Jenny’s Food & Ag Update January 27, 2019

 

  • The Streets of Copenhagen Will Soon Have Communal Fruit Trees (Intelligent Living) http://bit.ly/3apMz5W
  • Meals On Wheels Serves Up Breakfast, Lunch And Community At Local Diner (NPR) https://n.pr/2RDeyqj
  • Supreme Court allows Flint residents to sue city and state over water contamination (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/36jjAgU
    • The number of Flint’s student
  • Veganuary is huge. But is it really as simple as animal foods bad, plant foods good? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/36jlazd                      We seem to have forgotten that , just like meat, vegan food can damage the planet
  • The dark side of plant based food – it’s more about money than you may think (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2QLgrRe
  • How Brazilian Chefs Are Using the Fruit That Can Turn Anything Blue (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2QQ80UF
  • Food labels too complicated for most shoppers to understand – new research (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2QPmdBn
  • Liederkranz Cheese (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2SY33Mn          This long-extinct pungent delight has made a comeback in Wisconsin.
  • Sacrebleu! Michelin strips third star legendary Bocuse restaurant after 55 years (CNN) https://cnn.it/2R7S2H1

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Farmers Are Buying 40-Year-Old Tractors Because They’re Actually Repairable (Vice) http://bit.ly/35L3I6G                                  John Deere makes it difficult to repair its new tractors without specialized software, so an increasing number of farmers are buying older models. Yes!
  • Open source technology could be a boon to farmers (Salon) http://bit.ly/2QRlCjX                                                                                          Open source technologies will help small farmers compete against the large operations
  • The Latest Green New Deal for Farmers Would Restructure Everything About How They Make Money (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/36qzplL                                                                                              “The current system is killing our soil, and farmers have hardly any incentives to do anything different.”
  • Farming’s Growing Problem (The Center for Public Integrity) http://bit.ly/3aCYSf7                                                                                  Fertilizers are contaminating and warming the planet. Regulators haven’t acted on decades-old warnings.
  • The Last Floating Farms of Mexico City (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2ZT3qZU                                                                                                A collective of farmers is trying to revive chinampas, a 1,300-year-old method of farming.
  • Women Farmers Are on the Rise in the Last Frontier (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2T3RZNT                                                              Alaskan women are almost as likely to start farming as their male counterparts
  • Life at the End of the National Food Chain (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/36rG13p                                                                                          Sitka, Alaska, offsets food insecurity through farming, fishing, and foraging – and an uncommon sense of community.
  • Midwestern Farm Network Is Leading the Way to Chemical – Free, Sustainable Farming (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2GmhxxR
  • New report confirms challenges for young and beginning farmers (Salon) http://bit.ly/36NXKmT                                                                            It’s a tough time for farmers across the nation.
  • New study: changes in climate since 2000 have cut Australian farm profits 22% (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rVLWQ2
    • Concern over ‘viability’ of dairy farms and milk supplies as Australian bushfires spread (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Fm7Fnp
    • The milk, the whole milk and nothing but the milk: The story behind our (AU) dairy woes (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2N0s1H7
  • Wisconsin lost almost 800 dairy farms in 2019. Is the 2020 outlook better? (WSAW) http://bit.ly/35E2xpk

 

Land and Soil

  • Soil is our best ally in the fight against climate change – but we’re fast running out of it (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/35pFfUh

 

Climate

  • Waiter, There’s a Climate Surcharge in My Soup (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2TT0Q5o                                                                                                                                                          A new initiative will use haute cuisine to fund carbon sequestration.
  • For a Sustainable Food System, Look to Seeds (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Rn9nL2                                                                                            The resilience of food production in the face of a changing climate will depend on the both traditional ecological knowledge and Western science.
  • Climate change is hurting farmers -n even seeds are under threat (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2QtdTZ7

 

Plants, Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Cosmic Crips apple is not the future (Salon) http://bit.ly/380mmZy                                                                                        Focus groups, consultants and fungicides brought us the Cosmic Crisp. Is its taste worth the cost?

