Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, October 20, 2018

 

 

  • Tacoma man grows organic food to give away for free (King5) https://kng5.tv/2OLXA9J                                                                                          A Tacoma man sets out a table in front of his house with free organic produce that he grows in his backyard. He aims to fill a need in his neighborhood and build community at the same time.
  • What if there was a prize for food sovereignty? (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2pYtCBi                                                                There is – and it’s an emerging alternative to the far better known, lucrative, and contentious World Food Prize.
  • The Promise and Peril of Mexico’s Wine Revolution (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2AbjdYJ                                                                          Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe is booming – worrying some its residents.
  • America Isn’t Ready for the lanternfly Invasion (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2DQ4pTv                                                                                      A bizarre pest from Asia is spreading fast putting billions of dollars’ worth of resources at risk.
  • Will Americans Embrace A Zeal For Eel? This Maine Entrepreneur Hopes So (NPR) https://n.pr/2PA178h                    North America’s rivers were once filled with eel, but we ate so many they are now endangered and therefore protected
  • American Eels: Restoring a Vanishing Resource in the Gulf of Maine (Gulf of Maine Council) https://bit.ly/2CsXPQh
  • Goat Meat Could Save Our Food System, But We’re Too Afraid To Eat It (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2CAtwIy                                        Not only is goat often referred to as the healthiest of red meats, but It’s good for the planet, too. And, yes, it actually tastes good.
  • Good News For ‘Green’ Brews: Consumers Say They’ll Pay More For Sustainable Beer (NPR) https://n.pr/2yilRut
  • Samin Nostrat Wants Everybody to Cook (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2QNuCDC                                                                                      The Bay Area chef believes that great food can be both beautiful and accessible. Her new Netflix series, based on her celebrated cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, might just help her deliver that message
  • Flood carries a piece of the Mountain Valley Pipeline into the hands of opposing land (farmer) owner (The Roanoke Times) https://bit.ly/2NFN7It
  • Slaughter-Free Meat Is An Answer To Our Cruel And Broken Food System (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PH63rZ
  • Urban Farming organization Visualizes a Franchise Model to Produce Fresh Fish and Vegetables (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2NDLGdv
  • Coffee Rust Threatens Latin American Crop: 150 Years Ago, It Wiped Out An Empire (NPR) https://n.pr/2ykFDFA

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • The Potato Whisperer (Atlas Obscura) https://bit.ly/2zZMTIr        Manuel Choqque Bravos delicious, colorful creations adored by world class chefs.
  • As Trump Demonizes Immigrants, These US Farmers Aren’t Having it (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PBoCxL                Immigrant workers perform grueling jobs that many Americans won’t do. And Farmers know it. A Wisconsin program builds a deeper understanding between them.

 

Land and Soil

  • US boasts 6.5 million acres o organic certified land with 460 new operations in 2018 (Ag Update) https://bit.ly/2OxUZB0

 

Climate

  • We Feed the World: photo stories of farmers fighting climate change in five continents (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2NyIVtQ
    • ‘Crisis is a way of life’” helping farmers cope with devastating climate change (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2dRVtft
  • To Address the Climate Crisis, We Must Completely Rethink How We Produce and Consume Food (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2NKEQTg                                                                                Market-driven solutions won’t cut it.
  • Agroecology as a Tool of Sovereignty and Resilience in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2OEvsGs      Two member of Organización Boricuá, which recently won the Food Sovereignty Prize, discuss lessons learned from organizing on the front lines of climate change.
  • The Giant Corporations Behind Your Burgers And Milk Have A Terrifying Climate Secret (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2CFmguO                                                                                Together, five companies have a climate footprint bigger than Exxon, Shell or BP, but we don’t talk about it.
  • Bye-Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They’ve Got a Plan On Climate Change (NPR) https://n.pr/2Ah9Bfi
    • Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says (NPR) https://n.pr/2pVVbLr
    • Study: Decreases in global beer supply due to extreme drought and heat (Nature) https://go.nature.com/2yJ0jqh
    • Trouble brewing: climate change to cause ‘dramatic’ beer shortages (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2P1D3hr                      Extreme weather damage to the global barley crop will mean prices spike and supply problems, according to new research
  • Extreme weather could trigger a global beer shortage that causes prices to skyrocket worldwide (San Francisco Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2J6DSQV
  • A Shortage of Beer and Fries? Climate Change Hits Europe Where It Hurts (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2A98vSP
  • Wineries and vineyards clash over how to handle grapes affected by wildfire smoke (San Francisco Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2y7uTKQ

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare. (Seattle Times) https://bit.ly/2IQmmQB
  • This Seed Bank Preserves Biodiversity by Opening Its Doors to Farmers (Gastro Obscura) https://bit.ly/2Aev6xa                                  The Ethiopian institution pioneered a new model.

