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Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for February 16, 2017

 

  • Can the Leopold Center be Saved (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2F7pXbj                                                                                                  A year after the influential center for sustainable agriculture research was defunded, farmers and students are urging Iowa’s legislators to reinstate its budget.
  • Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nO4vRc                                                                                      A quarter-acre of land in Oakland, California is about to return to Native hands, bringing a sense of place and healing to the Ohlone people.
  • Huge levels of antibiotic use in US farming revealed (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ENXhUo                                                          Concerns raised over weakened regulations on imports in potential post-Brexit trade deals
  • British supermarket chickens show record levels of antibiotic-resistant superbugs (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DjDNZo
  • American-Grown Saffron Could Change the Spice Trade (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2BIecct                                                                      Researchers at University of Vermont have established a pilot program to see if Northeast farmers can grow the valuable spice.
  • Dropped seeds from Kazakhstan got us modern apples, Cornell University (futurity) http://bit.ly/2EsKau2
    • Genome re-sequencing reveals the history of apple and supports a two-stage model for fruit enlargement (Nature Communications) http://go.nature.com/2w8JjLw
  • Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East (Local Futures) http://bit.ly/2HdQ3dj                                                                                            How the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement promotes democracy in North Kurdistan.
  • Is Something Fishy Going on Between the University of Florida and the Agrichemical Industry? Consumers Have a Right to Know (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2BthXRT                                                                          A lawsuit could uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of the food and agrichemical industries.
  • Learning from Rashid Nuri: The History of Industrial Agriculture and its Impact (Justice Initiative International) http://bit.ly/2o63Z01
    • A New Generation Of Small Farmers Is Emerging In Atlanta (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2o0j1oK                                            Urban farmers are breaking ground on the city of the future.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • ‘I used to see them as a bunch of rioters’: Brazil’s radical farmers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nczc1V
  • Peruvian Subsistence Farmer Asks Court to Continue Case Against US Company in Delaware (EarthRights International) http://bit.ly/2G8CbQ1
  • No-Till Farmers’ Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2BuNSRQ                                                  No-till farming started as a way to keep costs down for conventional farmers in danger of losing their land. Now it has become a subculture and a way of life for outsider farmers all over rural America.
  • New Wave of Lavender Farmers Hope to Revive Barren Stripmines into Fields of Purple (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2sy1zNg
  • University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Egg Contaminant Testing by California county: http://bit.ly/2F2wNyz
  • Farm fumes are harming our health. Here’s what we can do about it. (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2nW9LCg                                                                                Ammonia from animal waste and fertilizers play a surprising role in producing dangerous air pollution

 

Food and Culture

  • Are Black Walnuts Ready to Boom? (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2EMqOjX                                                                                      Black walnuts are native Appalachian product that might mean, for some diligent foragers, money does grow on trees.
  • Farming Bring Refugees Closer to Home Through Food and Community (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2mZ6zoW                                                They were forced out of their homes by Burmese military violence Now they’re rebuilding their lives in North Carolina.
  • We’re more will tor try ‘gross’ foods with foreign names, University of Chicago (futurity) http://bit.ly/2nWvjh1

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Fredrick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control (NPR) http://n.pr/2ELi5hQ
  • Food insecurity: a third of poorest (UK) households skip meals, survey finds 9THE Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ntkjYC
  • Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford (Los Angeles Times) http://lat.ms/2Bg0mgc

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • No Elitist Farmers Market Here – Free Healthy Food and Profits for Farmers (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2HlaFjS
  • Philly airport offers ‘natural experiment’ on soda tax (futurity) http://bit.ly/2ET6BWX
    • Pass-Through of a Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages at the Philadelphia International Airport (JAMA) http://bit.ly/2EzmiVy
  • New Online Calculator Lets You See the Impact of Your Meat Intake – e and Your Hon Animals, the Climate and Your Health (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2Cklsai                                                                          One person’s meat-eating can make bigger difference than you think.

 

Education

  • There’s a Nationwide Cook Shortage. Culinary Training Programs to the Rescue (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2EIBMa2                                      Food leaders in Madison and around the country are helping underserved populations and short-handed restaurant kitchens.

 

Children & School Food

  • New Study Shows Free School Lunches Boost Earnings (Talk Poverty) http://bit.ly/2EsnQla                                                                                A new study from a trio of economists proves the old adage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. According to their research, free lunch actually has payoffs – to the tune of $11, 700 more in lifetime earnings for future workers…
  • Study: Long-Term Effects of Childhood Nutrition: Evidence from a School Lunch Reform (IZA Institute of Labor Economics) http://bit.ly/2Ggh91N

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Jim Hightower: America’s farmworkers face poverty, neglect, and now deportation (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2B2vaNV                        Up to 70 percent of the people who put food on America’s tables may be undocumented.
  • Lack of migrant workers left food rotting in UK fields last year, data reveals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Ekrr4I                                  Brexit fears and falling pound left fruit and vegetable farms short of more than 4,000 workers, with senior MPs warning of a crisis
  • Jersey Royal potato crop could be hit by shortage of EU workers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2rfnBnm                                                      Farmers say they are struggling to recruit staff, meaning fewer seed potatoes are being planted
  • The Outlook for Millennials Is Bleak. Now They’re Unionizing in Record Numbers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2EPFnAB                  Young workers bring new blood to the battered labor movement.

 

Protests

  • 50 years after the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the battle for higher wages rages on (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2BqIoYl  “I fight this fight for my kids, so that they can have a better future.”
  • #FightFor15: Fast Food Workers Stage Rallies Across Country, Demanding Living Wage and Union Rights (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2HforUZ                                                                                              The average fast food workers earns too little to afford a two-bedroom rental apartment in every US state.
  • The Hourly Income You Need To Afford Rent Around The US (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2BwJi5W                                                    The average full-time minimum wage worker can’t afford rent in ANY state.

 

Animals

  • The USDA Is Fine With a Horrifically Cruel Practice to Smother Chickens, Turkeys, and Ducks (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2suEHhx      The poultry and egg industries are using lethal foam to kill birds.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Can Food Hubs Scale Nationally and Stay True to the Cause? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2DZYM0B                                              Philadelphia’s Common Market is expanding to Atlanta, Houston, and beyond, connecting more farmers to eaters and scaling a model that has long remained local.
  • Best in glass – can the return of the milkround help squash our plastic problem? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nTDpr5
  • Leaving Stores Closed for Years Helps Grocery Chains and Hurts Communities (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2n8sFo2                                    Some supermarkets are using an arcane legal clause to prevent new stores from opening, creating a long-term lack o food access.
  • In Rural Tennessee, a Food Business Could Boost an Old Railroad Town (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2F8CTh2
  • A Gift Economy Could Change the Food System (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2o2zlWi                                                                                Alternative economics within our communities could feed us all and fight climate change.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • French fraud officials investigate Nutella deal that sparked brawls (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nncgx5
  • The Price-Fixing Scandal Rocking Big Chicken (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2BruuVS                                                                                    Multiple lawsuits allege that top poultry companies colluded to make broilers more expensive.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Eastern Kentucky’s Struggle With Water Symbolizes America’s Crumbling Infrastructure (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2HbVZDr                                                                                          Local communities are starting to take back control.
  • Nestle Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2fDdbFG                                                      The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.
  • America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2Ee5Neg                                                                            My county is poor and remote. Fracking companies think they can abuse it.
  • Eating Seafood Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, But Some Fish Are Better Than Others (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2E9sVL7
  • $40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success (NPR) http://n.pr/2o91VEI
  • Big business, not taxpayers, should pay to clean up plastic waste (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2G7FNSy                                                      Plastic is destroying our oceans, yet big corporations are still being given money to produce cheap plastic. It’s time for polluters to pay for the damage they cause

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • UK launches nationwide review of meat processing plants (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2E9l2Zg                                                                Renewed focus on food safety comes after ‘serious incidents’ at 2 Sisters and Russell Hume
  • Democrats Rally Against Trump’s Plan To Let Restaurants Appropriate Workers’ Tips (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2nGTDV5
    • Trump Administration Proposal to Let Bosses Keep Workers’ Tips Provokes Investigation (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2G2AljA
    • Trump’s ‘Tip-Pooling Plan’ Could Screw Your Bartender (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ChBuld                                                The restaurant owner-in-chief wants to give employers more control over workers’ gratuities. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Tips Are for Servers, Not CEOs (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2o04Yjg                                                                                              The Trump administration wants overs to hand over nearly $6 billion to their bosses.
  • Trump’s EPA Chief is Reshaping Food and Farming: What You Need to Know (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nJjRoU
  • President’s Budget Proposal Threatens Food, Farming, and Nutrition Programs (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) http://bit.ly/2C2EFkX
  • Trump’s Budget Would Partly Replace Food Stamps Benefits With Canned Goods (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sqFZtV
  • “Let Them Eat Cake” Moment Couldn’t Get More Stupid (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2GbYAfi                                                        He proposes to cut funding for food stamps in the most embarrassing way.
  • Trump Administration Seems To Be Winging It On Food Stamp Replacement Boxes (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Ep045r
  • The right-wing roots of Trump’s “Blue Apron” SNAP attack (Media Matters) http://bit.ly/2o9XiKC                                                    The outrageous SNAP proposal in President Trump’s new budget is build upon decades of conservative lies about welfare
  • The Trump Administration Isn’t Even Masking Its Contempt for the Poor Anymore (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sursNR                          Blue Apron for SNAP recipients? A new proposal is as offensive as it sounds.
  • Trump Wants America’s Kids to Eat More Salt (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sn8kkYApparently, “making school meals great again” means feeding children dangerously high levels of sodium.
  • Ag Secretary Perdue Moves to Make School Meals Great Again (USDA) http://bit.ly/2p16HT4                                                                        Local Control of Whole Grains, Sodium, Milk to Make Meals Healthful, Appealing
  • Three Interventions That Reduce Childhood Obesity Are Projected To Save More Than They Cost To Implement (Health Affairs) http://bit.ly/2nTSg4B
  • Lowering Sodium In School Foods (Center For Science In The Public Interest) http://bit.ly/2jMnRpp
  • International Action on Sodium (Center for Science In The Public Interest) http://bit.ly/2BgNpTr
  • Here’s the Worst, Anti-Science Idea of the Week from the Republican Congress (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2EoQsrc            The head of the House science committee is pissed about research into Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
  • GOP sides with Monsanto, threatens to cut off WHO funding for agency that labeled glyphosate as a carcinogen (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2En1tgN                                                                    Several Republicans once again side with Monsanto and put American’s health on the line.
  • 50+ Groups Back Landmark Effort to Halt ‘Out of Control’ Factory Farming in Iowa (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2EfU0Mv
  • No, big corporations shouldn’t get tax breaks to create jobs (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2C16Yf0

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They’re Under Attack (NPR) http://n.pr/2C0oO6w
  • Gene edited crops should be exempted from GM food laws, says EU lawyer (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DszPdP

 

Poisons

  • Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2hkP7ev                              Damning assessment by on of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change
  • Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2o1Me1p                                Study shows almost all farms could significantly cut chemical use while producing as much food, in a major challenge to the billion dollar pesticide industry
  • UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mdHDII                          Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systemic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’
  • This vigilante scientist trekked over 10,000 kilometers to reveal BC’s leaking gas wells (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2GVX2aD
  • Cotton growers facing complete crop loss after alleged herbicide drift (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nYGKVB                                          5,000 hectares of cotton thought to e affected by off-target spray drift, says Bernie Bierhoff of Walgett Cotton Growers’ Association

 

Events

  • 5th Annual Farmers Guild-Raising                                                                 March 10, 2018, 9am – 10pm                                                                       Extension Center Dr., Davis, CA 94616                                                            415-473-4204                                                                                  http://bit.ly/2nJl7Jy

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for February 6, 2018

 

  • How “Open Source” Seed Producers From the US to India are Changing Global Food Production (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2hghiJG      Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.
  • Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak (nature) http://go.nature.com/2nmP0zp                            DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic – on of humanity’s deadliest – that occurred after Spanish conquest.
  • Ancient Turkey Bones In Mexico Reveal A Strange Relationship With Humans (NPR) http://n.pr/2nBhox2
  • Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America (ars Techica) http://bit.ly/2GmAsrq                                                                                    20,000 years ago, people domesticated these plants. Now they’re wild weeds. What happened?
  • Why Veganism Isn’t As Environmentally Friendly As You Might Think (Independent UK) https://ind.pn/2BEKZdS                        Western demand is forcing countries to consider importing their native fruit and vegetables to keep up with local consumption
  • With Rice & Bones, Charles Phan Opens a Better School Cafeteria at UC Berkeley (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2Gzx4cz
  • Industrial Agriculture and the Agrochemical Industry (Counter Punch) http://bit.ly/2DXSKlf
    • Et Tu, Newsweek? Another Media Outlet Caves to Monsanto’s Minions (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2DXMJRj                              Newsweek is going to bat for Monsanto shill.
  • Monsanto’s Fingerprints All Over Newsweek’s Opinion Piece, a Hit on Organic Food (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2E79hCs
  • ‘The Hardest Bakery Possible” Reinventing The Meaning Of ‘Whole Grain’ (NPR) http://n.pr/2DXEh8E
  • How the Hydroponics Industry s Undermining Everything the Organic Farming Movement Stands For (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2s3g6QG

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Black Beekeepers Are Transforming Vacant Lots Into Bee Farms (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DQHoPY                                                “Work hard, stay bumble” is their nonprofit motto.
  • The cost of irrigation water and urban farming (UC Berkeley Blog) http://bit.ly/2nOe2qv                                                                                  And what of the costs for pumping the water for rooftop gardens?
  • This Kansas Farmer Fought a Government Program to Keep His Farm Sustainable (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2nEqWXW                            When federal crops insurance rules stymied Gail Fuller’s attempts to innovate, he know something had to change.
  • America’s Farmers Are in Crisis, and They’re Looking to Trump For Relief (The New Yorker) http://bit.ly/2Boj3KZ
  • Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2AdJuaC                                                         The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help
  • California Crops Rot as Immigration Crackdown Creates Farmworker Shortage (Fortune) http://for.tn/2uK8DCf                        If there was a shortage in 2017, 2018 is going to be even worse, and not just in California…

 

Education

  • The Current State of Agricultural Education (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2E843UM                                                                                     Once wellsprings of chemical innovations, our nation’s colleges and universities are finally rising to meet student demand for a more sustainable future.

 

Food and Culture

  • ‘It Looks Dangerous and Scary That People Can Be Lynched for What They eat’ (The Wire) http://bit.ly/2BFI2JP                                    In conversation with food and nutrition scholar Krishnendu Roy on the state’s ability to limit diets, what people eat in India and more.
  • In London, The American Food Aisle Is Filled With Nostalgia And Preservatives (NPR) http://n.pr/2Fk563i

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • More Than Half Of American Babies Are At Risk For Malnourishment (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2s1c9Mg

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Wisconsin is Trying to Reduce “Walk-By” Food Waste (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2GM0LXU                                                                          A bill making its way through the legislative process in Wisconsin would make it easier for farmers to donate excess crops to help feed those in need – a task that’s surprisingly complicated.
  • From Scraps To Snacks: Pulp Left Over From Juice Bars is Reborn In New Foods (NPR) http://n.pr/2DZiXzW
  • Starbucks’ Dirty Secret (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ECyzGg                Four billion cups a year end up in landfills, despite the company’s promise of a 100 percent recyclable cup.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Can Cooking Classes Keep Chronic Heart Failure Patients out Of The Hospital? (NPR) http://n.pr/2DSnYpN
  • 3 Reasons Why a Meat Tax Is a Good Idea (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2E0Evfq                                                                                              Like cigarettes, alcohol and gasoline, meat should be federally taxed to help pay for its health and environmental costs.
  • That Panera Cream Cheese in Your Fridge Was Just Recalled Over Listeria Fears (Time) http://ti.me/2DMJb4r

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • What’s Inside Your Coffee Is Likely a Bit Grosser Than You Want to Know (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2DWJsGc                                            After a year of daily coffee drinking, you’ve probably consumed more than 130,000 insect fragments.
  • Goose Hunter Knocked Unconscious By Bird Falling From Sky (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2nIq5p6                                                      The hunter is in stable condition.