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Lake Erie turns toxic every summer. Officials aren’t cracking down on the source. (The Center for Public Integrity) http://bit.ly/38DZkIy
  • America’s Radioactive Secret (Rolling Stone) http://bit.ly/2GaVDh7                                                                                            Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America
  • US Drinking Water Widely Contaminated With ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Watchdog Says (Reuters) https://reut.rs/30T5DFq
    • People In 43 US Cities Are Drinking Toxic “Forever Chemicals” In Their Tap Water, Tests Show (BuzzFeed) http://bit.ly/2TVouy5
    • PFAS Contamination of Drinking Water Far More Prevalent Than Previously Reported (Environmental Working Group) http://bit.ly/2NNHHxK
  • Bottled Water: Unhealthy, Dirty and Costly (Medium) http://bit.ly/2tTeQBa                                                                                            What Companies Do Not Disclose But Consumers Must Know
  • Three Companies, Including “Crystal Geyser,” Charged with Illegally Transporting Hazardous Waste Containing Arsenic (US Department of Justice) http://bit.ly/38kyncy
    • Crystal Geyser Pleads Guilty to Illegally Storing Arsenic-Laden Wastewater (NBC Los Angeles) http://bit.ly/37m64Kw          The case focuses on the bottling plant’s wastewater, not the safety or quality of Crystal Geyser’s water, prosecutors said.
  • Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2QJ8JIC  Residents had for years been drinking water contaminated by dangerous PFAS chemicals – and the impact has been brutal
  • The plan to protect the Chesapeake is failing, and it’s Pennsylvania’s fault (Salon) http://bit.ly/36r4qGt                                                      The Chesapeake is the largest estuary in the US and a nationally significant economic resource
  • ‘Scale of This Failure Has No precedent’: Scientists Say Hot Ocean ‘Blob’ Killed One Million Seabirds (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/30rYIme
    • A New Study About the Death of 1 Million Seabird Should Scare the Crap Out of You (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/3aNuqPM
    • Study: Extreme mortality and reproductive failure of common murres resulting from the northeast Pacific heatwave of 2014-2016 (PLOS ONE) http://bit.ly/2viunv0

 

Food Culture & History

  • How the Government Came to Decide the Color of Your Food (Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/30VX7VV                                                              A business historian explains America’s commitment to regulating the appearance of everything from margarine to canned peas
  • These Lost Crops Were a Likely Staple Food in Indigenous North America (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2uoZrc9

 

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

  • When Disaster Hit California, Sikh Temples Provide Meals and Refuge (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/36H7f6Y                                   Sikhs statewide have organized to feed their fellow Californians in crisis.
  • Red meat plays vital role in diets, claims expert in fightback against veganism (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2MZfsvw                    As millions cut out animal products, farming conference hears that fruit and vegetables have been drained of nutrients

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Mealworms Can Eat Toxic Styrofoam Safely (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2SXe5Bm                                                                                          Not as good a solution as not using Styrofoam, but it’s something.

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • More foreign ownership of US beef processors raises food safety concerns (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2GkLkXK    Brazilian meat company Marfrig – currently under investigation for making bribes – is now majority owner of one of the biggest beef processors in the United States.

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Meal Delivery Service Accused of Repackaging Other Companies’ Frozen Foods (Vice) http://bit.ly/36DvbIr
  • People Are Fighting to Change an Anti-MSG Term in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Vice) http://bit.ly/30CeOtv                     Chef Eddie Huang and TV hos Jeannie Mai are calling out the dictionary’s outdated definition for “Chinese restaurant syndrome.”
  • Texas Police Learn That Yes, You Can Dust Cheese Slices for Fingerprints (Vice) http://bit.ly/2NnMV3c                                                        After the Carrollton PD discovered a number of cars covered in cheese, they realized the “cheese slices produce GREAT fingerprints.”

 

Children & School Food

  • Why Do We Have School Lunch Debt at All? (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2FVZT3O                                                                                          We live in a nation where food is plentiful but millions of children experience hung and food insecurity.
  • Countless American families are saddled with student lunch debt. Many won’t be able to pay it off. (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/38fpTDD

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • An SOS Call for America’s Workers (The American Prospect) http://bit.ly/2Rr5oyf                                                                                              The new Clean Slate report alerts the public and policy members about the dismal state of workers power and worker voice.
  • Jail Inmates Worked for a $16 Billion Company Without Pay. Now Thy Want Their Wages. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/37H7cIw                                                                                                                                     “They’re making money off of using us prisoners and we’re not getting anything in exchange.
  • Raising the Minimum Wage by Just $1 Could Literally Save Lives (Vice) http://bit.ly/2Nlz7WP                                                                                        A new study found that states with higher minimum wages have lower suicide rates among people without college degrees.
  • The grooming gap: What “looking the part” costs women (Salon) http://bit.ly/37XjZGY                                                                                                If women don’t conform to beauty expectations, they’re paid less.      As a chef in a male dominated field, I can’t tell you how many times I have been told how to dress when coming in to work, before my uniform is on. Recently, a boss was shocked how “well I cleaned up,” and staff members think I am gay because I keep my very curly hair short. The list goes on…
  • Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized (Vox) http://bit.ly/2ZYU7ru                                                                                    Around 2,300 contracted workers who serve meals to Google employees in the San Francisco Bay Area have unionized, saying they’re overworked and underpaid.
  • Fast Food Chain (Tim Hortons) Locks Out And Replaces Workers Over 10 Cent Raise Demand (Labor 411) http://bit.ly/2NmvaRA
  • New Report: Employers Are Charged with Labor Law Violations in Over 40% Of All Union Election Campaigns (Labor 411) http://bit.ly/30ccCZI
    • Report: Unlawful (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2FIeznl                                                                                            US employers are charged with violating federal law in 41.5% of all union election campaigns

 

Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Factory Farm Industry Quietly Lobbies California Officials to Criminalize Animal Rescue Activism (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/38lWrf8

 

  • Corporate “Cage-Free” Commitments Are Only Meaningful With Accountability (Truthout) http://bit.ly/30ggJDY                                 Reducing the suffering of chickens can only happen if companies follow through on their promises.

