Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for December 30, 2018

 

  • Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People (Yale e360) https://bit.ly/2QG1Wky                     From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover ore about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires.
  • New Archive Reveals How the Food Industry Mimics Big Tobacco to Suppress Science, Shape Public Opinion (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2VgBlt2
  • The Food Sustainability Index is talking. Will America, and the world at large, listen? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2rZXezr
  • Unlike a globalized food system, local food won’t destroy the environment (Salon) https://bit.ly/2T13PEU                                               Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased in who it benefits
  • What needs to change in the quest for food sovereignty? This book looks for answers (Scroll.in) https://bit.ly/2CALr0r
  • One Weird Trick to Fix Farms Forever (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GnWH4j                                                                                                This article is from 2013, it is a reminder of what we can be doing on a large scale…
  • Report: Troubling Waters: How Hydroponic Agribusiness and the USDA Diluted organics by Sanctioning Soil-less Growing (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2EscfBd                                                A report and buyer’s guide profiling illicit produce brands grown I liquid fertilizer rather than nutrient-rich soils Hydroponic Buyer’s Guide Full Report
  • ‘Freedom Farmers’ Tells the History of Black Farmers Uniting Against Racism (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2EBP3Az
  • The Future of Mountaintop Removal Is Lavender (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2BEVLCH                                                                                    In Appalachia, the coal mining process has stripped mountains to their cores, leaving little more than dirt and rocks. But one hardy plant seems to thrive in it.
  • Attempted Suicide in Wisconsin = Marketplace Fallout in Real Terms (Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2BC84Qs
  • An invasive, elusive 20-pound rodent threatens California agriculture (Food & Environment Reporting Network) https://bit.ly/2RzhSS2
  • The Gates Foundation’s Ceres2030 Plan Pushes Agenda of Agribusiness (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2GogDny

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2QXuipR                                          The stripy fields have been planted across England as part of a trial to boost the natural predators of pests that attack cereal crops
  • Oregon hazelnut production has doubled in last decade, expected to double again by 2025 (Salem Statesman Journal) https://bit.ly/2UY5Tzm
  • Wisconsin Lost Record-Breaking Percent of Dairy Farms In 2018 (Wisconsin Public Radio) https://bit.ly/2UNCcB0
    • Former Dairy Farmer Jim Goodman: My Retirement was Mostly Voluntary (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2BLYVET
  • While small dairy farms shut down, this mega-dairy is shipping milk to China (Salon) https://bit.ly/2BApUmJ                                      Powdered milk production is being marketed as a boon for rural areas, but many people who live nearby disagree
  • Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2PXct5m                           Small bits of plastic packaging from waste food make their way into animal feed as part of the UK’s permitted recycling process

 

Climate

  • Urban Tilth’s Doria Robinson on Richmond and Climate Adaption (Sierra) https://bit.ly/2EX64GG                                                                        The ag nonprofit is small scale, but its executive director has big ideas
  • Farmers Know Climate Change is Real. Will the Feds Help Them Adapt? (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2R2w8pi                                            While dismal farm economics – and shrinking conservation funds – make it hard to find the funds, a growing number of farmers are ready to make critical changes.
  • How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers (Inside Climate News) https://bit.ly/2PLjLZS                                             That agenda has left farmers ill-prepared to cope with effects of climate change – droughts, heat and storms – while neglecting a key climate solution.
  • Why eating less meat is the best thing you can do for the planet in 2019 (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2QVrgTx                                         Eating meat has a hefty impact on the environment from fueling climate change to polluting landscapes and waterways

 

Plants, Seeds & Cultivars

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

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Kansas farms are running out of water. Can they pull off an environmental miracle in Charles Koch’s home state? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2GBZoiK                                                                  Kansas producers say policy solutions aren’t necessary to save the Ogallala Aquifer, the state’s most economically important natural resource. That’s up for debate – but a Koch think tank may make regulation impossible anyway.
  • New Lawsuit Blames the Trump Administration for Ruining Oysters (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2zNQ8SR                                          By failing to document the effects of acidification in coastal waters

 

Food Culture & History

  • These are the 64 races of corn in Mexico (Mad DeMx) https://bit.ly/2wqYxMS                                                                                              The greatest diversity of corn is Mexican, with 64 races in the country, of the 220 existing in Latin American.
  • Nut Milks Are Milk, Says Almost Every Culture Across the Globe (Smithsonian Magazine) https://bit.ly/2ONquT8                              Even though the dairy industry may not like it, labeling the juice from almonds and soy beans ‘milk’ follows centuries of history
  • Sorry New York, California Is Just Better Now (Eater) https://bit.ly/2RjboKa                                                                                   Synonymous with abundance and turbo-charged with chef creativity, the Golden State is setting the pace for how we eat across the country
  • A Culinary History of Panettone the Italian and South American Christmas Treat (Smithsonian Magazine) https://bit.ly/2s0IX5h
  • A History of Flavoring Food With Beaver Butt Juice (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2EPJ7F5                                                                                              No, castoreum is not a cheap substitute for strawberries; it’s luxe, artisanal sections from a beaver’ rear end.

 

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

  • Anti-immigrant rhetoric in the US has forced some families to choose between safety and food (Quartz) https://bit.ly/2Sgp5H0
  • Shutdown hits poor hardest: Food stamp office cut by 95 percent (Salon) https://bit.ly/2rWYW4x                                                             Department of Agriculture says the office that helps the neediest with food relief has been virtually shut down
  • What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition (Medium) https://bit.ly/2RhpxHu                                                                                       Obesity is the root cause of several diseases, yet medical schools don’t train doctors on nutrition and weight loss

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Already a climate change leader, California takes on food waste (Salon) https://bit.ly/2BLLll9                                                                            The state’s programs and laws to tackle food waste and greenhouse gas emissions could be a template for the nation
  • 2019 Could Be The Year We stop Throwing Away Ridiculous Amounts Of Food (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2EK3vYj
  • As Anti-Plastic Movements Sweep The Globe Change Doesn’t Always Come Easy (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2T7KZMm      Australia could serve as a test case for the anti-plastic movement.
  • The Fight Against Food Waste Starts at Home (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2Vas85c                                                                                     Decreasing the environmental footprint of food waste can save the planet and your wallet.