 

Children & School Food

  • Texas Just Passed a Major Law to Combat Child Hunger and Food Waste (Yahoo News) https://yhoo.it/2rQMGW5                                        … Texas politicians recently passed a bill that allows schools to distribute unused, non-perishable food any way they see fit, and students are already benefiting bit time…
  • Sing Says Students Get Only ‘One Pass Per Week To Get A Drink Of Water’ At Elementary School (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2FLIfh1

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • In-N-Out employees can work their way up to $160,000 a year with no degree or previous experience (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2ryG7Y0
  • If We Want Things To Change For Women In he Kitchen, We Have To Change Our Culture (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2nIUBiE
  • These Foreign Workers Say They Were Told to Pick Blueberries Unless They Were on Their “Death Bed” (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2GHeMGm                                                                                              A lawsuit alleges that a Washington berry giant used “a pattern of threats and intimidation” to manage its guest workers.
  • Whole Foods Workers Revolt After Amazon Imposes Dystopian Grading System (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2E8bn4U
    • ‘Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal’” Employees say Whole Foods is using ‘scorecards’ to push them (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2nz2w25
  • Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor? New Database Helps Retailers Combat Abuse (NPR) http://n.pr/2GDbx2S
    • Report: Hidden Chains (Human Rights Watch) http://bit.ly/2F6tvZQ                                                                                  Rights Abuses and Forced Labor in Thailand’s Fishing Industry
  • Worker cooperatives offer real alternatives to Trump’s retrograde economic vision (Waging Nonviolence) http://bit.ly/2E0fiRq

 

Protests

  • Flour power: why every revolution begins with a piece of bread (Prospect Magazine) http://bit.ly/2mdCi4m
  • Fight for $!% and Rev. Barber Announce Fast-Food Worker Strike for Racial Justice and Voting Rights (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2DWVY4n                                                                                            On the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers’ march in Memphis, labor advocates and new Poor People’s Campaign will come together across the South
  • A renewed Poor People’s Campaign revives King’s dream of challenging class divide (Waging Nonviolence) http://bit.ly/2FnQAYW

 

Pollinators

  • Court Holds Bee-killing Pesticide Approvals Violate the Law (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/2nsQ8R2                                      EPA must analyze risks to endangered species
  • Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don’t Help The Environment (NPR) http://n.pr/2DUCb8I                                                                          There are thousands of bee species. Almost all of them live in the wild, hiding away in the ground or in odd cavities, like hollow plant stems. They play a vital role in the ecosystem, pollinating flowering plants. Many are in peril; some species have disappeared.

 

Animals

  • Donkey leads sheep, goats on midnight stroll through California town (KCRA3) http://bit.ly/2DPnVyY                                                              A herd of sheep and goats was recaptured after it was led on a midnight stroll through West Covina (Los Angeles County) by a donkey…
  • Invasive Parakeets Are Threatening Every Crop On The Hawaiian Island O Kauai – And Multiplying Fast (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2DZEUL7

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Don’t Look, But a Couple of Mega-Companies Are about To Take Over Your Food Supply (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2nIbv18            A rumored marriage between two ag behemoths could make life tough for farmers in a whole new way.
  • Tyson Foods Invests in ‘Clean Meat’ (EcoWatch)                                Tyson Foods, which supplies about one in five pounds of chicken, beef and pork produced in the US, announced Monday that their venture capital arm has purchased a minority stake in Memphis Meats…
  • 5 Ways This Company Misinforms Consumers About Oil Wastewater Use (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2ntbChE                            This is not the first time the Wonderful Company, owned by the Resnicks, has been involved with water issues…
  • The Uncomfortable Truth About Whole Foods and Amazon’s Grocery Monopoly (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2DVavAD                      Late capitalism resembles Soviet logic, especially when it comes to consumer options.
  • Circuit court denies all Peanut Corp. of America criminal appeals (Food Safety News) http://bit.ly/2EnF3J6
  • Costco Wants to Build the Largest Chicken Factory Farm in America – and Local Residents Are Fighting Back (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2GuaGRN                                                                                                A band of citizen activists are taking on a corporate giant.
  • Feeling the Squeeze (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2FAh5JV
    • The Year of Fast-Casual Restaurants (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2FywJ91                                                                                            In the East Bay, restaurant owners embraced the counter-service model in response to rising costs and staffing woes.
  • America’s Food stamps Program Proves Trickle Up Economics Works (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2nCV32O

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Cape Town Slashes Daily Water Allowance, but Pushes Back ‘Day Zero’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2FC907V                              Officials said the South African city now has until April 16 when its water taps will run dry.
  • When There Are No More Fish (Eater) http://bit.ly/2AizDve        Climate change, drought, and development have devastated Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, which feeds millions across Southeast Asia
  • 11 billion pieces of plastic bring disease threat to coral reefs (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2BSViLg

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered. (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2nDlgOU                    “It appears that the Trump Administration’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico in 2017 suffered from the same flaws as the Bush Administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005,” 
  • The FDA Has a Rule Against Defining “The Food Commonly Know As Eggs” (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2s409tL
  • The Trump Administration Doesn’t Want Servers to Know How Much It’s Screwing Them (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2E64QYv                A new report reveals the secretary of labor tried to hide crucial data from the public.
  • Internal Analysis Revealed Trump plan Would Cost Workers Billions, So Labor Dpt. Buried Study (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2nxuPyF                                                                                       Worker advocates say it “shows the lengths to which the Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta will go to hide the fact that they are taking steps to actively make workers’ lives worse.”
  • Labor Dept. Ditches Data Showing Bosses Could Skim Waiters’ Tips (Bloomberg Law) http://bit.ly/2rWnnSd                                          DOL says it couldn’t estimate tip pool rule’s full economic effects. Sources reveal the agency did conduct an analysis showing up to billions in wages transferred. Public has until Feb. 5 to comment on proposal
  • Employers would pocket $5.8 billion of workers’ tips under Trump administration’s proposed ‘tip stealing’ rule (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2G27bBU
  • USDA proposes changes to ‘National List’ for organic producers (Food Safety News) http://bit.ly/2DOPSHb                              Government accepting public comments now (until 3/19) on changes to list of banned, approved substances
  • Why Is the Biodiversity Rule for USDA Organic Certification Not Being Enforced? (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2BQkxOj
  • USDA Denies Poultry Industry’s Request To Speed Up The Slaughter Line (NPR) http://n.pr/2nosG8q
    • The Trump Administration’s Surprising Decision About Ultra High-Speed Chicken Slaughter (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2nFyhq3                                                                                Poultry workers can breathe easier.
  • The USDA Wants to “Modernize Swine Inspection.” What Does That Mean? (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2EdCH1S                          Food safety concerns have been ratcheting up lately: major outbreaks of salmonella, listeria, and other food-borne bacteria seem to be on the rise. Given that, you might expect any changes in federal oversight to work toward fixing that. Not so fast!
  • Congress and State Agriculture Commissioners Call for Increased Cuba Trade
    A key topic at the winter policy gathering of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture was HR 525, Cuba Agricultural Export Act. Berkeley’s Congresswoman Barbara Lee serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Cuba Working Group, and is one of 60 cosponsors of this proposed legislation, introduced by Congressman Rick Crawford, Republican of Arkansas. For more information, see the Cuba-US Agroecology Network, a binational group of farmers, researchers and advocates dedicated to sustainable agriculture in both countries. (Berkeley Food Institute News Letter) http://bit.ly/2GSIwQM

  • Banning The Bans: State And Local Officials Clash Over Plastic Bags (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2EmNnJ4                                  Despite plastic bag bans in places like California showing signs of success, a growing number of states are enacting prohibitions on banning plastic bags
  • Do the crime, pay the fine (Pesticide Action Network) http://bit.ly/2BRg3aa                                                                                                  … California lawmakers took steps to add stricter penalties for pesticide drift violations in the state…
  • A city goes ‘organic’ (Pesticide Action Network) http://bit.ly/2FEhPho                                                                                                In early January, the City Council of Portland, Maine unanimously passed a tough ban on synthetic pesticide use in the city, leading many Portland residents to applaud the city’s “organic” status…
  • Portland’s tough new ban on synthetic pesticides allows few exceptions (Portland Press Harold) http://bit.ly/2GHfrrq
  • USDA Chief Signals New SNAP Restrictions in Early Farm Bill Discussions (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2EDOgNs
    • Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture Weighs in on the 2018 Farm Bill (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2E0nUbA

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Court Rejects Trump Administration Secrecy in Genetically Engineered Salmon Case (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/2E2OIHl

 

Poisons

  • Trump Administration Is Allowing Poison in Our Food Supply so Chemical Companies Like Dow Can Profit (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2s50hJr                                                                                                      A toxic chemical lurking on US grown fruits and vegetables is linked to learning disabilities in kids.
  • Monsanto New Offering (Legally Required) Free Training for Dicamba (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2nyYgR2

 

Events

  • Vegetable Garden Planning (Dog Island Farm) http://bit.ly/2Ek29TBFebruary 10, 2018, 11am                                                                                  Vallejo, California
  • The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive                                   February 10th & 11th, 9am – 5pm                                                                     Wild & Radish, 836 Marin Road, El Sobranto, CA        http://bit.ly/2DLVVIA
  • Second annual “Black Hands in the Soil: A Film Celebration of Black Farming”                                                                                                  February 23, 2018, 7pm                                                                            Pollinate Farm & Garden, Farms To Grow, Oakland, California http://bit.ly/2nNvefS

 

 

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

 

  • The Biggest thing We Forget When Talking About Food Justice (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Dzr2uZ                                                                      Creating a just food system begins with land – who owns it, how they own it, and how it gets passed down from one generation to the next.
  • Even Though Food Gets an ‘F’ for 2017, There’s a Reason for Optimism (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2njHcxq                                            Local food policy councils can create an alternative to Big Food.
  • A Radical Vision for Food: Everyone Growing It for Each Other (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2DgV7OR                                                                        Unlike capitalism’s many specialized good and services, food is practical to barter – or, better yet, to gift.
  • How California’s Fires Are Linked to Climate Chaos, Soil Health and Food Choices (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2rM9ar9              Throughout history, agriculture has caused the loss of fertile soil, leading to the downfall of civilizations.
  • From Juicero to Misohawni: The first annual Epic Food Fails Awards (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2De6cQK
  • Trump’s Farm Fibs, Pollan’s Twinkies, and More: Your Winter Food Policy Round-Up (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2FzaJvb
  • Coalition of agriculture outsiders tackle powerful Agribiz insiders (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2Bj4W9L                                      Farmers, scientists and consumers are fighting back, and global health agencies are responding to the threats.
  • From Hooch To Haute Cuisine: A Nearly Extinct Bootlegger’s Corn Gets A Second Shot (NPR) http://n.pr/2EFnl3y
  • Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2DxuTog
  • Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions (NPR) http://n.pr/2mFrufQ                                                                                            What happened to biodiesel from used cooking oil?
  • Biodiesel production from used cooking oil: A review (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews) http://bit.ly/2DsA3ld
  • Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities o their parents for a new kind of neighborhood. (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2zXYgi1
  • Jim Hightower: Breakfast and beer (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2nevvYC                                                                                            The sweeping shift from the $10-billion cereal market to healthier alternatives, is in fact, an enormous, victory, driven by the organic movement.
  • 2017 was terrible for food policy. 2018 could shake things up (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2zDsRS7                                             The farm bill and midterm elections will put food back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • California Dreaming: Will Scott, Sharecropper’s Son (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2Ej9mAN                                                                             Will Scott is president of the African-American Farmers of California. He Spoke in the living room of his ranch house just outside Fresno.
  • In New York, farmers team up to solve the big distribution question that tech can’t (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2ExKX9k
  • The Netherlands Can Feed the World. There’s Why It Shouldn’t (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ELctQZ                                                                             What gets lost when we focus solely on increasing food efficiency?
  • This Tiny Country Feeds the World (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2lqHYes                                                                  The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.
  • Soaring Popularity of Grass-Fed Beef May Hit Roadblock: Less Nutritious Grass (NPR) http://n.pr/2m85RnS
  • Climate change threatens Montana’s barley farmers – and possibly your beer (FERN) http://bit.ly/2o2aCDK                      Warmer and more unpredictable weather has made it ever more challenging to grow malt barley, a crop that must meet exacting standards before it can be brewed into beer.
  • Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change and Beer (NPR) http://n.pr/2D0Gpfm
  • Australian Farmers and Scientists Make a Surprise Discovery When They Team Up To Fight an Invasive Weed (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2Dse6Uc                                                                               Innovative partnership shows local knowledge could be the secret ingredient for making science matter
  • After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate (NPR) http://n.pr/2Fk3maY
  • Connecticut Grown Avocados? Farm Bill Program Helps New England Farmers Grow Winter Crops (Eco Centric) http://bit.ly/2DBcomO

 

Food and Culture

  • Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2se33uK                                                                          Forced assimilation destroyed most Nation’s diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
  • Ahwahsiin: The Where We Get Our Food http://bit.ly/2FI1gSj  Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Contemporary Food Sovereignty on the Blackfeet Reservation
  • Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1XTA0ox        From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.
  • Farming Brings Refugees Closer to Home Through Food and Community (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2mZ6zoW                                            They were forced out of their homes by Burmese military violence. Now they’re rebuilding their lives in North Carolina.
  • How did France, gastronomic capital of the world, sink to brawls over Nutella? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2GsNxzh
  • There’s Something Big Shifting in American High Cuisine (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ECd0op                                                            Veggie-centric cuisine is becoming a national movement.
  • The Friendship Bread Project: Can Baking Promote Unity In A Divided World? (NPR) http://n.pr/2Crr1rB
  • Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed – And Funded – The Civil Rights Movement (NPR) http://n.pr/2myblso

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Dignity Versus Waste at the Food Bank (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2n6rzKB                                                                                            The choice between preventing food waste and dignified access to food means groceries received at the food bank are often past their before date.
  • Organic Oranges for the Homeless? Brining Good Food to Skid Row (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2GmDNGO                                     Not eating well sparks a cascade effect in anyone, but the effect is especially pronounced among a homeless population experiencing high levels of stress, mental illness, substance abuse and all the pain that accompany the aging process.
  • How a Former Black Panther Who’s Been Serving Community Meals to Oakland’s Poor Has Become a Victim of Gentrification (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mBE7JJ
  • California Volunteers Share Food With Homeless, Get Arrested By Police (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DCz6ri
  • It’s Not the Food Deserts: It’s the Inequality (City Lab) http://bit.ly/2rsWllx                                                                                                      A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.
  • This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2iPNLoo                  After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back.
  • Our Fight With Fat: Why Is Obesity Getting Worse? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2BxJz4F                                                                                  America’s obesity epidemic is so serious now that close to 40 percent of Americans are obese.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • ‘Healing Through Harvesting’: Gleaning Unwanted Fruit Helps Refugees In Need (NPR) http://n.pr/2CxtWfb
  • UK Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A ‘Latte Levy’ On Disposable Cups (NPR) http://n.pr/2n3vgka
  • China No Longer Wants Your Trash. Here’s Why That’s Potentially Disastrous. (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Bq5GtN      The country has been the “worlds wastebasket” for decades. But starting Jan. 1, 2018 China has said “no more.”
  • Reducing food waste and changing diet could drastically reduce agricultural emissions (Climate Action Tracker) http://bit.ly/2njvJOp
  • California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws (Reason) http://bit.ly/2Bs3kuG

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Concerns Grow That Infections From ‘Zombie Deer’ Meat Can Jump To Humans (NPR) http://n.pr/2DCDKbi

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Children & School Food

  • New York’s ‘No Student Goes Hungry’ proposal sounds great on paper. How feasible is it in reality? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Dck3XT                                                                                                If passed, it could help students and local farms.
  • 3 Reasons Why the Trump USDA’s School Nutrition Rollbacks Should Worry You – and What You Can Do About It (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2BjZaVs
  • Elon Musk’s Brother Wants to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DKmiiO
  • Durango School District’s farm-to-school program brings the beef (The Durango Herald) http://bit.ly/2COGajz                Distribution center improves affordability, safety of cafeteria food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Unrigging the economy to grow the middle class: Pennsylvania takes the lead on overtime (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2DLmDUQ
  • Maryland grant s access to paid sick days to 700,000 workers and their families (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2E9oKQ8
  • America’s farmworkers face poverty, neglect, and now deportation (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2DEqxPY                                Up to 70 percent of the people who put food on America’s tables may be undocumented.
  • Food for Us (Canadians), Suffering for Foreign Farm Workers (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2DFvDL9                                                                From exploitation to damaged families, temporary workers pay a high price to provide our produce.
  • Coachella Rising: Aging Farmworkers, Unions, Organic Mangos & the Salton Sea (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2rMvFw4      “Sustainability” is the mantra for many groups and businesses near the Salton Sea. But sustainability for whom?
  • A Worker-Owned Cooperative Is Revitalizing Jackson, Mississippi (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2n0lcIJ                                                  A dynamic yet under-documented experiment in radical social transformation taking place in the United States.
  • An Education in Solidarity: Co-ops Make Gains at Concordia University in Montreal (Toward Freedom) http://bit.ly/2E4dbtv

 

Protests

  • At Berlin March, Tens of Thousands Demand End to Industrial Agriculture (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2rLuMnl              “Farmers and consumers from all over Europe have made it clear that they are fed up with current policies that benefit huge food and agriculture corporations, at the expense of the environment, peasant farming, and public safety,” – Adrian Bebb, Friends of the Earth Europe

 

Pollinators

  • The Buzz Fades (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2mHmeZL                            A dynamic yet under-resourced in an overworked agricultural system, honeybee colonies are gradually failing in most temperate regions.
  • Scientific studies conclude neonicotinoids damage bee populations (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2n37hk2                  What if honeybee health was greatly affected by commonly used pesticides, causing colonies to die en masse?