 

Food Culture & History

  • How the Navajo Nation Is Reclaiming Food Sovereignty (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2OwKLRl                                                                    Through cooking classes, outreach, and social media, a new generation of Native Americans are reconnecting to Indigenous foodways.
  • Canada’s Wild Salmon Caravan Connects Future Of Fish And Indigenous People (NPR) https://n.pr/2QNdL3N
  • Fire and Agroforestry Are Reviving Traditional Native Foods and Communities (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2QJnWGD                                  In Northern California, the Karuk and Yurok tries are burning away decades of forest management practices and revitalizing their foodways and communities.
  • The Chile Pepper Rivalry Heats Up Between New Mexico’s Hatch And Colorado’ Pueblo (NPR) https://n.pr/2IF5SL8
  • Ancient Maya: Astronomers, Farmers… And Salt Entrepreneurs? (NPR) https://n.pr/2C5tyXM
    • Research Report: Salt and marine products in the Classic Maya economy from use-wear study of stone tools (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) https://bit.ly/2IXUl9N
  • How a Uruguayan Meat Factory Became Iconic Worldwide (Atlas Obscura) https://bit.ly/2AdSj2t                                                                          The former factory is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

 

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

  • Food Banks Reap Unexpected Bounty From Trade Disputes (The Wall Street Journal) https://on.wsj.com/2Nq5d0A                                  US government set to deliver $1.2 billion in products bought from farmers as tariff relief
  • Connecting the dots: The trade war with China and feeding America’s poor (Food Politics by Marion Nestle) https://bit.ly/2CkI4Lm
  • Sloppy science bears substantial blame for Americans’ bad eating habits (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2pIjnAX
    • Brian Wansink, the Cornell Professor Known or His Fun Food Research, Retires Amid Scandal (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2pQEJMD                                                                        Accused of misconduct, he stands by the integrity of his work.

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy, Food Safety

  • Should Canadians Be Worried About American Milk Quality? (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2EjWH42                                                    A dairy expert weighs in on commons misconceptions in the wake of USMCA.
  • Maseca Corn Flours Test Positive for Toxic Residues of Monsanto Weedkiller (OCA) https://bit.ly/2OSeuUj                                        Leading international brand also tests positive for genetically modified organisms, despite marketing claims of ‘100 percent natural.’
  • Is LaCroix Safe? Yes. Natural? That’s Complicated (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2Ostclc                                                                                                    A new lawsuit underscores the ambiguity of food labels.
  • Pret A Manager Says Second Person Died After Allergic Reaction To Sandwich (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Nt49cA                            The news of the death follows a British coroner’s ruling that the sandwich chain’s product labeling is inadequate.
  • Walmart, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s are recalling thousands of pounds of ready-to-eat salads (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2OxIR31                                                                                      Here we go again, this is the second recall since August 1, 2018: Health alert issued for salad s, wraps from Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens due to parasite concern (CNN) https://cnn.it/2LEK8nn

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • This Cornell Food Researcher Has Had 13 Papers Retracted. How Were They Published in the First Place? (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2ynpGhq
  • In Germany, an Entire Vineyard of Grapes Has Gone Missing (Gastro Obscura) https://bit.ly/2Cs0URt                                                Police suspect a rival grape-grower got a little jelly.
  • A Museum Dedicated To Disgusting Food Is Opening In Sweden (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2O9Jtvk                                                From century eggs to maggot-infested cheese, this museum is home to 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods.

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • “Papá, I don’t think you should go to work today.” (The California Sunday Magazine) https://bit.ly/2Ro3BIj                                                  The dread and hope of migrant farmers and families
  • Farmworkers face illness and death in the fields (High Country News) https://bit.ly/2PmmFFw                                                                      ‘The reality is that the machinery of growers is taken better care of than the lives of farmworkers.’
  • ‘Crops go unharvested and animals go uncared for. ‘ Concerns about Washington farmworker shortages grow (Seattle Times) https://bit.ly/2vFPAf1
  • 1,000 unfilled jobs forcing meatpackers to sweeten benefits pot (Ag Update) https://bit.ly/2CoPhtY                                                                  On any given Monday, America’s biggest supplier of ground beef has 1,000 jobs unfilled, pushing Cargill Inc. to aggressively sweeten the pot on benefits to retain existing workers and hire new ones…
  • Sun-Maid strike ends with new contract (Hanford Sentinel) https://bit.ly/2ygR15E                                                                                              … more than 500 Sun-Maid workers went on strike for two weeks…
  • As Midterms Approach, Fast Food Workers Plans Strikes in Battleground States (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2QDRmpF
  • The Food Industry Has Been Notoriously Hard To Organize. Could These Tactics Bring It New Life? (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2OhVLSz                                                                                      These organizing tactics aren’t traditional, but they are helping unions make some headway in the food and drink industry.
  • A Boos for the Worker-Owned Economy (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2y1tEgn                                                                                                  A new measure will make it easier for retiring owners to sell their businesses to employees – and save jobs into the bargain.

