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Jenny’s Food and Ag Update

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update, July 14, 2015

  • 45 Cities Will Sign Urban Food Policy Pact on World Food Day in Milan (about.com) http://abt.cm/1fuo0Ys

US cities that has signed on: Chicago, New York,

  • 13 Brilliant Inventions That Changed the Way You Eat, All Created by Women (Spoon University) http://bit.ly/1INYwQX
  • How a Modern Root Cellar Could Help Small Farms Sell Food Year-Round (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/1HNIR3v
  • Primed for Battle: helping plants fight off pathogens by enhancing their immune systems (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/1L0Bzdv

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply. Norman Borlaug

  • American adults still aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables (The Verge) http://bit.ly/1JU6ZDE
    • Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations – United States, 2013, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report http://1.usa.gov/1JZ65TC
  • Avanti Food & Beverage food hall in LoHi on Leading edge of national trend (Denver Post) http://dpo.st/1L5O8UY

… Avanti is more like a restaurant incubatore…

  • Baltimore Restaurant Shuts Down for 5 Days to Feed the Homeless Free Food (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1fz7VAQ

Hunger

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1JNtUQY

The government (UNICOR aka Federal Prison Industries) and corporations have a pool of powerless, exploitable workers in skyrocketing prison populations.

  • 12 Mainstream Corps Benefiting From The Prison Industrial Complex (Popular Resistance) http://bit.ly/1LRlJmo

McDonalds, Wendy’s, Walmart, Starbucks, stove assembly and a hot of other products… Pay is between $0.90 to $4.00 per day…

The products that prison labor is producing…

  • How Migrant Farmworkers Are Cross-Pollinating Strategies and Winning (Labor Notes) http://bit.ly/1TuD9r9
  • Faced With I-9 Immigration Raid During Negotiations, Chicago Meatpacking Workers Walked Off the Job (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1CwyBwq
  • The Anti-Union Bosses’ Group Fighting Fast Food Organizing Is Now Going After How Care Workers (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1SXMEyX

Can workers centers and unions create a movement strong enough to fight back?

  • Al Jazeera Documentary Shows Mexican Farmworkers’ Struggles in Historic Strike (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1dWkm8p

Business & Economy

  • Effects of the California drought on farming is regional and coastal farms are thriving (Santa Cruz Sentinel) http://bit.ly/1LVFSZe

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

Water & Our Oceans

  • Pennsylvania Residents Near Fracking Sites Report Health Problems (Center for Effective Government) http://bit.ly/1HLMJ6Q
    • Document Released Show PA Fracking Health Complaints, Negligence of State Agencies’ Response (Food & Water Watch) http://bit.ly/1CoCGCD

A coalition of farmers and vintners, doctors and lawyers, clean energy companies and reluctant do-it-yourself activists are fighting for the future of the Finger Lakes region.

State can’t ding some farmers who keep taking water, raising questions about wider implications.

  • Iceland Ratifies Treaty to Deny Port Access to Illegal Fishing Vessels (The Pew Trust) http://bit.ly/1S7lXW2

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • USDA Will Verify Non-GMO Labels Through Their Process Verified Program (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/1KZ4Vuz
  • Connecticut Just Passed a Law Requiring Bosses Who Steal Workers’ Wages to Pay Them Back Double (In These Times) http://bit.ly/1BPAyDD

“I’d say wage theft is the biggest crime wave in the country”

GMOs/Cloning/Food Technology/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

For small-scale farmers who scored a major victory against the biotech giant, it’s all about planting local, GMO-free seeds.

  • Meet the New GMO Mosquito: Millions Carrying the “Kill Switch Gene” Already Released (AlterNet) http://bit.ly/1J3pQXi

If much of today’s news seems unreal to you, that’s because corporations are spoon-feeding it to the media. Big food companies are now sponsoring “boot camps” for reporters on the issues of “feed the world’s growing population.”

Poisons

  • ‘Safe’ Subs(titutes) for Harmful Chemical in Plastics May Be Just as Risky to Healthy (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1Rn6q9y

Animals

General Mills announces their commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens, joining Aramark, Compass Group, Dunkin Brands, Hilton, Kellogg, Nestle, Sodexo, Starbucks, and Walmart.

Healthy/Safe Food

Education

  • Classes on Indigenous Farming, with Cuauhtemoc Villa, information and registration http://bit.ly/1M011Se