 

Animals

  • USDA Reports Dairy Farmers Are Sending Younger Cows to Slaughter (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2F3YPsk                                            Inside factory farms that treat animals like machines, dairy cows live only about four years.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • 8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for Good (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2mkSjFQ                                          These business executives and entrepreneurs know that the future of food means not killing animals.
  • Organic Valley, Whole Foods and Others Blast USDA for Not Instituting Better Organic Regulations (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2F5xVjP
    • USDA Plans to Side With ‘Fake Organic’ Egg Producers, Ditch Animal Welfare Rules (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2qUhxR6
    • ‘Big Organic’ Egg Producers Poised to Feather Their Nests If USDA Scuttles Animal Welfare Rules (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2DysFbn                                                                                        The USDA plans to ditch rules that would have given hens more space and outdoor access.
  • Leveling the paying field: LA café lets patrons choose prices – and hasn’t lost cash (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Ei5ZtV
  • A Peas Offering For The Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival The Real Deal? (NPR) http://n.pr/2mVgdsG
  • An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country (FERN) http://bit.ly/2rxqEr5                                                                                  Smithfield Farms is pushing its grain farmers to cut back on fertilizer use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – but will it shrink the pork giant’s carbon footprint?
  • Shop Here, Not There: Science Says Reducing Inequality Is Almost That Simple (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Be1Ll4                                    New research shows that shuttling even 5 percent of consumer transactions to poorer neighborhoods can reduce income inequality by up to 80 percent.
  • Most American Farmers Will Be Hurt by the GOP Tax Bill (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2F98cXH                                                        But the top 4 percent highest-grossing farms will do just fine.
  • Eating out might be devouring your food budget – and you probably have no idea (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rxObbw
  • Paying Tipped Workers Better Won’t Hurt Restaurant Jobs (Institute for Policy Studies) http://bit.ly/2DFZwrr                            For decades, restaurant industry lobbyists have predicted that the sky would fall with each tipped-minimum-wage hike. But these case studies found no evidence supporting those claims.
  • How a More Human Economy Could Help Revive Rural America (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2GqOMik                                                            Factory farming is terrible for animals and it’s a disaster for rural America.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Cape Town set to become the first city to run out of water (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2BwH3Ml                                                                    Day Zero, when the taps run dry, is just around the corner.
  • Cape Town Braces For Water Emergency That Could Affect Nearly 4 Million People (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DyQ20Z  The South African city plans to shut off its water on April 12, unless dam water levels go up.
  • In the Water-Scarce Southwest, an Ancient Irrigation System Disrupts Big Agriculture (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2hdKIH7                          In New Mexico and Colorado, the “acequia” is more than just democratic water distribution – it is at the center of Southwest culture.
  • Can New Mexico’s ancient irrigation canals survive a changing climate? (FERN) http://bit.ly/2CBhlHT                                                        For centuries, acequias have been the lifeblood of a vibrant communal culture in hamlets throughout the state…
  • Bottled water is nonsense. Just ban it and fill our towns with drinking fountains (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2FohdfI              Plastic-free aisles just don’t go far enough – the government (UK) must be decisive if it is to fulfill its green pledges
  • Fracking companies won’t have to disclose chemicals thanks to Trump administration rollback (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2ByX04o                                                                                  California and a coalition of environmental groups have all filed challenges to the Bureau of Land Management’s fracking rule repeal.
  • Earth Works Action Press Release: Enviros File Suit to Block Trump’s Attempt to Kill the BLM Fracking Rule (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2rIYBoy
  • Study: Babies with low birth weights more likely near Pennsylvania fracking sites (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2DtBPCv
    • Hydraulic fracturing and infant health: New evidence from Pennsylvania (Science Advances) http://bit.ly/2DwfacN
  • The Rover Pipeline spills again, the same spot where it spilled 2 million gallons last year (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2DyGaZi  The Rover pipeline has more “noncompliance incidents” than any other interstate gas pipeline.
  • Ignore the Lame Excuses: What 300,000 Escaped Salmon Prove About Factory Fish Farming (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2Da5HDK    Sustainable-food advocates want to love aquaculture – yet it comes with so many risks.
  • Tanker disaster in East China Sea could be world’s works oil spill in 35 years (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2nh1Dei                                Oil will continue to spread for months, potentially threatening Japan and South Korea.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Inside Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Battle to Downplay a Deadly Farmed Salmon Disease (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2DkcTOV  Part one of a series. Provincial lab played key role in denying existence of HSMI in British Columbia.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Plan to Gut Rules Protecting Wild Salmon from Fish Farming Disease (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2FpEOgZ                                                                                            Part two of a series. After court losses, federal government has new strategy to protect industry.
  • How the Republicans plan to stiff your waitress (Salon) http://bit.ly/2mWOAPf                                                                        Restaurant owners may soon be pocketing your server’s tip money
  • Women would lose $4.6 billion in earned tips if the administration’s ‘tip stealing’ rule is finalized (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2B7zons                                                              Overall, workers would lose $5.8 billion
  • Your waitress makes $2.13 per hour. An now Trump wants to take her tips (nj.com) http://bit.ly/2DxWJ3p
  • The best place to be a waitress if the US passes its “tip stealing” rule change (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2DywolV
  • Serfing USA: New ‘Bracero’ Bill Could Cut Agricultrual Workers’ Rights and Wages (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2BBNihQ                  A new Congressional Bill would reduce a broad range of agriculture workers to the status of “guest workers.” California’s dairy owners are ecstatic.
  • Federal Appeals Court Takes Down Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law for Win Against Factory Farming (Eco Centric) http://bit.ly/2BqXObz
    • Federal Judge Rules Idaho’s Ag-Gag law ‘unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment’ (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2FGs8Ca
  • FDA’s new guideline on additives isn’t bad. It’s as good as it’s going to get. (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2qYPqQu
  • EPA allowing widespread use of unapproved pesticides, study finds (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2n1WKq5                                  “The chronic abuse of the emergency approval process has created a shortcut for pesticide companies looking to gain backdoor approval for use of harmful pesticides.”
  • EPA to allow minors to be exposed to highly toxic pesticides (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2mBMcwO
  • In its Quest to Kill Regulations, Trump’s EPA May Allow Teenagers to Handle Farm Pesticides Again (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2n4INaT                                                                                              The agency is reconsidering an Obama-era rule requiring pesticide applicators be at least 18.
  • EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution (Chicago Tribune) http://trib.in/2AmJ7tb
  • New Report on Radioactive Tap Water Renews Concerns About trump Nominee for Top Environmental Role (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2EFtLyK                                                                                        Critics are challenging Trump’s “outrageous” and “alarming” move to re-nominate the former head of a Texas environmental agency who has admitted to falsifying reports of radiation levels in drinking water
  • Trump Administration Violates Law, Extends Fishing Season for the Gulf Red Snapper (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/2DE5wkE                                                                                          The fisheries office of the NOAA decided to disregard their science-based quota requirements and extend the recreational fishing season of the red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico after pressure from Gulf members of Congress.
  • USDA proposes ‘modernizing’ swine inspections (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2DUYgEs                                                                  New rules will affect worker and consumer health. Here’s your primer.
  • Trump’s USDA Wants to Make Pork Processing Faster—And More Dangerous (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2n8Nz6O                    A new rule would let pork companies simply “determine their own evisceration line speeds.”

 

Poisons

  • Why Farmers Are Using Glyphosate To Kill Their Crops – And What It Might Mean For You (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2muXxiz
  • Monsanto giving cash to farmers who use controversial pesticide (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2E0bHR6                                    Meanwhile, regulators in North Dakota, Missouri and Arkansas are taking steps to set restrictions on dicamba-based herbicides.

 

Education

  • Military Veterans, Beginning Farmers invited to Poultry Workshops (UC Food Observer) http://bit.ly/2E1RxpA
    • Beginning Farmer & Ranch Development Program: Pastured/Free-Range Poultry http://bit.ly/2E2Y7vX and the registration form is here http://bit.ly/2n9hk7x
    • San Diego, CA – 1 day course 2/22/18
    • TBD, CA – 1 day course 3/14/18
    • Oregon – 2 day course 3/27/18
    • Santa Rosa, CA – 1 day course 5/16/18
    • Davis, CA – 1 day course 8/8/18

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for January 23, 2018

 

  • For The Love Of Huckleberries: August Brings Out Hunters Of Elusive Fruit (NPR) http://n.pr/2fxrPBn
  • Geneticists trace humble apple’s exotic lineage all the way to the Silk Road (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2uHmSMP
    • Study: Genome re-sequencing reveals the history of apple and supports a two-stage model for fruit enlargement (Nature) http://go.nature.com/2w8JjLw
  • A Chef’s Special Mole Sauce Will Help Dozens of Immigrants Apply for DACA Renewal (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2x5HF9s      Because without immigrants, there’d be no restaurants.
  • How Tax-Dodging Billionaires Use Farmers as Props (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2w08grN                                                                      Urban billionaires are trotting out the tractors and overalls in a bizarre effort to roll back their taxes.
  • 10 Years Later: Thunder Valley Celebrates Its First Decade By Looking Forward (Daily Yonder) http://bit.ly/2wftwtH                       The Oglala-led community development corporation looks for solutions that grow out of local experience. Food Sovereignty, youth leadership, and social enterprise drive the organization, which has an ambitious plan to build a model sustainable community on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • 6 Ways This Ivy League University Is Acting Like a PR Firm for Junk Food, GMOs and Pesticides (AtlerNet) http://bit.ly/2vrII7G    Consumers lose when professors get their marching orders from Big Ag and Big Food.
  • A Culinary Legend Gets the Big-Screen Treatment ‘Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy’ (Eater) http://bit.ly/2xJlGqH
  • The Food Bibliography http://bit.ly/2xWOwqL                                   Food History – A Bibliographic Database
  • Syria Holds the Secret to Our Species’ Survival (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2hmpp5D                                                                                           The fertile crescent offers a strategy for adapting to climate change.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Puerto Rico’s Farmers Face A Long Road to Recovery Post-Hurricane Maria (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2jmRsmH              The island lost 80 percent of its crop value to the storm – and it could take anywhere from 10 months to a year to get production levels back again.
  • Raj Patel: Industrial farming is driving the sixth extinction of life on Earth, says leading academic (The Independent) http://ind.pn/2eVCS4c                                                                                         ‘Re-imagining a world with less stuff but more joy is probably the way forward,’ says Professor Raj Patel
  • How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2wS3URy                                                                                    Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system, from saving seeds to curbing food waste.
  • A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2BbPFbi
    • Earn a Good Living Without a Tractor: A Market Gardener Tells You How (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1D9rd35
  • Global methane emissions from agriculture larger than reported, according to new estimates (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2xO7Ipf
  • Here’s Why Pasture-Raised Turkeys Are So Expensive (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2gzAzri                                                      More importantly, here’s why you should buy them.

 

Food and Culture

  • Feasts of Resistance: Understanding Conflict Through Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2w8PBu5                                                                                  A Chicago cooking series helped participants learn about and support refugee issues over delicious meals.
  • Do You Really Need a Meal Kit in a Box Delivered to Your Doorstep? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2wPjMXG                                              A New York City chef offers one possible explanation for meal kit service Blue Apron’s underwhelming IPO.
  • 30,000 people are going to a food festival that doesn’t exist (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2hCde8x
  • Historic San Francisco restaurants menus show what people were eating on Thanksgiving 100 years ago (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2zpXBoQ
  • New ‘Indigenous’ Cookbook Feature Recipes With No Colonial Ingredients (Wisconsin Public Radio) http://bit.ly/2zFC001

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Inching Closer to Mass Starvation: Nigeria’s Ticking Time Bomb (Toward Freedom) http://bit.ly/2wTmtDD

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • 5 Ways Wasting Food Hurst the Environment (and 5 Ways You Can Fix It) http://bit.ly/2vmIF8f                                                            Americans waste p to 60 million tons of food a year.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

 

Children & School Food

  • Meet the Nation’s First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2vVu19G                                “This program successfully disrupts the cycle of unhealthy, pre-packaged, heat and serve meals that dominate school kitchens.”
  • 5 Things You don’t Know About School Lunches (but Probably Should) http://bit.ly/2vBVYBH                                                                             It’s harder to nourish young minds if we don’t also properly nourish their bodies.
  • Dairy Is Bad for Humans, Cows and the Planet: So Why Are Public Schools Required to Offer Milk With Every Meal? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2zG6Ql9
  • Florida Schools’ Food Waste Program: A Win-Win to Fight Hunger and Save the Environment (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2hQ6WTs

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It’s Food Labor That’s Ripe For Change (NPR) http://n.pr/2uNBYgz
  • Sexual misconduct rampant in restaurant industry, workers say (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2AaVJS1
    • Tom Colicchio’s Open Letter To Male Chefs: ‘Enough Sexist Shit-Talk’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2hUGdl7
  • The Disturbing Story of an Activist Who Worked Undercover at a Turkey Slaughterhouse (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2x5QzDB                   It wasn’t just the turkeys facing abuse; it was the workers, too.
  • How seafood’s “dark web” obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2w0b7kx
  • Silicon Valley’s Techno-Capitalists Have a Low-Wage Worker Revolt on Their Hands (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2uN4JcM
  • How Heat Kills Farmworkers (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2xFZmAP                                                                                              And what’s being done about it.