 

Pollinators

  • A New Study Shows How Mushrooms Could Save Bees. Yes, Mushrooms. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2PbJ8Vu                                “If we could knock down viruses in honey bee colonies, it could lead to greater health in other pollinators.”

 

Animals

  • Will California finally get the cage-free bill they’ve been seeking? (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2RC7fOR                                     A decade after Proposition 2 passed, voters want firm, clear parameters on how much space to allow farm animals.
  • California’s Latest Push for Cage-Free Eggs (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2P64A1h                                                                                          A new ballot initiative seeks to expand upon a 2008 law that didn’t go as far as many hoped.
  • Calves in Confinement (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2Pmmc61   Gruesome footage of dairy calves exposes a gaping loophole in California’s landmark animal welfare law.
  • Police Arrest 58 Activists After Factory Conditions Exposed at ‘Free Range’ Perdue Supplier (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2IU4YdF

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Aspiring Maine credit union wants to lend exclusively to farms, food producers (Bangor Daily News) https://bit.ly/2Erl1kG
  • Long Meadow Ranch Takes a Full-Circle Approach to Farming in Wine Country (KQED) https://bit.ly/2A2ocuL                                Visitors to St. Helena, Napa Valley’s chic epicenter, frequently stop at the Farmstead, a restaurant, café, farmstand, and general store know for seasonal, locally grown, and organic fair…
  • Soda Companies Are Waging A Cynical War On ‘Grocery Taxes’ (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2q2Ds53                                      Corporate-backed campaigns to on sugary beverage taxes are misleading voters.
  • StarKist Faces $100 Million Fine For Fixing Tuna Prices (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PIzQk7                                      Prosecutors allege that the industry’s top three companies conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high.
  • Scotland’s $2 Billion (farmed) Salmon Industry Is Thriving – But At What Cost? (NPR) https://n.pr/2AeE0uJ
    • Report: Review of the Environmental Impacts of Salmon Farming in Scotland (Scottish Association for Marine Science) https://bit.ly/2BNnkYS
  • No Cash Needed At This Café. Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data (NPR) https://n.pr/2zDXatI
  • People of color have the highest obesity rates in the US. Food marketing is part of the problem (Vox) https://bit.ly/2NO4BHd        University of San Diego marketing professor Aarti Ivanic discusses how race and food marketing intersect.
  • 28 Pie Charts That Show Female Representation in Food (Eater) https://bit.ly/2zdOhEF                                                                                          How far have we come since “The Gods of Food”?
  • The World’s 50 Best List Will at Least Try to Include Women in 2019 (Eater) https://bit.ly/2M8QFC4                                                          The awards’ voting academy will gender-balanced in 2019, but the organization will keep its controversial “best female chef” award
  • How lobbyists for Monsanto led a ‘grassroots farmers’ movement against an EU glyphosate ban (Greenpeace) https://bit.ly/2CS3HUw
  • ‘The world is against them’: new era of cancer lawsuits threaten Monsanto (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2OfzQvh
    • Lawyers: CRT Corrections of Glyphosate Review Only Tells Half the story (Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman) https://bit.ly/2yy3tx5
  • Texas companies paid $654M more in tariffs this summer than the last amidst Trump’s trade war (The Dallas Morning News) https://bit.ly/2P9XwRo

 

Food Fraud, Scandals & Weird

  • California’s almond harvest has created a golden opportunity for bee thieves (Reveal) https://bit.ly/2QBJyou

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • When In Drought: States Take On Urgent Negotiations To avoid Colorado River Crisis (NPR) https://n.pr/2NENnY0
  • Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water (High Country News) https://bit.ly/2CNP7gM                                                          A recent ruling could settle the unresolved ground water rights of early 240 tribes.
  • Fracking is destroying US water supply, warns shocking new study (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2O9LLKW
    • Study: The intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing (Science Advances) https://bit.ly/2PcuXis
  • Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water (High Country News) https://bit.ly/2PCXIp9                                                  Rural, cash-strapped communities don’t have the means to treat contaminated water.
  • Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York’s Eroding Harbor (NPR) https://n.pr/2ybbSXJ
  • Plastic Pollution Has Increased A Hundredfold In The South Atlantic (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2NMxPBG                        “This is a very big wake-up call.”