 

  • (UK) Fast food giants still ‘failing’ on chicken welfare, says report (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Rq9kix                                                          Pizza Hut, Burger King and Domino’s are among UK outlets rated ‘very poor’ in report from leading animal charity
  • Almost one in four food products launched in UK in 2019 labeled vegan (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2RJXwGS
  • After massive funding round, Memphis Meats plans to open a production plant for cell-cultured meat (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/37oDCrt
  • Impossible Foods’ new pork is 0% pig. That’s a big deal. (Vox) http://bit.ly/2N6gIgu                                                                                            The plant-based Impossible Pork is here to replace the most eaten meat in the world.
  • The world’s biggest food company is now making vegan sausage (CNN) https://cnn.it/2TBCjBy                                                                           Nestle is adding vegan sausages to its lineup of imitation meat products, as the world’s largest food company moves to secure its position in the market for booming plant-based foods.
  • Why McDonald’s has been slow to adopt meatless meat (Vox) http://bit.ly/37ZPuQD                                                                                          The next big challenge for the plant-based meat industry is scale.
  • A surge of new plastic production is on the way (GreenBiz) http://bit.ly/38p6nV7
    • Louisiana green light huge pollution causing plastics facility in ‘Cancer Alley’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/36fIgGW                  The $9.4bn facility, owned by Formosa Plastics, would consist of 14 separate plastic plants in St. James parish, known as Cancer Alley
  • One of America’s oldest and largest milk producers files for bankruptcy (CNN) https://cnn.it/2T8i7ar                                                            Borden Dairy Co., one of America’s oldest and largest dairy companies, on Monday became the second major milk producer to file for bankruptcy in the last two months.
  • The company says it’s making food from ‘thin air’… plus a dash of water and clean energy (CNN) https://cnn.it/2Gg9vXf
  • McDonald’s Pays CEO $41 Million For Firing Him While Paying Workers A Poverty Wage (Labor 411) http://bit.ly/307s6OE
  • Grubhub sale rumors highlight the state of struggling food-delivery industry (Vox) http://bit.ly/39ZQYwl                                                      Tough competition makes consolidation a really attractive idea.
  • How ‘All You Can Eat’ Restaurants Turn a Profit (Medium) http://bit.ly/36QAXqd                                                                                                 Demystifying the business model that doesn’t seem to make sense
  • This French Startup Wants to be the future of Foie Gras (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2FsUaSM                                                                          Aviwell’s innovative method fattens ducks’ livers without force feeding them.
  • Transforming a Hawaiian Community Through Farming (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2Qsix9B                                                                      Crops aren’t the only things growing at MA’O Organic Farms.
  • Can Mission-Driven Food Companies Scale Up Without Selling Out? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2t2QqFk                                                           A ground breaking new stewardship business model creates standards that prioritize purpose over profit.
  • RSF-Purpose Initiative Responds to Demand for Mission-First Business Models (RSF Social Finance) http://bit.ly/30fem4d
  • Report: State of Alternative Ownership in the US (RFS Social Finance) http://bit.ly/36NeKJR                                                                         Emerging Trends in Steward-ownership and Alternative Financing