 

Pollinators & Invertebrates

 

Animals

  • Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vVl179
  • New Drone Footage Reveals That Farm Animals Are Really Raised in Giant Factories – Not on Farms (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2jc3xhq
  • Popular Diestel Turkey Sold at Whole Foods Tests Positive for FDA-Prohibited Drugs (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2ibUcqh
  • ‘Big Chicken’ shows government regulators were slow to act on ABX resistance (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2AbqY21

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Who Owns Your Grocery Store? (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2w1mGnv                                                                                              In the age of monolithic grocery giants, food co-ops offer a promising alternative.
  • The Grocery Industry Confronts a New Problem: Only 10% of Americans Love Cooking (Harvard Business Review) http://bit.ly/2wMAKGZ
  • Patented Seeds Are Terrible – Here’s How We Can Regain Ownership of Our Crop Genetic Resources (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2xSulZU                                                                                      Patent and license restrictions on the use of seeds are damaging no only to farmers, but to society as a whole.
  • The 25 Most innovative Ag-Tech Startups (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2wVpJyu
  • Republicans Rush to Monsanto’s Aid Touting Industry-Biased Reuters Report (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2uzkCY7                          Flawed reporting has emerged as a key lobbying tool for the embattled agrichemical company.
  • Blue Apron is spending more than $400 for every new customer – and that’s a major problem for the company (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2vIHeVL
  • ‘Farm to Table’ Has Jumped the Shark (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2eQbNzm                                                                                   Whole Foods is now selling “farm fresh” Amazon electronics.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • EPA Report: 20% of the nation has been exposed to potentially unsafe drinking water in the past decade (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2x1RfuS
  • Americans’ Appetite for Cheap Meat Linked to Widespread Drinking Water Contamination (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2l87xR1
  • Drought, Water Transfer Has Put One of Spain’s Longest Rivers at Risk of Drying up (The Weather Channel) http://wxch.nl/2wUUQLo
  • Nestlé pays $200 a years to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2yLkUJM        While Flint battles a water crisis, just two hours away the beverage giant pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles
  • Thousands of Farmed Atlantic Salmon Escape Into Pacific Ocean (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vUzbkS
    • Is There a Better Way to Farm Fish? (The Tyee) http://bit.ly/2gHnTOY                                                                                     We’ve just seen how open-net operations can go wrong. It’s time to look at the alternatives.
  • Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here’s Why (NPR) http://n.pr/2hLzD2Q
  • South China Sea Set to Undergo Catastrophic Depletion of Fisheries, Endangering Marin Life and Global Fish Supplies (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2eyGCvo                                                  Unsustainable and destructive fishing practices like cyanide and dynamiting are ruining the marine ecosystem.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • NAFTA renegotiation objectives fall short for farmers and the planet (IATP) http://bit.ly/2v7UdvI
    • What is at stake for farmers, food and the land in new NAFTA (IATP) http://bit.ly/2fQ9oIg
    • NAFTA’s ‘Broken Promises’: These Farmers Say They Got the Raw End Of Trade Deal (NPR) http://n.pr/2vFks0x and here is the other side of the issue… The first casualties of Trump’s trade wars are Texas cattle ranchers (Dallas News) http://bit.ly/2uBk5Rq
  • Immigration Proposal Does Nothing To Address Ag-Worker Shortage (The Daily Yonder) http://bit.ly/2w1GxYb                          While the Trump administration is getting behind a bill to limit immigration to highly skilled workers, farmers and worker groups alike say what the nation needs is more reliable supply of agricultural workers.
  • ‘They’re Scared’: Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage (NPR) http://n.pr/2wUXaG2
  • EPA eyes limits for agricultural chemical linked to crop damage (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2wCcSnw
    • How Monsanto is Devastating Thousands of Farms Across 20 States (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2jgv3L5                                  Monsanto’s GE cotton and soybeans were made to be resistant to an herbicide that drifts to nearby crops.
  • Government Greenlights Amazon’s Expansion Into Grocery Industry (The District Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2geP2Zt
  • The National Park Service Just Ended Its Bottled Water Ban – After Finding It Worked (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2k0QNus        Water bottlers spent lots of money to make this happen.
  • Twenty-eight states make it illegal for counties and cities to pass seed laws (Food and Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2fRHefZ
  • Louis’ minimum wage has dropped after Missouri’s governor said increasing it to $10 would take ‘money out of people’s pockets’ (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2sLGuyw
  • California Court of Appeals Rejects State’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2yAph9N                                   In California alone, almond crops are entirely dependent on bees for pollination and are valued at over $3 billion.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2xbJAtW
  • The Escalating Use of Pesticides Is Harming Already Imperiled Aquatic Invertebrates (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vQ4RLh                “This study exposes the hidden harm of our increasing addiction to pesticides.”
  • Pesticides Prevalent in Midwestern Streams (USGS) https://on.doi.gov/2uqbcdr                                                                            One hundred small streams in the Midwest were tested for pesticides during the 2013 growing season and found to contain, on average, 52 pesticides per stream.
  • Neonics Harm Bees, Poison Drinking Water and Don’t Improve Crop Yield: Why Aren’t We Banning Them? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vVCxFJ                                                                                                We know neonicotinoids kill bees. Now these pesticides are showing up in our drinking water.

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 12, 2017

 

  • “Our idea of food sovereignty is based on a framework of solidarity and support for each other – not hatred” (La Via Campesina) http://bit.ly/2uQ9h59
  • FoodShare’s Sunshine garden grows nourishment for the soul (The Toronto Star) http://bit.ly/2vIWHSK                                            Garden at CAMH’s Queen St. location gives patients, volunteers a “magical” place to be themselves while building employment and social skills.
  • The future of urban agriculture is up in the air! The means urban ag policy has to be more grounded! (Medium) http://bit.ly/2uJoWmo
  • The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2u7WmZz                                              Amid an historic glut, a secretive, government-sponsored entity is putting cheese anywhere it` can stuff it.
  • White Lady From Hell Moves to Harlem, Immediately Goes to War Against Ice Cream (Fusion) http://bit.ly/2uTcH7I
  • ‘Allergic’ diners driving chefs crazy with picky demands (The Daily Telegraph AU) http://bit.ly/2uVNw4o
  • San Franciscans have been making avocado toast for more than 130 years (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2vzq9Le
  • Real-Life Plague of Katydids Hits the American West (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2ts8Ytv                                                                                 A mysterious plague of insects has hit the American West in insane concentrations – up to 70 bugs per square meter. Where do they come from?
  • Can San Jose Revitalize Local Food and Farms in Silicon Valley? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2uJhGI4                                                                    Amidst scarce housing and vanishing farmland, a new report charts a course for better co-existence for tech and ag by 2040.
  • How a California dairy farmer beat Tesla to the electric truck (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2eOEf7D

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Farmland owned by foreign interests on the rise (Center for Rural Affairs) http://bit.ly/2h6BLSv
    • Foreign Investors Are Snapping Up US Farms (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2w1yda7                                                                          American farmland is becoming popular with overseas investors – and that’s making people nervous.
  • Can San Jose Revitalize Local Food and Farms in Silicon Valley? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2uJhGI4                                                                  Amidst scarce housing and vanishing farmland, a new report charts a course for better co-existence for tech and ag by 2040.                           The Valley of Heart’s Delight, the Santa Clara Valley, was the largest producer of stone fruit in the world in the 1960s. I remember as a child running through orchards eating apricots, cherries and plums, varietals we rarely see now…
  • New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health (grist) http://bit.ly/2w0vM4r                          Old article, but worth the reminder…
  • Farmers’ estimates of herbicide (dicamba) damage top 120,000 acres (Arkansas Online) http://bit.ly/2eIbSaW

Food and Culture

  • Decolonize Your Diet (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2uIaJXi                                    Love your Mexican food? Traditional indigenous food from Mexico is misunderstood in the US – and is actually among the world’s healthiest.
  • “six days a week, and sometimes seven” The Strength & Entrepreneurship Of An Elderly Woman (Edge of Humanity Magazine) http://bit.ly/2u7GWTz

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Four Charts That Show Who Loses Out if the White House Cuts Food Stamps (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2eItgMQ

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • How the Food and Drug Companies Ensure That We Get Sick and They Make Money (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tJy1MD          Despicable: Corporate Profits at the Expense of Our Health
  • Why You Should Think Twice Before Getting Ground Beef From the Supermarket (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2u4ZFzh

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • McDonald’s Worker Posts Vomit Worthy Photos Of An Ice Cream Machine (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ux07tm
  • Louisiana man found guilty of using fake farms to steal $1.6 million form USDA (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tDN2vB

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Another year of congressional inaction has further eroded the federal minimum wage (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2v9qwPc
  • The women confronting California’s farm conditions (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2uQwipa                                                  Female farmworkers face sexual assault, pesticide exposure and low wages.
  • While regulators debate pesticide safety, California farmworkers keep getting sick (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2fBQ7tU
  • As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2uhpTl7
  • Help wanted in the vineyards (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2h0dkWQ                                                                                            The nation’s harsh debate over immigration is reducing the labor supply in America’s vineyards. A drop in production could cost small wine making communities thousands of jobs and billions of dollars.
  • Monsanto Faces Class Action Suit Over Allegedly Violating Two Federal Labor Laws (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2tTXPT9
  • Long Island beer distributor strike ends, workers to keep pensions (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2v00EF4
  • The Shocking, Unmatched Pain That Wal-Mart Took to Avoid Unions (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2uJlc42                                                      Wal-Mart managers were supposed to contact corporate headquarters the moment they sniffed even a hint of union activity to get support in quashing labor reform.

 

Protests

  • Pittsburgh officials may have to ‘deflect’ attention from lead-contaminated water (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vJHMaW
  • No water for poor people: the nine Americans who risked jail to seek justice (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vnwEAL                                  To live without water means no bathe time for your kids, no cooking and no useable toilets. As the city of Detroit cut water to 83,000 homes since 2014, nine activists put their bodies on the line to protest.

 

Pollinators

  • Nesting aids make agricultural fields attractive for bees (University of Würzburg) http://bit.ly/2uIaxr1

 

Animals

  • A Eat Here: Ewe Gotta Eat Here: Flock of sheep make lunch out of Montreal parks (The Star) http://bit.ly/2v2tZ1l                                Six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded along the sidewalk from one park to another to fulfill their jobs as eco-friendly lawn mowers.
  • Study: antibiotic use in India’s chicken industry is a looming disaster (Food & Environmental Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2w7lKOO
    • Study: The Prevalence of Extended-Spectrum Beta Lactamase-Producing Multidrug-Resistance Escherichia coli in Poultry Chickens and Variation According to Farming Practices in Punjab, India (Environmental Health Perspectives) http://bit.ly/2h9XXLL
  • Don’t Worry About New Alabama Mad Cow, Ways CDC, but Fact Suggest Otherwise (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2eOaR11        Government agencies protect big agriculture at the expense of our health.
  • Four Out of Five Americans Want Factory Farm Abuses to End: Here’s How You Can Help (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2v7KPwu        The majority of consumers are happy to pay more if it will help reduce animal suffering.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Campbell’s to GMA: No Soup for You (Supermarket News) http://bit.ly/2tDMdXw                                                                                                … (Campbell’s will) withdraw its membership from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) at the end of the calendar year…
  • Court Rules Against General Mills Motion to dismiss in ‘100% Natural’ Lawsuit (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2uJeVVX                                The DC Superior Court says it’s reasonable consumers wouldn’t consider Nature Valley granola bars that contain glyphosate “natural.”
  • Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2uIGKhm      Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
  • Amazon-Whole Foods Could Transform US Farming (Medium) http://bit.ly/2ulgOYw                                                                                                And food stamps will help them do it.
  • What’s on the table at Amazon’s secret meeting with cattle ranchers? (New Food Economy) https://bitly.com/
  • Organic ranchers eye Amazon distribution ahead of Whole Foods deal (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2uZ8COB                                                            If Amazon’s grass-fed supply chain ends up being as off-limits as its data centers, that won’t be an encouraging sign for the future of agriculture.
  • Report: Back To Grass: The Market Potential For US Grassfed Beef (Stone Barns Center) http://bit.ly/2pbhYlr
  • Corporate Agricultural Dumping: Growing the Wealth Gap (Inequality.org) http://bit.ly/2umxygv                                                      When agribusiness corporations export food at artificially low prices, they widen the economic divide between the global North and South – and within rural America.
  • How We Can Transition to a “Bottom Up” Economy (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2tnE3P6                                                                                          Three ways to rewire the economy for equality and ecological sustainability

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • What Our Tap Water Says About the Way We Farm (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2tMSTCV                                                                              Agricultural runoff pollutes tap water supplies nationwide, and hits low-income rural communities hardest. A new tool from EWG helps connect the dots.
  • Pennsylvania watershed contaminated with radioactive material and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (The Watchers) http://bit.ly/2unombE                                                                                    Hydraulic fracturing has enabled a domestic oil and gas boom in the US, but its rapid growth has raised questions about what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that result. Researchers now report that treating the wastewater and releasing it into surface waters had led to the contamination of Pennsylvania watershed…
  • In Colorado Fracking Fight, Emails Show Constituents ‘Begging’ Lawmakers For Help (International Business Times) http://bit.ly/2urIF9K
  • Urban Farming and Water Conservation: A Way of Life on the City Farm (University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources) http://bit.ly/2u938wE
  • How Midwestern Farmers Could Help Save the Gulf of Mexico (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2wBgtiL                                                              This cool technique can rescue sea creatures and soil – so why aren’t more farmers using it?
  • A Trillion – Ton Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica and All I Can Think About Is Food (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2gQTptr                                            Climate change is getting worse, and policy makers are ignoring one of the biggest factors.
  • 5 Things to Know about the Trillion-Ton Iceberg (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2gSgVq3                                                                          An iceberg the size of Delaware is now on the move

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Canada’s Surprising New Proposed Health Guide Favors Plant-Based Foods and Ignores Industry Input (The Food Revolution Network) http://bit.ly/2tSG5pw
  • Senate bill introduced by Alaska’s Murkowski would mandate GMO fish labeling (Seafood Source) http://bit.ly/2eRmVyv
  • The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick (The Washington Post) http://bit.ly/2v05mTN
  • EPA Greenlit This Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage. Eight Senators Are Fighting Back (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2v7dK3l  A new bill would put an agricultural ban on chlorpyrifos.
  • Trump’s pick for USDA’s “chief scientist” may actually be illegal (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tZV5Cb
    • Press Release: President Trump Illegally Nominates Non-Scientist to Lead Science at the USDA (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/2v04DkM                                                Statement by Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Trump pick for USDA science post has drawn darts for lack of technical background and Science at the USD (Science Magazine) http://bit.ly/2uianFG
  • Trump officially nominates climate denying conservative talk radio host as USDA’s top scientist (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2ueJLpn                                                                                                Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign advisor and one-time conservative talk radio host, has no background in the hard sciences, nor any policy experience with food or agriculture.
  • Shocker: Trump’s USDA Appointees Are All Hacks (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2tpORMx                                                                      There’s a former Dow exec, a soybean rep, and a business Prof who once called Trump a “cancer on conservatism.”
  • Democrats in US Congress Urge Review of Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal (US News & World Report) http://bit.ly/2gQAhvH
  • Five reasons the Dems’ Better Deal could be a big deal for food (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2uyo5Vf                                              The new platform explicitly addresses corporate consolidation. At least new we’re talking about it.
  • Kansas SWAT Raid Over Tea Leaves and Tomato Garden Outrages Federal Judges (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vhMxMd            The 10th Circuit laid into the cops who used tea leaves in the trash and a visit to garden store to target a suburban family in a hoped-for pot bust.                                                                                                                                         I posted about this when it happened back in 2012…
  • A New Law in New Jersey Is Combating Climate and Hunger – at the Same Time (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tNhBz0                            Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that aims to cut the Garden State’s food waste in half by 2030.
  • Senate, No. 3027, State of New jersey, 217th Legislature, Introduced February 27, 2017 http://bit.ly/2u8tZZC

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Keith Kloor’s Endearing Love Affair With GMOs (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2uLiIDp                                                                                  New York University’s adjunct journalism professor has curious ideas about science and reporting

 

Poisons

  • 100,00 Pages of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust In An Oregon Barn for Decades – Until Now (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/2tYK18w                                                                                                … 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discover in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the EPA, the US Forest Services, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others…
  • The Poison Papers https://www.poisonpapers.org/        Documenting the Hidden History of Chemical and Pesticide Hazards in the United States
  • “Poison Papers” Snapshot: HoJo Transcript Illustrates EPA  Collusion with Chemical Industry (PR Watch) http://bit.ly/2v40koS
  • Poison Fruit (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/2jItkcu                                   Dow Chemical Wants Farmers to Keep Using a Pesticide Linked to Autism and ADHD
  • Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage? (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) http://bit.ly/2us20HN
  • Court Rules Against General Mills Motion to Dismiss, Says It’s Reasonable Consumers Wouldn’t Consider Glyphosate Containing Nature Valley Granola Bars ‘Natural’ (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2vBROLg
  • Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage? (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) http://bit.ly/2us20HN
  • Nearly a third of food samples in CFIA testing contain glyphosate residues (CBC News) http://bit.ly/2pB0LRm                                        Levels of herbicide exceeded acceptable limits in 1.3% of all foods, 3.9% of grains among 3, 188 foods tested
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Tests Positive for Roundup Herbicide Ingredient, Glyphosate (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/2uyGGAt
  • A day in the life with dicamba damage (Prairie Farmer) http://bit.ly/2vtiez3
    • Dicamba damage tops 2.5 million acres, mostly in Midwest and South (The Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2tT8wsi

 

Resources

  • Agriculture of the Middle http://agofthemiddle.org/                  Research, education and policy strategies that keep farmers and ranchers on the land

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 21, 2017

 

  • You’ll Be Shocked to Lean We Have Good News About Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2sS5Lao                                                           On pesticides, farm animals, and Michelle Obama’s legacy, no less.
  • Eating Local – More than Ever – Is a Political Act (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2sZEuhd                                                                                              The Independence Day, a reflection on how eating might become a deeper, more powerful source of communal strength in a political moment when we most need it.
  • Bronx co-op building gets an elegant, High Line inspired green roof (Curbed New York) http://bit.ly/2tFK9y5                                      The 30,000 square food garden features winding paths, a gazebo, and more
  • Your Chocolate Might Have Survived This Fungus in Ecuador (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2tVQWCQ                                                                          Half of all cacao grown in Ecuador is ruined by disease called frosty pod rot. But farmers, exporters, and chocolate-makers are finding sustainable ways to combat it.
  • The chocolate milk survey revealed our ignorance of science, but not in the way you think (The Point) http://bit.ly/2tOi5IL

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Rise of mega farms: how the US model of intensive farming is invading the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2tniiCX        Demand for cheaper food and lower production costs is turning greed fields into industrial sheds to process vast amounts of meat an poultry
  • UK has nearly 800 livestock mega farms, investigation reveals (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2txKbn3                                                      US-style intensive factory farming of poultry, pigs and cattle is sweeping across the British countryside – raising concerns over animal cruelty
  • Nonprofit Helps California’s Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Businesses (NPR) http://n.pr/2tIVH29
  • The One Thing My Farm Training Never Covered: Racism (National Young Farmers Coalition) http://bit.ly/2tpGL7l
  • America’s Farmers Turn to Bank of John Deere (The Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/2ux6vBQ                                                          With banks more tentative, machinery maker raises financing to growers, keeping them as customers but feeding menacing debt
  • California Heat Wave Kills Thousands of Cattle and Overwhelms Dairy Industry (weather.com) http://wxch.nl/2sIGICl
  • Ward County (NR) Commissioners ask to halt cloud seeding following farmer criticism (KFYR TV) http://bit.ly/2vnm0tK
  • This shipping-container farm could someday solve the food desert problem (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2tDdA0z
  • A former USDA inspector writes a thriller about the dark world of dairy cattle slaughter (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tHg12x  It’s not always a pretty business.

