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Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 4, 2018

  • In the Desert, Tucson Models Affordable Food Access (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HEVYLc
  • Can Organics Help Rural America Rebound? (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HGtcYr                                                                                      Some see organic farming a sure-fire way to improve struggling farm communities. Others say it will take a lot more than higher premiums to make a lasting economic difference.
  • Here’s Even More Evidence That Hand Dryers Are Pretty Disgusting (Vice) https://bit.ly/2HxLV8h                                                          A new study found that they’re actually blowing bacteria onto your hands.                                                                                                                                    If hand dryers are not sanitized, as an ice machine must be, they will encourage bacterial growth, the temperatures are perfect, 50°F – 176°F (10°C – 80°C), dependent on the type of bacteria, water activity, and pH… (Brooklyn CUNY) https://bit.ly/2Go0Rrp
  • Napa County Measure C proponents say ag preservation needs oak woodlands protection (North Bay Business Journal) https://bit.ly/2IWasDs
  • Last year’s devastating wildfires left behind an unexpected bounty: morel mushrooms (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HvA7CQ                                                                          Unexpected to some…
  • On The Hunt For The Elusive Morel Mushroom In Ohio’s Appalachian Country (NPR) https://n.pr/2FlM7Ff

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Two Years Ago, I Was a College Student – Now I’m a Farmers and It’s Completely Changed My World (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2r65ePa                                                                                                The work of farming itself is remaking and shifting the way that I approach the world.
  • The Women Reviving Heirloom Grains and Flour (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HtMWyf                                                                                    Female grain growers, millers, and artisan bread bakers are collaborating to lift women’s role in bread into the spotlight.
  • Stressed, Struggling, and Suicidal: America’s Farmers Are Begging or Mental Health Services (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HoZCWY                                                                                Trump’s trade war promises even more uncertainty.
  • Suicide Rates Among Farmers are Alarmingly High. Can Federal Legislation Help? (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2vnfPtx                              The STRESS Act would provide support, but some farmers say it’s little more than a band-aid and real policy changes are needed.
  • Rural Kansas is dying. I drove 1,800 miles to find out why (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2r3YjoG                                                            A native Kansan returns home to find that the broken promises of commodity agriculture have destroyed a way of life.
  • The future of seafood is bait-to-plate transparency on blockchain (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HwvbkY                              Sometime soon, American eaters may be able to purchase tuna labeled with a QR code that can be scanned to reveal when and where the fish was caught, and by whom…

 

Food and Culture

  • An Indigenous Corn Makes a Comeback (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HFZCVc                                                                                              In New York, the Iroquois White Corn Project is riving an ancient and sacred variety of white corn in hopes of improving Native nutrition and health.
  • Don’t Mess With The Sweet Potato Pie: A Museum Wrestles With ‘Authentic’ Black Menu (NPR) https://n.pr/2IOWpQm
  • Ouch, No! Some Scots Cry As Their Beloved Soda Gets A Less Sugary Revamp (NPR) https://n.pr/2HuAth7
  • When Did Food Network Change Its Diet? (BuzzFeed) https://bzfd.it/2vPuZIf                                                                                        Food Network once taught us the difference between kale and chard. Why did it pivot to brioche French toast topped with pulled pork?

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

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

  • The food industry’s food stamp problem (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2K47JsX                                                                                              We recently obtained data on SNAP employers from six states and found that thousands of people who work in fast-food and retail jobs don’t make enough money to buy groceries.
  • Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs – but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in a least five state (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2F2HpMr                                                                  One third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.
  • Photos: Who Actually Benefits From Meals on Wheels (The Nation) https://bit.ly/2Gs0NIh                                                                       And why did the Trump administration think it was a good idea to cut funding for these vital programs?
  • Brining meals to people with food insecurity may deliver savings to the healthcare system (Los Angeles Times) https://lat.ms/2IrqNQf                                                                                        The research I conducted back in 2008 to justify transforming Oakland California’s Meals on Wheels and Congregate meals programs to local and sustainable foods showed that good nutrition does indeed reduce hospital admissions and length of hospital stays… The data is out there.
  • Can the Recovery Quench America’s Food Desserts? (US News & World Report) https://bit.ly/2qZMnVf                                                              In a time of seeming prosperity, millions of Americans struggle with food access and security.
  • Perpetuating the Cycle of Poverty (The New Republic) https://bit.ly/2HuaDJf                                                                                          How the Republican Party’s proposals to reform the food stamp program will keep people down
  • Republicans Propose Strict Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HjovGf                                  “This bill attempts to change SNAP from a feeding program to a work program.”
  • Study: From Welfare To A Workbased Safety Net: An Incomplete Transition (University of Michigan School of Social Work) https://bit.ly/2H1TMtO                                                                                      The reform and related policies did increase the economic well-being of working poor families with children. But given the economic conditions in the last 15 years, TANF has decreased the economic well-being of the nonworking, nondisabled poor, as evidenced by the increased number of disconnected and extremely poor families.
  • Recent Welfare Reform Research Findings (2004) (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) https://bit.ly/2veOee0          Implications for TANF Reauthorization and State TANF Policies
  • The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements (The Atlantic) https://theatln.tc/2nefXUo
    • Research Report: Work Requirements in Social Safety Net Programs (Urban Institute) https://urbn.is/2E326aW                      A Status Report of Work Requirements in TANF, SNAP, Housing Assistance, and Medicaid

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Americans Waste 150,000 Tons of Food every Day – That’s a Pound Per Person (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2vy4N4I
    • A New Study Shows the Stunning Amount of Food People Toss in the Garbage Every Day (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HgIbvc                                                                                         And it’s people eating the healthiest who are throwing away the most food.
    • Study: Relationship between food waste, diet quality, and environmental sustainability (PlosOne) https://bit.ly/2vurSoV
  • The food that goes bad in your fridge amounts to trillions of gallons of wasted water (Sacramento Bee) https://bit.ly/2JcrQnK
  • For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line (NPR) https://n.pr/2K1Dsv3

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • National E. coli Outbreak Is Worsening, a Ban On Romaine Lettuce Is Recommended (MSN) https://bit.ly/2HzZabf
    • CDC Warns People To Steer Clear Of Romaine As E. Coli Outbreak Spreads (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2HlleCS          So far 53 people in 16 states have been infected
      • Toss the romaine lettuce now – or risk getting E. coli illness, health officials warn (Helena Independent Record) https://bit.ly/2qMq0mM
      • A surprising clue in the E. coli investigation: Sick inmates in an Alaska Prison (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2I1nhxg                                                                                The outbreak that originated with Yuma, Arizona-grown romaine lettuce has taught us one thing so far: that it’s much easier to spot a pattern when everyone’s eating the same thing.
  • Here’s what it costs restaurants when a foodborne illness outbreak occurs (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/2Hvn8Ez
    • A new study puts a price on the cost of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States, which can range from a couple thousand dollars to millions
    • A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health simulated a number of different types of outbreaks using common causes like norovirus, E. coli, and salmonella.
    • Panera Bread is the most recent restaurant to be linked to a foodborne illness outbreak.
  • Study Warns Eating Out Can Increase Phthalates, Lead To Disease (International Business Times) https://bit.ly/2qM8Sxx

 

Education

  • Launching the Next Generation of Latinx Farmers in Washington’s Skagit Valley (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2r3LWK5    The region is home to a handful of training programs helping to support new farmers and local food producers.

 

Children & School Food

  • School Garden Apprenticeship – Teen Summer Jobs Available (Cropmobster Community Exchange, SF Bay) https://bit.ly/2qPLlL9

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them. (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2EXwgMH
    • The restaurant industry is struggling to convince eaters that workers don’t deserve minimum wage (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HkJtW8                                                                                      A leaked poll conducted by the industry lobby found that diners don’t mind higher prices if they raise worker wages.
  • Fast food chains like In-N-Out are quickly becoming jobs people want to have (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2JBIOfD
  • “He Grabbed My Butt. I Dumped an Entire Tray With 10 Glasses of Red Wine on Him.” (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GYWiVJ
  • Migrant Dreams: Canada’s Broken Promise (Al Jazeera) https://bit.ly/2HWCvXG                                                               What happens when Indonesian migrant workers trapped in debt-bondage in Canada decide to fight back?
  • Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HWoRQT                  “They can’t get people to move here, or stay here, because there’s nowhere for them to live.”                                                                            Welcome to California’s housing crisis…
  • In the American West, Arbitrary Poverty Designations Are Shortchanging the Rural Poor (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2HpzOt3
  • Immigrant Detainees Forced To Work For $1 A Day: Lawsuit (International Business Times) https://bit.ly/2qRoBvg
  • Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2JtIDmk                                                    One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits – and overtime destroys them. So why do we still do this?
  • Reversing Past Oppression, Cooperation Jackson Builds a Better Future (Counter Punch) https://bit.ly/2K3frDH

 

Protests

  • Animal Rights Activists Target Slaughterhouses as Worldwide Movement Grows (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2v80HA3                  Animal rights activists launch a “war of ethics and morals.”
  • What’s Really in McDonald’s Happy Meals? Here’s the Awful Truth (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2HBUT7W                                                The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu.
    • McDonald’s Sells More Chicken Than Beef. This Campaign Demands it Treat Birds Better (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HgpTdm                                                                            Animal welfare groups are tackling the welfare of chickens destined for McNuggets and McChickens. But past victories don’t guarantee a success.

 

Pollinators

  • Honeybees Are Struggling to Get Enough Good Bacteria (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2qNsEIM
    • Study: Bacterial communities associated with honeybee food stores are correlated with land use (Ecology and Evolution) https://bit.ly/2HkEJeI

 

 

Animals

  • If You’re Like Most Americans, You Think Farmed Animals Are Treated Well: That’s Simply Not True (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2r7o1cV                                                                                          Katie Cantrell wants to educate people about what really happens on factory farms.
  • Jury awards hog farm neighbors $50 million (Raleigh News & Observer) https://bit.ly/2KiRBEd                                                              Could the tide be turning on Confined Animal Feeding Operations?