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • Trump signs ‘Save Our Seas Act’ to boost clean-up efforts in world’s oceans (UPI) https://bit.ly/2QX6AWY
  • ‘So much water.’ Trump moves to slash environmental rules on Delta, putting farms before fish (Sacramento Bee) https://bit.ly/2AjfEQm
  • How an Algorithm Kicks Small Businesses Out of the Food Stamps Program on Dubious Fraud Charges (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2IIZemV
  • Trump tells May to abandon ‘unjustified’ food (safety) standards for Brexit trade deal (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2Ou9fL3
    • Insect filled chocolates, rat hair noodles, and maggot orange juice: The reality of a Brexit trade deal with Trump (Business Insider)
  • Trump team makes controversial change to allow chicken plants to operate at faster speeds (The Washington Post) https://wapo.st/2J6CWvS                                                                                  What of worker safety, public health, and animal welfare?
  • San Diego approves ban on polystyrene with grace period for small restaurants (San Diego Union Tribune) https://bit.ly/2Acu30D
  • The Farm Bill Expired – Now What? (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2OZm245                                                                        Republicans and Democrats in the House couldn’t agree on what the bill should include.
  • It’s not just tariffs. The stalled farm bill threatens demand for American food overseas (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2CVU5Ic
  • A Change to Farm Bill Conservation Efforts Could Spell Disaster for the Corn Belt (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2QVt2j8                             As lawmakers debate whether or not to merge two crucial farm conservation programs, the future of arm pollution in Iowa – and other Midwestern states – hangs in the balance.
  • GOP plant to get Americans off food stamps puts 4 million children and seniors at risk (Vox) https://bit.ly/2Oq8uCP  Republican work rules will do more harm than good.                  Remember, there is a reason we implemented the food stamp program and it is part of the Farm Bill…

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

  • The Future Of Food (Quartz) https://bit.ly/2P3cubG                            A four part series                                                                                                        As global climate change worsens and the population expands, humanity must produce more food in the next 50 years than it has in the past 10,000. Are lab-made meat and automation the key to farming in the future, or must we tend to the soil we already have?
  • Forcing the Farm (etc Group) https://bit.ly/2PIosEQ                      How Gene Drive Organisms Could Entrench Industrial Agriculture and Threaten Food Sovereignty
  • Death by Fertilizer (grist) https://bit.ly/2zLSqSE                          Nitrogen fertilizer is a disaster. Abandoning it would be a bigger disaster. Now a dozen billionaires are funding an alternative.

 

Poisons

  • Glyphosate and dicamba herbicides increase antibiotic resistance in bacteria (GMWatch) https://bit.ly/2yAfSRf                            Antibiotic resistance development in bacteria increased b a factor of up to 100,000 times faster than occurred without the herbicide
  • Study: Agrichemicals and antibiotics in combination increase antibiotic resistance evolution (PeerJ) https://bit.ly/2RN2qSy
  • Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Targets Dupont, Chemours, 3M, and Other Makers of FPAS Chemicals (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2C1svrU                                                                                          The Teflon chemicals
  • Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller (NPR) https://n.pr/2NzAX3v                                                      … soybeans were damaged in 2017 by dicamba, a popular weedkiller that’s prone to drifting into neighboring fields. Some farmers in the state are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit use of the chemical.
  • Ancestors’ exposure to DDT may contribute to obesity, study says (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2EjwG52                                          Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be playing a role in high rates of obesity three generations later, new study says.
  • Study: Ancestral dicholorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) exposure promotes epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of obesity (MBC Medicine) https://bit.ly/2NFpMq3

 

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update October 8, 2018

 

  • Bayview ‘Growers Market’ provides healthy food options grown by and for the neighborhood (San Francisco Examiner) https://bit.ly/2OjwDtT
  • Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid Stages Its Most Crucial Benefit Concert in a Generation (Billboard) https://bit.ly/2NUx2CC                          “The crisis farmers are in now is even worse than 1985, because there are fewer farms left to lose,” says John Mellencamp, co-founder of Farm Aid. “They have a whole system stacked against them.”
  • What Hurricanes Warn Us About the Future of Food (Medium) https://bit.ly/2OzRBl2                                                                                  Whether from floods or fires or climate change0induced natural disasters, when roads collapse and interstate commerce grinds to a halt, we all find ourselves vulnerably dependent on the food at hand.
  • Wisconsin On Pace To Hit Highest Loss Of Dairy Farms In 4 Years (Wisconsin Public Radio) https://bit.ly/2Mvwr5O                          Fewer dairy herds in Wisconsin due to continued economic pressures
    • Wisconsin dairy farmers, in debt and out of options, turn to GoFundMe for bailout (Journal Sentinel) https://bit.ly/2PSI6xG
  • An Amazing Reaction Happens When a Plant Gets Hurt, Making Them More Similar to Animals (Science Alert) https://bit.ly/2Da3FYW
  • Everyone agrees the country needs new farmers. Trouble is, they can’t afford land (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2xg6EK8   Nearly 100 million acres of US farmland will change hands in the next few years, but most of it will go to investors and developers. Now, two online tools aim to help a new generation of farmers find land and demystify the cost of owning it.
  • Agriculture Has a Sustainability Problem – and It affects Your Business. Here’s Why (Inc.) https://bit.ly/2NBsJwL                           The way you connect to other companies and industries is a web bigger than you ever imagined.
  • In Farm Country, Grappling With the Taboo of Talking about Climate Change (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2KMLOup                Despite the heated political rhetoric on both sides of the issue, the realities of the changing climate are driving farmers of all stripes to take action.
  • New global study reveals the ‘staggering’ loss of forests caused by industrial agriculture (Science) https://bit.ly/2RosG5B