 

Food and Culture

  • Decolonising Food Systems and Sowing Seeds of Resistance (African Center for Biodiversity) http://bit.ly/2tU3pHz
  • Can Taro Farming Heal Hawaii? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2tZGnzE  A Maui farmer is reconnecting the health of the land to the health of his people.
  • A thriving food culture is making Viroqua (WI) the place to be (Le Crosse Tribune) http://bit.ly/2tzvqDi
  • Edible Doom And Gloom: LA’s Most Expensive New Restaurant Wants to Depress You for Dinner (The Hollywood Reporter) http://bit.ly/2tjaTjQ

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Bride Throws Party For The Homeless After Canceling $30,000 Wedding (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2u79lwr
  • SNAP Works (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2uddAY7                    Access to food stamps in childhood has long-lasting education and health benefits.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Urban Gleaning Grows Up (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2ujIaP8        From branch-sensing technology and drones to supporting refugees, the urban gleaning movement is ripe with innovation.
  • Wasted food could feed a healthy diet to two-thirds of Americans (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2qBT2nH
  • Is It Really So Offal? ‘Ugly Food’ Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners (NPR) http://n.pr/2sxG9hk
  • Good Lord, The World Is Using Almost 500 Billion Plastic Water Bottles A Year (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2spQhu5                      We’ll hit 580 billion by 2021
  • Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2u8XWdQ                      First global analysis of all mass-produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since 1950s with the majority ending up on landfill or oceans

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • The Kings of ‘Rotten Eggs’ Are Going to Jail (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tMSqz5                                                                                          Jack and Peter DeCoster, the former heads of Quality Egg Co., were finally punished for their role in a Salmonella outbreak.
  • Egg mogul Jack DeCoster sickened 56,000 people. He’ll serve just three months in prison (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2u6KzNd
  • ‘We’re Losing More People to the Sweets than to the Streets’: Why Two Black Pastors are Suing Coca-Cola (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2tkC6D1
  • (Un)Happy Macaroni and Cheese Day: Toxic Chemicals Discovered in 10 Varieties of Macaroni and Cheese Powders (Environmental Health Strategy Center) http://bit.ly/2uxYnl4

 

Children & School Food

  • Check Out These Apps That Help Kids Find Free Meals in the Summer (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2t5MfTU

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Monsanto’s Foes Are Branching Out (Bloomberg BNA) http://bit.ly/2t9VYcI
    • Monsanto Just Got Hit With a Lawsuit It Didn’t See Coming (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2tr5Ct8                                              Migrant workers say they weren’t paid minimum wage for their work in the company’s fields.
  • Work sick or lose pay? (Economic Policy Institute) http://bit.ly/2sCDvne                                                                                            The high cost of being sick when you don’t get paid sick days
  • Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma’s Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out (NPR) http://n.pr/2tjJAVX
  • San Francisco chefs leaving for rural areas in search of work-life balance (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2t5UMGp

 

Protests

  • The global struggle of the local peasant (AlJazeera) http://bit.ly/2vl0Rzr                                                                                              Free trade agreements scripted by powerful governments and corporations destroy rural areas. Peasants will resist them!
  • Poverty Wages, Deportations, Wage Theft, Cockroaches: Farmworkers Demand Dignity From Ben & Jerry’s (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2tOw0eT

 

Pollinators

  • field tested: Neonics are really, truly bad for bees (Pesticide Action Network) http://bit.ly/2uuChje
    • Pesticides Are Harming Bees – But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows (NPR) http://n.pr/2tpE4oU
    • Country-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees (Science) http://bit.ly/2sXQOC7

 

Animals

  • An unlikely alternative to antibiotics: cayenne, sage, and cinnamon (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2v5mbJ5
    • The Meat Industry Refuses to Track Drugs on America’s Farms – and It’s making Superbugs Worse (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2vsgPaZ                                                                          Alternatives to antibiotics exist, but farmers have no way to know when to use them.
  • This Beef Farmer Had a Change o Heart and Sent His Cows to a Sanctuary (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2vlycua                                                More than 60 cows will now get to live out their natural lives in peace.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • (Australian) Wholesalers on notice as grower group demands more transparency and fair pricing for farmers (ABC News AU) http://ab.co/2shzYv8
  • ‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Hires People With Dementia So Every Order Is A Surprise (Diply) http://bit.ly/2vfdKeY
  • Big Food Snaps Up More Independents (Good Food World) http://bit.ly/2sQi3jn                                                                                            Today it was announced the Campbell’s will buy Pacific Foods, producer of organic and natural soups and broths, plant-based milks, and more. Last week, Hain Celestial snapped up Better Bean Company…
  • If Ben & Jerry’s Is Progressive, Why Won’t It Protect Its Farmworkers? (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sDlULT        Remember, Ben & Jerry’s has been owned by Unilever since 2000
  • 1984 at the Grocery Store (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2vsp9HY    Amazon is buying Whole Foods, and that’s bad news for humans
  • Why Whole Foods’ Small Suppliers Think Amazon Will Be Good For Them (NPR) http://n.pr/2uiM4Vs                                                            The small companies that gave Whole Foods its local-food image are relieved to see Amazon taking over. But their hope may collide with the online retailer’s cost-cutting tactics.
  • Shoppers benefit from fierce Albany/North Berkeley grocery competition (East Bay Times) http://bayareane.ws/2uATFCF      New Albany (CA) Sprouts triggers ‘food fight,’ lower prices
  • Egg prices are at a record low, and nobody’s buying cage-free (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2u0GWsu
  • Impossible Foods CEO: we want to eliminate all meat from human diets (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2t6uL93                                We can produce the food that people crave without using livestock, pledges Pat Brown founder of the ‘veggie burger that bleeds’
  • Detroit’s Underground Economy: Where Capitalism Fails, Alternatives Take Root (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2tzJaiC    Over decades of poverty, Detroiters have fostered a resilient informal economy based on trust.
  • Monopoly Capitalism in Action: How Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Could Affect Us All (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2szrP5p
    • Amazon’s Brave New Future: A Whole Foods where cheaper groceries come at a cost (Salon) http://bit.ly/2uG9xju
  • What happened when Walmart left (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2twTuGV                                                                                              In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Impostor Imports (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2uqeOwl                                                                                                To understand how the surge of organic imports is affecting organic farmers in the United States, one only has to talk to farmers…
  • Preference Or Prejudice? Central Europeans Ask Why They Get Cheaper Ingredients (NPR) http://n.pr/2t3yJUR

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses? (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2sCxp74
    • Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nwOYGe                          Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacred
  • Native Americans sue frackers over manmade earthquakes in Oklahoma (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2tYdIul                                  “If an earthquake comes through here and destroys the buildings, we can rebuild,. But if you pollute our water, we’re done.”
  • As Pruitt Guts Water Rules, EPA Will Allow Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf of Mexico (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2ubC7vU
  • Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought (Science Daily) http://bit.ly/2tIIc3o
  • ‘People Power Defeating Corporate Power’”: Atlantic City Says People Have Say Over Their Water (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2ugm9Rj                                                                                                “A ringing endorsement of the work done by community members to save their water system from a corporate takeover.”
  • Why Coastal Tribes Are Growing Clam Gardens That Look Like Asian Rice Fields (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2tUeNmZ
  • The First Offshore Shellfish Ranch Opens in the US, on the LA County Coastline (LA Weekly) http://bit.ly/2swOUtE
    • Catalina Sea Ranch http://bit.ly/2sxjaVc                                                First offshore shellfish ranch in US Federal Waters
  • Restaurants Are Returning Their Empty Oyster Shells To The Ocean To Rebuild Decimated Reefs (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2sOuWps                                                                                               A partnership between a nonprofit and waste-management company in Mobile, Alabama has already diverted 2.8 million oyster shells from landfill.
  • Seven right whales found dead in ‘devastating’ blow to endangered animal (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2tTuk6l
  • Fish Farming Is So Filthy That Salmon Are Getting Lice (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tQajeA                                                                                                    A study published in 2015 noted that factory-farmed salmon become “so depressed they give up on life.”
  • Salmon (farmed) retail prices set to leap owing to infestation of sea lice (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vgICef                                  Wholesale cost rose 50% in 2016 as fish farmers from Scotland to Norway and Chile tried to tackle parasite problem
  • Study: Fish on Factory Farms So Stressed and Depressed They “Give Up On Life” (Mercy For Animals) http://bit.ly/2t7v3kK

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • New Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise The Stake For India’s Beef Wars (NPR) http://n.pr/2tSmgmN
  • EPA – Approved Dicamba Is an Airborne Menace and Some States Are Banning It (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2u9EYpI
  • Trump Administration Gives Industry More Time to Adopt New Nutrition Fact Label (NPR) http://n.pr/2tYNZj1
  • “Why the hell am I paying more for this?” Major egg operations houses “USDA Organic” hens at three per square foot (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2urHrwh
  • The USDA is Helping Industrial Hydroponics Water Down the Definition of Organic Farming (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2tZLe0Z
  • (California) Farmers seek help from Sen. Kamala Harris. What did they want most? Hint: Starts with ‘w’ (Fresno Bee) http://bit.ly/2szhrdR                                                                                  Agricultural leaders and farmers pressed their case for a reliable water supply, immigration reform and their fair share of the Farm Bill during a roundtable discussion with Sen. Kamala Harris…
  • (California) State Seizes Farina’s Liquor License To Recover $274K In Unpaid Taxes (hoodline) http://bit.ly/2txQmHL
  • Republicans in several states are lowering the minimum wage – yes, you read that right (Salon) http://bit.ly/2tvIwli                              With the political world focused on the health care battle, Republicans in at least four (Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine) seek to cut wages
  • Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 to $7.70 (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sjRUW7 and St. Louise minimum wage will drop from $10 to $7.70 (CNN) http://cnn.it/2sUEOhn
    • Missouri’s governor says raising the minimum wage will take money out of peoples pockets’ – so he’s lowering it (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2sLGuyw
    • Why the Minim Wage in St. Louise Is Going… Down (Governing the State and Localities) http://bit.ly/2tzqJrL
  • Maine’s new food sovereignty law put local control over local foods (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2sD6o2p
    • Maine’s new food sovereignty law means neighbors can sell each other raw milk (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2u1fYAY
  • Monsanto’s Glyphosate to Be Listed on California’s Cancer-Causing Substances List (Care2) http://bit.ly/2tWVxFh                      It is a victory for environmental and health activists everywhere: glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other pesticide products, will officially be on California’s list of cancer-causing substances beginning July 7…
  • Minneapolis Just Adopted a $15 Minimum Wage in a Landslide Vote (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tV0SwL                                                        City council members credit the hard work of grassroots labor organizations.

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media – and Discourages Criticism (The Progressive) http://bit.ly/2tJ5Ius
  • This Documentary Wants to Teach People About GMOs, But Experts Call It Propaganda (Munchies) http://bit.ly/2ui1Lgh        Marion Nestle’s response? “At this point, I think the less said about this film, the better.”
  • “Food Evolution”: Propaganda for Public Support of GMOs (Food First) http://bit.ly/2uJ2J5D
  • Food Politics: This Blog No Longer Accepts Comments, Thanks to GMO Trolls (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2tC5FTk
  • Have the ‘Food Evolution’ Fimmakers Mistreated Moms? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2uUt5AQ                                                                    The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

 

Poisons

  • Organic food backed by landmark report warning pesticides far more dangerous than was thought (Telegraph UK) http://bit.ly/2uiz59C                                                                                            Who ever thought that eating neurotoxins was safe, or petrochemicals?
  • Arkansas just banned the weedkiller that damaged hundreds of farmers’ crops this year (grist) http://bit.ly/2tqkiIR
    • Worry over dicamba grips Arkansas farmers (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette) http://bit.ly/2uHUPZb
    • Farmers Say This Weedkiller Is Also Killing Their Soybean Plants (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2tynP6l                            Hundreds of complaints led to the Arkansas Plant Board to vote for a temporary ban on dicamba.
  • How hard is it to find products with these toxic chemicals? Shockingly easy. (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2sS6sAC

 

Events

  • NOFA Summer Conference                                                                       August 11 – 13, 2017                                                                               Hampshire College                                                                                       Amherst, MA                                                 http://nofasummerconference.org/

 

  • Using Gardens to Build Community: Summer Institute For Educators                                                                                                             August 15, 2017                                                                                 Poughkeepsie Farm Project 51                                                     Pughkeepsie, NY                                             http://nesawg.org/events/using-gardens-build-community-summer-institute-educators
  • Yale Food Systems Symposium                                                           September 29 – 30, 2017                                                                                   Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies                               New Haven, CT                                             https://yalefoodsymposium.org/
  • Undoing Racism In The Food System                                                   October 9 – 12, 2017                                                                                           Soul Fire Farm                                                                                             Petersburg, NY                                         http://www.soulfirefarm.org/food-sovereignty-education/undoing-racism-farmers-immersion/

 

  • NESAWG It Takes A Region Conference                                       November 9 – 11, 2017                                                                                     Lord Baltimore Hotel                                                                                   Baltimore, MD                                                 http://nesawg.org/conference
  • Community Food Systems Conference                                       December 5 – 7, 2017                                                                                     Boston Park Plaza Hotel                                                                                 Boston, MA                                                             https://nesfp.org/community-food-systems-conference-2017

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 6, 2017

 

  • Agroecology in the Context of Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Movements (The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice) http://bit.ly/2tdgZG9
  • Lebanese Grocery Store In Brooklyn Was Just Ranked The Best In The United States! (The961) http://bit.ly/2sYuHez
  • Too Many Americans Apparently Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ts7M8P
  • We Will Son Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2sDuyhl                                                                                        Forget the GP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.
  • Bakery Takes Pan-Maker to Court After $120,00 Worth of Cakes Get Ruined in Dessert Disaster (Time) http://ti.me/2sCipsF          US Foods sued for faulty cake pans…
  • Growing Community and Feeding the Revolution on an Atlanta Urban Farm (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2rrInQt
  • Farming Pathogens: An Evolutionary Biologist on the Links Between Big Ag and Disease (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2suxkVD
  • Scientists Scramble To Understand The Invisible Creatures Around Us Before It’s Too Late (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2rzbZui          Researchers are uncovering the importance of the trillion-plus kinds of microbes on the planet – even as they worry the richness could be disappearing.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • Australian farmer’s weed-destroying invention draws world interest (ABC News AU) http://ab.co/2rViQKR
  • The end of the family farm (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2sgh8Hi
    • Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Have Been Duped into Producing Too Much Milk (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sEWB0l
    • USDA Food Prices and Spending 2017 http://bit.ly/2sIJNpZ
    • America Spends Less on Food than Any Other Country (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2rus8Od                                                  Keep in mind that US households spent 33% of income on food in 1963 and now spend 7% of income on food…

Food and Culture

  • The “Woke” Chef Behind the 1st Dominican Vegetarian Food Business in New York City (Medium) http://bit.ly/2tCPjXg