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • The Bayer-Monsato Merger is Bad News for the Planet (Web of Debt) https://bit.ly/2r1taTF
    • Here’s Why US Farmers Overwhelmingly Oppose Monsanto-Bayer Merger – and So Should You (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2q4Yeke                                                                                    The proposed merger is bad for everyone – except Bayer and Monsanto.
  • African American owned coffee shop looks to become next Starbucks with a different philosophy (KTVU 2) https://bit.ly/2qKoykN
  • Big food companies are trying to use free trade agreements to kill health warning labels (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2ERskNs
  • Yosemite’s secretive Starbucks: café opens in park, to delight and dismay (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2GzzWsX                                            A new Starbucks provides convenience and caffeine to visitors, but to many it represents a trend of commercialism and 25,000 people petitioned to stop it from opening
  • On-third of American households have struggled to afford either food, shelter or medical care (Market Watch) https://on.mktw.net/2I43pfn

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • The South Texas Fajita Bandit Has Been Sentenced to Fifty Years in Prison (Texas Monthly) https://bit.ly/2Fk70QM                              The nine-year meat hustle has caught up with the former Cameron County Juvenile Detention Center worker.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Flint Residents Pay to Drink Polluted Water While Nestle Pumps Great Lakes for Profit (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2HwRVgV
    • Michigan is practically giving away clean water – but not to Flint (Popular Science) https://bit.ly/2HfuCb4
  • Thousands of Poor Detroiters Are About to Get Their Water Cut Off (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2F3dwM1                                            The city prepares for its fifth annual water shutoff.
  • There Is an Area of Plastic in the Ocean That’s Three Times the Size of France. This 23 Year Old Thinks He Can Clean It Up. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2JcRWXQ
  • The Arctic faces record levels of pollution from microplastics (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2JxwWLF                                           Scientists trace the plastics back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, fishing nets, and cigarettes.
    • ‘Nowhere is immune:’ Researchers find record levels of microplastics in Artic Sea ice (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2Kez77I
  • Iceland sets target of 191 kills as country resumes whaling (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Hb6cE1                                                        Authorities grant whalers a quota to hunt the endangered fin whale this summer after a two-year pause

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • India: Monsanto Loses Right to Patent Seeds (Daily Pioneer India) https://bit.ly/2rh89EV                                                                                            Delhi high Court’s ruling which forbids Monsanto from stopping supplies to seed companies is a boost to domestic seed companies, and will cub the ability of multinationals to establish seed monopoly.
  • In ‘Huge Win for Pollinators, People, and the Planet,’ EU Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2vWAkNW                                                                      “Authorizing neonicotinoids during a quarter of a century was a mistake and led to an environmental disaster. Today’s vote is historic.”
  • Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils (Global Citizen) https://glblctzn.me/2CRjezn                                            All single-use plastic must be phased out by 2030.
  • ‘A Scourge on Our Seas’: UK Government Takes Aim at Single Use Plastics (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2vrNhis
  • French MPs force vegetarian food producers to mince their words (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2HhGGsJ                                  Makers of ‘vegetarian sausages’ and similar items will no longer be able to use meat-related terms after new ruling
  • Wins For Sustainable agriculture in FY 2018 Omnibus (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) https://bit.ly/2HBAeh0
  • Kirsten Gillibrand Takes Aim at ICE After an Arrest at a New York Dairy Farm (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2F56eXM                    “Officers should not be allowed to raid private property without a warrant.”
  • Trump Just Gave Factory Farms a Huge Break (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2FrvgAC                                                                                          This harmful industry doesn’t deserve support from the federal government.
  • Pesticide Executives Are Running Ag Policy for Donald Trump (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2qPL3E3                                                          The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is the “eyes, ears, and voice for US agriculture around the world.”
  • US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services becomes multi million-dollar federal wildlife-killing program (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2FkmUuH                                                                                        “The Department of Agriculture needs to get out of the wildlife-slaughter business.”
  • Trade war backfire: Steel tariff shrapnel hits US farmers (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2vam4Rz
    • Trade War Hits Another Red State (MSN) https://bit.ly/2qQOP0Z
    • Trade War Is About to Screw Over California’s Remaining Republicans (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2qAabyz              China’s tariffs will hard in the Golden State’s farm country.                In California the Central Valley is the heart of the Republicans strong hold…
  • Trump administration approves oil drilling, pipeline in Carrizo Plain (San Luis Obispo County, CA) National Monument (The Tribune, San Luis Obispo) https://bit.ly/2r1uV2E
  • Why Is Trump Trying to Kill Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2r7p2lf                                                        Prohibiting warning labels would be a huge win for the food industry and a big loss for consumers.
  • Everything you need to know about New York’s proposal to eliminate the tip credit (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HhvwE4
  • State (California) can label widely used herbicide (Roundup) as possible carcinogen (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2Ja0y1c
  • Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax (NPR) https://n.pr/2HlfYlT
    • Consumption of sugary drinks plummeted after Philadelphia passed the country’s highest soda tax (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2HbmatH
  • Tulsa says no more Dollar General, curbing exploitation of black neighborhoods (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2qMFWW2
  • Chellie Pingree: Get Ready for the 2018 Farm Bill Fiasco (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HahSGQ
    • The House Farm Bill Ignores What Farmers Want (and Farm Groups Call BS) (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2HTzsOY
    • Opinion: The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our food System (foodtank) https://bit.ly/2HLVQqX
    • The 2018 Farm Bill’s Hidden Agenda to Push Millions to Push Millions off Food Stamps (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2HbvgXm
    • Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School (NPR) https://n.pr/2EJz5RA
    • GOP House’s Farm Bill Would Gut a Key Conservation Program (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2HeU8Bq                          Some see organic farming as a sure-fire way to improve struggling farm communities. Others say it will take a lot more than higher premiums to make a lasting economic difference.
  • Why the GOP food stamp overhaul might not work (Politico) https://politi.co/2Hu4M7z                                                                            There’s little evidence that SNAP job training works, let alone that it can be scaled up quickly for millions more people.
  • ‘Sick Joke’: House Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill Attacking Environment, Endangered Species (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2He5wxj

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Should Farm Animals Be Genetically Modified to Remove Their Capacity to Feel Pain? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Hxvf0D          Creating a “brainless chicken” opens up serious ethical questions.

 

Technology

  • The Secret Truth Behind Food Flavorings (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2vXHv8N                                                                              Processed food contains some surprising additives to create specific flavors.

 

Poisons

  • Lawmakers want the EPA to ignore impacts of pesticides on endangered species (Environmental Health News) https://bit.ly/2qN5wJL                                                                                              It would be hard to overstate the dangers of this Farm Bill rider
  • Environmentalists and Farmers Seek Court Decision Halting Use o Dow’s ‘Agent Orange Pesticide (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2qM7Otp
  • Monsanto bullies EPA on Glyphosate ruling (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2KfITXk                                                                                Monsanto has launched a campaign to pressure the EPA into declaring glyphosate safe.
  • A Cancer on Society: Monsanto Claims Right Not to Speak About Roundup (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2qSEbWK            Monsanto doesn’t want the world to know their product is labeled a “problem carcinogen.”

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update April 14, 2018

 

  • 20% of US Diets Responsible for Almost Half of Country’s Food_Related Emissions, Study Finds (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2FQt0Ih
    • Study: Greenhouse gas emissions and energy use associated with production of individual self-selected US diet (IOP Science) https://bit.ly/2DS3j48
  • ‘Dangerous’ Decline in Biodiversity Threatening Humanity’s Wellbeing Worldwide (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2uglHnT
  • Has #MeToo Changed Your Relationship With Restaurants? (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GjuaLU                                                        We want to hear from you.
  • Researchers Just Found a Hidden Cause of California’s Smog Problem (Climate Desk) https://bit.ly/2GlzdIn                                Fertilized soils may be contributing up to 40 percent of the state’s nitrogen oxides emissions.
  • Residents Near Hog Farms Just Got Much, Much Worse (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2J5JV7B                                                                                  It just became much easier for large livestock operations to pollute near people’s homes.
  • ‘Buy local’ food programs deceive consumers and are rarely enforced, a USA today Network investigation finds (az central) https://bit.ly/2GurzMY                                                                                            In just one example, peanuts are trucked into Oklahoma. But that doesn’t stop a manufacturer from getting a “Made In Oklahoma” brand…
  • Behind the Rise and Fall of Growing Power (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2FCRpRp                                                                                            The urban farming powerhouse had global reputation. Then, it collapsed last year under mounting debt, prompting big questions about what happened and what comes next.
  • Scientists examine threat to food security if we meet the Paris climate targets (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2ImkEoH                        Even with aggressive climate policies to limit global warming, food security in some areas will be threatened
  • Half a Degree of Warming Makes a Big Difference to Global Food Security, Study Finds (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2JlhzGS
  • Study: Changes in extremes, fresh water availability and vulnerability to food insecurity projected at 1.5°C and 2°C global warming with a higher-resolution global climate model (The Royal Society Publishing) https://bit.ly/2GrdcvQ
  • Climate Change Threatens US Culinary Traditions, From Maple Syrup to Hot Sauce (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Gyl4Yx
    • Study: Managing for delicious ecosystem service under climate change: can United States sugar maple (Acer saccharum) syrup production be maintained in a warming climate? (International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management) https://bit.ly/2HbmSb6
  • Six “Organic” Dairies in Texas Outproduce 453 Organic Dairies in Wisconsin (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2H0PLci

Breathe easier under a plan to cut airborne dust and manure at cattle feedlot (Tri-City Herald) https://bit.ly/2HjJ56E

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Sorry, pretty much everyone: young farmers are the least diverse – and smallest – group of farmers in the country (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2GmRFVg
  • Female Farmers in the (San Francisco) East Bay Cultivate a Sense of Community (East Bay Express) https://bit.ly/2E4JtD3

Facing the most severe economic drought in recent history, New York’s dairy farmers are battling economic and emotional distress.

 

Food and Culture

  • After Years Of Violence, Chef Offers Colombian Farmers Pride And Profit (NPR) https://n.pr/2G4YWEP
  • Food Historian Reckons With the Black Roots of Southern Food (Smithsonian Magazine) https://bit.ly/2IkOOZA                                        … Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisine
  • The Long Run Home (Earth Island Journal) https://bit.ly/2EkF4ff  A vanishing tribe, a critically-endangered fish, and the race to pull them back from the brink.

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Red Delicious is an apple atrocity. Why are we growing billions of pounds of them each year? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2DsRVvq                                                                                            As tastier breeds like Honeycrisp and Gala edge the Red Delicious out of grocery stores, what happens to the forgotten fruit?

