualty: ‘US pig farmers brace for second round of pork tariffs from China, Mexico (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/2ubwMUa
    • Trade war: Mexico pork tariff threatens to push Iowa losses to $560 million (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2LhCvyz
  • China Buys Record Amount of Russian Soy as It Shuns US Growers (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2IQGxk0
  • Trump’s Trade Ware Is Hurting Red-State Farmers – and Ripping Their GOP Senators Apart (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2lEbdYw   Lawmakers disagree about using government subsidies to quell tariff woes.
  • Trump Trade War Spoiling Export Market for American Cheese Makers (Grub Street) https://grb.st/2Khrpxj
  • As Trade Ware Begins, Feds Eye $30 Billion Bailout Fund For Farmers Facing Losses (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KTtvD9
  • House approves five-year farm bill (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2ytvzgd
    • House Passes Symbolic Food Stamp Cuts (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Mdj2PY                                                                    Democrats still have a say in the Senate, and they’re not OK with cutting benefits.
  • “Slap in the Face” to Poor Americans: House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation’s Hungriest Families (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2Ih6wfW                                                                                          “This is just another attempt by Paul Ryan to pretend that the biggest problem with the federal deficit is lazy poor people, not the $1.5 trillion tax cut he and his colleagues just gave to the richest people in the country.”
  • Patriotic millionaire Slams House Farm Bill: “A Slap in the Face to Poor Americans” (Patriotic Millionaires) https://bit.ly/2yzhMVs
  • House Republicans Pass Bill Requiring Millions to Work for Food Stamps (New Civil Rights Movement) https://bit.ly/2MduTO8
  • Farm Bill With Huge Giveaways to Pesticide Industry Passes House (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2IjWhaO
  • House supplemental budget bill would create statewide ‘tip credit’ in Minnesota (MinnPost) https://bit.ly/2MTtspd
  • Initiative 77 passed, and now DC may become the first East Coast city where servers make minimum wage (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2tmIqf6                                                                                              It’s not surprising that battles over the tip credit turn out to hinge on issues of race.
  • California Reluctantly Bans New Soda Taxes In Face Of Industry Threat (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2z0aFpi                              Beverage lobbyists have successfully maneuvered a 12-year block on the health effort.
  • California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding. (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2ItStDX      The bill to pre-empt taxes is part of a wider industry effort to skip cities and go straight to the states.

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology

  • Mandatory Labels With Simple Disclosures Reduced Fears of GE Foods in Vermont (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2N9ATZq
  • Canada finds unapproved GMO wheat in Alberta (Reuters) https://bit.ly/2K0Izyn
    • Japan blocks Canadian wheat after unapproved GMO plants found in Alberta (CBC) https://bit.ly/2t1LfSK                                  Food inspection agency says small amount of wheat with genetically modified trait found last summer

 

Technology/Food Technology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Investigations of 2,4-D and Multiple Herbicide Resistance in a Missouri Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) Population (Weed Science Society of America) https://bit.ly/2yft94y
  • Plaintiff goes to trial against Monsanto claiming RoundUp to blame for terminal cancer (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2lrhJSb                                                                                            With thousands of cases being brought against Monsanto, the company’s infamous weed-killer, RoundUp, it to blame by many cancer sufferers.
  • Monsanto faces its first trial over allegations Roundup ingredient causes cancer (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/2K64hxA
  • Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2jh7KO4                                            The FDA has been testing food samples for traces of glyphosate for two years, but the agency has not yet released any official results

 

Education & Training

  • Historically Black land-grant universities are severely underfunded compared to their white counterparts. Hemp could change that (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2twLe8F               The Industrial Hemp Program outlined in the current Senate Farm Bill could upend the separate-but-unequal funding model of the past. But only if legislators make it so