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Can Congolese Agriculture Fight Future Famines (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2rILfmZ                                               The Democratic Republic of the Congo is about the size of Western Europe, and only a fraction of its arable land is being used.
  • Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rIhliI
    • Study: Malnutrition risk of older people across district health board community, hospital and residential care setting in New Zealand (Australasain Journal on Ageing) http://bit.ly/2rDqfmB
  • The Nazis Used It, We Use It (London Review of Books) http://bit.ly/2r0B91j                                                                                            Alex de Waal on the return of famine as a weapon of war

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • All That Online Shopping Has Cardboard Consequences (NBC News) http://nbcnews.to/2st7bEJ                                                              And with Amazon buying Whole Foods…
  • A campaign to eliminate plastic straws I sucking in thousands of converts (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2u2EfUs

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Brining Healing Meals to the Chronically Ill in California (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2spYgUA                                                                  California nonprofits are advocating for a medically tailored meal pilot program for low-income residents.
  • Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2rV22n1
    • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory and Protects Brain Against Alzheimer’s Disease, New Research at Temple Shows (Temple Health Newsroom) http://bit.ly/2sPAZxx
  • Association Between Indulgent Descriptions and Vegetable Consumption: Twisted Carrots and Dynamite Beets (JAMA) http://bit.ly/2sQlEN9
  • Doctors Want Sugar and ‘Cancer-Causing’ Foods Out of Hospitals (Live Science) http://bit.ly/2rzoJxG
    • Healthy Food in Health Care (Health Care Without Harm) http://bit.ly/1yHnb5P
    • Study: A growing opportunity: Community gardens affiliated with US hospitals and academic health centers (Science Direct) http://bit.ly/2sqdiuY
  • More peas or less Pepsi? Researchers compare how food policies could save lives (grist) http://bit.ly/2snxdJv
    • Study: Reducing US cardiovascular disease burden and disparities through national and targeted dietary policies: A modeling study (PLOS) http://bit.ly/2rCaqcu
    • Fruit and vegetable subsidies may work five times better than soda taxes (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2sfmmBw          What about using soda tax revenue to subsidize the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables?
  • Data reveals farmed salmon to be one of the most toxic foods in the world (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sdLhXP
  • Doctors Are Warning Patients to Eat Less Meat (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2sAqnTS                                                                                             And more major medical groups are endorsing a diet heavier in plants.
  • You May Be Eating Chicken Contaminated With a Hallucinogenic Drug (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sJUtTL                                                          The nation’s third biggest poultry produce is falsely advertising chicken that tested positive for a slew of drugs as “100% Natural.”     We all should know by now that there is no federal regulations on the use of the word ‘natural.’ It is meaningless…
  • Do poor people eat more junk food than wealthier Americans? (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2t2mi85                                                  No, they don’t, it is the middle class that eats the most…
  • Study: The association between socioeconomic status and adult fast food consumption in the US (Economics & Human Biology) http://bit.ly/2rD4fZ5
  • Is Lean in the US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ? (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2rDgqoD                                                               A study has found that nearly 9 out of 10 baby food grape juice samples had detectable levels of lead in them.
  • Baby Food More Likely To Contain Lead Than Normal Food, Study Finds (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2sfXNnW                                  “There is no safe lead level.”
  • Why mounds of chicken tenders, pork bangers and canned pasta are on a recall (Miami Herald) http://hrld.us/2so505h

 

Education

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Rigged (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2ry2wnV                                    Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.               This is why port truck drivers at the West Coast Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Oakland, Los Angeles and Long Beach have all gone on strike in recent years. Many of these are the same issues that FedEx lost a court case on in 2014 http://bit.ly/2teha0Q
  • Labor Shortage Leaves $13 Million in Crops to Rot in Fields (Santa Barbara Independent) http://bit.ly/2t2IKAk                          More Mexican Immigrants are Leaving the US Than Arriving
  • California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor (The Daily Beast) http://thebea.st/2tEEjtq                                                                  During the 1850s gold rush, vineyard owners used an army of enslaved Native American workers.
  • Prison Labor Is The New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support It By Spending Money With These Companies (Counter Current News) http://bit.ly/2rH9ems
    • Prison Labor: Three Strikes and You’re Hired (Ella Baker Center for Human Rights) http://bit.ly/1Cqf4gZ
    • ‘Modern-Day Slavery’” Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governor’s Mansions and Capitol Buildings (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2tdD7A1                              Another old tradition that belongs in the dustbin of history.
  • A New Farm Worker Union Is Born (American Prospect) http://bit.ly/2toGG6S                                                                              Indigenous Oaxacan farm workers win themselves a union in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Farmworkers at Sakuma ratify historic first union contract (NW Labor Press) http://bit.ly/2swpby7
  • Farmworker union reaches tentative contract deal with Sakuma berry farms (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/2rrqTPY

 

Protests

  • Veteran Organizer Gives Inside Look at the First $15 Minimum Wage Campaign (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sy1F2E

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Organic Sector Posts Record US Sale: Survey (Progressive Grocer) http://bit.ly/2udnaGO                                                            Category growth outstrips conventional counterparts
  • Will Factory Farm Industry Evolve and Embrace Change – or Continue Practice of Torturing Chickens to Death? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sfqva2                                                                                                  Big retail customers lie Burger King and Subway are finally demanding change.
  • JBS to sell assets of Colorado-based Five Rivers, world’s largest cattle feeder (Denver Business Journal) http://bit.ly/2sPO2z4
  • Soda and Fast Food Lobbyists Push State Preemption Laws to Prevent Local Regulation (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2tOdcfJ                      Big food has a lots of power, it willing to use it, and cares about profit, not America’s health.
  • Amazon To Buy Whole Foods For $13.7 Billion (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2siQpbq
    • Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2tzaMjO                                                                            The retailer’s $14 billion bet isn’t just about the future of food. It’s about the future of commerce – especially for rich urban consumers.
  • Amazon’s Move On Whole food Is Primal More Than ‘Disruption’ (Medium) http://bit.ly/2ssM6u2
    • Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Starts a Supermarket War (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2sdywwe
    • Amazon Buying Whole Foods Will Stoke A Price War In The Grocery Business (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2tfoxVI
    • Amazon has a patent to keep you from comparison shopping while you’re in its stores (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2tDauIU                                                                        Amazon was awardee a patent May 30 that could help it choke of a common issue faced by many physical stores: Customers’ use of smartphones to compare prices…
  • Can food hubs boost rural farming economies? (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2bw92B4                                                                           The Department of Agriculture is funding new initiatives to streamline local food systems.
  • Can food hubs make small farms economically feasible? (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rKbc5F                                                                A new effort near Lake Tahoe, California, brings farms and food buyers together to buck the system.
  • Migrant Workers Pour Trillions Into World Economy (IPS) http://bit.ly/2sisyIP
    • Report: Sending Money Home: Contributing to the SDGs, one family at a time (International Fund for Agricultural Development) http://bit.ly/2sYfpEI

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rFqDRH                                                        The first in a series of lawsuits sides with tribal sovereignty
  • Judge’s DAPL Ruling, Reckless Spill Record Pushes pipeline Company’s Shares Below $20 for First Time (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2taKCoq
  • The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2sHh98s                                                              A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
  • 5 Michigan officials charged with manslaughter in Flint water crisis (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2ttJH1F
  • Cancer-causing compound in (SF) East Bay Drinking water reaches near critical level (KRON4) http://bit.ly/2toq8YG
  • Scotch Whisky’s Future May Rest on Restoration (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2hszDnK                                         The Glenmorangie Distillery is embarking on an ambitious plan to restore oysters to the Dornoch Firth.
  • If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em: Pasties may help cram woes (Phys.org)                                                                                                                       The unwanted crabs that have plagued Maine’s clam beds for years might soon play a new role – as appetizer.
  • Bummer: Report Card says some Southern California beaches hazardous to your health (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2sKsFzD

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The EPA Quietly Approve Monsanto’s New Genetic-Engineered Technology The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2sYwQXV                          It’s the first time RNA interference will be used to kill insect pests.
  • EPA chief met with Dow Chemical CEO before deciding not to ban toxic pesticide (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2tjmrXD
    • Environmentalists sue EPA for reversing Obama-era move to ban pesticide (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nOawLm                  The EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, has ignored the scientific recommendation of his own agency to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos, despite its links to brain damage
  • Trump give pen to dow chemical CEO after signing executive order to eliminate regulations (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sg8BS6
  • Crackdown on Immigration Is Terrible News for Anyone Who Eats Food (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2t9Xmy1                                    And it’s particularly bad news for farmers.
  • Brace for food price hikes thanks to Donald Trump’s deportation force (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2sYXMqt
  • EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban (AP News) http://apne.ws/2sORv0i
    • EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ba Pesticide ‘Puts All Children At Risk,’ Pediatricians Warn (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2t8GVzV    The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency “has no basis” to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops.
  • PRIME At Would Help Put the ‘Local’ Back in Local Meat Production (reason.com) http://bit.ly/2rClVjD                                States could set their own rules for meat that’s processed and sold within their own borders.
  • LePage (Maine) signs food sovereignty law, the first of its kind in the nation (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2sYd0NH                        … LePage signed LD 725, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems, Friday legitimizing th authority of towns and communities to enact ordinances regulating local food distribution free from stat regulatory control.
  • California to Monsanto: Glyphosate is going on the cancer list (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2suiRp0
    • California Gives a Giant Middle Finger to Monsanto (Fusion) http://bit.ly/2stXuEl
    • California Is Risking Public Health by Improperly Assessing Safety of Monsanto Herbicide (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2smtvzT                                                                            California’s proposed “safe Level” of glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp, does nothing to protect citizens from harm.
  • Louis $10 minimum wage will revert back to $7.70 in August, (Gov) Greitens announces (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) http://bit.ly/2sdZzVR
  • San Jose to Crack Down on ‘Unpermitted’ Food Handouts to Homeless (NBC Bay Area) http://bit.ly/2tgx7Wr                                  Here we go again, vilifying those who have fallen pray to our economic policies…

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Braking: Kansas jury rules in favor of 7,000 farmers against Syngenta (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2t0nARy
  • Monsanto Spin Doctors Target Scientists in Flawed Reuters Story (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2smK1zP
    • Here is the disputed Reuters Story: Cancer agency left in the dark over glyphosate evidence (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2sau2oD
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Narrates New Doc ‘Food Evolution’ – a Blatant Case of Monsanto Corporate Propaganda (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2swL00r                                                                                          With its skewed presentation of science and data, the documentary is a flagrant example of propaganda for the agrichemical industry.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Owes a More Honest Conversation About GMOs than ‘Food Evolution’ (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ti8iKl            By promoting Monsanto’s corporate propaganda, Tyson risks losing many of his devoted fans.
  • Top US Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat (MIT Technology Review) http://bit.ly/1TbcvWx                                  Easy to use. Hard to control. The intelligence community now sees CRISPR as a threat to national safety.
  • Researchers Have Traced The Genes For Antibiotic Resistance Back to Their Source (Science Alert) http://bit.ly/2tAhZQD

 

Poisons

 

Resources

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update June 14, 2017

 

  • The Politics of Food: The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change (Food First) http://bit.ly/2sdUNuR
  • Organic foods backed by landmark report warning pesticides far more dangerous than was thought (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/2qQYqSF
  • Study reveals tremendous benefits of eating less meat (treehugger) http://bit.ly/2pdD3dk
    • Study: Analysis and valuation of the health and climate change cobenefits of dietary change (Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences) http://bit.ly/2aMPT0o
  • Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers: Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations (The Homestead) http://bit.ly/2rcORAW
  • ABC News May Have to Pay Billions of Dollars Because of “Pink Slime” (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2rWaqXc                                          But the food industry brought it on itself.
  • Eating on the Brink: How Food Could Prevent a Climate Disaster (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2rzrUZs                                                                        To address climate change, we must talk about food.
  • We Know for Sure That Bread Is Unhealthy – for the Environment, at Least (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sfSWmp        Scientists have uncovered the true cost of a loaf of bread, and the planet is paying a dear price.
  • Here’s a Rare Glimpse of the Local People Impacted by the Destruction of Indonesia’s Rainforests (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2qNkSRc
  • Farmers Union: Agitate, Organize, Educate, and Cooperate (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2rotmeQ
    • Our Chemical-Dependent, Profit-Driven, Industrial Age Complex is Not Going Quietly (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sxWXC2
  • World’s first commercial carbon sucking machine turns greenhouse gas into fertilizer (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2rNTgfd
  • A Farm Journalist Tells Farmers What They’d Rather Not Hear About Climate Change (NPR) http://n.pr/2qL7KfE
  • Beyond organic: How regenerative farming can save us from global catastrophe (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sBx6dh
  • As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2rZzSLx
  • Fractal planting patterns yield optimal harvests, without central control (Phys.ORG) http://bit.ly/2t9R51N                                              Bali’s famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while other plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare for man-made systems and lead to optimal harvest without global planning.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • How this ninth-generation Californian got his start in organic farming (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2s9ymqq
  • California Farmers: How the State Feeds a Nation (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2kfb7aH                                                                                              … There are other fascinating tidbits scattered through the report. For example, while there are plenty of large farmers in California – 8,700 earned more than $500,000 in 2012 – they are vastly outnumbered by smaller farms – a little more than 61,000 earned less than $100,000…
  • California Agricultural Production Statistics (California Department of Food and Agriculture) http://bit.ly/2e3MEzw
  • Women Small-Holder Farmers, Key Drivers for Sustainable Production (Inter Press Service) http://bit.ly/2r2CBzz
  • Farmers Face Uphill Battle in Right to Repair Tractors (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2rL2nKp                                                                              Manufacturerers have out-lobbied and outspent equipment owners 28 – 1.
  • Can America’s Farms Survive the Threat of Deportations? (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2qTVIMN                                                              In upstate New York, both workers and the farmers who employ them fear more aggressive immigration enforcement.
  • Desire for their labor, rejected as neighbors. Farmworkers in California face hostile communities (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2rsnscH
  • Trump’s rash departure from Paris agreement leaves farmers worse off (The Hill) http://bit.ly/2rx4eTc

 

Food and Culture

  • Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2se33uK                                                                            Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
  • 100 years after it disappeared, a giant Florida watermelon is brought back to life (Tampa Bay Times) http://bit.ly/2rVgdKu
  • Thee Battle Over Kooks Burritos Led to Death Threats and International Outrage. We Invited Portland Chefs to Weigh In. (Willamette Week) http://bit.ly/2sggKZW                                                  The story about Kooks provided tinder for a cultural inferno.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • How Do We End ‘Food Apartheid’ in America? With Farms Like This One (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2slm9iR                                            SoulFire Farm in upstate New York delivers fresh, nutritious food to poor communities.
  • Why Can’t America Solve the Hunger Problem? (Citylab) http://bit.ly/2sAQ0Ua                                                                                            The new book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups agues that food bans and pantries don’t chip away at underlying issues that keep people food-insecure.     
  • The Food Stamp Program Is An Overwhelming Success. That Might Also Be Its Downfall. (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2rb8ZAY
  • Alabama counties cut 85% of their food stamp participants with no work in sight (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/2rF42TL
    • ‘I’ve got to make $15 stretch’: Food stamp cuts hit Alabama’s Black Belt hard (AL.com) http://bit.ly/2sr3Msu

 

  • Trump wants to start charging stores to accept food stamps (cnbc) http://cnb.cx/2rBVDjW
    • Donald Trump wants to charge retailers a fee for accepting food stamps as payment from the poor.
    • The food stamp fee would be reassessed every five years.
    • Budget office predicts $2.4 billion in new revenue from the fee, which is seen hurting independent grocers more than big chains.
    • Separately, the Trump administration is proposing $191 billion in cuts over the next decade to the food stamp program.
  • Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980’s (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2rbZsvX                                                                                       A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.
  • Study: Secular differences in the association between caloric intake, macronutrient intake, and physical activity with obesity (Obesity Research & Clinical Practice) http://bit.ly/2t1P2h4

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • The Truth About Meal-Kit Freezer Packs (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2sg2alv                                                                                        They’re big. They’re filled with goo. And they’re rapidly accumulating in a landfill near you.                                                                                                     It’s not just the freezer-packs, every thing in that meal kit is wrapped in plastic, more to contaminate our environment and oceans…

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • Organic foods backed by landmark report warning pesticides far more dangerous than was thought (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/2qQYqSF
    • Report: Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture (European Parliament) http://bit.ly/2jiica8
  • Scientists’ Study Sweetens Connection Between Cancer, Sugar (University of Texas at Dallas) http://bit.ly/2rmikqB
  • Chances Are, Your Soft Serve Ice Cream Is Filled With Funky Ingredients (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2rUpkeB

 

Children & School Food

  • Press Release: Text To Find A Free Summer Meals Site Near You (No Kid Hungry) http://bit.ly/2r9VBAT
    • Fresh California Fruits & Vegetables in summer meals for all kids. Now. (summer meals) http://bit.ly/2qYGHbZ
  • Delivering Summer Meals to Rural, Low-Income Kids with Retired School Buses (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2siCxAc                    The Lunch Express, a project from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, aims to feed kids and families during summer break in a region where on in four children lives at or below the poverty line.
  • A startup for millennial parents is banking on a $55 billion food opportunity no one talks about (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2s7tqjg                                                                                          Meal delivery service for baby…
  • Two East Bay schools, with chef Alice Waters’ help, commit to serving all organic meals next year (East Bay Express) http://bayareane.ws/2s1SHhz

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • DA: East Bay buffet owners stole $6.5 million, forced workers to live in racially segregated dorms (East Bay Times) http://bayareane.ws/2rfZVuD
  • ‘I just don’t call out sick anymore at all’: New report says Walmart punishes employees for taking sick days (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2rnTCJr
  • Walmart is asking employees to deliver packages on their way home from work (SF Gate) http://bit.ly/2qIhhjD
  • ‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come’: Lawmakers Roll Out Plan to Expand Worker Ownership (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2q9kUBa                                                                                    ‘Giving workers a seat at the table and their fair share of the profits they help produce is one way to even up the playing field and give hardworking Americans a chance to create an economy that works for everyone’

 

Protests

  • Veteran Organizer Gives Inside Look at the First $15 minimum Wage Campaign (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2sy1F2E                 The Fight for $15 and Trump resistance movement are teaming up “for a world where working for one of the riches corporations means you’ll never wind up homeless.”
  • Massive March on McDonald’s Take On “Donald Trump of Corporations” (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2s2lPFh                   The Fight for $15 and Trump resist
  • Wendy’s Board Chairman and billionaire investor Nelson Peltz to rabbis: “I have plenty of rabbis in my life… “ (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) http://bit.ly/2ratOjQ

 

Pollinators

  • Wild Bees Can Help Honey Bees – How Your Yard Can Supoort Them (Yes!)
  • How Grizzlies, Monarchs and Even Fish Can Benefit From US Highways (ensina) http://bit.ly/2qaQsUL                                            Roads often present perils for wildlife – but with good planning, they can benefit animals instead.