 

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

  • Republicans in Congress Are So Eager to Slash Food Stamps, They’re About to Make a Big Mistake (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GJhoGA                                                                                            A battle over SNAP work requirements
  • Spring Break Leaves Some College Students Looking For Their Next Meal (Wisconsin Public Radio) https://bit.ly/2pZHIlq  Experts say hunger on campuses is all too common
  • Food, Housing Insecurity May Be Keeping College Students From Graduating (NPR) https://n.pr/2uLh19Z
  • Only 30 percent of American food aid pays for actual food (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2GHZm7K                                                    The next farm bill may change that. If the Food for Peace Modernization Act passes, it would mark the most radical – and progressive – change to America’s food-aid commitments in sixty years.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Turning (EU) food waste into animal feed could take a chunk out of livestock emissions (Horizon Magazine) https://bit.ly/2Ivr4BM
  • Instead of reshaping domestic waste management, US asks China to lift its scrap waste ban (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2GEhHT5
  • Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection (ProPublica) https://bit.ly/2EWuOvr                                                        Waste removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. On the darkened streets of New York City, it’s a race for survival.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • The Coca-Cola Invasion Is Causing Mexico’s Slow Death by Junk Food (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2H6NnOU                                          Mexico’s traditional diet of beans and corn has been replaced with pizza and hamburgers.
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb want to define “healthy” and “natural” (New Food economy) https://bit.ly/2GmsL44                    And maybe take the dairy out of yogurt, too.
  • Here’s the Federal Government’s Big Chance to Improve Public Health and Reduce Animal Suffering – at the Same Time (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Ia8uiw                                                                   The USDA must make plant-based eating priority in the 2020-2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • The Science About Eating out That Will Scare You Into Cooking Your Own Dinner (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2pUqWVV                A new study links restaurant meals with higher levels of plastic-based chemicals in the body.
  • Would You Like Some Phthalates With Your Sandwich? (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2GqmsMG
  • Study: Dietary sources of cumulative phthalates exposure among the US general population NHANES 2005-2014 (Environmental International)
  • Study: Phage particles harboring antibiotic resistance genes in fresh-cut vegetables and agricultural soil (Environment International) https://bit.ly/2GXiLPN

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • What turns some law-abiding Canadians into smugglers? The high price of imported cheese (PRI) https://bit.ly/2FejxWP

 

Children & School Food

  • What Children Understand About Food Insecurity (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2GnGBTK                                                                          Researchers have begun asking children about their households’ lack of food – and making surprising discoveries.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Waiting Tables or Harvesting Food, Why Fair Labor Is Still About Civil Rights (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2GXI0EQ                                                   For too many women, deciding whether to stand up to harassment at work is a choice between earning a enough tips to put foo on their tables or not.
  • Tennessee ICE Raid Signals Return to Large-Scale Workplace Raids (Southern Poverty Law Center) https://bit.ly/2EqzxDT
  • Five days in pictures: Farmworkers fast for freedom from sexual violence in the fields (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2GjI5S7
  • Union Behind The ‘Fight For $15’ Cuts Funding For Fast Food Campaign (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2JasuD5                                In the Trump era, the Service Employees International Union is pumping less money into organizing McDonald’s workers, filings show.
  • A Heimlich Maneuver for Stopping Harassers (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GIR6Bj                                                                                              And four more ideas on how to clean up restaurant culture.

 

Protests

  • Calling Out Trudeau ‘Betrayal, Water Defenders Mobilize Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2IOIZED

 

Pollinators

  • Flying insects tell tales of long distance migrations (Science News) https://bit.ly/2EtUeif                                                                                Well timed travel ensures food and breeding opportunities
  • How honeybees’ royal jelly might be a baby glue, too (Science News) https://bit.ly/2GZGzox                                                                                A last minute pH shift turns goo sticky and keeps queen larvae from falling out of the cells.
  • Jeff Bezos and Amazon Can Help Save the Bees – So What Are They Waiting For? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2GBLewI                    Several major retailers have committed to stop selling harmful neonic pesticides to protect bees. Not Amazon.

 

Animals

  • Large-Scale Animal Agriculture Is Threatening Rural Communities. Congress Is About to Make It Worse. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2DRD4et                                                                    Missouri communities fend off a rise in feedlots.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • The death of the “Big Food” era is imminent after the industry’s biggest lobbying group crumbles (Quartz) https://bit.ly/2oUpJwc
  • Bills to Ban Local Soda Taxes Are Moving In the States, Coke and Pepsi Borrow from the Tobacco Playbook (The Center For Media And Democracy) https://bit.ly/2JfwKRQ
    • Foodwatch Germany slams Coca-Cola’s denial of health threat (Deutsche Welle) https://bit.ly/2GK9DNx                                            The German consumer watchdog Foodwatch accused Coca-Cola of denying the obvious health damage caused by its soft drinks. But the government has no plans for a UK-style sugar tax.
  • Edibles Market Is Exploding. You Can Bet Big Corporations Are Watching. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GJ4b0J                                “They recognize the writing on the wall.”
  • A UK Grocery Chain Banned Palm Oil. Here’s Why That’s Not Enough. (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2qoZNKY
  • How Three Black Women Use Food as Tools for Resistance (East Bay Express) https://bit.ly/2GkWLkE                                                        Away from the confines of restaurants, Monifa Dayo, Hella Black Brunch, and Soul Oakland create meals to spark change.
  • Why Is China Treating North Carolina Like the Developing World? (Rolling Stone) https://rol.st/2G7U992                                    How lax regulations made it cheaper for China to outsource pork production – and all of its environmental and human costs – to the US.
  • With its purchase of Whole Foods, is Amazon’s goal to revolutionize food distribution? (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2pTy6Zq
  • NECCO Wagers: Fans Stock Up As America’s Oldest Candy Company Faces Closure (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2JMxZYU
  • Popular B.C. chefs ask provincial government not to renew salmon farm licenses (National Observer) https://bit.ly/2q9Dh8F
  • Don’t Call It Pot: My Dinner With San Francisco’s Cannabis Gourmets (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2umkP1g                                    A new group of elite entrepreneurs are trading in marijuana-infused luxury foods.
  • In Oaxaca, Mexico, A Locally Made Soda Takes Aim At Coca-Cola’s Supremacy (NPR) https://n.pr/2pDlq9Z
  • Why is farmers’ market bread so ridiculously expensive? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2IiiV3P                                                          Don’t blame growers and bakers for the $10 heirloom loaf. Blame American farm policy.
  • As Vermont’s Milk Industry Continues To Free-Fall, Canadian Dairies Are Thriving (NPR) https://n.pr/2uVM3fs

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • This is What a West Without Water Will Look Like (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2tPliZp                                                                                    A huge swath of the US is facing massive droughts. It’s only going to get worse.
  • Is Coal Waste Leaching Into America’s Drinking Water? (The New Republic) https://bit.ly/2pRM9j1                                                                          Coal ash ponds are contaminating ground water across the country, but the consequences are unclear because the government doesn’t monitor them.
  • From ‘Sea to Shining Sea,’ Industrial Ag Fouls America’s Waterways (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2ud1bok                   Given agriculture’s role in destroying our most precious natural resource, you’d think the US Congress would do everything in its power to protect your water.
  • The Great Lakes Are Filling Up With Giant Green Blobs (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2q2lak2                                                                Industrial agriculture fuels them, and new science shows that they emit way more greenhouse gas than previously thought.
  • Oysters could clean up the New York harbor. But regulators worry people will eat them (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2EdaWm0
  • The Trouble With Tuna Poke Bowls (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2uk9EWN                                                                                        The Hawaiian dish is all the rage – but the oceans are paying the price.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Alarm Sounds After EU Regulators Greenlight Bayer-Monsanto #MergerFromHell (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2FT4Flj  Critics of the deal warn the decision will allow the companies, “together with BASF, to become data giants in agriculture – the ‘Facebooks of farming’ – with all the pitfalls that entails.”
  • Are White South African Farmers Facing “Genocide”? Why These Claims Illustrate Australia’s Discriminatory Refugee Policy (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2GY1BSb
  • ICE arrests farmworkers, sparking fears in the Central Valley over immigrants and the economy (Los Angeles Times) https://lat.ms/2JaXbIb
  • Strict Work Requirements to Get Food Stamps, But Not Farm Subsidies (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2Ef5cbg
    • New USDA Subsidy Program Will Send Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Cotton Farmers (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2Eew1N0
    • The Market’s Advice: Plan, Plant, Plant (Cotton Grower) https://bit.ly/2GOtEpf
  • USDA secretary accused of siding with industry over science in new report (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2H2iqOe                                  A Union of Concerned Scientists report said Sonny Perdue was ‘sidelining science’ and called for congressional scrutiny of the agency
  • After Supreme Court ruling, Flint residents will finally see officials in court (grist) https://bit.ly/2DQn0cP
  • The EPA edited out farmworker concerns about pesticides (grist) https://bit.ly/2GIrHLe
    • EPA reportedly ‘distorted’ meeting notes and workers could be more vulnerable to pesticide exposure (Think Progress) https://bit.ly/2IjlItn
    • Trump saved a pesticide Obama wanted banned. Then, it poisoned several farmworkers. (grist) https://bit.ly/2IipVxg
  • FDA Issues Mandatory Recall For Kratom Products Over Salmonella Risks (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2GygzwV          The order targets products distributed y Triangle Pharmanaturals, which refused a voluntary recall request.
  • NLRB Just Dealt a Major Blow to the Fight for $15. Now’s the Time to Take Stock of the Campaign. (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2E2fkUJ
  • Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era rule targeting wag theft, unsafe working conditions (Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2pqGvUL
  • Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Fix EQIP, a Broken Farm Conservation Program (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2GFXah3
  • Farmers Are Collateral Damage in Trump’s Trade War (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GiAEuq
    • China Joins the Fray, Reacts to US Tariffs With Huge Tariffs of Their Own (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2J0FHOG
    • “Farmers for Free Trade” Runs Ad During, “Fox and Friends” To Get Trump’s Attention (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2pRCr0a
    • What Chinese Tariffs Targeting American Crops Will Mean For Farmers (NPR) https://n.pr/2GuVKqf
    • US Farmers Likely To Be Among Hardest Hit By Chinese Tariffs (NPR) https://n.pr/2GF25eV
    • The First American Casualties of Trump’s Trade War With China (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2GzVuqb                                Tariffs on pork and soybeans reverberate through the Heartland.
  • Trump Want to Ban Health Warnings on His Favorite Food (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2u6f4UY                                                        He’s using the NAFTA renegotiations as a tool in the effort.
  • No More Bottled Water For Flint, As Michigan Declares Taps ‘Restored’ (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2H7f1h5                            The whistleblower who exposed elevated blood lead levels in Flint children says the decision is premature.
  • Flint Residents Chocked By State’s Decision To End Bottled Water Delivery (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2GK3rZL
  • Kansas Governor Signs “Tyson Bill,” Despite Protests (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2GmJIey                                                                  Kansas governor Jeff Colyer just signed a bill that, on the surface, looks like a minor change in poultry production legislation – that is until you talk to the people who have been protesting for the past six months.
  • How a Kansas Town Held off a Tyson Plant (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2pTilll                                                                                    Tonganoxie residents are the latest in a wave of rural communities standing up to Big Ag.
  • Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It (NPR) https://n.pr/2GZTnLw
    • Despite Overwhelming Opposition From Residents, Michigan Permits Nestlé to Draw More Groundwater for Bottling (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2JlEPEj                                                              Out of 81, 862 comments filed, only 75 were reportedly in favor of granting the permit.
  • LaPage (Maine Governor) looks to override local pesticide rules in 30 municipalities. But why? (Portland Press Herald) https://bit.ly/2Eb9Rey                                                                                      More communities are developing ordinances meant to protect residents from toxic chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Technology

  • Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They’re Not Very Good At It (NPR) https://n.pr/2IEswmr

 

Poisons

  • Researchers Link Glyphosate to Shorter Pregnancies (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2q4HVoo
    • Study: Glyphosate exposure in pregnancy and shortened gestation length: a prospective Indiana birth cohort study (Environmental Health) https://bit.ly/2FNG14C
  • Popular Beer and Wine Brands Contaminated With Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Test Reveal (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2G80gLc          Some brewers and vintners are taking steps to avoid contamination from glyphosate.
  • Thanks to Scott Pruitt, 30 Million Pounds of Brain Damaging Pesticide Will Be Sprayed on Corps in Next 5 Years (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2pVcVab                  The EPA’s own calculations suggest that babies, children and pregant women all eat much more chlorpyrifos than is safe.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 24, 2018

 

  • I left my serious job for the frivolous food industry. But chefs can bring change to the table (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2FBhBvG    If chefs back sustainable food, consumers will follow, writes Lucky Peach founder Chris Ying
  • New Study Is First to Demonstrate That Biodiversity Inoculates Against Extinction (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2G5Avu8
    • Study: Trophic redundancy reduces vulnerability to extinction cascades (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) http://bit.ly/2GE7zHB
  • California Farms Are a Silent but Sizable Source of Air Pollution (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2nHdiEg                                              Soil microbes convert fertilizer to nitrogen oxides, emitting about as much of the gases as on-road vehicles in the state
  • This Is How the Future Tastes: 6 High-Tech Foods That Are Changing the Way We Eat and Drink (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2pCB7gA

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Black Farmers Reviving Their African Roots: “We Are Feeding Our Liberation” (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2GfGWIL                              Community farmers in DC say crops and methods of their African ancestors hold an essential key to restoring Black health.
  • This Farmer Turned Congresswoman Sees a Way out of America’s Health Crisis (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FLnHKg                        Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree got her start in organic agriculture.
  • The Real Organic Project: Disgusted With the USDA, Farmers Make Their Own Organic label (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2Fl6CTc
  • Trade War Prospect Shakes Part of Trump Base: Midwest Farmers (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2tzwRUi                                                      Rural voters voice concern that retaliation against tariffs could take aim at American agriculture, which posts a trade surplus.
  • The Surprising Ways Tigers Benefit Farmers and Livestock Owners (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2IxPdbZ                                A recent study finds that the often-feared big cats actually help keep crops and domesticated animals safe from other threats

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Next Green Revolution (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2pxitHO                                                                    Modern supercrops will be a big help. But agriculture can’t be fixed by biotech alone.

 

Food and Culture

  • So THAT’S Why We Call It Pizza ‘Margherita’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2GrBrXx                                                                                          Sorry, it has nothing to do with margaritas.
  • Food for Thought: Was Cooking Pivotal Step in Human Evolution? (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2Cl1NLC                   The dietary practice coincided with increases in brain size, evidence suggests

 

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

  • Now People Who Need It Can Text for Food Aid (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2pxTowu                                                                    A startup in Chicago is rethinking the way low-income Americans apply for social services.
  • Salvation Army Opens Its First Nonprofit Grocery Store To Combat Food Deserts (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2FKsNCi
  • Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2FHuuo3
    • Study: Changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops, 1950 to 1999 (Save Our Soils) http://bit.ly/2rcAigB

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review (Environmental Health) http://bit.ly/2hPDZ6Z
  • Carnivore’s Dilemma (National Geographic) http://on.natgeo.com/2ptubCs                                                              Unhealthy. Nutritious. Cruel. Delicious. Unsustainable. All-American. In the beef debate there are so many sides.

 

Children & School Food

  • Children need microbes – not antibiotics – to develop immunity, scientists say (The Toronto Star) http://bit.ly/2e1oNQ7            Hyper-hygienic environments can lead to chronic conditions

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Tipping Equation (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2p8N6TQ                           At restaurants across America, servers calculate how far is too far, weighing harassing behavior against the tips they need to make a living wage.
  • Support the Farmworkers Fasting to End Sexual Assault in Wendy’s Supply Chain (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2InWE5v
  • Blood, sweat, and coffee (The Week) http://bit.ly/2GosHkT            The backbreaking work of the coffee makers. Roughly half of Americans drink coffee every day. Rarely do they think much about the people half a world away who picked the beans.
  • Prisoners Across Florida Went on Strike. Instead of Fair Wages, They Got Solitary. (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2DRqtb4
  • New allegations suggest Oakland chef Charlie Hallowell was long aware of harassment charges (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2p5ZOBX
  • Truckers’ Lawsuit Tells Company the Gig’s Up (Capital & Main) http://bit.ly/2HrPADr                                                                                        Truck drivers spent unpaid hours awaiting assignments from dispatchers, as well as burning up time at vehicle inspections or completing shipping paperwork – time that would be compensated if they were classified as hourly or salaried employees, instead of as contractors.

 

Protests

  • Thousands of farmers march to India’s Mumbai to demand help (Reuters) http://reut.rs/2FxBsMv
    • Sea of farmers in Mumbai, here’s what they say (The Indian Express) http://bit.ly/2p3wi0B                                                              Having walked over 160 km in six days, the men and women traversed their final 20 km into central Mumbai even as the state government scrambled to prevent the embarrassment of a gherao of the legislature as threatened by the CPI (M)-affiliated All India Kasan Sabha.
  • Massive protest in Mumbai shakes up Modi government (Asia Times) http://bit.ly/2GujhER                                                                              The governments ability to deliver a loan waiver and crop failures, poor returns, and forcible land acquisition has led to huge discontent among farmers
  • Ahead of Major Protest to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Company Files Injunction Against Water Protectors (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2GaXt0x                                                                    “Kinder Morgan is intimidating environmentalists who are standing up for BC against a dirty tar sands pipeline.”
  • Farmworkers Bring Human Rights Fight to Wendy’s Doorstep, Fasting & Calling For Boycott Over Abuses (Democracy Now!)
    • Farmworkers Call Out Wendy’s For Failure To Act On Sexual Abuse And Harassment (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2pu4C5c

 

Pollinators

  • The Number of Monarch Butterflies Wintering in Mexico Is Down Again (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2pesuZF                              The plight of pollinators isn’t limited to bees.
  • Monarch Butterfly Migration Could Collapse, Scientists Warn (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2God9A6

 

Animals

  • US Ranks Second Worst Nation in the World on New Animal Cruelty Index (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2G1Pvdz                                    Yet animal protection is one of the fastest growing social justice movements of our time.
  • Sea Eagles are Returning to Scotland and Preying on Sheep. Will Lasers Help? (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2Iy1gpM
  • Better Beef (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2HHPFTB                  Can a remade cattle industry save the Amazon rainforest?
  • With Just 76 Orcas Left, Washington Governor Orders Protections for Beloved Killer Whales (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DBQhYn

