Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for January 13, 2019

 

  • You Can Now Be Fined and Jailed for Calling This “Meat” (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2QohBQu                                                                       “No none who gets a veggie burger and bites into it is surprised when it’s not slaughtered animal meat.”
  • Build a $300 Underground Greenhouse for Year-round Fresh Food (Building Homes and Living) https://bit.ly/2Ssr7DP
  • For-Profit Chain (Le Cordon Bleu culinary schools) Cancels $494 Million in Student Debt to End State Investigations (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2Tt7I5U
  • Seth Holmes Discusses Migrant Workers, the US agricultural system, and Structural Inequality Exacerbated “through metaphors of ethnic difference” (Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society) https://bit.ly/2AvYBKM
  • Working Paper: Power, Food and Agriculture: Implications for Farmers, Consumers and Communities (University of Missouri) https://bit.ly/2sciaTC
  • 4 Killed And Dozens Injured After Gas Explosion Rocks Bakery In Paris (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2smyZeL

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Farmers at Gaza’s Edge Try to Make Ends Meet Between Economic Squeeze and Israeli Sniper Fire (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2EThqKR
  • Iowa soybean farmers on shutdown: “it’s not worth putting up the wall to put us in this situation” (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/2RIi1pE
  • Millet anyone? Facing soil crisis, US farmers look beyond corn and soybeans (The Christian Science Monitor) https://bit.ly/2VwCRaC
  • Navajo Beef Brings Traditional Practices and Modern Business to Ranching (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2Vpg9RI

 

Land and Soil

 

Climate

  • Black truffles are in trouble (Popular Science) https://bit.ly/2TFcE82                                                                                              Climate change is threatening to muffle the truffle shuffle.
  • Oceans Heating Up 40 Percent Faster Than Thought, 2018 Expected To See Record Temperatures, Scientists Warn (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2smsDMt

 

Plants, Seeds & Cultivars

  • Stuffed or Starved? Evolutionary Plant Breeding Might Have the Answer (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2HTvD8z
  • Plants Can Hear Animals Using Their Flowers (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2Ci2tyU                                                                                                  And they react to the buzzing of pollinators by sweetening their nectar.
  • The race to re-learn hemp farming (Salon) https://bit.ly/2FqawOq                                                                             Researchers have a lot to learn about the previously-banned crop before it flourishes on American farms

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • The Costly, Complicated Process of Cleaning Up a Toxic River (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2SNi0Oj                                                                In eastern Washington, a push to clean PCBs from the Spokane River faces a dirty legacy and global pollution problem.
  • Like Fruit, Vegetables, and Almonds? Scientists Have Bad News (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2F1y7UA                                                              A new study finds that the main source of water for our fresh produce could dry up within our lifetimes.
  • Study: The Change Character of the California Sierra Nevada as a Natural Reservoir (AGU100) https://bit.ly/2AsUwqr
  • Survey Finds Almost Half Of Private wells Tested In Southwest Wisconsin Are Contaminated (Wisconsin Public Radio) https://bit.ly/2GWMRXk                                                                                     Local official say more data is needed to understand source of harmful bacteria, nitrates

 

Food Culture & History

  • The Life-Giving Properties of One of the World’s Oldest Cheeses (Gastro Obscura) https://bit.ly/2C0JA3A                                                          In Xinjiang, the living process dairy the way 4,000 year old mummies did.
  • Why an English Museum Has a Collection of Magic Potatoes (Gastro Obscura) https://bit.ly/2scAkVj                                                       Touch of the rheumatiz? Try carrying around a purloined spud.
  • A Living Fossil From the Deep Sea Was Discovered With Trash Crammed in its Stomach (The Inertia) https://bit.ly/2Ff3Pym

 

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

  • Millions of College Students Are Going Hungry (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2TC62ak                                                                                                   A new government report highlights just how pervasive the problem is.
  • Food Pantries Help Federal Workers, Coast Guard Amid Shutdown (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2QIR8wU                Furloughed and unpaid government employees are struggling to buy necessities amid the weeks long government shutdown.
  • Chicago: Food pantry offering free groceries to furloughed government workers (Chicago Sun Times) https://bit.ly/2TLPUD0
  • Canada’s New 2019 Food Guide Cuts Out Milk And Cheese Almost Entirely (Narcity) https://bit.ly/2VIgGyf                             Canada’s national food guide indicates that dairy is cut out almost entirely.
  • Blow to low carb diet as landmark study finds high fiber cuts heart disease risk (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2HfAxlg               Review commissioned by WHO says fiber in ‘good’ carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread and oats has protective effect

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Does Your Box of “Ugly” Produce Really Help the Planet? Or Hurt it? (The New Republic) https://bit.ly/2QGf5VX
  • Dumping Rejected Food Shipments into Landfills, Truckers Are Donating Them to Local Charities (Good News Network) https://bit.ly/2AFUifS
  • 300,000+ Plastic Bottles Recycled in ‘Reverse Vending Machines’ Test Run in UK (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Tv9mnp
  • 5 everyday products contaminated with plastic (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2Awlxtb                                                                                It’s high time that corporations and governments step up to stem the tide of plastic, taking action to eliminate all but the most essential single-use plastic items.