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • China moves to phase out single use plastics (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2v3TVvL                                                                                                    Plastic bags to be banned in all major cities by the end of 2020, says state planner
  • Stealing Small Amounts Of Food When In Desperate Need Is Not A Crime, Rules Italy’s Highest Court (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2TIza2V                                                                                                                           “A small theft because of hunter is in no way comparable to an act of delinquency, because the need to feed justifies the fact.”
  • (European) Commission takes Denmark to court over fake feta cheese (Politico) https://politi.co/2RMwte8                                      When it comes to sheep’s cheese, Brussels want Copenhagen to stop pulling the wool over consumers’ eyes.
  • Thailand wants to ban these three pesticides. The US government says no (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/38x933c                                        The Trump administration is putting profits before people by pressuring the country not to ban harmful chemicals
  • ‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2Rk3iQC
    • New Trump Rule Rolls Back Decades Of Clean Water Protections (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2RLr8nh                                   The new water rule, finalized Thursday, will be “among this administration’s dirtiest, most dangerous deeds,” an environmental lawyer warned.
  • Trump administration removes federal protections from streams, wetlands (ABC News) https://abcn.ws/2Gu3lTv                                    The new rule will only protect areas connected to larger bodies of water.
  • EPA’s New Water Rule a Mockery of Science and the Clean Water Act (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/36w0Iew
  • USDA scientists are rethinking calorie counts. Good news: They’re lower than we thought (The New Food economy) http://bit.ly/2ufPygw
  • A New Bill Aims to Fix Food Waste in Schools (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/3aEGMtg                                                                                          Rep. Chellie Pingree today introduced a new bill with bipartisan support that seeks to improve student nutrition and increase environmental education about food waste.
  • The Trump Administration Is Getting Sued Over Its New Food Stamps Rule (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FTQg5U                          The Legal Aid Society of DC describes it as “arbitrary and capricious.”
  • California, 13 other states sue to stop Trump’s food stamp cuts (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tw74NH
  • Trump’s USDA weakens school nutrition – again (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tOCNcW
    • The Trump Administration’s Defense of Its School Lunch Overhaul Is a Big Nothingburger (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2Gfk7WF                                                                                      Sonny Perdue claims Obama-era reforms are causing food waste. His own agency’s research tells a different story.
  • Trump Rolls Back Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Nutrition Rules (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/37emqoE
  • Trump administration weakens Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch reforms on her birthday (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2GhCRoj
  • Trump Administration Takes Steps to Fatten Up School Meals With Burgers and Fries (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/375Tjnz  The Trump administration took steps Friday to cut down on healthful fruits and vegetables in school meals and allow more pizza, burgers and fries.
  • Pasta is now a vegetable in American schools under Trump guidelines (Independent) http://bit.ly/2tF8Wnv
  • The Trump administration chose meatpacking giants over farmers in USDA proposal, critics say (Politico) https://politi.co/2RsIxSF                                                                                                                                  The latest proposal omits an Obama-era effort that would have made it easier for livestock farmers to win lawsuits against meat processors.
  • New Meatpacker Rules Won’t Support or Protect Farmers (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2RgHKo8                                                                                As the meat industry continues to consolidate, groups representing ranchers and farmers ask when policymakers will stand up and level the playing field.
  • New Report Details How EPA Is Promoting ‘Worst of the Worst Pesticides’ (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2Nidwyu                    From 2017 – 2018, the agency approved 69 new pesticide products containing an ingredient the EPA recognizes as a “known” or “likely” carcinogen.
  • ‘A Recipe for Disaster’: Consumer Safety Groups Sue USDA Over Trump’s Effort to Privatize Inspections for Pork Industry (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2Rp5Hs7                                                          “We’re suing the crap out of the USDA for… feeding us crap.”
  • Trump’s loosening of pork inspection regulations fails to protect consumers from illness and death ne lawsuit claims (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/38jLNpe                                                                        “Food safety is one of the most important protections in our country and gifting the slaughter industry self-regulation powers will mean pork eaters in this country will be facing higher threats of disease.”
  • Naomi Earp, contentious had of civil rights at USDA, will step down after a year in office (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/30C9B4R
  • Trump administration gives crooked Brazilian meatpacker (JBS SA) another taxpayer-funded bailout despite bipartisan outrage (NY Daily News) http://bit.ly/35Mtoj5
  • Trump Serves Up Another Happy Meal For The Fast-Food Industry (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Tolr10                                        A new regulation will make it harder for workers to sue big brands over wage claims.
  • Farmers Got Billions From Taxpayers In 2019, And Hardly Anyone Objected (NPR) https://n.pr/35MmXMZ

 

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen cooks up thousands of meals in Puerto Rico (wtop) http://bit.ly/2TjdVV5

 

Pollinators & Insects

  • Bees Absolutely Love Cannabis & It Could Help Restore Their Populations (Educate Inspire Change) http://bit.ly/2G9tGX8
    • Study: The Bee Community of Cannabis sativa and Corresponding Effects of Landscape Composition (Environmental Entomology) http://bit.ly/38nFtgj
  • US agriculture employs nearly 3 million honeybee colonies every year. What do those pollinators cost our ecosystems? (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/30CaJW9                                                        As we rely more heavily on managed native bees – largely for California’s $5.6 – billion almond crop – wild bees are increasing under threat.
  • Monarch butterfly population critically low on California coast- again (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2RHMG4f                                    Study finds 29,000 butterflies, compared with 4.5 million during the 1980s, as experts point to habitat destruction

 

Animals, Fish, Fresh Water & Marine Animals

  • Ornithologists, Birdwatchers Uncover Staggering Magnitude of Bird Population Decline (The Cornell Daily Sun) http://bit.ly/2RTtGjg
  • Cows Have Unique Moos That They Use To Express Their Feelings, Study Finds (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2twvW80
  • Another Disease Outbreak Threatens US Pigs, But Big Ag Would Rather Talk About Bacon Prices (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2Tupc5a
  • ‘Live animals are the largest source of infection’: dangers of the export trade (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2RfqoaR            Transporting more livestock will increase transmission of diseases, including some that could also threaten humans
  • The Chinese paddlefish, on of world’s largest fish, has gone extinct (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/30HjRcl    Native to China’s Yangtze River, these fish grew 23 feet in length, but haven’t been spotted since 2003.
  • Trawler return to Pacific fishing area in rare environmental success story (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2RM1q1X                      With stocks rebounding, regulators have reopened a groundfish habitat off the west coast – with environmentalists’ support
  • Okanagan Sockeye Salmon (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2mgw8nO                                                                                    Around British Columbia’s Osoyoos Lake, community efforts have revived the population of a fluorescent fish.