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Is the USDA the Latest Site of Corporate Takeover in the Trump Administration? (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FSXyIM                            Big Ag’s increasing influence has some farmers wondering whether it’s time to abandon the organic label altogether.
  • Factory Farm Industry Wants USDA to Let Slaughterhouses Kill Animals Even Faster (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2FDDIlg              America’s system of industrial farming treats animals, the environment, workers and consumers with utter disrespect.
  • Science organizations and Coca-Cola’s ‘war’ with the public health community: insights from an internal industry document (Epidemiology & Community Health) http://bit.ly/2G4MhoH
  • McDonald’s offering (UK) farmers grants of up to £10,000 to deliver animal welfare initiatives on their farms (Farming Online UK) http://bit.ly/2FyYBu2
  • Coca-Cola Sees Public Health Debate as ‘a Growing War,’ Documents Reveal (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2u3URiX                      Coca-Cola intentionally funded the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) as a “weapon” in a “growing war between the public health community and private industry” on the causes of obesity, according to a press release sent to EcoWatch by consumer group US Right to Know.
  • Walmart Files Patent for Robot Bees (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2GD0hnF                                                                                            With the mass die-off of bees spelling trouble for agriculture, the world’s largest retailer has filed patents for the use of “unmanned vehicles,” or drones, to aid with pollination and crop production.
  • The Quinoa Boom Goes Bust in the Andes (North American Congress on Latin America, NACLA) http://bit.ly/2paO5lw              The quinoa boom was an opportunity for farmers in the Andes to make profits from their cops. But the incursion of large-scale farms outside the Andean highland into the market dashed these dreams.
  • Breaking The Drought In Food Deserts (Pacific Standard) http://bit.ly/2CGnUJb                                                                                        What happens when a grocery store opens in an inner-city neighborhood?
  • Rebuilding A Resilient Puerto Rico (Medium) http://bit.ly/2tRbmhY                                                                                            How this social enterprise’s solar powered oven may be the key to help.
  • Guaranteed Minimum Agriculture (Medium) http://bit.ly/2mCVg4P                                                                                            Why Basic Jobs might fare better than Universal Basic Income.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2IJAieQ              Many more cities than Cape Town face an uncertain future over water. But there are emerging solutions.
  • What You Need to Know About the World’s Water Wars (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2ua3x7j                          Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed.
  • Coke Nestle Near Ownership of World’s Second Largest Aquifer (MPN News) http://bit.ly/2EZotlN                                                                     A concerted push is underway in South America that could see the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water fall into the hands of transnational corporations such as Coca-Cola and Nestle.
  • Report: Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water (Food and Water Watch) http://bit.ly/2ostw4m
  • WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2pePtnq              Researchers find levels of plastic fibers in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as found in tap water
  • Bottle Water, Brought to You by Fracking? (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2pamnGz                                                                                              The line between fracking and bottled water industry is one more reason to take back the tap.
  • From Asthma to Cancer, ‘Blistering’ New Report Details Human Cost of Fracking (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2GqQJvO      “Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks,” says on researcher. “Now we see those risks have turned into human harms and people are getting sick.”
  • Study: Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Physicians for Social Responsibility) http://bit.ly/2Dny6FX
  • Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation (Democracy Now!) http://bit.ly/2FCdlMs
  • Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DjAoWB                                      A study reveals highest miroplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester, UK and show that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year
  • Area Of Plastic In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Three Times The Size Of France (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2pzdiqM                                                                                        And there’s up to 16 times more trash than scientists had thought.
  • Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2IKVKjz                                      Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, in the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish – a boon to the communities that rely on it.
  • ‘Beast From the East’ Drives Sea Life Die-Off (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2DyW9lb                                                                                          March certainly came in like a lion in the UK and Ireland, as “The Beast from the East” brought freezing temperatures, up to 20 inches of snowfall and travel disruption to the British Isles.
  • Fishing Boats ‘Going Dark’ Raise Suspicion Of Illegal Catches, Report Says (NPR) http://n.pr/2Glgopz
  • Mackerel of Mussels? How Seafood Eater Can Make the Most Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Choices (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2DGlTME                                                                                      When it comes to fishing’s environmental impact, not all seafood is equal.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • European Commission gives green light to Bayer-Monsanto merger (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2I4tdo6                                  “The coming together of these two is a marriage made I hell – bad for farmers, bad for consumers, and bad for our countryside.”
  • Angering Organic Farmers and Advocates, Trump’s USDA Kills Animal Welfare Rule (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2FE1ycC    The rule would have “specified a set of standards for organic livestock and poultry designed to minimize stress, facilitate natural behaviors, and promote well-being.”
  • USDA Kills Rule For Organic Farms That Would Ensure Animals Could Go Outside (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2pfXCba              The rule would have put in place a variety of new animal welfare standards for farms producing certified organic meat, milk, and egg.
  • Your Organic “Cage-Free” Eggs Might Come From Hens Locked Up All Day (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FRPKGX                              The Trump administration is rolling back rules meant to change that.
  • National Farmers Union: Organic Livestock Standards Rule Withdrawn to Detriment of Family Farmers, Organic Label http://bit.ly/2FPqpxl
    • The Rule: National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices-Withdrawal (Federal Register) http://bit.ly/2BELwgD
  • Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era rule targeting wage theft, unsafe working conditions (Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2pqGvUL
  • ‘Truly Wicked’: Trump EPA Dissolves Program That Studies Effects of Chemical Exposure on Children (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2t0sUHY
  • The Government’s Own Watchdog Says Massive Poultry Companies Are Exploiting Small Business Loans (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2pkEn0V                                                                                                The surprising way US taxpayers are propping up multinational meat companies.
  • They’re Lovin’ it: Dems Press NLRB about Bungled Rule Repeal, McDonald’s Case (District Sentinel) http://bit.ly/2FnqysH
  • Study: Backyard Chicken Regulations Are Not Up to the Task (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2Gc5ORU
    • Study: A Method for Guarding Animal Welfare and Public Health: Tracking the Rise of Backyard Poultry Ordinances (Journal of Community Health) http://bit.ly/2GC0SWl

 

GMOs/ Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • The fight to save the EPA (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2pD077n                                                                                        With environmental regulations under attack and EPA budgets being slashed, can the destruction of the be prevented?
  • Swarming the Aisles II: Food Retailers Fail to Protect Bees From Toxic Pesticides (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2pisCIi
    • Score Card: Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators (Friends of the Earth) http://bit.ly/2DoruqK                                    Food Retailers Fail to Protect Bees From Toxic Pesticides
  • Lead exposure may be linked to 412,000 premature US deaths yearly, study says (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DnbbdV              Figure is 10 times larger than previous reports have suggested, potentially pointing to threat on par with smoking
  • Glyphosate exposure in pregnancy and shortened gestational length: a prospective Indiana birth cohort study (Environmental Health) http://bit.ly/2FNG14C
  • What’s Going on With the Roundup-Causes-Cancer Monsanto Lawsuit? (modern farmer) http://bit.ly/2GEiMYw
  • Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy: An Investigative Reporter Talks Glyphosate (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2GksIZD

 

Resources

  • Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture (Community Alliance with Family Farmers) http://bit.ly/2FQZkKd                                                                                                A Resource Guide For Farmers

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for March 10, 2018

 

  • The Future of Food (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2zhatxQ                       How do we build a just, sustainable food system?
  • Expropriating land without compensation is impossible – take it from Zimbabwe (Quartz) http://bit.ly/2GWrDnI
  • Natural Pest Control Method Taking Flight (Earth Island Institute) https://tinyurl.com/y8zsg9rd                                                Farmers from Israel to California are embracing barn owls over toxic rodentcides
  • Urban agriculture is the key to a sustainable future (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2CXbcEY                                                                                              We can beat climate change by growing food in small urban environments, like rooftops, balconies and even walls.
  • Oscar-Nominated ‘Knife Skills’ Showcases Ex-Cons And Odd Ducks In The Kitchen (NPR) http://n.pr/2FpbxCo
  • Farming for a Small Planet (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2toKMMZ                                                                                          How we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot – no matter how much we produce.
  • UN moves towards recognizing human right to a healthy environment (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2G8ZVVr                      Formal recognition would help protect hose who increasingly risk their lives to defend the land, water, forests, and wildlife, says the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment
  • Rich People are Ruining Wine (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2tzZ9OC                                                                                       … and Napa Valley is forever changing as a result.
  • How Tax-Dodging Billionaires Use Farmers as Props (Inequality.org) http://bit.ly/2txodpk                                                          Urban millionaires are trotting out the tractors and overalls in a bizarre effort to roll back their taxes.
  • Donald Trump Has Sold Out Family Farmers (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2IchS61                                                                                          Trump claims he’s “fighting for our farmers,” but his policies mainly benefit agribusiness.
  • The Warped Environmentalism Of America’s Biggest Industrial Meat Producer (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2DgrgBP              Tyson Foods has a plan to stave off regulation and put a friendly face on its pollution.
  • Harvard Brain Collection Will Help Scientists Dive Inside Eating Disorders (NPR) http://n.pr/2tzaRsH
  • New Study: Eat Your Strawberries Before Climate Change Wipes Them Out (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2p3XOdn                      Avocados, almonds, peaches, and many other California crops are also threatened.
    • Study: Climate Change Trends and Impacts of California Agriculture: A Detailed Review (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2t1HM97

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • This Kenyan Farmer is Modernizing – and Maintaining a Circular Mindset (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2FTF2gU                                          Traditional agricultural practices often aim to maximize value of resources and minimize waste. Can we Save that thought?
  • New Wave of Lavender Farmers Hope to Revive Barren Stripmines into Fields of Purple (100 Days in Appalachia) http://bit.ly/2sy1zNg
  • A ‘Floating Fillet’: Rice Farmers Grow Bugs To Replenish California’s Salmon (NPR) http://n.pr/2oXCHJD
  • A slow-motion catastrophe threatens 350-year-old farms (Food & Environmental Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2FajHid              Sea level rise might be causing salt to creep into the soil along the Chesapeake Bay
  • Validation of a Process-Based Agro-Ecosystem Model (Agro-IBIS) for Maize in Xinjiang, Northwest China (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2Hm3Sp4

 

Food and Culture

  • Why Doesn’t Tucson’s Mexican Food scene Get More National Attention? (NPR) http://n.pr/2D5iPcy
  • Indigenous and Rural Women Conserve Mother Earth and Empower Their Communities (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2Gefs6v
  • The Great Norwegian Porridge Debate, Or Tradition Vs. ‘Science’ (NPR) http://n.pr/2FvsmvG

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Syrian Seed Bank That Keeps Going Despite the War (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ti7si2                                                                              As Syrian people experience inconceivable loss, somehow, the seed bank in Tal Hadya continues to operate
  • This Colorado vault is keeping your favorite foods from going extinct (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FvQ7Hk                          Inside the collection site preserving the world’s biodiversity, hundreds of thousands of microbes, plant and animal cells at a time.
  • Is ‘seed to table’ the next big food trend? One top chef hopes so. (Food & Environmental Reporting Network) http://bit.ly/2FjkfSY

 

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

  • Jim Hightower: A Food Stamp Indignity Worthy of Dickens (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2FqoAYu                                                      Behind the White House’s demeaning “Food box” idea is a plan to eliminate food aid for poor people xomletely.
    • I’m a Founding Investor in Blue Apron, and Let Me Tell You: Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Is No Blue Apron (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2BwqnIa                                                                                          The boxes are the epitome of hypocrisy for a party that spent eight years howling with rage about a first lady who just wanted school lunches include more vegetables.
  • Climate Change Is Fueling An Impending Malnutrition Crisis, Even For The Well – Fed (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2FhEPXO
    • Study: Global and regional health effects of future food production under climate change: modeling study (The Lancet) http://bit.ly/1RrKqok
  • Rohingya refugees sell aid to fund basic diet (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2D1RLLk                                                                                      Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say they are selling aid and other belongings so they can buy fish and vegetables.
  • How I learned to Be Hungry (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2p3bGVk    America’s nutrition conundrum can mean swinging between two extremes of bad eating.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • One way to get companies to care about food waste? Make it profitable (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Fue1iY
  • Grocery bags and takeout containers aren’t enough. It’s time to phase out all single-use plastic (LA Times) http://lat.ms/2GBOLHO

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • More fraud in Brazil food industry; labs falsified pathogen tests (Food Safety News) http://bit.ly/2Ii63vk
  • The Impact of Genetic Changes during Crop Domestication on Healthy Food Development (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2Ftp8sr
  • Nutrient Management in Aquaponics: Comparison of Three Approaches for Cultivating Lettuce, Mint and Mushroom Herb (Agronomy) http://bit.ly/2tvSncP

 