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • CSA Farmers Must Navigate Obstacles to Get Fresh Food to NYC’s Low-Income Tables (City Limits) https://bit.ly/2Oqjord
  • North Carolina Produces 60% of the Country’s Sweet Potatoes. The Crop Is in Trouble. (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2NRxx1i
    • North Carolina supplies the nation’s sweet potatoes. Florence has put this year crop in doubt. (Charlotte Observer) https://bit.ly/2N9Fxpa
  • Racing Against the Harvest, Custom Wheat Cutters Struggle to Stay Relevant (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2R1I9IE                                        For nearly 100 years, itinerant workers known as “Wheaties” have followed the Great Plains wheat trail, cutting ripening grain from south to north. Climate change, global markets, and the depopulation of rural America are now casting doubt on the future of their way of life.

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

Food Culture & History

  • Luz Calvo Wants to Decolonize Your Plate (East Bay Express) https://bit.ly/2Qaym1M                                                                                      The Oakland resident and ethnic studies professor aims to preserve healing indigenous food traditions through a cookbook and art exhibit.
  • Archaeologists Find Oldest Example of Nutmeg-Spiced Food, Just in Time for Fall (Gizmodo) https://bit.ly/2pDW9M9

 

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

  • Calfresh, a ‘lifesaver’ for Bay Area college students struggling to buy groceries (KTVU2) https://bit.ly/2QfiKKm
  • Freezers taped shut, food dangling from ceilings: How food pantries are preparing for Hurricane Florence (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2plWTWt                                                             Food insecurity increases in the wake of devastating storms. And that makes food pantries and their game time decisions more critical than ever.
  • The Scientific Case for Eating Bread (Medium) https://bit.ly/2xnWHcO                                                                                       The widespread vilification of bread isn’t supported by strong research

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Humans, Fish and Other Animals Are Consuming Microfibers in Our Food and Water (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2RA4EVg
    • As Synthetic Microfibers Infiltrate Food, Water and Air, How Can We Prevent Future Release? (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2wHD7I5                                                                          Scientists and manufacturers are looking for ways to keep synthetic microfibers from getting into the environment in the first place
  • Plastic Pollution Is Now Spreading From Ocean Food Chain Into Land Animals, Thanks to This Insect (Science Alert) https://bit.ly/2PWoGb6
  • We Can Ban Plastic Straws, But America’s Eating Habits Are The Real Problem (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PYjJhZ
  • Austin, Texas, Bans Restaurants From Throwing Away Food Waste (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2DSO6Fx                            Eateries will now have to donate or compost leftover food.

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • Medi-Cal Home-Delivers a New Prescription: Healthy Meals (Capital & Main) https://bit.ly/2xLeDz3                                     California’s Medically Tailored Meals pilot program could lead the medical industry, and especially insurers, to include nutrition as part of overall health care.
  • Jeffrey Sachs: Sugar Addiction Is A Sign Of Our Broken Food System (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2zzuNMY                              The economist and adviser on the UN chief takes aim at large food companies that “peddle food and drink that is bad for people.”
  • Cafeteria Food: What the tray Says About Us (East Bay Express) https://bit.ly/2NM3urT                                                                                        From hospitals to schools, mass-produced meals aren’t what they used to be.
  • Hospitals Take Aim At ‘The Greatest Health Threat Of The 21st Century’ (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2MJ0lDP
    • Global Climate and Health Forum: Call To Action https://bit.ly/2Mq2fsM                                                                                    10 Priorities: #4 Build local, healthy, and sustainable food and agricultural systems.
  • Apples Or Fries With That? When It Comes To Kids Meals, Fries Are Hard To Beat (NPR) https://n.pr/2ImqfMS
  • Cargill recalls 66 tons of ground beef after deadly E. coli 026 outbreak (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2xslz40                              The recall began with 132,000 pounds, and was increased the next day to 66 tons.
    • More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef are being recalled after one death and at least 17 illnesses (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2PVf4NN
  • 5 Million Pounds Of Beef Have Been Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2P7vRwV                                            At least 57 people have become ill following a possible outbreak of salmonella stemming from Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tollenson, Inc.
  • What Sparked An E. Coli Outbreak In Lettuce? Scientists Trace A Surprising Source (NPR) https://n.pr/2PNkVW9

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Maine Asks Restaurant To Stop Giving Lobsters Cannabis Before Boiling Them (NPR) https://n.pr/2QYgGYf                                                  The state of Maine has asked the owner of a lobster restaurant to stop giving cannabis to lobsters in order to get them high before they die.

