Jenny’s Food & Ag Update November 20, 2018

 

  • Alexandria Oasio-Cortez Learned Her Most Important Lessons from Restaurants (Bon Appétit) https://bit.ly/2AWnxvn
  • ‘Farming saved my life.’ Veteran turns to the land for PTSD therapy and a new beginning. (The News and Observer) https://bit.ly/2zVYE1a
  • Taquero Drives Out To Wildfire Evacuation Camp, Feeds Hundreds Left Homeless By Blaze (Latin Live) https://bit.ly/2TnWnEQ
  • How A Ragtag Group Of Oregon Locals Took On The Biggest Chemical Companies In The World – And Won (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2OelaM4
  • Catch me if you can: How the paiche plague in Bolivia’s Amazon is making its way onto menus (Independent) https://ind.pn/2RVwHhw
  • China Plows Ahead With Modern Farming as American Tariffs Drive Up crop Costs (Wall Street Journal) https://on.wsj.com/2qUnqdW                                                                         The trade fight gives Beijing fresh incentive to beef up a sector dominated by small farms with low crop yields

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • What’s Behind the Crippling Dairy Crisis? Family Farmers Speak Out. (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2Ddcfog                                                          In the Northeast, the dairy crisis is shuttering generations-old diaries. Can the crisis become a rallying political issue?
  • What’s the Big Problem With Paper Pots? (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2FvHyx8                                                                                           An efficient Japanese potting system has come under minor fire in the past year. What’s the deal?

 

Land and Soil

  • Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) https://bit.ly/2Pzzj7Q                                                                Hemimastigotes are more different from all other living things than animals are from fungi

 

Climate

  • Natural Climate Solutions Could Cancel Out a Fifth of US Emissions, Study Finds (Inside Climate News) https://bit.ly/2qQhfHY                                                                                      Low-tech, time-tested forest, farm and land management techniques are effective, cheap and carry benefits well beyond tackling climate change.
  • Crab Fishers Sue Fossil Fuel Industry Over Climate Change Damage (Inside Climate News) https://bit.ly/2PBnuy3                   The lawsuit by the largest West Coast commercial fishing association seeks to hold 30 companies accountable for harming shellfish and livelihoods as the ocean warms.

 

Plants, Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Last Tree Standing (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2DMYI7L  For thousands of years, breadfruit grew in the Pacific Islands, where it was a staple in locals’ diets. It’s time to give it another look.

 

Food Culture & History

  • Decolonizing Cuisine with Mak-‘amham (KCET) https://bit.ly/2KblG93                                                                                              … two Ohlone chefs are revitalizing Ohlone language, food practices and adapting them for a modernist palate.
  • Young Women are Reviving Indigenous Food Traditions Online (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2PkBJXS                                                                     A new generation of Native Americans is celebrating its food culture and promoting food health – with the help of social media and YouTube-friendly videos.
  • Black Migrants: Photographs of California’s Forgotten agricultural Past (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2BcxDIS
  • A Bronze Age tomb in Israel reveals the earliest known use of vanilla (Science News) https://bit.ly/2Q7ODYW                               Jugs that date to about 3,600 years ago hold traces of the aromatic substance

 

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

  • This misinterpreted Bible verse is behind Republican efforts to deny food to poor people (Raw Story) https://bit.ly/2A2LKP8
  • This Community is Addressing Food Insecurity, One Grocery Store at a Time (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2SKEDmX
  • How Nutritious Is That Fish? To Find Out, Ask Its Relatives (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Pw1wfR                                                            Eels and anchovies don’t look or act much alike. One is sinuous and shy, the other is a bright flash of silver in a school of thousands…

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • France’s war on waste makes it the world’s most sustainable country (World Economic Forum) https://bit.ly/2ydEcc2
  • The Biggest Source of Plastic Trash You’ve Never Heard of (ensia) https://bit.ly/2PGxKoU                                                                                    From acres of sheeting to miles of twine, farms use billions of pounds of plastic each year. What can we do to reduce the impact?
  • The Problems With Bioplastics (Eastbay Express) https://bit.ly/2Qb1VUN                                                                               People mistakenly try to recycle them, thereby contaminating the waste stream. Plus, they’re not really compostable.