Children & School Food

  • Philando Castile Charity Covers Entire School District’s Lunch Debt (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2Fj4MFr                                              The cafeteria supervisor’s memory will live on in the charity be ensuring no student goes hungry.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Florida Farmworkers Push for Fairness in the Fields (Inequality.org) http://bit.ly/2oU6XoD                                                      South Florida was known as hotbed for modern-day slavery. Now, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are using their innovative model to bring dignity to the tomato fields.
  • When Harassment Is the Price of a Job (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FYD4KO                                                                                              As decades of activism meet the #MeToo moment, could the food –service industry be poised for sweeping change?
  • ‘It Becomes Your Job to Provide the Girlfriend Experience’” Women’s Stories of Work in Food Service (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2CaUaTB
    • Amid a Fast-Food Industry Plagued By Sexual Harassment, This Mother and Daughter Said “No More” (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2tkYNeJ
  • Why Today Is a Sad Milestone for Minimum-Wage Workers (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FopJ2x                                                                                 It took 41 days for federal minimum-wage workers to catch up to what they made in 2009.
  • These Cities Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Decide Whether or Not to Gut Unions (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2FxEGML                                                                                      They’re finding ways to support organizing now.
    • How the Supreme Court’s Janus decision could squeeze food service workers (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2tkYNeJ
    • Behind Janus: Documents Reveal Decade-Long Plot to Kill Public –Sector Unions (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2F38x1L

 

Protests

 

Pollinators

  • The Buzz Fades (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2mHmeZL                   Under-resourced in an overworked agricultural system, honeybee colonies are gradually failing in most temperate regions.
  • Unlikely allies are crowdsourcing funding and habitat to save the monarch butterfly (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2I1CNZs

 

Animals

  • Mysteries of the Moo-crobiome: Could Tweaking Cow Gut Bugs Improve Beef (NPR) http://n.pr/2G3RMSf

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Food By Local Farmers. Distribution System By Ants. (Ensia) http://bit.ly/2EAOrfW                                                                                      Looking for a way to help sustainable food system grow, Cullen Naumoff turned to nature.
  • Here’s Why Environmentalists Are Cheering The Latest Burger At Sonic Drive-In (NPR) http://n.pr/2FUdB6H                                          The idea behind the blended beef-mushroom burger is the mixing chopped mushrooms into our burgers boosts the umami tastes, adds more moisture and reduces the amount of beef needed. And reducing the need for beef has a big impact on the environment.
  • An ADM – Bunge Merger Would Drive More Concentration in Commodity Grains (Open Markets Institute) http://bit.ly/2Fu6oNq
  • Salvation Army To Open First Grocery Store, Located In Baltimore (The Shelby Report) http://bit.ly/2GbXvFI
  • PCC Community Markets To Open Flagship Store In Downtown Seattle (Shelby Report) http://bit.ly/2FDQ0cv                                            … PCC, branded as the largest community-owned food market in the US…
  • Amazon, Walmart and Target are squeezing traditional grocery chains on price (Recode) http://bit.ly/2FL9LfR                                            A tough environment for local grocers is getting tougher.
  • The Real Reason Pizza Hut Just Rolled Out the Extra Cheesy (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2FpWNHA                                                             It has little to do with taste.
  • Three chicken producers that control 90 percent of the market are accused of price-fixing – again (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2CWN31w                                                                                    Tyson’s CEO calls the accusations chicken little.
  • The Amazon-Whole Foods behemoth keeps growing – feeding on malls, young shoppers, and itself (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2t8vnAe                                                                                              We’re keeping tabs on the beast that is Amazon-Whole Foods (alternatively, A-Whole) for you. This is our weekly round-up of news, separated from the rest of the noise.
    • Getting Your Product on Shelves at Whole Foods Just Got Harder (The Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/2C4BMM7                                                              Whole Foods is asking suppliers for more fees and deeper discounts to enhance profits
    • This creamery took on millions in debt for a contract with Whole Foods. Then Whole Foods bailed> (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FqoWOU
    • Atlanta Fresh Closes its doors after Whole Foods Terminates 7 –year contract, 14 month in” ‘In hindsight, we were naïve…” (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2DgUBfD
  • Trump’s war on NAFTA is already taking a heavy toll on US farmers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2D0yOsB                                      As Mexico begins to look for imports elsewhere, working families suffer.
  • Food Stall Serves Up A Social Experiment: White Customers Asked To Pay More (NPR) http://n.pr/2tgBRwS

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Cape Town May Avoid Running Out of Water (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2oSM3Hj                                                                                              The city’s serve water restrictions may have averted Day Zero.
  • The Tainted Water Crisis In Upstate New York That Andrew Cuomo Can’t Shake (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2IeOdJv
  • What can Nebraska teach the American West about managing water? A lot. (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2FVBL0H
    • Report: The Future of Groundwater in California: Lessons in Sustainable Management Across the West (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/2EBo85Z
  • Widespread Drought Across US Stokes Fears About A Repeat Of 2012’s Wrath (NPR) http://n.pr/2t7ZF69
  • Coal ash is polluting groundwater across the country, according to new utility data (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2FfgJgm
    • Trump signs resolution to permit dumping mining waste into waterways (The Washington Post) http://wapo.st/2CYqgm1
  • International Fishing Trawlers are Driving Up Demand for Ocean Bushmeat in West Africa ( Earth Island Institute) http://bit.ly/2thb7fL

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EU – US trade spat: ‘This is the last thing we need,’ say EU farmers (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2FuD7y5                                                          A trade dispute between the US and EU would hit the agricultural sectors of both countries hard, farming association Copa and Cogeca has warned.
  • EU Antitrust Chief Says “Beware” of Bayer – Monsanto Control of Farm Data (Open Markets Institute) http://bit.ly/2Gcaln6        Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s top antitrust enforcer, appears also to be focusing on how much control a combined Bayer-Monsanto would have over the data generated from private farms.
  • Jordan ends bread subsidy doubling pita prices (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2D1aRkN                                                                                            Price of large pita bread nearly doubled in bid to ease the country’s budge woes.
  • Kiir’s (South Sudan) government using food as war weapon, UN reports (Aljazeera) http://bit.ly/2D1Y5lY
  • Regenerative certification meant to add to USDA Organic, no supplant it, developers say (Food Navigator) http://bit.ly/2FvBhx5
  • Poultry farms aren’t small independent business, says the agency (SBA) that funds them (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2HmFVOB                                                                                              A new report concludes that poultry farms are so completely controlled by big meat processors that they may not qualify for small business loans.
    • Report: Evaluation of SBA 7(a) Loans Made to Poultry Farmers (Small Business Administration) http://bit.ly/2oXCl6C
  • Where’s the beef? The cell-cultured variety is still ‘meat,’ says attorney as cattlemen petition USDA over clean meat labeling (Food Navigator USA) http://bit.ly/2p3hOgi
  • EPA Says Glyphosate “Likely Not Carcinogenic,” Despite Scientific Findings to the Contrary (Beyond Pesticides) http://bit.ly/2oXE9N8
  • EPA eased herbicide regulations following Monsanto research, records show (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2GeE6nB
    • Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court want to see the proof (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2p8JlNx                                This week’s events will mark the first time that the science used to justify certain pesticides will be analyzed under oath for all to see
  • Michigan governor admits his prison food privatization scheme has failed (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2oUrCsG                                Years of maggots, scandals, and cost overruns proved critics right.
  • California Court Blacks State Ag Department from Spraying Pesticides (Earth Island Journal) http://bit.ly/2tiVZ1t                  Agency failed to adequately review impacts or provide proper notice of pesticide use, rules judge
  • ‘History in the making’: California aims for world’s highest farm animal welfare law (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2IbqycQ
  • How an Iowa Law Requiring Grocers to Sell Conventional Eggs is Stirring Controversy (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2FmiPLg        Supporters of a new bill say its purpose is for more equity for low-income consumers, but advocates claim it’s propping up industrial agriculture.
    • Bill requiring sale of conventional eggs gets final Iowa Senate OK amid complaints it’s anti-free market (Des Moines Register) http://dmreg.co/2p753S2
  • Austin Just Brought Sick Leave to the South (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2onwC92                                                                                        Thanks to a savvy, progressive coalition, Austinites will no longer have to work through heart attacks, flus, and stomach bugs.

 

GMOs/ Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

  • Not just elections? Russia meddles in GMO debate, too (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FMiC0W                                                English-language Russian news outlets are publishing loads of anti-GMO click bait. Whoever thought Vladimir Putin would be an “clean eating” advocate?
  • Is Russia Using the GMO Debate to Troll Americans? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2DiysgN                                                                      Surprising new findings about the media sites accused of meddling in the US elections.

 

Food Technology

  • Silicon Valley wants to give us eggs without chickens, and meat without animals. Do we want that? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2F5CTl8                                                                                            What the alt-protein revolution tells us about the future of eating.

 

Poisons

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

 

  • Food and Farm Policy Bringing First-Time Candidates to the Campaign Trail (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2GUO50k                        Around the country, resistance to the Trump administration’s policies have spurred a political awakening. Theses first-time candidates are running on food and farm policy platforms.
  • Southern Italians Are Tussling Over Tomatoes (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2CGuPB5                                                                                          The latest twist in a food-based ware between Campania and Puglia.
  • Vegetarian Protein Is Just As ‘Complete’ As Meat, Despite What We’ve Been Taught (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2HUyUFQ        We’re hanging on to notions from a 1970s diet fat that’s a “complete” waste of our time.
  • Making Salt From an Ancient Ocean Trapped Below the Appalachians (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ov0IYd                          West Virginia was once a seabed.
  • This Swedish Indoor Urban Farm Wants To Revolutionize How We Live And Eat (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2I03bTp                  But people can’t live on microgreens and exotic salads alone.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2ouY1GU                                                          The map’s creators envision equitable distribution of land and resources through “people-to-people” reparations.
  • How A Skeptical Rancher, Aided By An Outdoors Brand, Turned Climate Friendly (NPR) http://n.pr/2HSQlX9
  • New Study Details How Climate Change Will Affect California Agriculture (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2F6s3ap
  • Farmers Face Tough Choices as Clubroot Invades Canada’s Canola Fields (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2CkxjJG

 

Food and Culture

  • The Restaurant Where Grandmas Cook to Share Their Cultures (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2FvC5mB                                                                                A New York City restaurant does more than serve home cooking from around the world. It prepares each dish with the love that only a grandmother can provide.
  • Saying Farewell to Mr. Okra, New Orleans’ Musical Produce Seller (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2F0FprY                                              His chant and truck were symbols of the Crescent City.
  • How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2CFdxo7                                                                        One stubborn doctor pioneered a cure.
  • Choke-Proof Food That Tastes Like the Real Thing (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/2oyRpHC                                                                                    In Japan, where more people die each year from choking than in traffic accidents, mush is getting a high-tech treatment.