 

Children & School Food

  • More US Children Eating Fast Food, Despite Health Concerns (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Qmkx0t
    • Report: Parents’ Reports of Fast-Food Purchases for Their Children: Have They Improved? (UConn Rudd Center) https://bit.ly/2zytZrZ

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • Labor Conditions at Starbucks-Certified Plantation Deemed Analogous to Slavery (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2DwQxNJ
  • Trillion Dollar Company Led By CEO Worth $100+ Billion Gives Workers 25 Cent Raise (Labor 411) https://bit.ly/2DxPKvZ and Amazon raises minimum wage for US and UK employees (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2zMnTUZ                                                                      I guess he changed his mind…
  • Amazon training videos coach Whole Foods staff on how to discourage unions (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2DzN7K7The Guardian obtained internal videos sent to Whole Foods management, coaching them on how to watch for unionizing
  • Life as a Farmworker in Yuma’s Lettuce Fields (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2LZxk6o                                                                                       Each winter, the fields of Yuma, Arizona, grow half a billion heads of iceberg lettuce. This is what it’s like to work as a lettuce harvester in those fields.
  • Climate Change Isn’t Just Making It Difficult For Farmworkers. It’s Putting Their Lives In Danger (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2D5kK6o                                                                                  Hotter temperatures can increase heat-related illnesses, reduce paychecks and even kill those who labor outdoors.
  • Disney Resort hotel workers approve a new contract with a $15-an-hour minimum wage (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2OO3Vy1
  • Striking Hotel Workers Say “Slow Season” Is No Excuse for Losing Health Care (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2O3Xeee
  • The Co-op Farming Model Might Help Save America’s Small Farms (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2yb8Eml                                                Amid a nationwide rise in worker-owned businesses of all types, small farms across the country are foregoing traditional farm ownership and reaping the benefits of cooperative farming.

 

Protests

  • Workers across the Midwest arrested at rallies for higher wages, right to unionize (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2ID0uIc                “Every month is a struggle just to get by.”
  • MeToo’s hidden activists? Working class women (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2R0tD4b                                                                                    Janitors and fast-food workers, not celebrities, are ground zero of the MeToo movement. Time to shift the focus to them
  • The Simple Request of the McDonald’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Protests (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2QM8XN0                                      The strike, like most #MeToo-era advocacy, reveals the those who’ve dealt with workplace misbehavior don’t desire vengeance so much as an acknowledgment of the harm that’s been wrought.
  • McDonald’s workers are about to walk out of their jobs to protest sexual harassment (Vice News) https://bit.ly/2pjR63o
    • McDonald’s Workers Strike Over Sexual Harassment In The Workplace (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Nj3Kyd                          The strike comes after the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund filed 10 sexual harassment complaints on behalf of women employed by the fast-food giant.
    • McDonald’s workers across the United States are on strike to protests sexual harassment (Mic) https://bit.ly/2PVzqXi
  • As Florida chokes on red tide, governor denies environmental malpractice (Seattle Times) https://bit.ly/2OQmBg6        Republican Governor Rick Scott, now running for the US Senate against the Democratic incumbent, Bill Nelson, nickeled, dimed, slashed and ignored Florida’s environmental protections for almost eight years.
    • Red Tide Protesters Drive Florida Gov. Rick Scott From Campaign Stop (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PKxUqC           “Red Tide Rick has got to go.” Shouted demonstrators as waves of   dead fish buried beaches.
  • Rock Band Occupies Palm Oil Tanks With Activists Protesting Deforestation (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Of9zw5                                    … activists, including members of Greenpeace and the Indonesian rock band Boomerang, occupied a palm oil refinery owned by Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader to protests deforestation in Indonesia.

 

Pollinators

  • Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths (NPR) https://n.pr/2xEvmnz
    • Study: Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) https://n.pr/2xEvmnz

 