 

Poisons

  • Urgent new ‘roadmap to recover’ could reverse insect apocalypse (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/35HWekz                                                Phasing out synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and aggressive emission reductions among series of solutions outlined by scientists
  • Monsanto Guilty of Spraying Banned Pesticide on Maui Fields (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/30UYswd                                  Company to pay up $10.2 million in fines for the spraying and for illegally storing hazardous waste.
  • Report: The Introduction of Thousands of Tonnes of Glyphosate in the food chain – An Evaluation of Glyphosate Tolerant Soybeans (PubMed) http://bit.ly/3a6Npo8
  • Formulations of glyphosate – based weedkillers are toxic, tests show (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/38Guhfb                                         Government scientists say danger lies with added ingredients in the products not glyphosate

 

GMOs, CRISPR, Cloning & Synthetic Biology

  • GM salmon leaps another legal hurdle. Next up: Another legal hurdle (The an New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/365q8Qc
  • Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and Bacteria DNA, Mouse Researchers Find (Independent Science News) http://bit.ly/3aqVSm7

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

  • A 6,000-year-old fruit fly gave the world modern cheese and yogurts (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2QQPwn5
  • What’s made of legumes but sizzles on the barbie like beef? Australia’s new high-tech meat alternative (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2SZtCkq

 

Education & Training

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update January 5, 2020

 

  • Black Panther volunteer still serving hungry kids breakfast, 50 years later (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/34jlXPS
  • Communities are benefiting from the growing number of hospital farms (We Are Chefs) http://bit.ly/2thCVBe
  • Flour Power (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2S1qDaj                                           Ancient grains. Little – known tiny grains. Mighty local adapted grains. They are all rising up to replace All Purpose Flour. It’s not just baking, it’s a battle for our food system.
  • Wild Yeasts and Ancient Grains (Yes!) http://bit.ly/38UHlhU     Replace your all purpose flour with this mighty little grains.
  • Public Health Experts Support a Ban on CAFOs. New Polling Suggests the Public Does Too (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/37dGlUe       A food policy expert at Johns Hopkins says the future of our food system depends on reigning in industrial animal agriculture.
  • Need a sous vide machine? Or electric mixer? Berkeley Public Library to begin lending kitchen tools (Berkeleyside) http://bit.ly/2Qzkdgn
  • We Destroyed the Oceans. Now Scientists Are Growing Seafood in Labs. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2snxYqe
  • No driver needed: 20 tons of butter takes road trip from California to Pennsylvania (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/35p3MJU
  • The Trouble With Biofuels (The Revelator) http://bit.ly/2SlKa5v     The Trump administration has promised to expand their use, which would make farmers happy. But are consumers aware of biofuels’ potential consequences?

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change (Politico) https://politi.co/2qQudsO                   Perdue, Vilsack and leading agricultural groups gathered in a Maryland barn to talk about the farm-country issues that dare not speak its name.
  • Black (Ghanaian) farmers embrace practices of climate resiliency (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2EJLCHa
  • Duck farmers say New York City’s foie gras ban is unconstitutional (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2ER2ETs  Citing a threat to their rural economy, foie gras producers have asked New York state to intervene.
  • After 240 Years and 7 Generations, Forced to Sell the Family Farm (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2RC4G1G                                                          He aging owners of a Catskills farm say it “has to close so we can survive.”
  • After a year of record-breaking floods, some farmers face an impossible choice: stay or move? (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2snQUFl
  • Industrial dairy farming is taking over in Wisconsin, crowding out family operations and raising environmental concerns (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2E9t8zx
  • Kansas farmers die by suicide at an ‘alarming’ rate. State steps in to help them cope (The Kansas City Star) http://bit.ly/2u1crEl
  • Retired Texas shrimper wins record- breaking $50 million settlement from plastics manufacturing giant (The Texas Tribune) http://bit.ly/39xVIJj

 

Land and Soil

 

Climate

  • Climate Change Is Fueling a Farming Boom in Alaska (In These Times) http://bit.ly/36ARgHe                                                                            It’s becoming easier for the northern state to grow its own food – and more necessary
  • Move Over, Peak Oil. Scientists Say ‘Peak Livestock’ Must Arrive This Decade to Limit Global Heating (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2YXwfUR                                                                                               “If the livestock sector were to continue with business as usual,” experts warn, “this sector alone would account for 49% of the emissions budget for 1.5°C by 2030.
  • World must reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to meet climate change targets, scientists warn (CNN) https://cnn.it/38xT31F

 