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • India is awash in palm oil, and health takes a hit (Food & Environmental Reporting Network) https://bit.ly/2B0pIyl        From traditional snacks to fast food, the cheap oil is everywhere. Rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease – already high – are rising.
  • Watch The Iceland Christmas Ad Which Will Never Be Shown After Authorities Banned It (LBC UK) https://bit.ly/2Pq8KlD
  • Food Stamps For Soda: Time To End Billion-Dollar Subsidy For Sugary Drinks? (NPR) https://n.pr/2OEDTg3

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Australian Police Arrest 50 Year Old Woman After Needles Found In Strawberries (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PPzzz6   Police have said that the accused worked as a supervisor at a strawberry farm in Queensland.

 

Children & School Food

  • France’s Crisis Epidemic of Limbless Babies (Daily Beast) https://thebea.st/2QJWOru                                                                    Doctors are confounded on why kids from two rural French towns were born without parts of their arms and hands between 2012 and 2013.
  • What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2QE3TKg                                                        Dismantling a capitalist food system could begin with schools, which nationwide spend about $3 billion on food contracts.

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • Your Halloween Candy’s Hidden Ingredient: Child Slave Labor (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2DdIjYS                                          Chocolate makers say they’re tackling the problem, but progress is scant.
  • Arkansas and Missouri Approve Minimum Wage Increases (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2SX5vA7
    • The Fairness Project https://bit.ly/2RJ3QwB                              Also: Massachusetts Passed $15 minimum wage            Michigan passed Paid Sick Leave                                                            San Antonio, TX passed Paid Sick Leave
  • Dozens of Farmers Continue to Harvest Despite Proximity of (California) Fires (NBC Los Angeles) https://bit.ly/2Q0xkZH
  • New Department of Labor Numbers Show Farmers Are Increasingly Turning to this Controversial Visa Program (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2zChOJm                                                             Positions certified for the H-2A visa are up 21 percent over last year.

 

Pollinators

  • Hemp fields offer a late-season pollen source for stressed bees (Science News) https://bit.ly/2A8iuGA                                                   Low-THC cannabis attracts a wide range of bee species collecting for larvae

 

Animals

  • Meet Winston: America’s First Certified Therapeutic Rooster (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2FtHRsg                                               From the moment he dons his red bandana, he’s ready to comfort people in pain. Just how good is Winston? Good Enough to have earned a testimonial letter from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
  • Three month after jury awarded millions in hog-waste lawsuit, trial begins in another case (The News and Observer) https://bit.ly/2PuDS3m
    • Odor, flies and noise. Hog farming goes on trial again with high-stakes federal lawsuit. (The News and Observer) https://bit.ly/2PWwe1a                                                                                    A high-stakes, month-long trail against the world’s largest pork producer () began in Raleigh…
  • As cruel industrial pig farming persists in the EU, one million citizens demand change (Euractiv) https://bit.ly/2zQygH8

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • From field to city: Are direct deliveries a viable business model for farmers? (Euractiv) https://bit.ly/2QDD3C3
  • The Beverage Industry Has Figured Out a Legal End Run Around Soda Taxes (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2qAaz0B                                 It worked in the state o Washington on Tuesday.
  • Chocolate giant Cadbury ‘still pushing orangutans towards extinction by wrecking habitat for palm oil’ (Independent) https://ind.pn/2zRhAOI
    • These everyday household products all contain unsustainable palm oil (Hastings & St. Leonards Observer) https://bit.ly/2qRJmq6
  • Why Co-ops and Community Farms Can’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2DeV31w                              Circulating local dollars can’t create wealth when there’s not enough to begin with.
  • Trump’s tax cuts will help the Walton family more than Walmart workers (Market Watch) https://on.mktw.net/2PtdHdq                     A study suggests there’s a world of difference between the tax benefits enjoy by these workers and their employers
  • Walton Wealth: An Analysis of the Last 16 Years of Corporate Dividend Tax Breaks for the Riches Family in the US (Making Change At Walmart, UFCW) https://bit.ly/2PqrjGl
  • 1,100 economists warn that Trump is repeating one of the biggest mistakes of the Great Depression (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2Kgk79W