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • The year vegan junk food went mainstream (Vox) https://bit.ly/2ERtGML                                                                                              It isn’t particularly health. That’s the best part.
  • What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the US? (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2LIDOIo                                                                          The European Union prohibits many food additives and various drugs that are widely used in American food.
  • We Got a Scientist to Explain What You Knew in Your Heart of Hearts: The Five-Second Rule Is Gross (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2R354Go                                                                                            He also lab-tested double dipping, utensil sharing, and other questionable food behaviors.

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • The New York State Attorney General is investigating these five chains for seafood fraud (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2LxYkem                                                                                    Fishmongers are inflating the value of the fraudulent product and undercutting honest competitors at the same time.
  • Report: Fish Business: Seafood Fraud and Mislabeling in New York State Supermarkets (State of New York Attorney General) https://on.ny.gov/2EpQHFw
  • It’s very likely your supermarket fish isn’t what you think it is (Quartz) https://bit.ly/2RgKmms

 

Children & School Food

  • Team Trump says it’s making school lunches ‘great again.’ It’s making them less healthy (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2Eqt8wf
  • What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2LzmBRp
    • Making Healthy School Lunches Free for All Should Be a National Priority (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2rBByJJ                               A professor argues we should destigmatize and better shape school meals to provide much needed support to children and their families.
  • Rhode Island School District Is Sending Debt Collectors After Families Over Unpaid Lunches (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2C2d9CW                                                                                    Debt can now impact the credit scores of parents who don’t pay, according to a local news report.

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • Progressive Labor Standards (Democracy) https://bit.ly/2T9UniQ                                                                           Dangerously high levels of market concentration demand a regulatory regime that holds large employers to higher standards.
  • What labor market changes have generated inequality and wage suppression? (Economic Policy Institute) https://bit.ly/2Q0eXQB  Employer power is significant but largely constant, whereas workers’ power has been eroded by policy actions
  • Teen quits Walmart job over the store’s intercom: ‘Attention all shoppers… nobody should work here – ever’ (Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2Bpjirs
  • One Year After #MeToo, I Have No Regrets About Coming Forward (Eater) https://bit.ly/2RjkYN8                                                               I was terrified when I publicly accused the Spotted Pig restaurateur Ken Friedman of sexual misconduct, but it was the right decision
  • Every (NYC) Chef and Restaurant Owner Accused of Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era (Grub Street) https://grb.st/2OQkokp
  • Health Care In Texas Is A Nightmare For Women Restaurant Workers (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Adt4x4                                    I worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 15 years in California and New York, I never had benefits of any kind. No medical insurance, no sick days, no vacation.
  • Chipotle’s Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Are Backfiring Spectacularly (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2T5ZWil                      The company is facing a flood of arbitration cases over alleged wage theft. A judge called the company’s efforts to black them “unseemly.”
  • Agricultural empire behind Halos and Wonderful pistachios raises minimum hourly wage to $15 (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2SmJhqs

 

Protests

 

Pollinators & Insects

  • Pesticides threaten all 4,000 bee species in North America. Why does research focus on saving just one? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2PWckzf                                                                                                In a new series of studies, scientists acknowledge that we don’t know nearly enough about the thousands of wild bee species agricultural producers depend on.

 

Animals, Fish & Seafood

  • World’s first no-kill eggs go on sale in Berlin (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2rNfZ8Y                                                                                     Scientists can now quickly determine a chick’s gender before it hatches, potentially ending the need to cull billions of male chicks worldwide.
  • Factory Farms No Longer Have to Report Their Air Emissions. That’s Dangerous for Their Neighbors (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2T1Ct1y                                                                                            And bad news for the climate.
  • Livestock farms no longer report their air emissions. Now the Neighbors don’t know what they’re inhaling (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2T64Rzv
  • The Real Hamburger Problem (Democracy) https://bit.ly/2GFeKmy                                                                                       Factory farming is bad for the environment, nearby humans, and yes, the animals.
  • Chickens freezing to death and boiled alive: failing in US slaughterhouses exposed (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2EnftGl         An investigation finds hundreds of shocking welfare incidents, fueling concerns about standards in a post-Brexit trade deal
  • Microplastics accumulate in bodies of shellfish within hours, new study reveals (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2s1HDPT         Understanding whether plastic particles are absorbed across biological membranes and accumulate within internal organs is critical for assessing the risk these particles pose to both organism and human health.

 

Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • How funding black businesses can help bridge the racial wealth gap (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2CjIu4f                                        The Runway Project is making entrepreneurship more accessible to Black communities.
  • Tech Is Killing Street Food (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2PYCbGE    The wealthy hubs of the United States and India are embracing informal gastronomy, but not the people who have traditionally provided it.
  • Restaurants to eaters: Please for the love of god, stop using Seamless (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2Aezuf9
  • Kellogg Leads the Charge to Exploit Supreme Court Arbitration Victory (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2BAlzQu                                        By targeting former employees for defying agreements, the cereal giant lays down a warning: Forget about suing us.
  • Packaging producers to pay full recycling costs under waste scheme (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2EBHAlc                    Government strategy to make ‘polluter pay’, with penalties for difficult to recycle items
  • Big Business Wants You To Think It’s Fixing The Plastic Crisis. Don’t Buy It. (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2SgI3NE                    Here’s what corporations don’t want you to know.
  • Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling urban Neighborhoods and Small towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) https://bit.ly/2R4aIIg
    • Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2kDk66E                                                                            In the poorest towns, where even Wal-Mart failed, the little-box player is turning a profit.
  • Democrats Can Win Back Rural America, But First They Need To Understand What Bled It Dry (BuzzFeed) https://bit.ly/2S5r9By    At the root of rural America’s angst are small towns where economies have been taken over by a handful of predatory multinationals.
  • Report: The New Map of Economic Growth and Recovery (Economic Innovation Group) https://bit.ly/2EBIf6K                           The 2010s recovery was marked by a collapse in new business formation