 

Animals

  • Resistance to last-ditch antibiotic has spread farther than anticipated (nature) http://go.nature.com/2rfyBws                Emergence of colistin resistance in farm animals around the world takes researchers by surprise.                                                                               We have know this is coming since the early 1970s, where is the surprise?
  • With New Leadership on the Way, Public Health Experts Demand WHO Take on Factory Farms (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2rNN9r6                                                                                          “The harms caused by large-scale, industrial animal farming are global in nature and felt beyond those who consume meat, dairy, and eggs,’ states a new open letter

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Despite Many Challenges, Grassfed Beef Could Go Mainstream (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2r9nOI8                                                                    The first in-depth analysis of the industry found the niche market has the potential to scale up to compete with conventional beef.
  • Report: Back To Grass: The Market Potential For US Grassfed Beef (Stone Barns Center) http://bit.ly/2pbhYlr
  • Behind a corporate monster: How Monsanto pushes agricultural domination (Green Left Weekly) http://bit.ly/2t9jXYj
  • The Astounding Size of the Marijuana Economy Dwarfs 10 of America’s Most Popular Food and Drink Staples (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sy80uY
  • Backers of Honduran dam opposed by murdered activist withdraw funding (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2qT77kd
  • After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2rkktkK                            Catering, farmers market, farmacy program, commercial kitchen, commercially packaged food products, maple syrup…
  • A report that analyzed every minimum-wage hike since 1938 should put a bunch of nonsense ideas to rest (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2e4SOOx
    • Report: Raise Wages, Kill Jobs? Seven Decades of Historical Data Find No correlation Between Minimum Wage Increases and Employment Levels (National Employment Law Project) http://bit.ly/1NX7xfd
  • Earn minimum wage in the US? You can afford to live in exactly 12 counties (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2r7xpPF

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • The Deceptive Art of Food Fraud (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2r5TFV6                                                                                  The long history of fake foods includes horse-meat hamburgers, oil-and dust-peppercorns, and corn-syrup honey.
  • How millions of cartons of ‘organic’ milk contain an oil brewed in industrial vats of algae (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2shE8H2                                                              Schizochytrium algae is fed corn syrup…
  • DHA in ‘Organic’ Milk comes from Algae Fed Corn Syrup (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2rjY0o4
  • Wisconsin Corn Mill Explosion Leaves At Least 1 Dead, 11 Injured (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2rfwYkV

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Michigan Health Chie Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Role In Flint Water Crisis (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2s18kon
  • The black-woman-owned business is trying to bring Flint clean water once and for all (mic) http://bit.ly/2sbtgJU
  • Over resident opposition, Trump administration approves Atlantic blasting (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2ryOQYh            Seismic testing is strongly opposed along the Eastern Seaboard.
  • In The Fishing Industry, Gear Recycling is Finally Catching On (ensia) http://bit.ly/2ofsERd                                                                             Old fishing nets clutter harbors and kill sea life. But entrepreneurs are changing that.
  • Hundreds of Dead Seabirds, Sea Lions Wash Up In Southern California (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2rYh5R7                                The likely culprit is a toxic algal bloom, fueled by warmer ocean temperatures.
  • In the Depths of the Oceans, Human Activities are Beginning to Take Their Toll (ensia) http://bit.ly/2sXh3pr                                         Once seen as too remote to harm, the deep sea is facing new pressures from mining, pollution, overfishing and more.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards – California among top recipients (CDFA) http://bit.ly/2soWiXs
  • There’s a New Way to Make Walmart Pay For The Food Stamps Employees Rely On (The Intercept) http://bit.ly/2skpjTq
    • Release: Rep. Khanna Introduces the Corporate Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act (house.gov) http://bit.ly/2rfun8f
    • Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance (2012) (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2spAScC
    • Report: The High Public Cost of Low Wages (UC Berkeley Labor Center) http://bit.ly/1zaadcr
  • Trump Budget Enables Sales of America’s Wild Horses to Foreign Slaughter: Here Are 5 Better Ideas (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sak9al                                                                                            From ecotourist attractions to border patrol mounts, wild horses are far more valuable alive than dead.
  • The EPA’s Inspector General Is Probing Whether An Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2r5K6Wd                                                                                          The investigation comes in response to documents released in a court case of whether the herbicide glyphosate causes cancer.
  • How Chicken Farmers are Getting Clucked in a Supermarket Near You (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2qnCyhs
  • Stand Up for Family Farmers – Pass the Farmer Fair Practices Rules (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2qQNdpR
  • Ontario becomes 2nd province to go ahead with $15 an hour minimum wage (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) http://bit.ly/2qwh4Um

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Roundup revealed: Glyphosate in our food system (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sMYftw                                                                American regulators are dismissing key scientific data and continuing to raise the allowable limits for glyphosate residue in food.
  • What We Know About Chlorpyrifos, The Pesticide The EPA Thinks Is Bad But Won’t Ban (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2rt0xzy
  • Iowa’s oak trees are sick, and some say farm chemicals are to blame (The Des Moines Register) http://dmreg.co/2ta0W82             … There’s not much you can do about it, unless herbicide applied to corn and soybean fields is stopped, according to a DNR district forester.

 

Resources

  • Peasant Agroecology Schools and Peasant-to-Peasant Method of Horizontal Learning (Via Campesina) http://bit.ly/2r9i5Sx

 

Events

  • Slow Food Nations, Denver Colorado                                                           July 14 – 16, 2017                                                                 http://bit.ly/2rqTrfm
  • National Heirloom Exposition, 7th Annual                                       September 5 – September 7, 2017, 9am – 9pm                         Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds                               1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, California 95404     http://theheirloomexpo.com/

 

Education

  • The Agroecology of Urban Farming: An Intensive Short Course (The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice) http://bit.ly/2rPLfDy

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 31, 2017

 

  • What ag schools really need to teach: a report (Food Politics) http://bit.ly/2qU2GlL
    • Report: The Challenge of Change: Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food & Nutrition Security (Association of Public & Land Grant Universities) http://bit.ly/2qMTH7E
  • The demand for ‘local’ food is growing — here’s why investors should pay attention (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2oNrLRO
  • Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’ (The Guardian)                                                 Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? An how will it change the industry?
  • Ron Finley Celebrates Victory For His South Central Garden (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2qRFGGe                                                                    The renegade gardener who has long worked to give people in food deserts the ‘freedom to feed themselves’ has raised $550,000 to save his land.
  • Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) http://bit.ly/2q60Fm5                    CounertSpin interview with Kyle Wiens on copyright overreaching
  • Chinese Chicken Is Headed To America, But It’s Really All about The Beef (NPR) http://n.pr/2pCDgfg
  • Mexico’s avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2riBAaz
  • If Raw Fruits or Veggies Give You a Tingly Mouth, It’s a Real Syndrome (NPR) http://n.pr/2qOh0fR
  • David Mas Masumoto: “I discovered that listening is love’ – the priceless art of story telling (The Fresno Bee) http://bit.ly/2ra8mrY

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • In the Fields with Ben Burkett (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2rb7fdu   The fourth-generation farmer and legendary farm advocate shares lessons learned from his decades on the farm, the changes facing small farmers, and why to continue pushing for change.
  • What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? Conservation Planning (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2qayMvi
  • In Napa, Mexican Americans have gone from migrant workers to vineyard owners. Here are 10 Latino-owned wineries to visit. (Matador Network) http://bit.ly/2r5FSzS
  • Birthplace of Fetzer’s Mendocino County win empire makes way for cannabis economy (Press Democrat) http://bit.ly/2qzGZWn
  • Farming and the geography of nutrient production for human use: a transdisciplinary analysis (The Lancet) http://bit.ly/2qSsHnv

 

Food and Culture

  • Street Smarts (Tasting Table) http://bit.ly/2qdCIso                            From the ultimate NYC pizza crawl to a market excursion in Hanoi, these are the 10 best street food tours around the world
  • This Week in Appropriation: Kooks Burritos and Willamette Week (The Portland Mercury) http://bit.ly/2qgBuvP
    • Portland Burrito Spot Shutters Amid Claims of Cultural Appropriation (Eater Portland, OR) http://bit.ly/2qIIaGy
  • The last farmer of Florida’s prized Zellwood corn is thinking of packing it in (Tampa Bay Times) http://bit.ly/2s1VR1U

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • There Are 3 Major Famines on Our Planet Right Now – Can You Even Name Them? The Media Is Virtually Blacking Out Human Tragedy (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oTUN1V                                        Millions of people are facing famine and drought in Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, but how many countries are paying attention?
  • Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work (NPR) http://n.pr/2rXBIce
    • Why Trump Cutting Food Stamps Could Starve America’s Economy (NBC News) http://nbcnews.to/2rNqmbA
    • Mulvaney: We must lower the debt for unborn children by taking food from existing children (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2qjEZX8
    • The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2rJSTld                                                                                    That so may working households qualify for the aid reflects the prevalence of low wage jobs, the real problem Washington should be solving.
  • GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2r9JhgJ
  • Illinois Offers Devastating Preview of Trump-Style Cuts to ‘Meals on Wheels’ (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2rdGhSR
  • Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2r4mdQB                                                                                        Some 10 million elders are threatened by hunger – but the president’s budget would slash desperately needed funding for food programs.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • If You Want To Be Healthier, Eat Your Trash (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2qBEyWS
    • Pumping Iron Down the Drain (Grist) http://bit.ly/2rzm6jd
    • Study: Wasted Food, Wasted Nutrients: Nutrient Loss from Wasted Food in the United States and Comparison to Gaps in Dietary Intake (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) http://bit.ly/2qtKx1k
  • Amazing building made from 1.5 million plastic bottles withstands fires and earthquakes (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/2r8yq9u
  • California’s Recycling Rate Drops Following Closures of More Than 500 Recycling Center (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2quqjj5            The state’s beverage container recycling rates have fallen below 80 percent for the first time since 2008.
  • It was a perfect California beach day … except for all the plastic pollution (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2pv30bJ
  • Why You Should Stop Feeding Your Baby From Trendy Little Food Pouches (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2s7vkA7                            They’re an environmental nightmare.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • More Than 5,600 Pounds of Beef, Pork, And Veal Recalled For E. Coli (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2pj5bww                                     The meat was sold in six states.
  • California mom drizzled gas station cheese on her Doritos. Now, she’s fighting for her life (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2qC1gfB

 

Children & School Food

  • School District Switches to Local and Organic Meals, Cuts Carbon Footprint – and Saves Money (yes!) http://bit.ly/2rdUr7d  A new report reveals surprising results when Oakland overhauled its lunch menu at 100-plus schools by serving less meat and more fruits and vegetables.
  • Less Meat, Better Food, Happier Kids: Oakland Unified Reinvented its School Lunch (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2n9zoNK  In 2008 we transformed Oakland’s Senior Nutrition program (Meals on Wheels & Congregate Sites) to local, sustainably produced foods and cooked from scratch, we reduced our food costs by 1.6%, serving a vegetarian meal once a week…
  • Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2oZeLEE
    • Jim Hightower: Using lunch to punish the poor (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2rYyN40                                                              Nearly half of American school districts shame and stigmatize kids whose parents can’t afford school lunches.
  • America the cruel: While hedge fund managers pocket windfalls, kids lacking lunch money are shamed (Salon) http://bit.ly/2r0eLaH
  • ‘What is wrong with you?’: Michelle Obama savages Trump for gutting her legacy (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pIlsv5              Former first lady attacks president’s reversal of regulations to help improve school lunches: ‘Thing about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap’

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • How low-wage immigrant workers are reviving unions (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2qAIXpJ                                                                In Los Angeles, a steady movement takes hold under the Trump administration.
  • Stop Supporting Child Slavery By Avoiding These 6 Chocolate Companies (Educate Inspire Change) http://bit.ly/2oZa8ve
  • Wal-Mart Settlement in First LGBT Workers’ Class Action Reflects Larger Shift (The National Law Journal) http://bit.ly/2q88H12
  • Exploitation and Abuse at the Chicken Plant (The New Yorker) http://bit.ly/2qCe9W1                                                                                        Case Farms built its business by recruiting immigrant workers from Guatemala, who endure conditions few Americans would put up with.