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • World’s Largest Seed Bank Hits One Million Unique Food Crops (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2FAosmb                                                                  The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle – also know as the “doomsday vault” safeguarding the world’s most diverse collection of seeds – now holds 1,059,646 unique crops varieties after receiving more than 70,000 samples…
  • Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Salve Cooking (NYT) http://nyti.ms/2GFm6Sg                                                                                        The search for the missing grain led to Trinidad and Thomas Jefferson, and now excitement among African-American chefs.
  • Dan Barber’s Seed Company Seeks to Sow the ‘Democratization of Flavor’ (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2teB7sv                                                Can renowned chef, a seed breeder, and a farmer reinvent your favorite vegetables? That’s the hope behind Row 7 Seed Co.
  • Cucmelon (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2EPWXrq                        Mexico’s “mouse melon” is actually a tiny cucumber. I love these they are only available at the end of the summer, and well worth the wait…

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • ‘We loot or we die of hunger’: food shortages fuel unrest in Venezuela (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2rrGm72                                      As the country’s economic problems mount, towns and cities have been hit by an outbreak of looting and violence.
  • California State University study finds 42 percent of students struggle to afford food (SFGate) http://bit.ly/2F91Xnh
  • Rewards Program Encourages SNAP Recipients To Make Healthy Choices (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2FLLjLA                                  Cities and states are trying new ways to entice food stamp recipients to eat their fruits and vegetables. But the Trump administration’s plans to slash food stamp benefits could change all that.
  • How Might Trump’s Food Box Plan Affect Health? Native Americans Know All Too Well (NPR) http://n.pr/2Fwhu1q

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • We Are So Forked (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2El5Y7J                 Wait, we toss out how many plastic utensils every year?
  • Fast Food Garbage Makes up 50% of Street (and Pacific Gyre) Litter (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/2FDhXyE                                              The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aka the Pacific Gyre is roughly the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash, floating between Hawaii and San Francisco.
  • ReThink NYC Transforms Five-Star Food into Meals for the Hungry (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2CGaITD                                                  The new nonprofit collects surplus food from high-end restaurants and delivers it to missions and soup kitchens in New York City.
  • French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food (NPR) http://n.pr/2Ft2otr
  • Is there life after plastic? The new inventions promising a cleaner world (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2F9PH9Z                                              As the backlash against plastic waste grows, industry is replacing and redesigning single-use products, from recyclable bottles to biodegradable film

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • 48 Million Sickened Every Year by Tainted Meat (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2F5pMAq                                                                                             We can thank the factory farm industry for the increased incidence of foodborne illness in the US.                                                                                        As a chef, we are held responsible for the contamination of the food we serve, when that contamination comes from our production methods (CAFOs,) and the produces are not held responsible. If you have ever seen a cattle feed lot, as the many in the Central Valley of California, of course this meat is going to make us sick. These poor creatures are living and sleeping in their own waste…

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Culinary women serve up their own #MeToo moment in Sweden (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2taeBka                                                  Hundreds of chefs, scientists and farmers to attend Malmö forum to confront sexism in the industry
  • Restaurant fined $4,000 for refusing to hire a waiter because he wasn’t Asian (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2EW0dln
  • The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ETFUR9                                                    Remembering Local 338 and the world’s toughest bagel bakers.
  • Can Food Co-ops Survive the New Retail Reality? (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2oI5MbN                                                                                             As mega-retailers like Amazon-Whole Foods and Costco go after their customer base, community grocery stores are being forced to reinvent to stay relevant.

 

Protests

 

Animals

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Oyster Vending Machine (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2owdRAf      For those late night mollusk cravings. Ars-en-ré, France
  • KFC Says ‘FCK’ In Full-Page Ad Apologizing For Chicken Shortage (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ouLZgd                                                        The fast-food chain is trying to soothe ruffled feathers with humor.
  • How can a fast food chain ever make money from a $1 burger? (BBC) http://bbc.in/2HV1TcB                                                                        Would fast food need to be almost free for you to buy it every day?
  • Amazon And Whole Foods Disagree on Products Like Coca-Cola (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2F1N2PO
    • Amazon took over Whole Foods and dropped prices: What’s happening 6 months later? (SFGate) http://bit.ly/2HSr6Eg
  • Underground Farm Delivering Rare Herbs to New York’s Top Chefs (Gastro Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ELufqY
  • Organic Farming Gets a Boost from Kashi’s Innovative Certification Program (TriplePundit) http://bit.ly/2EMXruw
  • Sign of the Times: Largest Meat Producer in US Announces Vegan Product Line (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2osSYae                                        Tyson Foods concedes that the demand for plant-based protein is growing.
  • I Was Wrong About the Rural-Urban Divide (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2sVtHdn                                                                                  Economics and politics in rural Wisconsin…

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Risk Assessments of Fracking Focus on Environmental Impacts, but Miss the Human Rights Implications (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2oHLzTv                                                                                              It’s critical that we understand the human rights repercussions of environmentally risky actions.
  • Approaching Day Zero (The Week) http://bit.ly/2ERZa1z              With Cape Town nearing ‘Day Zero,’ the world may be seeing a grim portent of a drier future.
  • Are You Drinking Radioactive Water? Use This Interactive Map to Find Out (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ChaHtz                                              170 million Americans drink radioactive tap water as Trump nominee faked data to hide the caner risk.
  • Plastics Found in Majority of Deep Water Atlantic Fish, Posing Potential Threat to Human Health (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2ESjHDl
  • The Trump Administration Just Got Sued Over an “Unusual Mortality Event” in the Ocean (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2Fvgf2D                                                                        Environmental groups are not happy.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Ag Secretary Perdue Talks Trade, Immigration at World Ag Expo (The Business Journal) http://bit.ly/2EpbYMI
  • Trump Wants to Deny Struggling Americans Access to Healthy Farmers Market Food (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2sQFtWx              Getting to choose what you eat seemingly doesn’t apply to poor people.
  • EPA Shuttering Program That Aids the Study of Chemical Effects on Children (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2FliIz3
  • Wisconsin just made it way harder to get food stamps (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2oxcnG4                                                                      Drug testing, work requirements, healthy food: Some of the new rules are legal. Some require a waiver. And in one case, Governor Scott Walker seems to be flouring federal law entirely.
  • Arkansas banned a weedkiller. Now, Monsanto is suing (Salon) http://bit.ly/2EZIoS4                                                                                              There is a new type of seed that won’t die when exposed to herbicide dicamba and has created a crisis in the US.
  • Fearing a cage-free insurgency, Iowa lawmakers leverage federal food aid to keep caged eggs on the shelf (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2CmcUnG                                                                                Producers of conventional eggs seem to be pursuing whatever avenues possible to keep their product on the shelf.
  • California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying (Center for Biological Diversity) http://bit.ly/2GY46CO                 Judge Strips State Food and Agriculture Agency of Authority to Use Chemicals
  • Native Communities are Fighting for More Inclusive Farm Bill (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2Cmc7TU                                                                Farm policy has long ignored tribal governments and communities. A coalition of tribes aims to change that.
  • What Is the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” and Why Does It Matter? (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2GXaXfz                                    HR 3599 and 4789, written by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) for inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill, would disallow any state or local regulation of agricultural products that come from another state…

 

GMOs/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology/Food Technology

  • Perhaps You’d Like to Try Lemon or Raspberry Flavored Oysters (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2sRdF4b                                                         After years of testing, a French gastronaut is offering everyone’s favorite happy hour mollusks in a rainbow of flavors.
  • New Technology Aims To Take The Sugar Out Of Gelato – Not The Flavor (NPR) http://n.pr/2sjuC7f

 

Poisons

  • These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2owxRDY                                                  And farmers are about to deploy them on a land mass nearly twice the size of California.

 

Events

  • Cultivating the Paddy to Cultivate the Future: Joy and Challenges of a Small Scale Farmer in Rural Japan                                                    March 5, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:15pm                                                      University of California Berkeley, Morgan Hall Lounge        http://bit.ly/2FMHLJ4
  • Can agriculture technologies change gender dynamics and food security? Pump it Up or the Women’s Community Gardens in Zimbabwe                                                                                                                  March 6, 2018, 12:30pm – 2:00pm                                                        University of California at Berkeley, Center for African Studies        223 Moses Hall                                                                http://bit.ly/2EQYObm
  • New Hampshire Food Alliance Statewide Gathering,                      March 9, 2018, 8:30am – 3:30pm                                                              Colby-Sawyer College                                                                                            New London, NH                                                                http://bit.ly/2BdwAIR
  • A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters                  March 19, 2018, 5:00pm – 7:00pm                                                  Sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Public Health                        David Brower Center                                                                                            2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704                http://bit.ly/2ERSG2z
  • National Good Food Conference                                                              March 27 – 30, 2018                                                                                          Hyatt Regency Albuquerque                                                          Albuquerque, New Mexico                                        http://bit.ly/2BPhVnQ
  • 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference                                              April 25 – 27, 2018                                                                                              Duke Energy Convention Center                                                      Cincinnati, Ohio                                                                    http://bit.ly/2CuJzac
  • Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture Conference and Symposium                                                                              June 28 -30, 2018                                                                                                    Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale                                                                      New Haven, Connecticut                                            http://bit.ly/2CgGRW8

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update for February 22, 2018

 

  • Your “grass-fed” milk may actually not be. But a new technology could change that (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2sCpj2K        Scientists can now tell us how much time diary cows spend outside. Why that may improve accountability and transparency in the organic industry.
  • Using Flourescence Spectroscopy To Identify Milk from Grass-Fed Dairy Cows and To Monitor Its Potodegradation (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry) http://bit.ly/2Fa4Chj
  • Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming (City Lab) http://bit.ly/2Cnma6A                                                                                                A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.
  • Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Brining Them To Your Plate (NPR) http://n.pr/2HvUZdH
  • This Man Uses Drones to Expose Factory Farms – and His Videos Are Going Viral (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2GptDnS                                High-tech drones are helping to expose the horrors of industrial farming.
  • Eureka! California-Grown Coffee Is Becoming The State’s Next Gold Mine (NPR) http://n.pr/2ExkXPP

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Europe’s Dirty Little Secret: Moroccan Slaves and a ‘Sea of Plastic’ (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2EMSftP                                                      I seemed like a wonderful idea – driving the Spanish coast from Barcelona all the way down to the Straits of Gibralter…
  • The Spotted Lanternfly Is Invading Pennsylvania, Threatening Fruit Growers (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2FeYjJf

 

Food and Culture

  • A Mexican Village Where Aztec-Era Agriculture Remains (City Lab) http://bit.ly/2HvyKoa                                                                                  “We could solve the subsistence problem ourselves without asking anything of the government… “ says an owner of 12 chinampas. “If things continue like this the chinampa economy will have disappeared completely in 20 years.”
    • One of the last remaining communities still farming like the Aztecs (inhabitat) http://bit.ly/2Fk3mIg                                               With slideshow…
  • Arizona’s Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future (NPR) http://n.pr/2onYR7C
  • Community And Vegetables Grow Side-By-Side In Syrian Refugee Camp Gardens (NPR) http://n.pr/2EJ3WOJ

 

Cultivars

  • Hill Rice: A Lost Gem of African American Cooking Rediscovered in Trinidad (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2CBk03u                      There are hundreds of rice cultivars, many of which are dry land rice, not paddie rice.
  • We have bred “selfish” plant for thousands of years (ScienceNordic) http://bit.ly/2EGdfDd
    • Study: Evolutionary agroecology: individual fitness and population yield in wheat (Tricticum aestivum) (PubMed) http://bit.ly/2BFaIGM
  • Jim Hightower: Long live the Jersey tomato (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sMAF49                                                                                      Instead of trying to squeeze nature into a high-tech, corporate model, our food system should cooperate with nature.