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • ‘Significant First Blow to Plastic Pollution Monster’ as EU Reaches Landmark Deal on Single-Use Products (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2PL9aOV
  • How France and Germany Are Ousting Glyphosate In A Search For Healthy Soils and Pesticide-Free Crops (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2rQG72D
    • Germany introduces new restrictions on herbicide use, seeks “end date” for glyphosate (IEG Policy) https://bit.ly/2Bym9ye
  • Kyrgyzstan Parliament Orders 100% Organic Agriculture Within 10 Years (Sustainable Pulse) https://bit.ly/2RbE6wf               Remember, Bhutan made their declaration to transform their agricultural system to 100% organic in 2014 with the transformation to be completed by 2022
  • Bhutan could be world’s first wholly organic nation within a decade (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2AdKSYS                               Political parties in the Himalayan kingdom unite to eradicate chemical fertilizers and pesticides as part of its Gross National Happiness program.
  • Japan To Launch Commercial Whaling Again After Withdrawing from Treaty (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2GI06uN
  • Atlantic Seismic Survey permits Granted After Surge in Lobbying (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2PTpQUw
    • Marine Mammals incidental to Specified Activities: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys in Atlantic Ocean (Federal Register) https://bit.ly/2QKIW3m
  • House Democrats try to block Trump’s USDA from relocating its independent research agency (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2CteaEb
  • Bailing out a Chinese owned, US located hog corporation subsidiary (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy) https://bit.ly/2rVfR7i
  • Factory farms slip environmental review for USDA loans (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy) https://bit.ly/2rolDOw
  • USDA’s claim food in the US ‘among safest in world’ based on latest pesticide tests (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2R75AU1
  • FEMA sells more than 34,000 unused meals in Puerto Rico instead of giving them to people in need (Daily Kos) https://bit.ly/2Sf9Lud
  • FDA names first source in ongoing investigation of romaine lettuce outbreak (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2EACXse         A Santa Maria, California farm – run by a county supervisor – is the first to be identified as a source of E coli contamination.
  • Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on the current romaine lettuce E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak investigation (US FDA) https://bit.ly/2zyJ6Bb
  • NY governor vetoes bill allowing paid bereavement leave (WGRZ) https://on.wgrz.com/2RmWUbX                                                The bill’s memo notes that employers provide an average of four days of bereavement leave for the death of a souse or child.
  • Tennessee becomes the fourth state to restrict the use of Monsanto herbicide (dicamba) (Newstarget) https://bit.ly/2EPlSep
  • Georgia cut food stamps for thousands with new system tracking recipients (Atlanta Journal – Constitution) https://on-ajc.com/2AgOjOz
  • Update: Trump Just Found Yet Another Way to Kick Poor Families Off Food Stamps (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2QMR58x                                                                                       Foiled by the farm bill, the administration is using executive power to tighten work requirements.
  • Trump signs farm bill, directs USDA to expand work requirements on food stamps (ABC News) https://abcn.ws/2Cqhro0
  • ‘Mass Starvation Plan’: Trump USDA to Push Work Requirements for Food Stamps That Congress Left Off Farm Bill (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2T2yqSF
  • Food stamp cut will hit Trump’s single white male base hardest (Quartz) https://bit.ly/2LwaggM
  • Hemp Is Officially Going Legal Nationwide (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2BxScOV                                                                                      Trump signed a new farm bill into law that will legalize hemp, a non-intoxicating form of cannabis, in all 50 states.
  • President Trump signs the Farm Bill making dog and cat meat illegal in the United States (wrdw12) https://bit.ly/2rQThgi
  • Rural broadband is about to get $600 million funding – but there’s a catch (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2BBBZIh
  • The 2018 farm bill breaks new ground for conservation and resilience (Environmental Defense Fund) https://bit.ly/2Rc2I8o

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

  • Here’s a first look at the label that must appear on all GMO foods by 2022 (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2V6syJP
    • Even major food companies hate the new US rules for GMO food labeling (Quartz) https://bit.ly/2EFZYJv
    • Final GMO labeling rule does not require labeling of highly refined ingredients from GM crops, if o modified genetic material is detectable (Food Navigator) https://bit.ly/2EIuZNX
  • Ex-Cabinet secretary ‘regrets’ ever introducing GM cotton in India (The Economic Times) https://bit.ly/2EJRPF3

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

  • Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them? (The Washington Post) https://wapo.st/2GsEdj4                                          Cutting edge lab techniques could improve animal breeding, but society may not be ready                                                                                             And there are unintended consequences…
  • Big Tongues and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal Gene Editing (The Wall Street Journal) https://on.wsj.com/2SSK5U5
  • A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade (Vox) https://bit.ly/2LN2lLA                                                          It could revolutionize everything from medicine to agriculture.

 

Poisons

  • How France and Germany Are Ousting Glyphosate In a Search For Healthy Soils and Pesticide-Free Crops (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2rQG72D

 

Education & Training

  • ‘Adulting Day’: High schoolers learn how to cook, change tires, pay bills (KRON4) https://bit.ly/2EpJdlT

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, December 16, 2018

 

  • Feeding the Whole City: Atlanta, Georgia (Politico) https://politi.co/2rw9Pd8                                                                                  The young food workers of this bustling New South metropolis use food to achieve social equity.
  • In Milwaukee’s poorest zip code, fruits and vegetables become powerful weapons for saving young boys (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) https://bit.ly/2UNnaLJ
  • ‘Our Food Systems Are Failing Us’: 100+ Academies Call for Overhaul of Food Production (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2QCxjvC
  • More trouble for embattled farmers in the Midwest (Star Tribune) http://strib.mn/2QaR8KL                                                        Family operations are hurt by glut of some crops as well as trump’s tariffs.
  • 127 countries are now working to ban single-use plastic (Fast Company) https://bit.ly/2zLUcmu                                                    Countries are making good progress on regulating plastic bags and bottles – but need to do some serious work to address the more invisible plastic particles in cleaning products and cosmetics.
  • French Food Actually Sucks Now, Says Head of French Tourism Council (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2rqUgni                                          French ambassador and tourism council head Philippe Faure says food in the provinces is “lamentable” and “not good.” How the mighty have fallen.                                                                                                                                      I would agree, last time I was in France I found the food in restaurant, cafés and bistros in the Loire Valley were awful, good food could be found in expensive places, and the old style shops had good food…
  • How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers (Politico) https://politi.co/2SwzttP                                                                                      An ambitious activist is using the local food movement to help break the cycle of incarceration.
  • Should Vegans Have the Same Protections as Religious People? A ‘Landmark’ Case Will Decide (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2E9Owpf  In the UK, it is unlawful for an employer to fire and employee based on their religion or belief. By the same toke, is it ok for an employer to fire an employee if they are ethical vegans?