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Fifty Towns in Connecticut Have Now Banned Fracking Waste (Food and Water Watch) https://bit.ly/2JZORvM                           More wins for an inspiring grassroots movement to protect community health
  • US shale firms offer $100 million to aid Texas, New Mexico (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2Dvviub                                                               And what of the environmental damage?
  • Hormone-Disrupting Weed Killer Taints Tap Water for Millions in Corn Belt (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2KhRVn0
    • A Valuable Reputation (The New Yorker) https://bit.ly/2QWq7aj                                                                              After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical was harmful, its marker pursued him.
  • Breathing Toxins For My Birthday (Food and Water Watch) https://bit.ly/2DABgKZ                                                                                       Red tide has been impacting the Western coast of Florida or months in horrifying ways

 

 

 

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • Trump has only distributed a fraction of promised bailout funds for farmers hurt by tariffs (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2Bk8bBm                                                                                      Less than $900 million of $12 billion bailout program has actually been given to US producers.
  • Chinese – owned pork producer to get money from (US tariff) bailout program spurred by China’s tariffs (The Washington Post) https://wapo.st/2AVhCGT
  • Scientists warned this weed killer (Dicamba) would destroy crops. EPA approved it anyway (Reveal News) https://bit.ly/2Q1Vq6q
  • EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2QQCd4j
  • USDA won’t name turkey plants, despite 164 illnesses and 1 death (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2DCV00J                                 It appears that the USDA has finally released the source organizations…
  • Almost 46 tons of raw ground turkey recalled for link to Salmonella Reading outbreak (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2DJBX4H
  • Report: EPA Unable to Assess the Impact of Hundreds of Unregulated Pollutants in Land Applied Biosolids on Human Health and the Environment (EPA) https://bit.ly/2QdwMA4
    • EPA Watchdog Questions Safety of Sewage Used as Fertilizer (Bloomberg) https://bit.ly/2zjko7Q                                                     This issue is still not settled after the San Francisco Organic Biosolids fiasco in 2010?
  • USDA sued for not requiring verification for ‘humane’ labeling (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2DoKMjn
  • California is banning the sale of eggs from caged hens (World economic Forum) https://bit.ly/2qCmqLl
    • California Votes To Ban Cages For Hens, Give Farm Animals More Room (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PIaia0   Proposition 12 may change the way farms nationwide treat their chickens, pigs and calves.
  • California pesticide regulators recommend new chlorpyrifos restrictions (The Californian) https://bit.ly/2Dxpv76
  • Republicans Are Making A Deal On Food Stamps And Farm Subsidies (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2DJ4QhB                      With Democrats taking over the House, Republicans are eager to pass the farm bill.

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

  • Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Tree Called ‘Trojan Horse’ at Opening Door to Commercialize GE Trees (Stop GE Trees) https://bit.ly/2KbPWAw
  • Is The Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops – Or To Wage Biological Warfare? (NPR) https://n.pr/2zC2610

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Industry studies show evidence of bias and misleading conclusions on widely used insecticide: Scientists (Environmental Health News) https://bit.ly/2zlfSWl                                                          Data just doesn’t add up behind industry conclusions on chlorpyfrifos – a controversial insecticide linked to brain impacts for children.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update November 4, 2018

 

  • How activists forced FDA to blacklist “carcinogenic” flavor chemicals the agency says are safe (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2J9s0NS
  • ‘’It’s not fair, not right’: how America treats its black farmers (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2P5ZmU2                                                  Sugarcane farmers can’t survive without large crop loans. For the Provosts, who say they suffered decades of discrimination, this could be the end of the line
  • Lab-Grown Meat Debate Overlooks Cows’ Range of Use Worldwide (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2qlbXEh                                          A battle royale is brewing over what to call animal cells grown in cell culture for food. Should it be in-vitro meat, cellular meat, cultured meat or fermented meat?
  • Mystic Cheese: Modular Shipping Containers Are Being Repurposed for Food Production (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2ENIigL
  • Soy destruction in Argentina leads straight to our dinner plates (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2DcZ9Is                                        Argentina’s Gran Chaco forest is being razed for soya, ending up in Europe as animal feed, and on our plates. It’s the backbone of Argentina’s fragile economy, but has come at a price for the indigenous people who live there
  • Bring the wild back into farmlands to protect diversity,, researchers say (UC Berkeley News) https://bit.ly/2DlJ1nP