Plants, Seeds & Cultivars

  • An ugly fungal disease could spell the end of American peppermint farming (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2sohtuj
  • Raiders of The Lost Crops: Scientists Race Against Time To Save Genetic Diversity (NPR) https://n.pr/2rPTEeD
  • Will rice survive climate change? (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/39bE9hL                                                                                               The challenge for rice farms is how to meet demand for an inexpensive food source when Mother Nature has other ideas – and when the crop itself contributes to the emissions that are making it hard to grow in traditional locations.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Forget big oil and big energy – on the driest continent, water is the new black (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2P3WCVE
    • Australian School Runs Out of Water as Shocked Residents See Bottled Water Giants Taking Resources (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/36B0Hqd
  • Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly (az central) http://bit.ly/39lYkK5
  • Victoria Falls: World’s Largest Waterfall Is Running Out of Water & Might Disappear (India Times) http://bit.ly/2PtrPAG
  • Revealed: water company and city officials knew about Flint poison risk (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/38B9Zo6                  Exclusive: email exchanges show senior employees knew Michigan residents might risk being poisoned by tap water months before city admitted to problem
  • ‘Despicable’: Internal Emails Reveal Water Contractor Knew About Risks in Flint Months Before Public Confirmation (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2REZv0N                                               “I think anyone has to ask themselves how the story in Flint would be different five years later now if Veolia had made those private concerns public.”
  • EPA hasn’t updated slaughterhouse wastewater rules in 15 years. Environmental groups are suing to force its hand. (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Q6t9cM
  • As Fracking Companies Face Bankruptcy, US Regulators Enable Firms to Duck Cleanup Costs (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/35YJ2Zx
  • Delta smelt: the tiny fish caught in California’s war with Trump (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2EN3wbG                                        Harbingers of a diminishing ecosystem, the smelt are almost extinct. Now, forces within the Trump administration could usher them into oblivion
  • Los Angeles beaches plagued with toxic stormwater report warns (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2E8n9L9                                                  Officials are doing little to reduce the biggest source pollutants in local water, researchers find
  • Stormwater Report (Heal the Bay) http://bit.ly/2t9OU3Q
  • The Ocean Is Running Out of Breath, Scientists Warn (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/38AbrHf                                                    Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species – a trend that will continue with climate changes 

    Food Culture & History

  • How Crisco toppled lard – and made Americans believers in industrial food (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2sohtuj

 

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

  • ‘Man-Made Starvation’ Threatens Half of Zimbabwe’s Population (Global Citizen) http://bit.ly/34dM0HY
  • ‘I won’t be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/35n7V0V
  • Food bank braces for surge in demand after Trump strips 700,000 of benefits (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/392sp13                                New work requirements are set to throw 700,000 people off snap benefits, with African Americans to be particularly hard hit
  • Here’s What Trump’s SNAP Cuts Will Really Do (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2SgRShj                                                                                             “I’ve never witnessed anything like this. It’s a deliberate attack.”
  • What Happens Next With Trump’s Food Benefit Cuts (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2LRGDrN                                                   If lawsuits challenging the new regulations don’t work, Americans may be facing “unmet food needs.”
  • Newt Gingrich went on Sonny Perdue’s podcast using decades-old welfare tropes to justify SNAP cuts (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2EkgQ7u
  • Here’s What Most People Don’t Know About “Being On Food Stamps’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/34NikC3
  • Study: Decline in Early Childhood Obesity in WIC Families (CDC) http://bit.ly/38FRU8c                                                                        Improvement shown among young children enrolled in food assistance programs in 41 US states and territories
  • Commuting Past Fast Food Restaurants Is Linked to Obesity, According to New Research (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/2PIPGgZ
  • 3400 Medical Students in Detroit Complete the First Mandated Plant – Based Nutrition Program in the US (Veg News) http://bit.ly/2sbkeid                                                                                                 The Wayne State School of Medicine hosted a month – long curriculum for its 300 first-year medical students to teach them about the evidence-based science behind whole-food plant-based nutrition.

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Bangladeshi Scientist Invents Biodegradable Single-Use Bag Made From Jute (Global Citizen) http://bit.ly/2YBJVVa
  • What to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers? Look to the French (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/37a1jUa
  • Report: Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Practices (Institute For Local Self-Reliance) http://bit.ly/35cSiIC
  • Norway recycles 97% of its plastic bottles: a blueprint for the rest of the world? (Positive News) http://bit.ly/39kDdYL
  • Plastic Pollution Is A Global Problem We Can’t Ignore (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sseel2
    • Plastic: The Largest Predator in Our Oceans (Inter Press Service) http://bit.ly/39LdRUb
    • History’s Greatest Sea Is Dying (The Atlantic) http://bit.ly/2PGPltYThe failure of countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean help explain the difficulty of carrying out successful climate-change negotiations.
  • The missing 99%: why can’t we find the vast majority of ocean plastic? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2QieAnX
  • Giant Eagle Becomes First US Retailer of Its Size to Set Single-Use Plastic Phaseout (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2MltOX1
  • How an Old Law Is Helping Fight New Plastic Problem (The Revelator) http://bit.ly/2PT71E0                                                                   New legislative efforts to ban plastics are important, but a recent court ruling in Texas reminds us that enforcing existing laws is a crucial part of the plastics fight.