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Indiana group is suing USDA over the way it gives money farms with thousands of animals (IndyStar) https://bit.ly/2CazFty

 

Land and Soil

 

Climate

  • The Meat Heavy Menu At The UN’s Climate Conference Show Shocking Hypocrisy (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2PxqZkb

 

  • Ravenous for Meat, China Faces a Climate Quandary (undark) https://bit.ly/2mWHn1X                                                                                      On the whole, the country consumes 28 percent of the world’s meat – twice as much as the United States. An that figure is only set to increase.
  • As the Glaciers Melt, These Farmers Have A Plan To Save Their Vulnerable Land (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2QrtObM  Herders in one of the most biodiverse place on earth are reviving ancient traditions to cope with climate change.
  • Soil and Seaweed: Farming Our Way to a Climate Solution (Scientific American) https://bit.ly/2DUvnaZ                                          We can sequester carbon and improve our nutrition through regenerative farming of land and sea
  • Climate change is making soils saltier, forcing many farmers to find new livelihoods (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2rjQlIw
  • Not So Sweet: Climate Change Means Slow-Growing Sugar Maples, Study Finds (NPR) https://n.pr/2QGEti7
  • Americans have planted so much corn that it’s changing the weather (grist) https://bit.ly/2Upo9lb
    • Research: Twentieth Century Regional Climate Change During the Summer in the Central United States Attributed to Agricultural Intensification (AGU100) https://bit.ly/2Elwn8S

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2RqaZCm
  • This town is like thousands that are vulnerable to contaminated water, with no fix in sight (CNN) https://cnn.it/2UeOlyP
  • Journalism Project Shines Light On Why So Many Lack Water Service In Central Appalachia (Daily Yonder) https://bit.ly/2PAJTqA
    • Stirring the Waters: Investigating why many in Appalachia lack reliable, clean water (Lexington Herald Leader) https://bit.ly/2UJJKVE
  • A New Lawsuit Blames the Trump Administration for Ruining Oysters (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2zNQ8SR                                              By failing to document the effects of acidification in coastal waters

 

  • Even corals deep down on the ocean floor can’t escape humanity’s impact (Salon) https://bit.ly/2QnIglm                        Climate change, industrial fishing, offshore drilling and deep sea mining are all threats to the ocean floor.

 

Food Culture & History

  • The explosive dominance of soy over a century went unnoticed by most Americans – except for those growing it. (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2SCLttG
  • Battling the Scourge of ‘Embalmed Milk’ (undark) https://bit.ly/2CdUPqH                                                                                          How an obscure Indiana public health official pioneered the campaign against tainted dairy products at the turn of the 20th century.

 

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

  • There’s a Hunger Crisis in north Carolina (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2QUNrbK
    • Report: Many North Carolinians continue to struggle to afford enough food, especially in households with children (NC Policy Watch) https://bit.ly/2CcVk48
  • Living Homeless in California: The University of Hunger (Capital & Main) https://bit.ly/2PCkblh                                                                            A January study found that 11 percent of students on the California State University’s 23-campuses reported being homeless during the past year. At Humboldt State nearly a fifth said they’d been homeless at one point during 2017.

 

  • Kentucky congressman questions food stamps: ‘If healthcare is a right, is food as well?’ (Market Watch) https://on.mktw.net/2Stcksc
  • The world’s most nutritious foods (BBC) https://bbc.in/2GtsIUu  After analyzing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements – and they found a few surprises.

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • The United States has an Epidemic of Processed Food – and it’s Killing Us (Medium) https://bit.ly/2S288zO
  • The US Appetite for Sugar Has Skyrocketed (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2RCsP5i                                                                              Americans are eating too much of the sweet stuff, and a staggering portion of it is coming from drinks like soda.
  • What Do Americans Think About Food Additives and GMOs? (Scientific American) https://bit.ly/2Qg4C81                                    About half think they’re unhealthy; the other half aren’t especially concerned
  • 12 Million Pounds Of Beef Now Under Recall Over Salmonella Risk (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2BQPoxM                                Nearly 250 people in 26 states have contracted salmonella poisoning, the USDA says.

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Restaurant Owner Says Photos of Opossums Running Around the Kitchen Are No Bid Deal (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2Pp0Xzy  My noodle & Bar’s owner acknowledged that there had been an opossum in his restaurant, but said that it was “like three months ago.”
  • Why Are Arsonists Targeting Montreal Pizzerias? (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2QD127w                                                                                  Three recent Molotov cocktail attacks have local restaurant owners shaken.

 

Training & Education

 

Children & School Food

  • Shelby County bus driver goes the extra mile after weather cancels breakfast (abc3340) https://bit.ly/2Em18d5
  • Preschoolers Served Pine-Sol Instead Of Apple Juice In Snack Mix-Up (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Ub8SEn
  • Waste not, want not (grist) https://bit.ly/2SiMirA                      Schools waste $5 million a day in uneaten food. Here’s how Oakland is reinventing the cafeteria
  • Town hires debt collector to get families to pay for school lunches (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2EiKv1Z                                              School officials in Carnston, Rhode Island are getting aggressive in seeking payment from parents in arrears for their kids’ meals.

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • Michigan Is the Latest Example of the Restaurant Lobby Subverting Democracy (Talk Poverty) https://bit.ly/2GaYU2L

Minimum wage increases are popular, but lawmakers keep overturning them.