Animals

  • The War On Drugs – In Your Bacon (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2NvoWBg                                                                                Factory farming risks pushing us into a post antibiotic world, but consumers are demanding change.
  • A deadly pig disease raging in China is bound to spread to other Asian countries, experts warn (Science) https://bit.ly/2CpKN6Y
    • African swine fever (ASF), a deadly virus in pigs and wild oars, continues to spread in China and will almost certainly wreak havoc in other countries in Asia soon.
  • There’s Only One Way For Grass-Fed Cattle To Be A Sustainable Farming Practice (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2CsBvaz            With a growing demand, two Harvard researchers attempt to answer that question.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • A food hall, run only by women of color and immigrants, is challenging the “boys’ club” of kitchens (Mic) https://bit.ly/2xY1wtz
  • How commercial kitchens support the cottage food industry, helping startups realize their dreams (Inlander) https://bit.ly/2Nw8osO
    • Spokane County Interstate Fair offers free lessons in growing, preparing and preserving food (Inlander) https://bit.ly/2xyvgOd
  • The man who beat Monsanto: ‘They have to pay for not being honest’ (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2IhLxeB
  • Cornell Alliance for Science is a PR Campaign for the Agrichemical Industry (USRTK) https://bit.ly/2Nyi0hW
    • Email communications between Alison Van Eenennaam and Sarah Davidson Evanega (Chemical Industry Documents UCSF) https://bit.ly/2OLkvSq
  • The Pros And Cons Of Food Delivery And Meal Prep Services (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2NmQPeN                                                    Is outsourcing your shopping and meal prep really worth the money and environmental impact?
  • Vegan Fast-Food Chain Amy’s Drive Thru to Open Second California Location (Livekindly) https://bit.ly/2QeM1oL
  • Class Action Lawsuit Alleges LaCroix Contains Ingredients Used In Cockroach Insecticide (3 CBS Philly) https://cbsloc.al/2xZQJzQ
  • Nestle says slavery reporting requirements could cost customers (Sydney Morning Herald) https://bit.ly/2C5QY0T
  • Soylent meal replacement gets UK launch (BBC News) https://bbc.in/2DqSxHs                                                                                      Meal replacement drink Soylent will launch in the UK on Thursday with a different formula to its US equivalent.                                  Remember, this is the stuff that was making people sick in the US in 2016
    • Soylent: meal-substitute company admits products making people sick (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2feZU8G                            The California startup announced its meal powder makes people ill just days after finding similar problems with Soylent Bar
  • The Rise of the Zombie Small Businesses (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2MMptOC                                                                                      What your chicken dinner says about wage stagnation, income inequality, and economic sclerosis in the United States
  • Under Trump, CEO Pay Soars While Employee Wages Decrease – And Tax Cuts Could Make the Gap Even Bigger (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2OQlywK
    • Study: Top CEO’s compensation increased 17.6 percent in 2017 (Economic Policy Institute) https://bit.ly/2zmXrB9          The ratio of CEO-to-worker compensation grew 312 to 1
  • Unions Play a Critical Role in Wealth Creation for People of Color, Research Says (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2CilGnA
    • Union Membership Narrows the Racial Wealth Gap for Families of Color (Center for American Progress) https://ampr.gs/2Nm9EJS
  • On the minimum wage one thing is clear: you get what you pay for (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2IgnBZ1                                        Academic studies have provided encouragement for both supporters and opponents of raising the minimum wage. Smart business owners already know the answer

 

Food Fraud, Scandals & Weird

  • Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5m (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2NL4rQT                                                                        Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000 lb. of poorly understood creature

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • The Navajo Nation Is Experiencing a Water Crisis (Color Lines) https://bit.ly/2xrt6iE                                                                                                  In Indian Country, 26,000 homes lack access to safe water and/or sanitation services.
  • Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld as supreme court declines to hear challenge (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Owmmug                                                                                    Court says extraction ban is among cases it refuses to review, in victory for environmental groups and Native American Communities
  • While Nestle extracts millions of liters from their land, residents have no drinking water (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2zRXdlH
  • In the Heart of the Corn Belt, an Uphill Battle for Clean Water (Yale Environment 360) https://bit.ly/2Ob6PQu                            Runoff from farms and feedlots has badly polluted Iowa’s waterways, more than half of which do not meet federal quality standards. Now, an unlikely coalition is calling for stricter controls…
  • California’s Looming Water Pollution Problem (Pacific Standard) https://bit.ly/2xws5H0                                                                                            In California’s Central Valley, the oil industry has been dumping wastewater into unlined – and under-regulated – ponds, threatening the state’s limited groundwater the humans who rely on it.
  • Fracking Chemicals Dumped in Allegheny River a Decade Ago Still Showing Up in Mussels (Earth Island Journal) https://bit.ly/2PJ9caa                                                                                          New study shows that strontium is making its way into the food chain
    • Study: Accumulation of Marcellus Formation Oil and Gas Wastewater metals in Freshwater Mussel Shells (Environmental Science & Technology) https://bit.ly/2DdTQcG
    • Study: Sources of Radium Accumulation in Stream Sediments near Disposal Sites in Pennsylvania: Implications for Disposal of Conventional Oil and Gas Wastewater (Environmental Science & Technology) https://bit.ly/2QDNmX6
  • Oil Drillers’ Attempts to Avoid Earthquakes May Make Them Worse (Scientific American) https://bit.ly/2zxBj7c                        Shallow wastewater injections – supposedly safer – can cause big, far-flung quakes, study says
  • “Wild, Wonderful” West Virginia’s Decapitated Mountains and Deformed Fish (Scientific American) https://bit.ly/2xqpMVw            A scientist documents the poisoning of the state’s waters by the coal industry
  • High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains (NPR) https://n.pr/2Q9Zeim
  • Florence Kills An Estimated 5,500 Pigs, 3.4 Million Chickens And Turkeys In North Carolina (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2NXB657                                                                                      There are also farms cut off from vital supplies like animal feed, a state official said.
    • Hurricane Florence Is Turning North Carolina Into A Toxic Stew o Pig Poop, Sewage, and Coal Ash (Vice News) https://bit.ly/2OwLC0b
    • These Photos of Submerged North Carolina Livestock Farms Are Devastating (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2pj4uEX                  Millions of animals have perished.                                                                  And what of contamination from all that chicken litter?
    • Press Release: Sanderson Farms, Inc. Provides Update on Hurricane Florence Damage https://bit.ly/2PGzXMz
    • Even Before Florence’s Floods, North Carolina’s Factory Farms Were Deadly to Their Neighbors (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2xoYyyS                                                                                    …who are disproportionately poor, African American, and Native American.
    • Thousands of Dead Fish Cover North Carolina Roads After Floodwaters Recede (Time) https://ti.me/2DtfVEd
    • Climate Dystopia: When Hurricanes Hit Industrial Agriculture (Medium) https://bit.ly/2R13bqQ