 

Healthy Food & Food Safety

  • Ideology Can Skew Our Views On the Healthiness of Food (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/36R5HqX                                                 New research finds that marketing messages that are inconsistent with our values can lead us to view a food product as less healthy.
  • Eliminating food deserts won’t help poorer Americans eat healthier (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/37rt0Ys
    • Study: Food Deserts and the Causes of Nutritional Inequality (The Quarterly Journal of Economics) http://bit.ly/2ufEW1p
  • Meatless Meat Is Everywhere. But How Good Is It For Us And The Planet? (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2QykXnw                             It’s still fast food…
  • A collaborative approach required to end periodic vegetable contamination with E. coli (Agricultural Policy Analysis Center) http://bit.ly/2Ejlum8
  • Leafy Greens With Listeria Sold at Major Supermarkets (Consumer Reports) http://bit.ly/2PhdhF8                                Consumer Reports found the bacteria in prewashed and unbagged products. Here’s How to stay safe when eating greens
  • Most seafood imports flagged for food safety violations never get audited (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2P9rbJD
  • Packaged hard-boiled eggs have been linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, the CDC warns (CNN) https://cnn.it/36L1LrI

 

Food Fraud, Scandals, Weird & Funny

  • Nobody Knows Why There Are Pigeons in Cowboy Hats Roaming Las Vegas (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2LHAZbG                             The rodeo was in town, but they denied involvement.

 

Children, Youth & School Food

  • This school science experiment will make you want to wash your hands: ‘So disgusting’ (Yahoo!) https://yhoo.it/2sJ7uzu
  • Huge increase in ‘Victorian diseases’ including rickets, scurvy and scarlet fever, NHS data reveals (Independent) http://bit.ly/38q0Z4Q

 

Labor, Unions & Coops

  • With Federal Minimum Stuck at $7.25, Report Shows 32 Jurisdictions Will Raise Wages to or Above $15 in 2020 (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2shTeOc                                                       “It shows the incredible momentum that the Fight for $15 movement has built up. People who work low-wage jobs need and deserve a raise – and companies can afford it. There’s no excuse/”
  • Report: Raises From Coast to Coast in 2020: Minimum Wage Will Increase in Record 47 States, Cities, and Counties This January (National Employment Law Project) http://bit.ly/2rqJyR7
  • Women Farmworkers Fight to Secure Their Rights and End Sexual Harassment (New Labor Forum) http://bit.ly/36r2EWo
  • Why the US is one of only a few countries with no paid time off (Vox) http://bit.ly/2rx9xX5                                                                       Workers have paid vacation days in Turkmenistan, Brazil, and the European Union – but not in the US.
  • Almost half of all Americans work in low-wage jobs (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/2rv2o9O                                                                                        … 44% of US workers are employed in low-wage jobs that pay a medium wage of $18,000.
  • Poverty Grew In One-Third of US Counties Despite Strong National Economy (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Zf8E1Z
  • ICE Prison’s Dollar-a-Day Wage Face Class-Action Suit (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2ZxJjR6                                                                                     A federal court ruling allows hundreds of thousands of former detainees to sue the GEO Group.
  • Disneyland Workers Sue For Higher Wages (Capitol & Main) http://bit.ly/2MvXAs7                                                                           Disneyland is facing a class-action lawsuit from workers who claim the Anaheim resort is dodging a new minimum wage law.
  • Durham Service Workers Share Stories of Poverty Wages and Poor Conditions – and an Indifferent State Labor Department (Indy Week) http://bit.ly/38wAtqy
  • How Much Are Your Favorite Companies Spending on Union-Busting Consultants? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2E7hZ27

 

Protests

  • The Battle for Seattle and How the Food Sovereignty Movement Help Bring Down the World Trade Organization (Food First) http://bit.ly/2Eu0Kbz

 

Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Big Ag and the Small-Scale African Farmer (Yes!) http://bit.ly/35r9yux                                                                                              The Gates Foundation spends billions on agricultural programs. But are they actually helping?
  • Food in the nude – NZ ditching plastic packaging of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets (Alberton Record) http://bit.ly/2F19ZQB                                                                                        ‘Food in the nude’ is a New Zealand campaign to end plastic packaging for fresh produce in supermarkets. Foodstuffs have signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration which is committed to making all store and private label packaging 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
  • Nestlé’s go at privatizing town’s water shot down by appeals court (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/348OtUe                         ‘Allowing a corporation to bottle our water just to sell it back to us is hardly an ‘essential service.”
  • Former Monsanto CEO must testify at Roundup cancer trial (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/38nxMaN                                           Bayer, and Monsanto, still continue to claim their products’ safety even though the company has not been successful in convincing a jury yet.
  • Report: Walmart’s Monopolization of Local Grocery Markets (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) http://bit.ly/2F9E68H
  • Blue Bottle Coffee pledges to go ‘zero waste’ by end of 2020 (San Francisco Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2sZOBsb
  • People Can Exchange Trash for Free Food at India’s First ‘Garbage Café’ (Vice) http://bit.ly/2rxqdhm                                               All the plastic waste collected will be recycled and used to build stronger roads.
  • Bon Jovi feeds the hungry opening the doors to his third community restaurant (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2svGq7g
  • WeWork shutters restaurant co-working arm, cutting off revenue source for partners (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2ZlZFvX
  • Most states see large declines in net farm income during the last five years (Agricultural Policy Analysis Center) http://bit.ly/35nKjcm
    • Supplemental farm income