 

  • Marriott Hotel Strike Ends With San Francisco Workers Winning Better Pay (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2rkP0kN          Thousands of workers reached an agreement with the nation’s largest hotel chain after a multi-city, non week strike for better pay and protections.
  • Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize (Vox) https://bit.ly/2Eh6NkO                                                        “We are not robots, we are human beings.”

 

Pollinators & Insects

  • Butterfly sanctuary expected to be plowed over for Trump’s border wall (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/2BXVhcq
    • Most Diverse Butterfly Center in the US to be Bulldozed for Trump’s Border Wall (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2S3yd1r

 

Animals, Fish & Seafood

  • Waterkeeper Alliance and EWG Hurricane Florence Flooded Poultry Operations Housing 1.8 Million Birds, Investigation Finds (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2Pg6acM
  • Scary Map Shows Where Animal Poop Is Turning into Deadly Ammonia Pollution (Live Science) https://bit.ly/2B0sUIH
  • Without drastic changes, Idaho’s wild steelhead are on a path to extinction (Idaho Statesman) https://bit.ly/2QE0nCZ

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • The Trouble With Tuna: ‘A Lot of Millennials Don’t Even Own Can Openers’ (The Wall Street Journal) https://on.wsj.com/2FWkXdB  StarKist, Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea deal with Slumping market amid competition from fresher options.
  • Tuan Fish Is Struggling Because ‘Millennials Don’t Even Own Can Openers’ (Food & Wine) https://bit.ly/2PkSVYJ
  • PR company accused of using ‘tobacco lobbyist tactics’ to promote weedkiller linked to cancer (Independent) https://ind.pn/2QIclLT                                                                              Roundup maker Monsanto reportedly funded campaign to defend chemical
  • See How Well the GOP Tax Scam Is Creating Jobs? Walmart Announces Plans for 360 Robot Janitors (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2QyMGVL                                                                                      The company still faces calls to raise its minimum hourly pay, but machines don’t ask for a living wage
  • Dollar stores are feeding more Americans than Whole Foods, and it’s leading some communities into crisis (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2A29pQr
    • Dollar Tree is one of the only chains that Amazon can’t beat – and it runs the most appalling store we’ve ever seen (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2M1PgOA
  • The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2zYmVVq
    • Report: 2018 Distressed Communities Index: From Great Recession to Great Reshuffling (Economic Innovation Group) https://bit.ly/2ElMbJz
    • Report: Countering the geography of discontent: Strategies for left-behind places (Brookings Institute) https://brook.gs/2RSdfC4
    • Saving the heartland: Place-based policies in 21st Century America (Brookings Institute) https://brook.gs/2Gl3AmN

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • Trump administration finalizes rollback of school lunch regulations championed by Michelle Obama (Yahoo! News) https://yhoo.it/2QGRs3z
  • Justice Department urges Supreme Court against hearing cage-free egg lawsuit (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2E0ES8z  … Should the Supreme Court take the DOJ’s lead, it would effectively validate and uphold California’s first-of-its-kind legislation, which bans the sale of eggs laid by hens in confinement…
  • EPA’s New Water Rule Will Gut The Clean Water Act (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2UqHMsQ
    • EPA’s Own Data Refutes Justification For Clean Water Act Rollback (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2S04IgR
    • Government Agencies Make Waves With New Definition for Waters of the United States (WOTUS) (Growing Produce) https://bit.ly/2S0LBU8
    • The EPA’s new Dirty Water Rule risks millions of people’s drinking water supply (NRDC) https://on.nrdc.org/2RYbnIz
    • Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to two-thirds of California streams and millions of acres nationwide (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2S3UYCy
  • Clean Up 14-Year Oil Spill or Face $40K Daily Fine, Feds Tell Taylor Entergy (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2PTdkci
  • Buried in Wisconsin Republican’s lame-duck legislation: Drug-testing requirement for food stamp applicants (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2Eo5npi
  • Outgoing Michigan GOP Governor Signs Bills Gutting Minimum Wage Hike, Paid Sick Leave (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Gk0ZK1
  • Missouri voters said no to ‘right to work.’ Republican lawmakers want it anyway. (St. Louis Dispatch) https://bit.ly/2zNnBNj
  • “Natural” chicken can’t be given antibiotics, or confined indoors, says California judge (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2QUuPsF                                                                                      That might sound obvious. But in the absence of strong regulations, a raft of lawsuits are trying to change the fact that “all-natural” can mean, well, almost anything.
  • The Art of the Farm-Bill Deal (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2LfTlPC  The $867 billion legislation doesn’t include stringent new work requirements for food-stamp recipients long sought by conservatives.
  • A Boost for Farmers Who Aren’t Old and White (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2A0xebA                                                                                          The farm bill on Trump’s desk funds programs that help make farming more accessible
  • The Farm Bill Ignores the Real Troubles of US Agriculture (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2UJM7aZ                                                                                  True farming reform means adjusting the system to support small and midsize producers and cultivating a more sustainable system of agriculture.
  • The Farm Bill’s Winners And Losers (Forbes) https://bit.ly/2QFL5xu
  • How Paul Ryan is selling his food stamp loss (Politico) https://politi.co/2BiBWku                                                                                  The compromise farm bill is stripped of every controversial proposal the House GOP wanted on food stamps.
  • Farm Bill Receives Mixed Response From Rural Advocates (Daily Yonder) https://bit.ly/2rBXsMU                                                                      The farm bill passed – and in today’s Congress, that’s news. But advocates say the bill could have done much more to improve the position of small farms versus corporate interest. And in a light but direct rebuke of the Trump administration, Congress will require the Department of Agriculture to reinstate the position of Undersecretary of Rural Development.

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

  • Big Tongues, and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal gene Editing (The Wall Street Journal) https://on.wsj.com/2SSK5U5                                                          Unintended consequences have included enlarged rabbit Tongues and extra pig vertebrae, as bioethicists warn of hubris

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • A Killing Season (The New Republic) https://bit.ly/2PEjB6E    Monsanto’s new herbicide was supposed to save US farmers from financial ruin. Instead, it upended the agriculture industry, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a struggle for survival.

 

Education & Training

  • How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons into Urban Farmers (Politico) https://politi.co/2SwzttP                                                                                      An ambitious young activist is using the local food movement to help break the cycle of incarceration.