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Planning for the Future (Alta) https://bit.ly/2JgmRDS                      The pioneers of the organic farming movement are aging out. What will happen to their lovingly tended farms?
  • Fewer consumers opting for that weekly box of veggies, so local farmers are struggling to survive Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2EVknMn
  • (Canadian) MPs who farm: How a committee’s mental-health study is hitting close to home (iPolitics) https://bit.ly/2zc5D60
  • ‘We’ll have space bots with lasers, killing plants’: the rise of the robot farmer (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2R5ZlvN
  • Caught Between Trump’s Tariffs and Tax Changes, Soybean Farmers Face Uncertain Future (NPR) https://n.pr/2Da4y2G
  • We Feed the World: Meet the Australian farmer who created the pasture cropping movement (Independent) https://ind.pn/2CtSMiJ                                                                                     After a brushfire devastated 2,000 acres of his land, Colin Seis was forced to rethink how he farmed. What he came up with radicalized farming techniques for the better.

 

Climate

  • Politicians say nothing, but US farmers are increasingly terrified by it – climate change (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2P81E4
  • The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2OVu5mG
    • ‘Every Day You Become More Desperate’ (Food & Environment Reporting Network) https://bit.ly/2Px9PXY    Extreme weather in Central America’s Dry Corridor is forcing farmers to make the hardest decision
  • How Will California’s Climate Ambitions Reshape Food and Agriculture? (Civic Eats) https://bit.ly/2EaQ584                                  Some experts say Governor Jerry Brown’s pledge for a zero-emissions state by 2045 won’t be possible without rethinking the entire industry.
  • Insect collapse study ‘one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read,’ expert warns (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2PbEdqO  Just 3.6% warming has wiped out up to 98% of rainforest insects.
  • Study: Climate-drive declines in arthropod abundance restructure a rainforest food web (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) https://bit.ly/2NJAZ91

 

Food Culture & History

  • Gentrification, vegans, and the death of historic London pie shops (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2OPB3Zy

 

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

  • Yemen facing the ‘world’s worst famine in 100 years’ if fighting does not stop, warns the UN (Independent) https://ind.pn/2EEJqn1                                                                                        The UN’s coordinator for Yemen warns 13 million people could die from starvation if fighting continues in the country, where a famine is likely to be officially declared in weeks
  • Study: Weeds Growing in Poor, Inner City Neighborhoods are More Nutritious than Store-Bought Produce (Return to Now) https://bit.ly/2Akuje3
    • Study: Open-Source Food: Nutrition, Toxicology, and Availability of Wild Edible Greens in the East Bay (bioRXiv) https://bit.ly/2ynM8rm
  • Vegetables Lose Up to Half Their Nutrients By the Time They’re Shipped to the store: Another Reason to Grow Your Own (Return to Now) https://bit.ly/2OHd4wu
    • Review: Nutritional comparison of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables II. Vitamin A and carotenoids, vitamin E minerals and fiber (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture) https://bit.ly/2yXc8cM
    • Storage time and temperature effects nutrients in spinach (Penn State) https://bit.ly/2JdpsOT
  • Not Enough Fruits, Vegetables Grown to Feed the Planet, University of Guelph Study Reveals (University of Guelph) https://bit.ly/2AKAUin
    • Study: When too much isn’t enough: Does current food production meet global nutritional needs? (Plos) https://bit.ly/2CEaEHy

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A Billion Pounds of Pumpkins End Up In Landfills Each Year, Here’s How to Make Halloween More Eco-Friendly (Return To Now) https://bit.ly/2pUSsCa                                                                              My pumpkins go to a friend with chickens…

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • A new study says organic food cuts cancer risk by 25 percent. Take that with a massive grain of salt (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2PRmxOh
  • How A Michelin-Caliber Chef Is Reinventing Hospital Food (The Independent) https://ind.pn/2CxCRQf                                                          In a hospital kitchen in Berlin, chef Patrick Wodni has been overhauling its supply chain, from making his own cheese to sourcing great local producers, all with the goal of making nutritious food for patients
  • Tests Reveal More Weed Killer Than Some Vitamins in Kids’ Cereals (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2JCv2ul
  • Recall hits millions of pounds of food from Harris Teeter, 7-Eleven, Kroger and more (USA Today) https://bit.ly/2EMQT3c
    • Massive Nationwide Food Recall Could Affect ‘Tens of Thousands of People” (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2q9Bpwi

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Plight of the Honeybees: Almond growers in the Central Valley have a problem: Crooks keep purloining their pollinators (Alta) https://bit.ly/2q7GXYg
  • Nebraska Farmers Caught, as Part of a Wider Conspiracy, Selling GMO Grain as Organic (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2z7V7wo
  • Restaurant Owner Murders Man, Serves His Remains to Vegetarian Diners, Get Instantly Found Out (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2JuxBhM
  • Food Fight! Why Punk Bands Are Rallying to Save a Grocery Store (City Lab) https://bit.ly/2D42V6L                                                            A DC neighborhood is trying to save a small grocery store and stop a rumored CVS takeover, in a very DC way.