 

Government, Regulation, Policy & Farm Bill

  • Canada’s milk quota system works to protect small dairy farms (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2YBAmFG
  • European Countries Announcer Plan to Phase Out Toxic PFAS Chemicals (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/2sybT8y
  • Trump administration reverses decision to use ‘cyanide bobs’ to kill wild animals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2SDM95y                  The poison-filled traps are used by the federal government to kill coyotes foxes and other animals for farmers and ranchers
  • The Breathtaking Lack of Oversight for Air Emissions From Animal Farms (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2ScaoY7                                We know livestock farms pollute the air – so why don’t we know how much?
  • The Stink and Injustice of life Next to an Industrial Hog Farm (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2Q54Egc                                                         Will the world’s pork producer be held responsible for making life unbearable in rural Southern communities?
  • To Protect Nation’s Waterways, New Lawsuit Challenges Trump Admin’s Failure to Update Slaughterhouse Pollution Guidelines (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2t4GP01                                               “EPA is rewarding dirty slaughterhouses at the expense of the public.”
  • Toxmap, Federal Database Allowing Public to Track US Pollution, Shut Down After 15 Years By Trump Administration (Newsweek) http://bit.ly/2F0FuKw
    • Trump doesn’t want you to know how toxic your neighborhood may be (The Raw Story) http://bit.ly/2ZvaewP
  • Dicamba Fatigue: State Report Another Year of Dicamba Injury to EPA (Progressive Farmer) http://bit.ly/38AjALY                            The amount sent to farmers tops the auto-industry bailout by billions, and was delivered without congressional approval
  • ‘Trump Money’ Is Buying Silence as Unprecedented Payments Go to Farmers (Rolling Stone) http://bit.ly/2SNTxLL                                The amount sent to farmers tops the auto-industry bailout by billions, and was delivered without congressional approval
  • Trump’s EPA Goes to Bat for Bayer as Company Fights $25 Million Verdict in Roundup Cancer Case (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2SvY6u5                                                                                              The chemical company is asking a federal appeals court to reverse its ruling in favor of a California man suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • As NLRB Delivers ‘Victory’ to McDonald’s, Docs Reveal Fast Food Giant’s Dirty Anti-Union Tactics (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/38wnQMd
    • Trump appointees hand McDonald’s a win in labor case, this week in the war on workers (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2PNMyPH
  • Calif. Ends School Lunch-Shaming by Guaranteeing All Students Will Get a Meal (People) http://bit.ly/2MxXuAk
  • New York becomes third state to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sqSczc                                                    The move could help protect children, agricultural workers, and the environment.

 

Animals, Fish, Shellfish, Fresh Water & Marine Animals

  •  “Organic” label doesn’t guarantee that holiday ham was a happy pig (Salon) http://bit.ly/2YPHuhJ                                                            Federal organic regulations require outdoor access for livestock – but don’t specify how much
  • Mangalica: the hairy Hungarian pig nearly wiped out by communism (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2u0fXz7                        African swine fever is merely latest threat to an animal that went from the brink to a nation al treasure
  • From red seaweed to climate-smart cows: New Zealand leads the fight against methane (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2sDmfnP
  • West Coast Fisher Rebounds in Rare Conservation ‘Home Run’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2t8S8Vm                                                  After years of uncertainty, fishermen who use nets to catch rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish are making a comeback.
  • In Memoriam: Sustainable Seafood, 1992 – 20019 (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/397fH1h
    • Extremely low cod numbers lead feds to close the Gulf of Alaska fishery for the first time (Alaska Public Media) http://bit.ly/2qPBmty
    • Salmon die-off expands, bringing total Chinook fishing closure on Oregon’s north coast (Statesman Journal) http://bit.ly/2PMTbSd
  • Tracking Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistance Spreads Among Marine Mammals (The Revelator) http://bit.ly/2ZpeNsn

 

Food Science, Technology & Nanotechnology

  • US technology allows fruits to stay ripe for twice as long and reduces plastic packaging (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2PtthTE

 

Poisons

  • Are ‘forever chemicals’ in our milk? Nobody really knows. (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2tlC8PT            When contaminated groundwater shut down a New Mexico dairy farm, it revealed how unprepared regulators are to protect the food supply from a group of chemicals linked to reproductive and developmental problems.
  • Glyphosate and Roundup proven to disrupt microbiome by inhibiting shikimate pathway (GM Watch) http://bit.ly/2E9lpkG
    • Study: Shotgun metagenomics and metabolomics reveal glyphosate alters the gut microbiome of Sprague-Dawley rats by inhibiting the shikimate pathway (bioRxiv) http://bit.ly/2sDMxq0
  • Toxic Chemical Found in Rainwater and Drinking Water Throughout the US (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/34R5J0x