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for December 2, 2018

 

  • Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment (Turthout) https://bit.ly/2PdX7sT
  • José Andrés is nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, congressman confirms (The Washington Post) https://wapo.st/2reQoFT                                                                      Sometimes the greatest act of peace is to feed another human being.
  • Doria Robinson on how urban agriculture can heal a community’s imagination (Rob Hopkins) https://bit.ly/2P5tYjQ
  • This Veteran Learned the Value of American Wool in the Army. Now He’s Raising His Own Sheep. (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2S8d71r
  • The Gates Foundation’s Ceres2030 Plan Pushes Agenda of Agribusiness (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2SeRwER                                  The new Gates Foundation endeavor aims to infiltrate scientific literature in order to push the agenda of agribusiness.
  • There’s a New Hazelnut Spread in Town and It Wants to Take On Nutella (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2BtO8Ad                                            The Barilla Group is set to launch the palm oil-free Crema Pan di Stelle in January of next year.
  • Dominique Crenn Becomes First Woman In the United States To Earn 3 Michelin Stars (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2BKKORD    The stars, award to Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, mark a milestone for female chefs in America.
  • San Francisco Chef Becomes First Woman in US to Receive 3 Michelin Stars (NBC Bay Area) https://bit.ly/2Q7Rm5q

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • New CDC Data Shows That Farmers Don’t Have America’s Highest Suicide Rate (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2r5WDeW          But the problem hasn’t gone away.
  • ‘Farming While Black’: A Guide To Finding Power And Dignity Through Food (NPR) https://n.pr/2PB3Ke1
  • The Cow-Milking Robots Keeping Small Farmers in Business (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2P4RnGc                                                            Around the country, dairy farms are struggling to stay open, embracing technology may be one way to make them more efficient.
  • Wisconsin dairy farmers barely hanging on as crisis deepens with no end in sight (Journal Sentinel) https://bit.ly/2r5DSs9
  • Illinois Farmers Put Rare Pig Back On Dinner Table To Save It From Extinction (NPR) https://n.pr/2PBU95P
  • Strict Amazon protections made Brazilian farmers more productive, new research shows (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2PimRtm
  • Are artisanal foodie brands ruining a California national park? (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2yVNutN                                                    Herds of cows provide meat and airy for influential purveyors, but environmentalists’ say they despoil the landscape                                            I grew up not far from these farms on what is now the Point Reyes National Seashore, and watched the transition to the National Seashore.

 

Land and Soil

  • For a New Generation of Farmers, Accessing Land is the First Step Toward Tackling Consolidation (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2S9DTqy
  • Eliot Coleman: Organic is a System of Agriculture That Acknowledges the Pre-Eminence of Soil Life (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2SctESd

 

Climate

  • Global food system is broken, say world’s science academies (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2QrU8BT                                                          Radical overhaul in farming and consumption, with less meat eating, needed to avoid hunger and climate catastrophe
  • If We Want To Transform the Food System, We Must First Transform Ourselves (Eva Perroni) https://bit.ly/2AIMSIb
  • Study suggest meat and dairy industry on track to surpass oil companies as biggest greenhouse gas emitters (PHYS.org) https://bit.ly/2QxZ9Jk
  • Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead it Unleashed a Catastrophe. (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2Tt2SGx                  A decade ago, the US mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation – and a huge spike in carbon emissions.
  • Oregon and California crabbers sue fossil fuel companies (Oregon Live) https://bit.ly/2E7xQzN
    • West Coast crab fishers file ‘industry against industry’ climate change lawsuit (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2OQyKla            The suit opens up a new frontier in climate change litigation.

 

Plants, Seeds & Cultivars

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Is a New Toxic Danger Threatening California? (Capital and Main) https://bit.ly/2Tuxho8                                                                                        PFAS compounds are found in clothing, carpeting, furniture, food packaging, non-stick cooking products and fire-fighting foams. They’ve been lined in humans to cancers and hormonal disruptions, as well ad developmental, reproductive, and immune system problems.
  • History and Use of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) (Interstate Technology Regulatory Council) https://bit.ly/2DQjCSN
  • Page 8 has a list of consumer products containing PFAS, it is everywhere, that said the fact that is also found in food packaging, medical products, and personal care products is unbelievable.
  • Too soon for Hudson River (PCB) dredging to be deemed complete, Dutchess (County) Exec Molinaro says (Daily Freeman) https://bit.ly/2r5Wnws

Food Culture & History

  • Why Most of America Is Terrible at Making Biscuits (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2DSf4w8                                                                                  There’s a scientific reason that no one outside the South can nail the iconic baked good.
  • The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday (Time) https://bit.ly/2zn8IRy

 

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

  • Hidden Hunger: A Bay Area Paradox (San Francisco Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2BD2DBQ                                                                                  While the Bay Area booms, more than 870,000 people remain food insecure. That’s more than the entire population of San Francisco. How did this happen?
  • Overview: How families slip through https://bit.ly/2ArDk3R    On in 10 Bay Area residents earns too little to cover the cost of living; of those, 62 percent earn too much to qualify for food stamps
  • The Mother: Two meals a day https://bit.ly/2E3R8pr                       A San Francisco family tries to get by on two meals a day, and a higher paying job might make the problem even worse
  • The Pastor: Tending the hungry https://bit.ly/2RjOZsL                     In San Jose, a pastor feeds an immigrant community that avoids food banks
  • The retired teacher: Dire straits in Marin https://bit.ly/2E4IQxM                                                                                        A former Mill Valley teacher who never thought she’d need the food bank faces a hardscrabble retirement
  • The Seniors: In Facebook’s shadow https://bit.ly/2TW4I3c        Low-income seniors in East Palo Alto support each other through meals and laughter
  • The Doctor: The quest to provide healthy solutions https://bit.ly/2FLVWBv                                                                                  Meet the UC San Francisco professor who is fighting food insecurity and drawing attention to the links between poor health and a poor diet
  • In Trump’s America, Immigrants Are Afraid to Apply for Food Stamps (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2DJR5OU                                        A new study shows SNAP participation rates dropped 10 percent this year – after a decade of steady increase.