 

Children & School Food

  • What Domino’s Pizza in the Cafeteria Says About the State of School Food Reform (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2OhgKos      Advocates say reformulated junk foods confuse children, but when margins are slim, administrators rely on the income.

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • The Modern Slavery Bill is a start, but it won’t guarantee us sweeter chocolate (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2P9hOdP
  • Edinburgh Michelin Star Chef Introduces Four-Day Week To ‘Fuel the team’s creative flare’ (Independent) https://ind.pn/2R3K2DM
  • Our food system is built on exploitation. Now farmworkers are saying “no more” (Salon) https://bit.ly/2RiocwG              Undocumented farmworkers in Washington have won historic labor victories in recent years
  • Brining in backpackers is not the right way to get more workers on to farms (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2NRoPLt
  • US prisoners’ strike is reminder how commonplace inmate labor is – and that it may run afoul of the law (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2CW71hc
  • Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2MPcxD9                                                        As unions warn of serious injuries, plans to take speed limits off the line at pig plants are causing anxiety

 

Animals

  • Despite what you might think, chickens are not stupid (BBC) https://bbc.in/2yt7BiQ                                                                                Chickens have a reputation for being profoundly dumb, but in fact they are remarkably intelligent and may even be empathic
  • Health officials ‘very worried’ as African Swine Fever spreads in Europe and Asia (CNN) https://cnn.it/2xTIKEg
    • China culls 200,000 pigs due to African swine fever – official (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2J6NpHl
    • USDA suspends pork imports from Poland in ASF defense (National Hog Farmer) https://bit.ly/2Ev3LuO                                The USDA says the goal of the review is to ensure consistency with the stringent, longstanding safeguards in place that protect US animal health from African Swine Fever
  • EU plan to reduce checks on chickens ‘will increase food poisoning risk’ (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2qdGLXb                  Some experts say scaling down inspections is likely to lead to more consumers being infected with campylobacter
  • Scottish government identifies case of mad cow disease (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2NQjkwD                                                                                    The restaurant owner believes that a four-day week will benefit the work-life balance of his employees
  • ‘Horrific’ footage reveals fish suffocating to death on industrial farms in Italy (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2PJNEuN

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Millennials are killing chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2AKzJiU
  • Lucky Supermarkets, Launches Educational Plant-Based Food Program in California (One Green Planet) https://bit.ly/2PYLO9c
  • It’s not regulations, it’s retailers you should worry about (Beef Magazine) https://bit.ly/2AnZ4yP                                                    Consumers may demand food retailers crack down on antibiotic use. What does this mean for beef producers?
  • My fight for justice goes on (San Francisco Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2SpGWf2
    • Monsanto trial: judge rejects bid to overturn landmark cancer verdict (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2q72ZKp                    Dewayne Johnson originally won $289m after finding Roundup weedkiller caused illness, but judge reduces financial award
  • ‘We did the right thing’: jurors urge judge to uphold Monsanto cancer ruling (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2pZqXr5
  • While Nestle extracts millions of liters from their land, residents have no drinking water (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2zRXdlH    Just 90 minutes fro Toronto, residents of a First Nation community try to improve the water situation as the beverage company extracts from their land
  • Pilotworks food incubator closes suddenly, leaving 175 companies kitchenless (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2R7srv3
  • Racial Wealth Gap Much Smaller Among Union Members (Forbes) https://bit.ly/2JctRkX
    • Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2ReYhFZ                                        US unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled. But for people without much education, the real question is: Do those jobs pay enough to live on?
  • Researchers Who Said Raising Minimum Wage Was Bad For Workers Now Say It’s Good, Actually (Splinter) https://bit.ly/2O5NRqs
    • Study: Minimum Wage Increases and Individual Employment Trajectories (University of Washington) https://bit.ly/2yz2XQm