 

Government, Regulations, Policy & Farm Bill

  • China hits back at Trump, adds tariffs to $60B of US made products (NBC News) https://nbcnews.to/2QJg6hh
    • Iowa farming’s $2.2 billion trade loss could ripple through state’s economy (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2QVh0qK                                                                            You think?
    • Trump’s Tariffs Will Make Food and Clothing Pricier for Americans (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2QLK1Fe
    • Walmart says customers will see higher prices due to Trump’s China tariffs (WJLA Washington DC) https://bit.ly/2xzwicS
  • Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland) tells Amazon to ditch slave wages or lose millions in handouts freeze (Daily Record) https://bit.ly/2MVfr9m                                                                                          The First Minister has lost patience with the web giant after their failure to bring fair working standards and pay staff the Living Wage.
  • As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough (PBS) https://to.pbs.org/2xMHRws                                                        Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China.
    • Farmers Say Aid Won’t Cover Tariff Damage (WSJ) https://on.wsj.com/2zyXoCj                                                                              USDA has begun make payments to farmers affected by trade conflicts
  • 5 People Died From Eating Lettuce – But Trump’s FDA Still Won’t Make Farms Test Water For Bacteria (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2NUq7KH                                                                                            For more than a decade, it’s been clear that there’s a gaping hole in America food safety
  • As More Cities Push For Paid Sick Leave, States Push Back (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2xRHr7Y                                                  Twenty-two states bar cities from mandating paid sick leave.
  • Governor Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Street Vending in California (KTLA5) https://bit.ly/2pjw8ls
    • Selling street food is no longer a crime in California, easing fears of jail time and deportation (Mic) https://bit.ly/2MPw46b
  • Federal Court Rules in Favor of North Carolina’s Farmworkers Unions (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2OYLqqW                                   In 2017, North Carolina’s farm bill included a provision that prevented farmworkers in the state fro organizing.
  • In North Carolina, Big Ag Tells You What Is ‘Milk’ (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2psjyjL                                                                               New legislation in North Carolina has placed pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to review their rules regarding the labeling of milk and limits the ability of residents to hold big-ag operations accountable for pollution.                                                                                      This sounds a lot like Missouri’s legislation that ‘meat’ can only be used for derived from “… livestock or poultry.”
  • What’s the beef? Missouri’s attempt to silence speech about veggie burgers (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2MVU6fM
  • (New York) City’s Milk Buying Could Help Farmers in Crisis and Workers in Need (City Limits) https://bit.ly/2NrGRIT
  • Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Natural Disasters (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2NpXMGW                                            Unfortunately, the Washington power structure cares little for the environment or working families
  • Congress Leaves Farmers Hanging Right Before The Election (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2DUCCRD                                Negotiators wanted to keep the pressure on by not doing a short-term extension. But it’s rural lawmakers who are feeling the pressure most.
  • The ocean is brown, the crabs are dead and the smell is unbearable. Welcome to Florida (Miami Herald) https://bit.ly/2zT3WvH

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

  • Science Reveals How Fruit Keeps A Lid On Ripening Until The Time Is Right (NPR) https://n.pr/2In6THy

 

Poisons

  • Publisher: Roundup Studies Failed to Fully Disclose Monsanto’s Role (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2y0yjhI
    • Monsanto’s Role in Roundup Safety Study Is Corrected by Journal (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2y1yw4h                          Bayer AG’s defense of Roundup weed killer may take a hit after an academic journal said Monsanto Co. didn’t fully disclose its involvement in publishing research finding the herbicide safe.
  • ‘Natural’ Bread Tests Positive for Glyphosate (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Qk9yEz                                                                                              Of course they do, many Cooperative Extensions recommend using glyphosate as a pre-harvest aid for small grains…
  • Despite knowing PCBs were dangerous, Monsanto kept profiting for decades (Inlander) https://bit.ly/2MQcdDL                              Spokane is now suing, and the ‘Poison Papers’ show why
  • A Drifting Weedkiller Puts Prized Trees At Risk (NPR) https://n.pr/2N80kcq                                                                                  Dicamba drift, again…