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing – here’s where it occurs (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2oNeRke
  • One in six points of milk thrown away each year, study shows (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2QmoqWQ                                            Analysis suggests 116 million tonnes of dairy products are wasted globally, with almost half lost before they ever reach a store

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • It’s still not safe to eat romaine lettuce (Vox) https://bit.ly/2P3yLCk                                                                                            But investigators are getting closer to the source of the outbreak. Keep holding off on those Caesar salads.
  • Avoid all romaine lettuce, CDC warns amid E. coli outbreak (Dallas News) https://bit.ly/2DR3Yat                                                          Here we go again, this is the second outbreak in 2018
  • What To Know About The Romaine E. coli Outbreak Ahead of Thanksgiving (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2R0ZpgY
  • In Throes of Turkey Salmonella Outbreak, Don’t Invite Illness to Your Table (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2P21wzm

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • The Great Virginia Grape Heist (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2Ua4t4C                                                                                          And other tales of agricultural banditry
  • Jell-O Is Jumping in o the Internet’s Weird Slime Obsession with Its Edible Ooze (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2FF20Mg                  Personally not that interested in eating muck that’s been kneaded with craon particles and carpet fibers, but maybe you are!
  • Pet Peacock Runs Away from Home And Takes Up With Wild Turkeys (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Bu9n4U                                     A Vermont couple is trying to recapture Pea, who has been on the run for around 6 weeks.

 

Children & School Food

  • A Local Foundation Seeks to Revolutionize School Lunch Programs Across the County (303 Magazine) https://bit.ly/2PZb4An

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • US retail workers face long hours, poor pay and ‘anxiety through the roof’ on Black Friday (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2BsuQeG
  • There’s a (UK) Christmas crisis going on: no one wants to kill your dinner (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2TJYgvO                                    People don’t want to work in abattoirs (slaughterhouse) any more.
  • Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities (Pew Charitable Trusts) https://bit.ly/2PRHP2l
  • Workers Battle Trump Appointees on the National Labor Relations Board (The Progressive) https://bit.ly/2QM0FUX  Rather than encouraging collective bargaining and protecting workers’ freedom of association, the new leadership is making racial changes to Board policies, paving the way for corporate interests to dismantle unions.
  • The Gender Wage Gap Is Even Worse Than You Thought (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2TTAfCR
    • Report: Still a Man’s Labor Market: The Slowly Narrowing Gender Pay Gap (Institute For Women’s Policy Research) https://bit.ly/2P9oiFw
  • America’s wealthiest family owns Walmart. They can afford to pay workers $15 an hour. (USA Today) https://bit.ly/2Aokf2O
  • One Restaurant’s Simple, Remarkably Effective Way to Shield Servers from Sexual Harassment (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KAWdX3                                                                                        “No one starts by reaching their hand down someone’s shirt.”
  • Many California Farmworkers Forced to Stay Behind During the Wildfires (NPR) https://n.pr/2DLTett
    • California’s farmworkers are still working despite deadly wildfires (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2DYO9Pk                      Some of the state’s most vulnerable communities are bearing the brunt of climate change.
  • During California wildfires, farmworkers say they felt pressure to keep working or lose their jobs (The Wall Street Journal) https://wapo.st/2Dz5Zam
  • Months After Hurricane Florence, Undocumented Farmworkers Still Struggle to Recover (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2S2tj4g
  • One of America’s Poorest Cities Has A Radical Plan To Remake Itself (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2TMPmhn                                  “We’re creating pathways into the economy for people who’ve been shut out,” says Cleveland’s evergreen Cooperative.

 

Pollinators

  • Mexico’s Endangered Stingless Bees Mysteriously Find A Sweeter Home In Cuba (NPR) https://n.pr/2RVIaO5                              A combination of hurricanes, pesticides and logging is leading to the decline of these unique bees, called Melipona beecheii…. The native peoples of the Yucatan practiced bee husbandry for thousands of years…
  • Cuba’s organic revolution (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2FHjJ5S                                                                                      The collapse of the Soviet Union forced Cuba to become self reliant in its agricultural production…
  • Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2QgjToN                                                              Urgent planting of wildflowers will attract pollinators and boost farmers’ food crop, expert to tell UN. It is not just bees that are disappearing, but all of our insects.
  • The Insect Apocalypse Is Here (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2rcwNGe                                                                            What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?

 

Animals, Fish & Seafood

  • In a rate wildlife success story, the wild turkey population is exploding in California (Salon) https://bit.ly/2R6smrS                      They are everywhere, I first had them come into my front garden back in Oakland, CA 2007
  • Why the biggest Thanksgiving lie may be the turkey on your table (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2znjvee
    • Moneyball for Turkeys (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2DVEUiO      After decades of making turkeys bigger, breeders are hoping new technologies can make them better.
  • Tossing a Bird That Does Not Fly Out of Plane (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2zheRi4                                                                                                  A Thanksgiving story about the limits of human empathy
  • ‘We’ve bred them to their limit’: death rates surge for female pigs in the US (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2DHdqyc                            With sows producing 23 piglets a year on average, intensive farming is called into question over rise in animals suffering prolapse
  • Abuse of animals rife on farms across Europe, auditors warn (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2QLLGdT                                                              Europe-side investigation says intensive farming systems increase the risks of poor animal welfare
  • Activists condemn ‘disgusting attacks’ on pigs as two men convicted of cruelty (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2DIJ78p        Prosecution based on secret footage obtained by rights charity Animal Equality at Fir Tree farm in Lincolnshire
  • ‘Desperate need’ for better farm antibiotic use data (BBC) https://bbc.in/2PZY0e6                                                                                    Sheep and cattle farmers in Wales have been urged to record what antibiotics they are using on their animals.
  • The return of the giant cutthroat trout (Al Jazeera) https://bit.ly/2zrJHV8                                                                                        Anglers and conservationists celebrate as Nevada’s state fish returns to ancients spawning ground