 

Pollinators

 

Animals

  • Meet Nevada’s cow cops (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rhMYDe                                                                                    Where crime scene investigators ride the range.
  • The Largest Cockfighting Bust in US History Just Happened in California (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2pWPPxe                                      Sheriffs found a staggering 7,000 fighting roosters at a single location.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • The Real Reason Chinatown Produce is Crazy Cheap (Saveur) http://bit.ly/2qwsh3T                                                                                           The Wall Street Journal doesn’t find foreign imports or discounts for low quality vegetables, but rather a special network of suppliers selling especially fresh food
  • Access To Markets: The Greenway Farm Family & Farm Advocacy (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2quqQSj
  • Walmart’s $237 Million Man: How Americans Subsidize Inequality (truthout) http://bit.ly/2qkHZh9                            Remember that US taxpayers subsidize each Wal-Mart store to the tune of $900,000, currently there are 4,672 Wal-Mart stores in the US (supercenters, neighborhood markets, discount stores & Sam’s Club) http://bit.ly/2rR8VHj
  • America has become so anti-innovation – it’s economic suicide (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2r4Ofeh                                                          What has been the driving force behind American innovation, the public or private sector?
  • Report: Invested in Exploitation? (Action on Aid) http://bit.ly/2qgZ6QF                                                                                      TIAA’s Links to Land Grabbing and Deforestation
  • Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth (Al Jazeera) http://bit.ly/2rAMpFh                                                                                              It’s time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.
  • Report: Honest Accounts 2017: How the world profits from Africa’s wealth (Global Justice Now) http://bit.ly/2qX1rnQ
  • US Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies (Organic Trade Association) http://bit.ly/2mcoR7t                              The results are positive with lower poverty rats, higher median annual household incomes, organic agriculture can be used as an economic development tool…

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • University of Arkansas disposes of wastewater from nuclear plant in city sewer system (40 29 News) http://bit.ly/2qrqmzq
  • Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2oUsela
  • Making Us All Sicker: Detroit Water Shut-Offs May Well Have Caused Irreparable Damage (truthout) http://bit.ly/2rRqBBy
  • In these Western cities, using less water costs more (High Country News) http://bit.ly/2rhsJpl                                                         Some homes pay five times as much as others for the same amount of water.
  • Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved, Australian experts concede (Independent UK) http://ind.pn/2qA5Fya                                ‘In our lifetime and on our watch, substantial areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding ecosystems are experiencing major long-term damage’

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Why the US Should Seize & Occupy Canada’s Milk Policy (Medium) http://bit.ly/2qsNgXX                                                                Make American Dairy Great Again!!!
  • How Trump’s Skewered View of Rural America and Agriculture Threatens the Welfare of Farmworkers (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2qbHQj5                                                                                        Trump wrote an executive order on rural America as if farmworkers don’t exist.
  • ‘An Idea Who’s Time Has Come’: Lawmakers Roll Out Plan to Expand Worker Ownership (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2q9kUBa                                                                                      ‘Giving workers a seat at the table and their fair share of the profits they help produce is one way to even up the playing field and give hardworking Americans a chance to create an economy that works for everyone’
  • Judge: EPA’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides Violated Federal Law (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2rhApZr
    • The Trump Administration Just Punted on How to Handle the Most Toxic Pesticides (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2qstY4H      Including one that likely sickened 12 farmworkers earlier this month.
  • Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2qjKP9g
  • House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2qqNEC5                Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides.
  • EPA Chooses Foreign Mining Interest Over Critical Alaska Watershed (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2pHnbAQ                          “If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first – and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last – then sadly it’s succeeding”
  • A New Law Would Legalize Selling Home Cooked Food in California (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2pn6aOy                                  California is trying to legalize small-scale sale of food made by home cooks. But will it allow tech startups to treat home cooks like Uber drivers?
  • California’s senators just proposed a path to legal status and citizenship for farmworkers (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2pJDtKj
  • Missouri legislature passes bill to undo St. Louis minimum wage hike (Fox 2 St. Louis) http://bit.ly/2rd98U5
  • North Carolina Lawmakers Side With Factory Farms as Communities of Color Suffer From he Spraying of Hog Manure (Democracy Now!) http://bit.ly/2qBDCjb
  • Flint Residents Could Lose Their Homes Over Unpaid Bills for Poisoned Water (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/2qG0k8K                  ‘I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started this actually scared me,’ local resident says of tax lien notice
  • President Trump’s Budget is an Assault on the Farm Safety Net and Rural Communities, NFU Says (National Farmers Union) http://bit.ly/2qTEGRO

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mdHDII                                    Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. Leads Lawsuits To Sue Monsanto For Cancer-Causing Roundup Weed Killer (March Against Monsanto) http://bit.ly/2oW1o8r

 

Events

  • Local Sustainable Economies Conference                             Northeastern University, Boston, MA                                                       June 7 – 9, 2017                                                                   http://bit.ly/2lMk7BZ

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 1, 2017

 

  • Better Tasting Strawberry Developed at Rutgers Makes Debut (Rutgers Today) http://bit.ly/2oWKV4s                                    Strawberries developed for New Jersey climate, not California, and to taste good, rather to be shipped across the country…
  • Red, Ripe and Renegade: Berries That Break All the Rules (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2ou6hsR                                                                                        They don’t produce a lot or last long. But Harry’s Berries, a 50-year-old family farm in California, thrives by selling strawberries at their peak.
  • 4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2oQXU66                                                                              Our food system is built on stolen land and exploited labor. Here’s what we can do to fix it.
  • Mark Musick transformed the way Seattle thinks of local, seasonal food (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/2oa0kBh
  • Big Agro on Campus (The Walrus) http://bit.ly/2o9n3cy        Universities claim industry-funded research on chemical and pesticide safety is scientifically sound. Not everybody is convinced.
  • The Match.com of Seed Saving (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2phTcjr  The Center for Food Safety rolls out a new site for seed saving and seed swapping, aimed at the tech-savviest generation of growers.
  • A River Runs Red And A Small-Town Paper Wants Answers (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2p0urYR                                                 Art Cullen’s Pulitzer-winning work showed how agribusiness infiltrated an Iowa battle over pollution from farms.
  • Restaurant Group (ROC United) Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition (NPR) http://n.pr/2omTCEc
  • International Monsanto Tribunal In The Hague – October 2016 (Monsanto Tribunal) http://bit.ly/2oIkFML                                              Find here the full text and the summary of the advisory legal opinion delivered by the Monsanto Tribunal judges in The Hague on April 18th 2017.
  • Tribunal Judges: Monsanto Violates Basic Human Rights to a Healthy Environment (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2p7KjsI
  • In Trump’s America, Navigating a Path for a Progressive National Food Strategy (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2oIbID7                                There seems to be little in the way of a guiding federal strategy on food. Advocates say a national food strategy would change that.
  • This world-renowned chef saved his town’s economy with cheese and rice (Upworthy) http://u.pw/2pfoSJ4
  • The great global food gap: Families around the world photographed with weekly shopping as they reveal cost ranges from £3.20 to £320 (Daily Mail) http://dailym.ai/1gd74zt                  This is from 2013…
  • Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2oCuJ6F
  • Race and the Proletarianization of the American Farmer (Food and Farm Discussion Lab) http://bit.ly/2oCKtX5
  • Study: Higher crop yields won’t feed the world. Stopping unplanned pregnancies will. (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2oYcdsX
  • Saving America’s Broke Prairie (UN Dark) http://bit.ly/2pu6oE4    Scientists call the American prairie on of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Its loss would have consequences the world over.
  • Prescriptions For Fresh Produce, And Other World Changing Ideas In Food (Fast Company) http://bit.ly/2pGLsdx
  • On the Day of People’s Climate March, the Ponca Tribe Begins Its Own 273-Mile March (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2oXdkqi                                    A unique alliance among tribes, ranchers, and other landowners in Nebraska regroups to resist fossil fuel development like the Keystone XL.
  • It Takes Roots: US Food Sovereignty Alliance @ the #PeoplesClimate March (Food First) http://bit.ly/2qho9r4
  • 6 Mexican – American Winemakers to Check Out in Sonoma and Napa (Sonoma Magazine) http://bit.ly/2qhuzXl

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding & Production

  • American Farmers Urge Trump: Stay in Paris Agreement (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oy9qTR                                                          “Farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and they have been experiencing costly disruption fro climate change for some time.”
  • For Seed Rebels, Saving Life’s Building Blocks Has New Urgency (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2nUMJxt                                                                          As the seed industry consolidates, open source breeders hope to preserve a handful of important varieties for the farms o the future.
  • This inspiring 83-Year-Old Runs a 210-Acre Farm and has no Plans of Retiring (Reader’s digest) http://bit.ly/2oBv q2
  • Honor for environmental activist farmer, 83, surrounded by mines on three sides (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pWDL05           For 30 years anti-pollution campaigner Wendy Bowman has stood firm against mining giants (New South Wales)
  • Farmers’ Beef With Trump Over ‘Big Meat’ (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2oY4PvK                                                                                    An Obama-era measure meant to level the playing field for chicken growers is shelved, and the industry is delighted.

 

Food and Culture

  • Reclaiming native ground: Can Louisiana’s tribes restore their traditional diets as waters rise? (Food & Environment Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2l4ESc3
  • If you Are What You Eat, America Is Allrecipes (Slate) http://slate.me/1SUENmd                                                                                   The nation’s most popular recipe site reveals the enormous gap between foodie culture and what people actually cook.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • To Solve Hunger, First Solve Poverty (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2oUOisu                                                                                        Hunger is big business…
  • Trillium Grow Grant supercharges food security for (Canadian) Island communities (The Manitoulin Expositor) http://bit.ly/2pGoW4y                                                                                          Inch by inch, row by row community gardens will be growing thanks to $651K in funding from an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant…

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • London’s plastic water bottle waste is out of control, mayor is told (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2q37k0b                                              Committee calls for deposit return scheme and free refill stations  after finding capital hooked on bottled water but not recycling
  • In the Fishing Industry, Gear Recycling is Finally Catching On (Food and Farm Discussion Lab) http://bit.ly/2q2TPxd
  • Could This Plastic Eating Caterpillar Be The Answer To Our Waste? (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2p3EOgu                      Scientists sy the parasitic waxworm is capable of devouring plastic bags.

 

Healthy/Safe Food

  • The “True” Human Diet (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2ooqmwI                                                                                          From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth
  • You’re Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1nN0gNE                                                                                            And we’re not talking about soy or almond, either.
  • America’s Drug Of Choice: It’s Not What You Think (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2o76UqG                                                                              The next time someone tells you that she doesn’t eat dessert, no longer east sugar, or doesn’t want a birthday cake, believe her.
  • Drinking Four Cups of Coffee Is probably Safe (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2oAoiWv                                                                                  The most comprehensive review of evidence on health consequences of caffeine use has just been published.
  • Study: Systematic review of the potential adverse effects of caffeine consumption in healthy adults, pregnant women, adolescents, and children (Food and Chemical Toxicology) http://bit.ly/2plPi9n
  • Should link between dementia and artificial sweeteners be taken with a pinch of salt? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pOPZbg

 

Children & School Food

  • America’s Second-Largest School District Says No to McDonald’s McTeacher’s Nights (AlterNet)                                                                           The Los Angles Unified School District adopted a resolution to end the kid-targeting of junk food.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • ‘It makes me nervous’: Farmer who can’t find workers to havest his crops blames Trump (RawStory) http://bit.ly/2prdZmK
  • Despite Populist Rhetoric, Trump Is Poised to Preside Over Crackdown on Unions (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2qmxxWC      “He’s following the script from the Chamber of Commerce.”
  • Harvesting Union Rights in the Field (Labor Notes) http://bit.ly/2pgb29s                                                                                                    North Carolina farmworkers are getting ready for a season of organizing with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Unlike most guest workers, they have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union.

 

Protests

  • Big Strike Brewing Against Trump: Coalition of More Than 300,000 Food Workers to Join May Day Showdown (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2qftiQr

 

Animals

  • Disturbing Facts About the Pork Industry Nobody Told You Before (The Unbound Spirit) http://bit.ly/2qvVyL8

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use (grist) http://bit.ly/2pjzPsk
  • Beyond fair trade These ban-to-bar chocolate makers are upping the ante on working with cocoa farmers (Financial Post) http://bit.ly/2pnRGwi
  • Monsanto Has Violated the Basic Human Right to a Healthy Environment and Food (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2pvqopZ
  • No-tipping experiment fails to pay off at 2 popular Maine restaurants (Portland Press Herald) http://bit.ly/2pDO7VB  Owner / Chef Cara Stadler drops policy, at least for now, after profits decline at Bao Bao in Portland and Tao Yan in Brunswick, but legislation may offer another option.
  • Hard times for Whole Foods: ‘People say it’s for pretentious people. I can see why’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pJ51lO
  • Where’s Your Retirement Fund Being Invested (act!onaid) http://bit.ly/2pJVmey                                                                                          TIAA is one of the largest private pension funds in the United States. It provides plans for teachers and nurses, but is funding their retirements through land grabs and human rights violations…

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • The Deliciously Fishy Case of the “Codfather” (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2mLekPB                                                                                            New England’s seafood industry is in deep trouble – thanks in no small part to one mogul’s seriously shady business.
  • Chobani sues InfoWars for spreading xenophobic conspiracy theories (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2oM5orV                            InfoWars targeted the immigrant-owned company in a series of inflammatory posts last year.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Clean Water Is A Basic Human Right, And We Can And Should Make It Affordable To Everyone (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2pCegnj          As we invest in our public water systems – and we must – we need to distribute costs equitably.
  • Flint Water Crisis Is a Result of Systemic Racism and History of Segregation (Colorlines) http://bit.ly/2pZP5If                                              A new report tracks what led to the disaster – and how to prevent it from happening again.
  • Report: The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint (Report of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission) http://bit.ly/2p46WjO
  • Skeptics Called Him a “Lead Magician.” But He Was One of the First Scientists to See Flint’s Toxic Water. (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p1ai6K
  • Bangladesh’s water crisis: A story of gender (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2orqY8R                                                                                      Climate change is driving an acute water crisis in coastal Bangladesh in which women are bearing most of the strain.
  • Pipeline leaks 18,000 gallons of crude oil onto Kingfisher Co. Farmland (KFOR4) http://bit.ly/2pYQ7oC
    • Pipeline leaks thousands of gallons of crude oil onto Oklahoma farmland (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2pmCmA7
  • Chromium spill near Lake Michigan brings new attention to cancer-causing pollutant (Chicago Tribune) http://trib.in/2p9OZAS
  • The Saga of North Carolina’s Contaminated Water (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2pxJ31W                                                                                  The states GOP leadership tried to make the state more business-friendly. Now residents are saying their water isn’t safe to drink.
  • Widely-Opposed Pipeline ‘Confirms Worst Fears’ After Two Spills Into Ohio Wetland (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2pT4bPv                  Energy Transfer Partners’ new Rover Pipeline has spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio’s wetlands. Construction of the $4.2 billion project only began last month.
  • Climate change causes glacial river in Yukon to change directions (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) http://bit.ly/2pLe01Y                      Glacier retreated so much that its meltwater switched course…
  • Baltimore’s solar-powered water wheel has now remove 1.1 million lbs. of rubbish from the river (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2ondtDb
  • Great Barrier Reef Reaches “Terminal Stage” as CO2 levels Rise at Record Rates (truthout) http://bit.ly/2psOX7J
  • Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic – And No One’s Paying Attention (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2paYChX                                            “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste.”
  • How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/2paYChX                                                                                         The problem is staggering, and it’ll get worse if we do nothing.
  • Trump Signs Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries (NPR) http://n.pr/2pHc4eH
    • Scientists have found a 10 million gallon ‘bath mat’ of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico (Business Insider) http://read.bi/2oTWhpS

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Trump Signs Executive Order for Agriculture (Ag Web) http://bit.ly/2oKbE2h
    • On-the-Record Press Briefing on the President’s Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (The White House) http://bit.ly/2phxuyi
  • You’re (Canada) Paying Too Much for Milk (The Walrus) http://bit.ly/2oYYDmv                                                                                          The idea that Canada’s protectionist policies benefit mom-and-pop farms is mostly propaganda
  • Trump Has Okayed a Pesticide That Terrifies These Families (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2obKuWJ “We know this is dangerous fro the kids, but what are we supposed to do?”
  • Dow Chemical Donates $1 Million To Trump, Asks Administration To Ignore Pesticide Study (Vanity Fair) http://bit.ly/2oCBp4w
    • Public Records Sought on Dow’s Efforts to Pressure Trump Administration Over Pesticides, Endangered Species (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2owSttu
    • Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study (SF Gate) http://bit.ly/2pjfJ2s                                                                                               A group of three pesticide makers, including Dow Chemical, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding they throw out a study showing the impact of three pesticides on endangered species.
  • Iowa Senate Oks closing of ISU’s Leopled Center, other budget cuts (Des Moines Register) http://dmreg.co/2oYVXbk
  • North Carolina Republicans Are Trying to Keep Residents From Suiting Hog Farms (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p0665A
  • Oakland, California Soda Tax: Oakland Council members Accuse Mayor Schaaf of ‘Bait and Switch’ With Soda Tax Revenue (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2oLeo4s

 

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Farmers Balk at Bayer’s Move for Monsanto (AgWeb) http://bit.ly/2ppAhoW
    • Farmer Sign On Letter to Attorney General on The Proposed Dow-DuPont, Monsato0Bayer and Sygenta-ChemChina Mergers http://bit.ly/2ppSlPY

 

Poisons

  • Canada finds excessive glyphosate levels in 3.0 percent of grain products (Food, Agriculture and the Environment) http://bit.ly/2qgjfYq
  • 6 Ways Trump’s Administration Could Literally Make America More Toxic (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2puPuTl

 

Events

Featuring: Keynotes from Raj Patel, Karen Washington, Malik Yakini and more! Regional Farm Tours. Hand-on Workshops & Paper PresentationsLocal FoodResource Fair and More!

The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Equitable Local Food System

Schedule Dates: May 11 – 13, 2017

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, and Roots Rising Farm are pleased to announce the Finger Lakes “Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Equitable Local Food System.”

Location: Ithaca, NY and surrounding locations

COST: FREE

The 3-day Conference is FREE for all participants, thanks to the generous support of the organizations and grantors listed here. The ‘true’ cost to each participant would be $150 without this support. If you’re able, consider making a donation to support Groundswell Center & Rising Root Farm. We also welcome local business sponsorships. http://bit.ly/2qeCFfl