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • How a 3.5 mile long irrigation canal used by 23 farms caused the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2Ay09DV                                                                                           FDA offers its first assessment of what happened in Yuma, Arizona.
  • The biggest food recall of 2018 is one you still haven’t heard about (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2s838OX
  • E. coli outbreak tied to Santa Barbara County; Monterey, San Benito counties not ruled out (The Californian) https://bit.ly/2RjflPy

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Alabama sheriff personally kept $1.5 million that was supposed to feed ICE detainees (The Week) https://bit.ly/2LFr3hu
  • After A Run Of Tainted Food Scandals, Women In Japan Took Control Of The System (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2VDlViz
  • Woman Catches A ‘River Monster’ And Has The Footage To Prove It (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2GU3H95

 

Children & School Food

  • Federally funded school lunches are about to get a lot less healthy (Vox) https://bit.ly/2FrgOMK                                                                                  By relaxing rules for school lunches, the Trump administration is doing the dairy industry a big favor at the expense of children’s health.
  • What the USDA’s New Nutrition Rules Mean for the 30 Million Children Eating School Lunches (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2Rf9GKI                                                                                              We talked to school lunch expert Bettina Elias Siegel about what’s at stake.

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • The government shutdown spotlights a bigger issue: 78% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck (cnbc) https://cnb.cx/2VGeqrc

 

Protests

 

Pollinators & Insects

  • Puerto Rico May Hold the Answer to Saving the Bees (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2F0zNOC                                                                           The island’s special breed may help solve colony collapse disorder.

 

Animals, Fish & Seafood

  • Billions Of Male Chicks Are Slaughtered Every Year – This New Technology Could Prevent That (IFL Science) https://bit.ly/2QjA0O4
  • Someone Bought This Dead Fish For $3 Million (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2SCNWVH                                                                                          The auctioned off Bluefin tuna weights 612 pounds.
  • Florida’s Answer to Invasive Lionfish? If You Can’t beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2Az4Xc9

 

Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Supermarket Chains Ignored This Black Community, So Residents Opened a Co-Op (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2SFLfCQ                               The Renaissance Community Co-op is the first of its kind in the nation, opened after 20 years of failed attempts to woo chains to the neighborhood.
  • New Archive Reveals How the Food Industry Mimics Big Tobacco to Suppress Science, Shape Public Opinion (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2TMTVHC
  • McDonald’s Is Officially Banning Preservatives In Their Burgers At All Restaurants in Canada (narcity) https://bit.ly/2AHiTAS
  • Palm Oil Sourcing Should Be Disclosed to Consumers, Sustainability Study Recommends (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2AvL4CV
  • Shop Here, Not There: Science Says Reducing Inequality Is Almost That Simple (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2EYOnph                                  New research shows that shuttling even 5 percent of consumer transactions t poorer neighborhoods can reduce income inequality by up to 80 percent.
  • What Minimum-Wage Foes Got Wrong About Seattle (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2F26TxT                                                           An initial study said the increase to $15 would cost workers jobs and hours. That didn’t happen.
  • Minimum wage hikes in six cities: big impact on pay, none on jobs (UC Berkeley News) https://bit.ly/2RsujCf
  • Study: The New Wave of Local Minimum Wage Policies: Evidence from Six Cities (UC Berkeley) https://bit.ly/2CIMTQD
  • IKEA Just Released Free Plans For A Sustainable Garden That Can Feed A Neighborhood (True Activist) https://bit.ly/2F75chP

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • Hard-Pressed American Farmers Left Out In The Cold By New 11-Nation Trade Treaty (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Ak3dU8    Aussie, Canadian farmers celebrate treaty Trump nixed, while US wheat producers fear Japan market collapse.
  • Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says (msn) https://bit.ly/2AD7YbC
  • How Trump’s Shutdown Forks Over Everyone Who Eats Food (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2M3Rr4N                                               Farmers, poor families, and inspectors are caught in the crosshairs.
  • Judge Strikes Down Iowa ‘Ag Gag’ Law That Choked Undercover Animal Abuse Reporting (Talking Points Memo) https://bit.ly/2H7anAQ
    • “Ag-gag laws” hide the cruelty of factory farms from the public. Courts are striking them down. (Vox) https://bit.ly/2D43Fry
  • Farm workers in California now eligible for overtime after 9.5 hours (KSBY6 Central Coast) https://bit.ly/2RmuNKN
  • Denver’s New Sales Tax is the Frist in the Nation to Benefit Kids’ Health (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2RjG2TN

 

  • Street vending is legal in Los Angeles after a decade of organizing (Waging Nonviolence) https://bit.ly/2Fi5AuP

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

 

Poisons