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • In Echo of Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis Now Hits Newark (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2AE9Lxz                                                                                        For nearly a year and a half, top officials in Newark denied that their water system had a widespread lead problem, despite ample evidence that the city was facing a public health crisis…
  • Meat-free diets could cut out ‘water footprint’ in half, say scientists (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2NH1K1Y
  • Eighty tons of illegal Bluefin tuna pose a threat to sustainable fisheries and human health (Phys.org) https://bit.ly/2yOcYIs
  • California’s Underwater Forests Are Being Eaten by the ‘Cockroaches of the Ocean (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2yylfRP
  • Scientists make incredible discovery on unexplored seafloor off Big Sur. (Monterey County Weekly) https://bit.ly/2yEOwu9

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • ‘Hugely Important Breakthrough for Human and Animal Health’ as EU Approves Antibiotic Restrictions for Livestock to Battle Superbugs (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2AwfANr          “Antibiotic resistance is a real sword of Damocles, threatening to send our health care system back to the Middle Ages.”
  • European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2PjmYnE                            Proposal passed 571-53, with Labour MEPs demanding UK mirror EU action after Brexit
  • Trump Admin’s Axing Of Plan To Reduce Creatures Killed In Gillnets Ruled Illegal (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2JjlfZP              A judge ruled illegal the axing of a plan to limit the number of marine creatures allowed to be killed by drift gillnets used to catch swordfish off California.
  • Trump’s trade war took a stunning bit out of the US economy, and it’s the strongest evidence yet that he’s shooting himself in the foot (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2EXfWB4
    • Trump tariffs lead to bleak 2019 farm forecasts (Politico) https://politi.co/2DciJnW
    • Tariff Troubles: Ohio Farmers Have Lots Of Crops But Nowhere To Sell Them (WOSU) https://bit.ly/2z9cixB
    • Tariffs, China and American Ginseng: A Case Study in Wisconsin (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2Sg1xT3                    Marathon County is ground zero for the American ginseng industry, growing 98 percent of the country’s crop. But that may be in jeopardy if buyers start to walk away from deals in response to Chinese import tariffs.
  • California’s dairy farmers were struggling to regain profitability. Then came the trade wars (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2AxlJci
  • China slashed its imports of US sorghum, soybean, and corn in September (NBC News) https://nbcnews.to/2QdIw28                  China imported 80 percent less US sorghum in September and upped its Brazilian imports soybeans by 28 percent.
  • Chinese-owned company qualifies for Trump’s anti-China farm bailout (The Washington Post) https://wapo.st/2CC2O1c
  • Trump picks former Monsanto executive to lead US Fish and Wildlife Service (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2OJOACM
  • Rural jails, brought to you by the US Department of Agriculture (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2EJCvZH                                                     The federal farm boys are getting into the beds-with-bars business.
  • Farm Aid for the Big House (Vera) https://bit.ly/2PngKCV           Over the last two decades, the USDA has been funding jail construction through a program designed to finance infrastructure like emergency services, hospitals, fire station, and community centers…

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

  • Study: Glyphosate is lethal and Cry toxins (Bt) alter the development of the stingless bee Melipona quadrifasciata (Research Gate) https://bit.ly/2zdOuJ6
  • Commission asks EFSA for urgent assessment of allergenicity of GM crop Bt toxin (GM Watch) https://bit.ly/2COK3Yw
  • TGE-resistant pigs developed through gene editing (National Hog Farmer) https://bit.ly/2R333Gz                                                          Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to Transmissible gastroednteritis virus (TGEV)…
  • Organic farming with gene editing: An oxymoron or a toll for sustainable agriculture? (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2PwchdY

 

Poisons

  • Pesticides and suicide prevention – why research needs to be put into practice (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2pZLZ91
  • Bombshell New Study Calls For Ban On Pesticide Family Tied To Brain Damage In Kids (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2yAfTVU      For pregnant women, there is no safe level of exposure to organophosphate pesticides.
  • Entire Pesticide Class Must Be Banned to Save Children’s Health, Landmark Study Says (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Rhw0P9
  • Ban entire pesticide class to protect children’s health, experts say (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2OQORnH
  • Study: Organophosphate exposures during pregnancy and child neurodevelopment Recommendations for essential policy reforms (PLOS) https://bit.ly/2JgeFn9
  • Prenatal exposure to phthalates linked to language delays in children, study says (CNN) https://cnn.it/2OdVUl4