 

Hunger, Food Access & Security, Obesity & Malnutrition

  • Climate Change, Conflict Leaves 224 Million Undernourished in Africa (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2ooe5JR                                                    An official with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that climate change and conflict are leading to food insecurity for millions of people living in Africa.
  • From FDR’s food stamps to Trump’s harvest boxes: The history of helping the poor get enough to eat (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2BCV3aN
  • Why Reform SNAP? Food Aid Is Working (City Lab) http://bit.ly/2C2IiHv                                                                                          There’s no better tool in the federal government’s antipoverty arsenal.
    • Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron Style Delivery System Is As Bad As It Sounds (Talk Poverty) http://bit.ly/2HeaLte
    • Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ delivers an empty promise (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2EMX42S                                                                  The administration and its GOP allies are threatening these Americans with ever greater hunger and privation.
  • One in every 12 seniors citizens is hungry (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2C30fWu                                                                                              The wisest among us are profoundly at risk.
  • I’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 with cities.

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Why do supermarkets sell organic food wrapped in plastic? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2mYj1oS                                                                        We find organic mushrooms in non-recyclable trays next to plain veg in compostable wrapping – This is also true in the US
  • We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2o9rB4C                                                      Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet – from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland.
  • Supermarket Food Waste: What’s Most Likely to Get Tossed? (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2sGEckz                                                     More research confirms: the banana is the king of supermarket food waste.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Clean labels’ dirty little secret (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2sH4JhV                                                                                            How the biggest trend in processed food exploits confused about what “natural” and “artificial” really mean.
  • ‘Ultra-processed’ products now half of all UK family food purchases (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2DUp9oz                                       … health experts warn increasing popularity of industrially made food will lead to negative effects such as obesity and poor health
  • The controversial law that allows salmonella into the human food chain (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2oj5KYP                              Campaigners want to change a loophole which allows producers to sell meat known to contain salmonella
  • Scientists calculate carbon emissions of your sandwich (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2GbLOOK                                                                   All-day breakfast filling identified as worst offender
    • Study: Understanding the impact on climate change of convenience food: Carbon footprint of sandwiches (Sustainable Production and Consumption) http://bit.ly/2nbduuy
  • ‘Dirty meat’: Shocking hygiene failings discovered in US pig and chicken plants (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2sFucIw                Previously unseen government records detail ‘deeply worrying’ incidents in pork and poultry plants, raising fears of ‘dirty meat’ enter the UK under a post-Brexit trade deal
    • Red tape in the meat industry? It’s the difference between life and death (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2sKFafx                        Without regulations that scrutinize food standards and trade deals, we cannot trust the safety of the food on our plates
  • Why blockchain won’t fix food safety – yet (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FOCteI                                                                                              The new software being developed by Walmart and IBM depends on full and honest information, meaning the blockchain will only be as strong as its weakest link.
  • Prison food is making US inmates disproportionately sick (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2EnbCpc                                                    Lapses in food safety have made US prisoners six times more likely to get a foodborne illness than the general population.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Boneless chicken wings: It’s not a lie if you believe it (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2FaV85a                                                                  How a fried ball of breast meat became the “boneless wing.”

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • If farmers paid for childcare, would it bring workers back to the fields? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2BV7rDZ                      Without it, parents face the difficult choice of either brining their kids to the fields or not working at all.
  • Agricultural workers have the highest rates of suicide in the country (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2n8zgPm                            But in Washington state, lawmakers have introduced a bill to make getting help a little easier.
  • Report: ‘Shady Bosses’ Stealing $15 Billion in Wages from Low-Income Workers (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2EEquQE        “Wages are far too low to begin with, so when money is stolen right out of workers’ paychecks, we have to have effective tools in place to get that money back.”
    • Minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law (Politico) http://politi.co/2CtLtDZ                                                              Raising hourly pays is a rallying cry for 2018, but states often fail to get workers the money that’s owed them.
  • No overtime, no workers’ comp for Grubhub drivers, says California judge (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2CfiCmW          What a first-of-its-kind court ruling means for the future of the gig economy.
  • Koch Brothers-backed group tries to stand in the way as states pass paid sick leave (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2sO74HG      The National Federation of Independent Business, a Koch Brothers-backed lobbying group, leads the way in campaigning against paid sick leave throughout the US
  • Slavery risk warning over UK’s scallop fisheries (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nMMpyO                                                                                Register singles out industry with retailers told to check suppliers are clear of any link to bonded labour
  • A New York farmworkers was fired for organizing. State Supreme Court says that’s legal (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2o6I0qv  It would have been a shoo-in case for farmworkers’ rights. Then the Farm Bureau stepped in.

 

Protests

 

Animals

  • For how long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth? (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2GonxEo                  A revolution is coming in our relation ship with ‘lower’ creatures, provoked by a great knowledge of their cognition. Labour’s new plans for animal welfare are just a start
  • India’s farmed chickens dosed with world’s strongest antibiotics, study finds (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2GD92xj                          Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal hundreds of tonnes of colistin – the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ – are being shipped to Indian’s farms
  • Dutch cow poo overload causes an environmental stink (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2HosX3u                                                                  Diary farms in the Netherlands are producing so much dung they can’t get rid of it safely. Now the WWF is calling for a 40% cut in herd numbers to protect the environment

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Few Big Ag companies have yet to follow through on data transparency pledge (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2nIoEHY
  • Organic food and drink sales rise to record levels in the UK (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2E8RpYT                                                                        In a sixth year o consecutive growth, organic sales rose by 6% to a record £2.2bn, driven largely by independent outlets and home deliveries
  • Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald’s New Vegan Burger (We Did) (NPR) http://n.pr/2FhPK0d                                                          When McDonald’s recently announced the introduction of a vegan burger in Sweden and Finland, Twitter responded with a mix of earnest enthusiasm, a little disgust, and a touch of guilty hand wringing…
  • KFC Closes More Than Half Of Its UK Restaurants, After Chicken Shortage (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2EGvOr5                                    As of Tuesday, 646 of the fast-food chain’s restaurants remain closed – and people aren’t taking it well.
  • Not so fresh: why Jamie Oliver’s restaurants lost their bite (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2F8zZIX                                                                      The chef’s chains are facing a crisis on the high street. Where did they go wrong?

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • (Spanish) Police Pull Over Suspicious Cars, Tons of Oranges Come Tumbling Out (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2CA4Jja

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • New study concludes some bottled water is actual tap water (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2HDtGOt                              Unknowingly, American’s are paying $16 billion a year to drink water from a bottler that otherwise be free, or cost a fraction of the price.
  • Nearly 2 Million Americans Exposed to Potentially Toxic Level of Lead in Tap Water (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/2ogF5e9                      Children are particularly vulnerable.
    • Since the Lead Crisis, Reading Scores in Flint Drop Dramatically (Environmental Working Group) http://bit.ly/2o7Fnou
  • 3M pays up after Minnesota sued over poisoned drinking water (Grist) http://bit.ly/2sMxKZp
    • 3M to pay Minnesota $850M in surprise settlement over chemical disposal (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2Gy9XhR        “3M fought for almost a decade… spending hundreds of millions on lawyers to dodge their way around the law… but today became their day of reckoning!”
  • 73% of Deep-Sea Fish Have Ingested Plastic (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2GtLhXF                                                                                      Marine scientists from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway found the plastic bits in 73 percent of 233 deep-sea fish collected from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean – one of the highest microplastic frequencies in fish ever recorded worldwide.
  • Ocean acidification threatens Bering Sea Crabs. But can they adapt? (KTOO Public Media) http://bit.ly/2yzru9R

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to give dairy farmers their money back (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2C4qj3G
  • Trump’s EPA Just Made a “Highly Unusual” Concession to a Big Pesticide Company (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2obWftC            After demanding $4.8 million in penalties for a Hawaii pesticide-exposure case in 2016, the EPA let Syngenta off for $150,000.
  • Trump Budget Would Undo Conservation Gains on Farms and Ranches (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2CqNtwE                                        Funding for farm conservation programs would be slashed by $13 billion over 10 years, impacting the environment and farmers alike.
  • As Trump tries to tighten the definition of “hungry,” all 50 state have made it easier to sign up for food stamps (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Crpe1A
  • New (California) state ballot measure would reward people who build rainwater collection systems (The Mercury News) http://bayareane.ws/2FdZJ6G
  • Washington salmon farm fined $330,000 for August’s eclipse escape (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Faz4b4
    • Cooke Aquaculture fined for farmed salmon escape (The North Coast News) http://bit.ly/2o6AJXT                            Washington State Department of Ecology announced Tuesday that Cooke Aquaculture will be penalized for violating the terms of its water quality permit in relation to the company’s net pen failure last August.
  • After six years, environmental cleanup around 11 North Carolina hog farms will finally be mandatory (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2HnZqqD                                                                  Conservationists are calling the decision a win against “environmental racism”
  • To Protect Young Farmworkers, California Rejects EPA Rollback of Pesticide Policy (Environmental Working Group) http://bit.ly/2szr0OA
  • Austin becomes the first city in the South to Mandate paid sick leave (ThinkProgress) http://bit.ly/2EDqQv9
  • Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2C9z7Fp

 

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

  • The Precautionary Principle Asks “How Much Harm Is Avoidable?” Rather Than “How Much Harm Is Acceptable?” (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2Crgx7c
  • Cotton (New South Wales) growers facing complete crop loss after alleged herbicide drift (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2nYGKVB                                                                                    5,000 hectares of cotton thought to be affected by off-target spray drift, says Bernie Bierhoff of Walgett Cotton Growers’ Association

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.