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Tesco and WWF bid to ‘halve environmental impact’ of UK groceries (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2RROuGe                            UK’s largest retailer falls short of removing palm oil from own brand foods in sustainability drive
  • New Archive Reveals How the Food Industry Mimics Big Tobacco to Suppress Science, Shape Public Opinion (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2Au5hrW
  • Marion Nestle: Superfoods Are a Marketing Ploy (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2yyywcU                                                                            Blueberries and macadamia nuts aren’t that good for you.
  • The Organic Food Industry Forges Its Own Path to Expand Growth (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2qZm3uv                                          Should organic farmers and processors pool their money to create their own “checkoff” program used for industry-wide research and marketing match like other food industries do?
  • Bison bars were supposed to restore Native communities and grass-based ranches. Then came Epic Provisions (The New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2BGiKyB
  • A New Economic Model for the South: Ditch Corporate Welfare and Fund Agricultural Co-ops (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2FxhtxJ
    • Report: Agricultural Cooperatives: Opportunities and Challenges for African American Women in the South (Institute for Policy Studies) https://bit.ly/2KuI65q
  • America’s monopoly problem, in one chart (Vox) https://bit.ly/2SgToNm                                                                                      From cell phone providers to beer to cat food, consumers have a lot fewer choices when it comes to buying – even if they don’t know it.
  • Report: American’s Concentration Crisis (Open Markets Institute) https://bit.ly/2ShvykF
  • More and more companies have monopoly power over workers’ wages. That’s killing the economy (Vox) https://bit.ly/2qdVWzp    The trend can explain slow growth, “missing” workers, and stagnant salaries.
  • The Supreme Court just quietly gutted antitrust law (Vox) https://bit.ly/2wppcXE                                                                                              A decision in favor of American Express will make it easier for big tech to pressure workers, suppliers, and customers.
  • Farm bankruptcies have doubled under Trump – and the worst is yet to come (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Sje3Ap                                          We all knew this was coming.

 

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • South Korea closes dog slaughterhouse amid activist pressure (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Q1wmgR                                                Animal rights groups hope closure of complex will lead to ban on dog meat consumption
  • French Government Starts Phase-Out of Glyphosate With Online Farmer Platform and Herbicide Tax (Sustainable Pulse) https://bit.ly/2QsAmq6
  • Hemp Is Finally About To Go Fully Legit In The US (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2AGClwT                                                                                  For almost 50 years, hemp has been considered a schedule I substance alongside more potent strains of marijuana. Congress is finally set to change that.
  • The First-Ever National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Was Just Unveiled – And It’s a Game Changer (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2Q83R12
  • GIPSA is Dead; the Fight for Producer Protections Continues (Organization for Competitive Markets) https://bit.ly/2E5zP7D      In a move designed to take a thorn out of the side of the world’s largest meatpackers, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue put the final nail in the coffin of the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)…
  • A New EPA Rule Would Allow Factory Farms to Avoid Reporting Air Pollution (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2DBZ806
    • Trump’s EPA concludes communities don’t have the right to know about potentially toxic emissions (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2P2NamR                                                                        Industry supporters describe potentially toxic emissions as “normal odors” from animal waste.
  • Trump farm bailout checks coming to Wisconsin vary from thousands to a few dollars (Journal Sentinel) https://bit.ly/2DS5Ija
    • Dozens of Iowa farmers get lass than $25 from Trump tariff assistance, data show (Des Moines Register) https://bit.ly/2QlNU6t
    • A $12 Billion Program to Help Farmers Stung by Trump’s Trade War Has Aided Few (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2AnlfUL
    • Lost jobs, shrinking growth, and rotting crops – here are the ways Trump’s trade war is hurting America (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2KIj4Qv
  • US trade deal would flood Britain with ‘cheap, inhumanely produced’ bacon (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Kudm4s            Trade deal would open door to meat containing banned growth promoters, from pigs kept in conditions banned in UK, industry leaders warn
  • City Not for Sale: Baltimore Voters Push Back on Privatization (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2AHckxE                                           Measure to keep water works public passing by wide margin
  • Huge (Sacramento – San Joaquin River) Delta water deal backed by Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy (Sacramento Bee) https://bit.ly/2SllxTt                                                                                    The politics of water in California have been debated and fought over since before California became a state in 1850.                  Understanding that the California Central Valley consisted of approximately 5 million acres of permanent, seasonal and tidal wetlands, these wetlands have now been reduced by 90%. These wetlands were primarily fed by the Delta and (US Fish & Service) https://bit.ly/2PeiyKD                                                                            Additionally, approximately 1/3 of the San Francisco Bay and estuary has been filled in between 1850 and 1980, when the City of Berkeley was stopped from filling in a large portion of their shoreline. The SF Bay is currently 550 square miles. (Save the Bay) https://bit.ly/2RnSn5P

What does this have to do with the Delta? The Delta is what feeds the remaining wetlands of the northern Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay. (Save the Bay) https://bit.ly/2fCxkZy

All of this before we even talk about saving the salmon (at least 3 species), Delta Smelt (at least 3 species,) sturgeon, and 48 other species, some of which are non-native, like Stripped Bass. (UC Davis) https://bit.ly/2Qt7Moo

  • California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill to End Use of Drift Gillnets (PEW Charitable Trusts) https://bit.ly/2Pgr1hi            Congress should take similar action to protect marine life
  • (MI) Senate Republicans vote to scale back Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave laws (The Detroit News) https://bit.ly/2r9FIs1
    • Background: Michigan GOP lawmakers adopt minimum wage, sick leave plans with aim to amend (The Detroit News) https://bit.ly/2BEOrbq                                                                          Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on Wednesday approved citizen-initiated legislation raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour and requiring paid sick leave, a move designed to make the proposals easier to change.
  • Mind The Junk Food: London To Ban Ads For Unhealthy Eats On Public Transportation (NPR) https://n.pr/2DNFDSb
  • After years of debate, LA legalizes sidewalk vending: ‘This means freedom’ (LA Times) https://lat.ms/2E3M9oJ

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

  • Tanzania orders destruction of Monsanto/Gates’ GM trials due to illegal use for pro-GM propaganda (African Centre For Biodiversity) https://bit.ly/2PPkONn

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology