Jenny’s Food & Ag Update September 2, 2018

 

  • When The US Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers (NPR) https://n.pr/2PzIlOz
  • The Farm Group that’s Part of Rural America’s Crisis (Open Market Institute) http://bit.ly/2nVNDY3                                              Austin explains how the Iowa Farm Bureau is hurting rural communities.
  • Prevalence trends tell us what did not precipitate the US obesity epidemic (The Lancet) http://bit.ly/2BxqpBd
  • Chef Ron Freeman Wants to Bring Better Ramen to the Incarcerated (NPR) http://bit.ly/2o0c9av                                                    The Los Angeles area chef is on a mission to make his low-sodium ramen a commissary staple.
  • The Organic Food Industry Thrives On Regulation (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2LfBpTy                                                                                    Without strict standards, the organic label would become worthless. So why is the White House rolling them back?
  • One pound of cheese makes nine pounds of whey. Where does it all go? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2NkJGaK
  • For Bordeaux’s Winemakers, Rising Temperatures Bring A Reckoning (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2wxAQjj                      France’s famous vintners will need new grapes that can withstand a warmer climate – and produce wine that remains both fine and French.
  • Seaweed: The ‘Superfood’ That Could Help Fight Climate Change (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2wxZTTz

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Berry Farmers Break Free From Big Agriculture (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2LNg1p2                                                                                        These farmworkers created an organic o-op that guarantees fair wages and healthy working conditions while preserving indigenous heritage.
  • Launching the Next Generation of Latinx Farmers in Washington’s Skagit Valley (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2wk2rDN    The region is home to handful of training programs helping to support new farmers and local food producers.
  • Paying It Forward (Oregon Tilth) http://bit.ly/2MzabN6           Farmers mentoring farmers to make the transition to organic more manageable
  • Farm concerts don’t make farmers any money. So why do farmers host them? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2NxU6Us

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus (Smithsonian) http://bit.ly/2BKz03U                                  This rare variety of corn has evolved a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farming

 

Food Culture & History

  • If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2wpE2gL                                                        Intensively farmed meat and dairy are blight, but so are fields of soya and maize. There is another way
  • Before You Try to Decolonize Your Diet, Read This (Yes!) http://bit.ly/2LGdUmG                                                                                              A new book digs into the paradoxes of American Indian diets most people don’t know.

 

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

  • Federal Court: First Amendment Protects Sharing Food With Homeless People (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2C649yL
  • Hungary Intentionally Denying Food To Asylum-Seekers, Watchdog Groups Say (NPR) https://n.pr/2wiwlIG
  • UK: We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ocB1fz                                          It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop
  • We already know climate change will make our crops less nutritious. Now we know how that will impact our health (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2LFfeX9
  • Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early if you want to lose body fat – new study (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2wzhs4T
    • Time-restricted eating can overcome the bad effects of faulty genes and unhealthy diet (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2PpoNMa

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Philadelphia’s Prison System is Fighting Food Waste and Recidivism with an Organic Farm (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2LAethQ                                                                                              The unique prison program diverts 685 tons of food waste a year into compost and is training inmates to farm without chemicals.
  • Norway Has A Radical Approach To Plastic Pollution, And It’s Working (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2o2G4z2                                    So why isn’t the US following suit?

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • ICE detainees are supposed to eat nutritious food three times a day – they don’t (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2o2cutw
  • Michigan’s Failed Effort to Privatize Prison Kitchens and the Future of Institutional Food (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2Nvj9Hu      Private companies took over the state’s prison kitchens, inedible and inadequate food was just the tip of the iceberg – now other institutions outsourcing foodservice on notice.                                    Finally! Let’s hope this spreads across the country.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird/Funny

  • Will Anyone Be Held at Fault Over Flint? (City Lab) http://bit.ly/2POLF8Q                                                                                              As the Michigan city’s water crisis drags on, the state’s highest-ranking health official faces criminal charges. But he’s still on the job.
  • Top State Health Official to Stand Trial for Flint Water Crisis Role (PBS) https://to.pbs.org/2wiPZUK
  • Official charged with manslaughter over deaths linked to Flint water crisis (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2w0d7YX                    Officials knew of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak months before they told the public, emails show.
  • Oil from BP spill pushed onto shelf off Tampa Bay by underwater currents, study finds (Tampa Bay Times) http://bit.ly/2wsjF21

 

Children & School Food

  • Cuts to Oakland Free Dinner Program Felt by Thousands of Students as School Resumes (KQED News) http://bit.ly/2wELowy
    • After School Supper Is the Latest Casualty of Oakland Unified Budget Cuts (East Bay Express) http://bit.ly/2NCXhKz

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Farmworkers Are Dying from Extreme Heat (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2MMaOlP                                                                                    There’s a new push to force the government to stop the problem.
  • Facing rising temperatures and pollution, farmworkers are being left behind by Florida lawmakers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2Nte5nh                                                                                              For years, activists have focused on pesticides and immigration issues. Now, they’re turning to warming temperatures.
  • Farm workers still have to pick fruit in unhealthy air conditions (KIMA TV Yakima, WA) http://bit.ly/2LkqOGK
    • ‘A smokestorm is imminent’ Spokane’s hazardous air now worse than Beijing and Delhi combined (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2w6JPHX                                                                      Surrounded by wildfires, Washington state sees worst air quality in history.
  • Washington (state) has already had nearly 900 wildfires in 2018 (K5News) https://kng5.tv/2nYEDl7
  • Smoke from hundreds of wildfires darkens skies over British Columbia (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) http://bit.ly/2N7PaoV
  • Denver International Airport Workers Will Ask Voters for a $15 Minimum Wage (Westword) http://bit.ly/2C1HDaq
  • Labor Day Surprise: Union membership grows by 81,000 in pro-business Texas (Dallas Morning News) http://bit.ly/2NEK042
  • Small business owners are getting a new incentive to sell (their businesses) to their employees (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2PksGlk                                                                                              The federal government just made it a lot easier to form an employee owned business.
  • Historic Federal Law Gives Employee Owned Businesses Access to SBA Loans (Nonprofit Quarterly) http://bit.ly/2LNpqgp
  • USDA Grants to Fund Co-op Education for Business Owners in Pacific Northwest (Nonprofit Quarterly) http://bit.ly/2PpzKNx

 

Protests

  • Major prison strike spreads across US and Canada as inmates refuse food (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2P4YNFv                      Prisoners stand against forced labor and other indignities amid reports of action in California, Washington state and Nova Scotia
  • US inmates stage nationwide prison labor strike over ‘modern slavery’ (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2wgJpxZ                            Organizers say prisoners across the country are expected to refuse to work, hold sit-ins and even stage hunger strikes
  • ICE Detainees Join Nationwide Prison Strike, Many Refusing To Eat: Organizers (Newsweek) http://bit.ly/2LyGUNl
  • Prisoners nationwide on strike over poor conditions and forced labor – including firefighting (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2LlqFmB

Incarcerated people are often on the frontlines of natural disaster recovery and relief.

  • Detainee Speaks Out from Hunger Strike in Northwest Detention Center (Democracy Now) http://bit.ly/2oiq3Fn
  • As prison strikes heat up, former inmates talk about horrible stat o labor and incarceration (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2weiune
  • The ‘Modern Day Slavery’ Of Prison Labor Really Does Have A Link To Slavery (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2ojNvSB

 

Pollinators

  • A bee economist explains honey bees’ vital role in growing tasty almonds (The Conversation) http://bit.ly/2NCFJhG
  • Pesticide Touted as Neonicotinoid Replacement Still harms Bees (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2ovIeHy                                                                    As evidence builds that neonicotinoids harm bees and other pollinators and bodies like the EU move to ban them, the agricultural sector is casting about for something to replace what is currently the most used type of insecticide worldwide.

 

Animals

  • Building the Mecca of Heritage Poultry in Kansas (Civil Eats) http://bit.ly/2wrt5e8                                                                                    Heritage poultry breeder Frank Reese has been hatching a plan to build the Good Shepherd Institute for two decades. Now, with help from MASS Design Group, it has moved one big step closer to reality.
  • Was Your UTI Triggered By Raw Chicken? (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2NxI4um                                                                                                  A new study says a strain of E. coli “could be causing 30,000 to 40,000” urinary tract infections in the US every year.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani Talks Greek Yogurt and the American Dream (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2PcJNpn                                                          A Trukish immigrant of Kurdish descent, Mr. Ulukaya brought Greek yogurt to the mainstream. Along the way, he began hiring refugees, a move that drew threats from fringe websites and far-right commentators.
  • 8 Restaurant Chains Agree To End ‘No Poach’ Agreements Under Threat of Lawsuit (NPR) https://n.pr/2PvEylq
  • Krogers Will Phase Out Plastic Bags By 2025 To ‘Protect Our Planet’ (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2BEvB6m
    • Miami Beach Wants to Expand Its Ban on Plastic Straws (Miami New Times) http://bit.ly/2MNjurZ
    • San Francisco bans plastic straws, joining these California cities (The San Diego Union-Tribune) http://bit.ly/2BCbHsE
      • American Airlines Joins Efforts To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2CcTfr2
  • Bayer’s Monsanto faces 8,000 lawsuits on glyphosate (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2BLQNY9
    • Along with Monsanto, Chemical Giant Bayer Inherits Its Pests (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2MxGFre                                                  From dicamba drama to crop-chomping caterpillars.
  • Profiting Off Poison (Other Words) http://bit.ly/2P6AkQm              A court found that Monsanto knew its signature Roundup chemical could cause cancer, but sold it anyway.
  • Vietnam demands Monsanto pays compensation for Agent Orange victims (Yahoo News) https://yhoo.it/2P5UDgC and Monsanto court ruling bolsters the hope for millions of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims (Viêt Nam News) http://bit.ly/2C926K9
  • General Mills Faces Lawsuit Over Glyphosate in Cereals (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2wyDmG6                                                  Monsanto’s – and now Bayer’s – glyphosate problem is also a headache for General Mills. The Cheerios maker could face a class action lawsuit alleging the company failed to warn consumers about traces of the controversial herbicide in its products.
  • General Mills To Remove ‘Natural’ Label From Granola Bars After Glyphosate Lawsuit (Forbes) http://bit.ly/2wwVb8C
  • The federal government markets prison business as the “best-kept secret” (Vox) http://bit.ly/2P3VDly                                                      The Department of Justice says prison labor is good for a company’s bottom line.
  • The UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries program trade name) Services Business Group: The Onshore Advantage (UNICOR) http://bit.ly/2MN7jLL
  • Pigs Aren’t the Only Ones Suffering From North Carolina’s Industrial Hog Farms (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2MP8ASB
  • Lab-Grown Meat and Traditional Meat Producers Turn to Government to Solve Industry Disputes (Interesting Engineering) http://bit.ly/2MNv3Qd
  • A Weekend In and Around Hudson, Massachusetts (Modern Farmer) http://bit.ly/2LGmbr0                                                                        “Local first” is the mantra in this progressive small town…

 

  • Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Corporations That Pay CEOs Hundreds of Times More Than Workers, Study Shows (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2PjNDNj                                                                  Author says the findings should fuel the movement to “use the power of the public purse to crack down on corporations that refuse to share the wealth.”
  • Study: Executive Excess 2018: How Taxpayers Subsidize Giant Corporate Pay Gaps (Institute for Policy Studies) http://bit.ly/2Pl9dRH

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Safe Drinking Water for All (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2Lf6jeL      California lawmakers are considering a plan to help poor communities afflicted by contaminated water. It could be a model for the nation.
  • Study: National trend in drinking water quality violations (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) http://bit.ly/2OViwHF
  • Tax on California water revived to clean up drinking water – but it’s voluntary (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/2BFE1e2
  • Detroit turns off every public school’s drinking water due to high levels of lead, copper (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2PrtODX        For Michigan, it’s just the latest turn in the state’s ongoing water crisis.
  • Pueblo (CO) City Schools disables or repairs nearly 50 water fountains due to lead (KRDO TV) http://bit.ly/2N4tb5t
  • Kansans drank contaminated water for years. The state didn’t tell them. (The Wichita Eagle) http://bit.ly/2PK9tKK
  • Why a New Fisheries Bill Is Being Dubbed the “Empty Oceans Act” (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2oeYP2t                                              Five ways H.R. 200 could “undercut the important role science plays in management decisions.”
  • Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2C1PVPn
    • Report: Flunking The Planet: Scoring America’s Food Companies on Sustainable Meat (Mighty Earth) http://bit.ly/2N5eL58

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • ‘We’ve Made History’: Ireland Joins France, Germany and Bulgaria in Banning Fracking (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2wCthXZ      Ireland is set to ban onshore fracking after its Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that outlawed the controversial drilling technique.
  • New ‘Groundbreaking’ Bill Would Put Firm Pause on Out-of-Control Food Industry Mega-Mergers (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2N00MxC                                                                    “Consolidation has now reached a point where the top four firms in almost every sector of the food and agriculture economy have acquired abusive levels of market power,” said Sen. Cory Booker, who introduced the legislation
  • Why is Trump slashing the USDA’s independent research arm? Look at its findings (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Ll4WLG
  • Department of Labor Gives Federal Contractors a License to Discriminate (Truthout) http://bit.ly/2PUHIiP
  • Agriculture Department Will Pay $4.7 Billion To Farers Hit In Trade War (NPR) https://n.pr/2MTb1DX
    • USDA to buy $1.2B in goods, offer $5B in aid to farmers hurt by trade war (ABC News) https://abcn.ws/2ojnOle
    • The Winners and Losers of Trump’s Tariff Bailout (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2PN8WrI                                                                    The president is about to shower some farmers with extra subsidies. Guess who gets chosen.
  • Dairy Farmers Say Denting Supply Management In NAFTA Deal Would Be ‘Devastating’ (KTIC) http://bit.ly/2wtq3qe
  • Feds extract penalties in crashes that killed five migrant farm workers (The New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2MsiwCi
  • Victory! Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Claim That Organic Animal Standards Withdrawal Cannot Be Challenged (Center For Food Safety) http://bit.ly/2MLpJwH
  • Virginia regulator won’t revoke pipelines’ water permits despite major environmental violations (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2OZ63CY                                                                              Extensive damage to streams and other water sources fails to sway Virginia regulators.
  • As Florida chokes on red tide, governor denies environmental malpractice (The Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/2olLpkY
    • Red Tide’s continuing toll: The 554 dead manatees in 2018 already surpasses last year’s total (Tampa Bay Times) http://bit.ly/2wv5aLs
  • California Moves to Ban Fishing Nets Blamed for Killing Numerous Species (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2PXkbxS
  • Southern Cities Are Passing Paid Sick Leave – But Republicans Won’t Let Them Have It (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2ok0bJa
  • Santa Rosa City Council Unanimously Bans Roundup at City Parks (Organic Consumers Association) http://bit.ly/2MPOckt
  • Berkeley’s new urban agriculture ordinance encourages residents to grow their own food (Berkeleyside) http://bit.ly/2wxyIrV
  • Proposed Farm Bill amendment could negate local food laws in Maine (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/2LnZl72
    • R. 4879 – Protect Interstate Commerce Act of 2018, Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve http://bit.ly/2MxKQ67                                                  To prevent States and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural product in interstate or foreign commerce, and for other purposes                                              What of States Rights?
  • Districts of House Negotiators Get $9.3 Billion In Farm and Food Aid (Daily Yonder) http://bit.ly/2wu8cii                                                    Forty-seven members of the House of Representatives are serving on a committee to hammer out a farm bill compromise with the Senate. They represent 1.7 million households that receive nutrition benefits and 230,000 farms that receive farm payments.

 

Poisons

  • Environmentally-Caused Disease Crisis? Pesticide Damage to DNA Found ‘Programmed’ Into Future Generations (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2OQTCsG
    • Study: Atrazine induces complete feminization and chemical castration in male African clawed frogs (NIH) http://bit.ly/2OQU8H8
  • West Texas Vineyards Blasted By Herbicide Drift From Nearby Cotton Fields (NPR) https://n.pr/2PtPhgd

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 20, 2018

 

  • Former Tyson Foods CEO Brings Chicken Farming To Rwanda – But Can It Last? (NPR) https://n.pr/2Myg8Wt
  • Americans Eat Too Much Free Food at Work, US Government Warns (Newsweek) https://bit.ly/2nv8Urv
    • Large study finds workplace foods contribute to unhealthy eating (EurekAlert) https://bit.ly/2LN7Vgj                              Employees eat more than 1,000 calories a week at work and most of it is obtained for free
  • (UK) McDonald’s to cut cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from Happy Meal menu (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2w7VUMr

 

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Calgary urban farm questions why the government needs all of its land for ring road (The Star) http://bit.ly/2N2Typs

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

Food and Culture

  • Tracing the Overlooked Legacy of the Silk Road’s Fruits and Nuts (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2MoqFrb                                                            A new archaeobotanical study is helping shift the historical record.
  • Arboreal crops on the medieval Silk Road: Archaeobotanical studies at Tashbulak (PLOS One) http://bit.ly/2BsPo8J
  • World Champion Squirrel Cook-Off (Atlas Obscura) http://bit.ly/2ONjfe3                                                                                                An ardent celebration of a humble source of protein.
  • Climate Change Threatens Midwest’s Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans (NPR) https://n.pr/2nkWWQY
  • Our 14,400 Year Old Relationship with Bread (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2Miyqit                                                                        New evidence from Jordan is challenging what we thought we knew about hunter gatherer diets
  • Delicious Purple Beans Connected One Chef to Her Family’s Culinary Past (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2L0eknL

 

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

  • Create a Brexit-ready food cupboard? Many can’t afford their next meal (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2B5kOlG                                  The leave camp is selling hardship as a badge of honor. That’s because its proponents won’t be the ones facing shortages
  • UK: “They hadn’t eaten all day: food banks tackle (summer) holiday hunger (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Mo1X9B
    • Food banks shouldn’t even exist. Don’t let them become the new normal (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2MhxKtX                  (Food) Benefit cuts and an unjust social order have left hundreds of thousands hungry in one of the richest countries in the world       Does this all sound familiar?
  • California Protects Low-Income (SNAP) Access to Farmers Markets (Capitol and Main) http://bit.ly/2MDQkvo

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem – Scientists Are Hunting It Down (Scientific American) http://bit.ly/2nI1WPR                      Trillions of tiny particles generated by our plastic-reliant society are polluting environments worldwide

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Baby Food Tests Find 68 Percent Contain ‘Worrisome’ Levels of Heavy Metals (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2Po6mYP                        Testing published by Consumer Reports found “concerning levels’ of toxic metals in popular US baby and toddler food.
  • These bars are made with “100 percent natural whole gain oats” – and glyphosate (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2Pos0MT    Consumers don’t expect chemicals in their natural foods, says the latest lawsuit accusing a “natural” product of dirty dealing.
  • The Roundup Chemical Found Responsible for Cancer Might Also Be in Your Cereal (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/2vNZCLQ    Glyphosate – deemed “probably carcinogenic” – sticks around on snack and breakfast foods.
  • Roundup for Breakfast? Weed Killer Found in Kids’ Cereals, Other Oat-Based Foods (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2PbqaPd
  • Glyphosate Pre-Harvest Aid in Small-Grains (North Dakota State University) http://bit.ly/2BoYzXP
  • Glyphosate Used to Kill and Prepare Crops for Harvest (The Cornucopia Institute) http://bit.ly/2OOl6ix
  • ‘This Is Very Strange.’ An Illness Outbreak Possibly Related to an Ohio Chipotle Remains a Mystery Two Weeks Later (Newsweek) https://ti.me/2M9o9oN

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird/Funny

  • Hungry Thief Wanted After Nearly $100,000 Worth Of Ramen Noodles Stolen (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2KZBASG

 

Children & School Food

  • Study: Children have better nutrition when they live near forests (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/2MjW4v3                                                  The data show that forests aren’t just correlated with improvements in people’s diets. We show that forests cause these improvements.
  • Adolescents’ cooking skills strongly predict future nutrition well-being (EurekAlert) https://bit.ly/2Mf8LHp                                  Confidence in cooking ability led to fewer fast food meals, more meals as a family, and more frequent preparation of meals with vegetables in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • The Problem With School Lunch: How The Wealth Gap Is Shaming Students (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2LaEc0b                The school lunch is symbolic of America’s socioeconomic and food disparities.

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Demanding Wide-Reaching Reforms and an End to Slavery, Inmates in 17 States Plan Prison Strike (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2wdwWeD                                                                                  “Every single field and industry is affected on some level by prisons, from our license plates to the fast food that we eat to the stores that we shop at.”
  • Ben & Jerry’s ‘Milk With Dignity’ {act With Farmworkers Seems To Be Paying Off (NPR) https://n.pr/2MnRAna
  • Arkansas’ minimum wage fight will be on the ballot in November (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2MqbwG7                                          Arkansas’ current minimum wage is $8.50.
  • Trump’s visa crackdown is hitting Maryland’s crab industry hard (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2Plnn5Z                                            Businesses on the coast are reeling.

 

Animals

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Stop Meat Companies from Rigging the Grass-fed Market (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy) http://bit.ly/2Mrlzuo
  • Chipotle is adding bacon to the menu, and it reveals how drastically the chain has had to change in the wake of its E. coli scandal (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2nP6rbp
  • Man Who Fought Monsanto Will Leave a Lasting Legacy (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2OxDj3W                                                                        When Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was awarded $389 million for damages related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he didn’t just triumph over Monsanto. He also may have created a path forward for thousands of similar plaintiffs.
  • What does the Monsanto verdict means for thousands of pending cases? (Food, Agriculture, and the Environment) http://bit.ly/2BoZhnX
  • Why were damages in Monsanto’s Roundup trial so high? Not only is the giant liable, but it cause harm deliberately (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2MNSCVM
  • How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science & Silences Dissent to See a Cancer-Linked Chemical (Democracy Now) http://bit.ly/2MLR2DF
  • Monsanto Cancer Ruling Sparks Backlash Around the Globe (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2PeTjsX
    • Australian farmers body says Roundup cancer ruling is ‘in blatant ignorance’ of science (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2Mp25G0                                                                        (Australian) National Farmers’ Federation says US court ruling that weedkiller causes cancer sets a ‘reckless precedent’
  • Monsanto loses another court case over its widely used weed killer (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/2OGLrPz                                                The (CA) state supreme Court rejected a challenge by Monsanto Co. on Wednesday to California’s decision to list the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide as a cause of cancer…
  • Homebase to review sale of Monsanto weed killer after US cancer Verdict (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2MhJeMV            Roundup was ruled by a Californian jury to have caused Dewayne Johnson’s Lymphoma
  • US bosses new earn 312 times the average worker’s wage, figures show (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2MlrxNB
  • Where even Walmart won’t go: how Dollar General took over rural America (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Mmapq8
  • Inside Mexico’s Anti-Capitalist Marketplaces (In These Times) http://bit.ly/2MvV4mZ                                                                                        How some Mexicans re using barter and alternative currencies to build an economy beyond profit.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Police Chief Defends Use Of Taser On Elderly Woman Cutting Flowers (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2nKTOyo                            Martha Al-Bishara, 87, was carrying a knife to cut dandelions and didn’t understand the officers’ orders, her family said.
  • A Restaurant In Maine Replaced Their Crinkle-Cut Fries With Straight Fries And Angry Customers Are New Harassing Them (BuzzFeed) http://bit.ly/2PjiNVV                                                                      One angry diner even threatened to physically fight one of the owners. Really?

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Australia: Calls for environmental water entitlements to be sold to drought affected farmers (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2vJhesa  Politicians and farmers say water should be diverted to crops to keep hers alive
  • Salting the earth: North Dakota farmers struggle with a toxic byproduct of the oil boom (NBC News) https://nbcnews.to/2MM8PLd                                                                          The state of North Dakota doesn’t even know how many acres of cropland have been damage by saltwater spills, a byproduct of the local oil boom.
  • Current List of Saltwater Spills in North Dakota 2008 – Current, Last Updated: August 9, 2018 https://nbcnews.to/2MM8PLd          To date there are 871 reported saltwater spills since January 2, 2008
  • Fracking is destroying US water supply, warns shocking new study (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2MY3DE0
    • Study: The intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing (Science Advances) http://bit.ly/2nQwgYW
    • Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 More Toxic Wastewater (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2vLTKm4
    • Water use for fracking has risen by up to 770 percent since 2011 (phys.org) http://bit.ly/2Bg5r9T
  • Roundup Chemical Linked To Cancer Used To Kill Weeds In The (Sacramento, San Joaquin) Delta (CBS Sacramento) https://cbsloc.al/2BuLkow
    • Glyohosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/2nIhiEi
  • Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Red Tide Spreads (Huffington Post) http://bit.ly/2MqISDN                                                  The harmful algae bloom has fouled the state’s waters for months.
  • Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2MMxnUc                                                            Human carbon pollution is melting the Arctic, but aerosol pollution is slowing it down

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • This Small Caribbean Island (Dominica) Is Waging A Big War Against Plastic (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2MJfhCG      Dominica’s government plans to ban plastic and Styrofoam food containers and utensils by 2019.
  • Five Red Flags for Food, Farming and Fair Trade Under the UK’s New Brexit Plan (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy) http://bit.ly/2Mz9DpI
  • How a Pair of Kentucky Pols Are About to Legalize Hemp (Politico) https://politi.co/2ARhzhF                                                                The non-psychoactive sister plant of marijuana is a favorite with farmers, and it will get a lot easier to grow if Congress removes it from the list of banned drugs. The DEA is not happy.
  • Report detailing lead poisoning in young children on army bases draws fire from lawmakers (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/2vTGaNL                                                                                          More than 1,000 young children living on army bases were found to have elevated lead levels.
  • Stalling Trump’s ‘Illegal Rubber-Stamp’ of Keystone XL, Federal Court Orders Full Environmental Review (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/2MUWnsn                                                                                        “This is a huge win for the landowners and Tribal Nation members whose water and environment would be forever threatened by this dangerous tar sands project.”
  • It’s official: This fall America will harvest more soybeans than ever. But who’s buying? (New Food Economy) http://bit.ly/2OB7bMS
  • Trump Quietly OK’s Bioengineered Farming on Wildlife Refuges (The Nation) http://bit.ly/2OGgjjl                                                                      By rescinding an Obama-era regulation, the administration is giving a green light to agribusiness on protected lands.
  • Why the Trump Administration is Going to War with the Wine Industry (Vice) https://bit.ly/2Oy0yuS                                                        The Treasury Department is going after US businesses that both import and export wine. Buckle up and hoard the pinot.
  • San Antonio passes paid sick leave ordinance, joining Austin in fight against top Texas Republicans (The Texas Tribune) http://bit.ly/2MkJOKO                                                                                              A similar measure passed by Austin earlier this year is tied up in court. And dozens of Republican state lawmakers have lined up against the ordinance.

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology

  • Regulate new GE techniques? US (never) vs. EU (Yes) (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy) http://bit.ly/2MHr1si
    • The USDA reorganizes for its “customers,” throws science under the bus (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy) http://bit.ly/2MIzITz
    • Risk associated with off-target plant genome editing and methods for its limitation (Emerging Topics In Life Sciences) http://bit.ly/2MHFMf2

 

Technology/Food Technology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Toxic neighbor: Monsanto and the poisoned town (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2vuSshE                                                                                       Almost a century ago, Monsanto opened a chemical factory in Anniston, Alabama. Mathieu Asselin spent years photographing this damaged landscape – including a creek where the waters run red.
  • 3M knew about the dangers of PFOA and PFOS decades ago, internal documents show (The Intercept) https://bit.ly/2M8yywO

 

Grow Calgary Relocation Press Release

Grow Calgary has been informed by Alberta Infrastructure that the organizations current site of operation must me vacated by December 31st, 2018 in order to make way for the Calgary West Ring Road (C-WRR) development beginning in Spring 2019, particularly the C-WRR / TransCanada Highway (TCH) interchange. Grow Calgary’s stance on the matter is not one of resistance. Grow Calgary does not object to Alberta Infrastructures request to relocate and acknowledges the request as fair and within the authority of Alberta Infrastructure. Grow Calgary is eager to collaborate with Alberta Infrastructure to find a new location to continue the operation of an urban community farm. However, before Grow Calgary puts effort and resources into relocating, the organization is requesting Alberta Infrastructure provide a more detailed explanation of how the parcel of land Grow Calgary occupies will be utilized in the development process of the C-WRR. Current drawings of the C-WRR / TCH interchange do not appear to show the Grow Calgary site directly impacted by the proposed development. Grow Calgary’s request is to receive more information as to why they have been ordered to relocate as their current site does not appear to be in the way of the proposed development. Grow Calgary is motivated by a desire to achieve a deeper understanding of the necessity of their relocation. To participate in the dialogue or to learn more about Grow Calgary’s stance on the relocation send an email to farm@growcalgary.ca.38888296_1845604935487793_7084158520181915648_o

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 12, 2018

 

  • The Inspiring Women Reshaping the Food System (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2OIdqPT                                                                                        From farmworkers and graziers to entrepreneurs and advocates, these women are leading the change for more just and sustainable food.
  • Meet the Once-Homeless Chef Using Food to Fight Poverty (Vice) https://bit.ly/2Oau3Cx                                                                            “You can’t do anything positive with your life unless you’re stabilized, and you can’t be stabilized on an empty stomach.”
  • What Are We Getting from Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Coffee? (Center for Global Development) https://bit.ly/2w1xMLx
  • LA’s Incentive for Urban Farming Fails to Take Root (City Lab) https://bit.ly/2AsNIvr                                                                                          Hardly any lots have received a tax break so far under the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones program.
  • Why Are So Many Migrants Leaving Guatemala? A Crisis in the Coffee Industry Is One Reason (Time) https://ti.me/2vbs74N
  • The Chinese Are Eating More Meat Than Ever Before and the Planet Can’t Keep p (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2vlZX8d              “In the end, per capita meat consumption in China is still half that of the United States.”
  • How Factory Farm Pollution Harms the Quality of Life in rural Communities (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2O8uMnL
  • Why the Midwest’s Food System is Failing (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2OGRbcU                                                                                          The heavily agricultural states in the middle of the country aren’t actually feeding their people. But the 2018 Farm Bill offers an opportunity to change that.
  • Do Fair Trade Labels Actually Mean Anything? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2M19niZ                                                                                        How to know if what you’re purchasing helps that poor person of color in the brand’s marketing.
  • How an Obsession with Fruit Took Me on the Adventure of a Lifetime (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/2vjZVxF
    • This Adventurer Risked His Life to Discover Good Food (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2GP8OTb                            David Fairchild brought lemons, Japanese cherry trees, and decent beer to the U.S.
  • 4 Environmental Activists Are Killed Every Week So We Can Have Snacks, Meat and Coffee (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Mt06gO                                                                                          “We don’t want to any more bloodshed,” said the child of one slain land defender.
  • How Brexit will kill the sandwich (Politico) https://politi.co/2vL1UKW                                                                                The UK imports a lot of meat, cheese and salad from Europe to satisfy its lunchtime cravings.
  • Not just a fad: the surprising, gut wrenching truth about gluten (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Mqsujy                                                      While just 1% of the UK is allergic to the proteins that cause coeliac disease, many others suffer with gluten related digestive problems. Some researchers believe mass produced food is to blame
  • Study: Glyposate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance (US National Institute of Health) https://bit.ly/2jzDr82
  • Fertilizer destroys plant microbiome’s ability to protect against disease (UC Berkeley) https://bit.ly/2LEkDTi                            Nitrogen based fertilizer is synthesized from atmospheric nitrogen and natural gas which are poisons. We use nitrogen gas to preserve foods in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP, think about that baby lettuce from Trader Joe’s that lasts so long) Which kills microorganisms. And we are all aware that petrochemicals are poisons…
  • ‘I Still Have Hope’ (Grub Street) https://grb.st/2njeb5m                    How one New York – trained chef is bouncing back – and helping Puerto Rico – after Hurricane Maria.

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • Venezuela’s Marching Campesinos Meet Maduro, Denounce Corruption & Revolutionary ‘Reversals’ (Venzuelanalysis) https://bit.ly/2n7HebW
  • American Farmers Want Trade Partners Not Handouts – An Agricultural Economist Explains (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2vflQ9c
  • Hawaii was once a local milk mecca. On Oahu, there’s just one dairy left (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2MjkxzF                      How Oahu’s last dairy, Naked Cow Dairy, beat the odds – one wheel of squid ink brie at a time.
  • In A Record Year, Almond Growers Are Nervous (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2M1OaGE
    • Almond Farmers Are Reeling From Chinese Tariffs (WSJ) https://on.wsj.com/2M3hdFJ                                                                    Prices for California almonds have fallen by more than 10% over past two months
  • Trump’s Tariffs Are Screwing Farmers. Many Still Won’t Blame Him. (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KBcVnw                                “We’re just hoping this doesn’t last a long time.”

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

Food and Culture

  • Archaeobotanical evidence reveals the origins of bread 14,400 years ago in northeastern Jordan (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) https://bit.ly/2OL88mP
  • Restoring culturally relevant food systems to Native American and Immigrant populations (UC Berkeley) https://bit.ly/2vsW815
  • For many Muslim grocery shoppers, a shifting definition of ‘halal’ (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2OIIT4t
  • In Oakland’s most exciting restaurants, incredible food and social activism go hand in hand (Mic) https://bit.ly/2KnHNHU
  • People Have Reacted Accordingly to Mayonnaise Flavored Ice Cream’s Debut (Time) https://ti.me/2mQLZGB

 

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

  • Low – Income Americans on SNAP Still Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2uTRAjT                                        Federal nutrition assistance only covers about half the amount it would cost a family to follow the federal guidelines for a healthy diet.
  • Food Aid Doesn’t Cover the Price of Food in Almost Every County in America (City Lab) https://bit.ly/2CI0mmr
  • How the Other Half Eats (City Lab) https://bit.ly/2Oz1gIW        SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. Here’s what that looks like.
  • A Pioneering Massachusetts Program Helps Low Income Residents Eat Healthier and Supports Local Farmers (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2O3FAnb                                                                                        The Healthy Incentives Program connects SNAP to farmers’ markets and boosts the local economy.
  • New York State Reaches Agreement to Keep SNAP Benefits Working at Farmers Markets Nationwide (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2OOtoI5
    • Farmers’ Market SNAP Crisis Gets ‘Emergency Support,’ But No Long Term Fix (Grub Street) https://grb.st/2JLnbZX
  • How “Greens, Beets, and Tomatoes” Turned Around This Historically Black Church (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2OtwfoO  “I was frustrated with the dynamic of seeing the food that we needed and not being able to afford it.”
  • Reducing food insecurity among households with children is still a challenge for the United States (Brookings Institution) https://brook.gs/2OkSe1Z
  • How the Lack of Affordable Vegetables is Creating a Billion-Dollar Obesity Epidemic in South Africa (Inter Press Service) https://bit.ly/2OZ9biY
    • Report: At the Bottom Of The Food Chain: Small Operators Versus Multinational Corporations In The Food Systems Of Brazil, Mexico And South Africa (DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Food Security) https://bit.ly/2MGUWxT

 

Gleaning, Foraging, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Hungry for change: urban foragers take the law into their own hands (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2vLfDRU                                Municipal parks are generally off limits to foragers, but in Seattle there’s a newfound hunger to maintain this tradition in cities
  • Only a third of plastic food packaging can be recycled, councils say (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2ADJKjZ                                              Scrap ‘smorgasbord’ of plastics used in packaging, town hall chiefs tell manufacturers

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • With Culinary Medicine, Doctors Are Finally Learning About Food (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LvF7JG                                            It picks up where basic (and brief) med school nutrition education leaves off, and it’s making doctors better at their jobs.
  • Chefs Serve Hospital Food That’s Better for Patients, Employees – and the Planet (Foodtank) https://bit.ly/2MC71nV
  • This Cheesecake Factory Burrito Is Equal To 7 Sausage McMuffins (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KGhAo0                              If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this might just ruin your day.
  • Cattle operation may have caused #. Coli outbreak linked to romaine, FDA says (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2vuC0eZ    Monday’s announcement is the first indication that the agency suspects water contamination from animal agriculture may have been the outbreak’s original source.
  • Chicken’s Salmonella Problem Is Worse Than You Think (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2O9BPwD                                                                          And cooking the shit out of it won’t necessarily protect you.
  • Almost Every Kind of Wild Fish Is Infected with Worms (Vice) https://bit.ly/2OIeFyr                                                                                          Ever have a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, plop down $75 for a wild seafood dinner, then get home and open the container of leftovers to see worms wriggling out of your fillet? It may be better to go with farm-raised fish after all.
  • Live Worms Slither Out of Half Eaten Fish Dish, Restaurant Somehow Mad at Customer (Vice) https://bit.ly/2nc7vGk                    A Jersey Shore restaurant is upset with a diner for putting them on blast.
  • Even More Snacks Are Being Recalled Over the Salmonella Fears Affecting Goldfish and Ritz Crackers (Time) https://ti.me/2NTaDlE
  • Almond Milk Recalled For Possible Cow’s Milk Contamination (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2O8Rr3c                                                “Milk inadvertently was entered into the processing equipment for almond milk,” said a spokeswoman for HP Hood, maker of Blue Diamond Vanilla Breeze.
  • Premade Wraps and Salads Sold at Trader Joe’s, Walgreen’s, and Kroger Contaminated With Parasite (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2ARhZoa

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird/Funny

  • Man sues McDonald’s, Coca-Cola over alleged spiking of drink with heroin replacement (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2LTUhfi
    • McDonald’s Apologizes to Woman For Serving Her Cleaning Solution Instead of Coffee (Time) https://ti.me/2Mefygl
  • Rogue Goats Take Over Idaho Neighborhood (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2O6ugqA                                                                                        These goats on the lam were supposed to be working when they were found eating up a quiet suburban street.

 

Education

  • Bring back home economics class because our kids lack basic life skills (Dallas Daily News) https://bit.ly/2nezftU

 

Children & School Food

  • Breastfeeding is about health; formula is about profits (Marin Independent Journal) https://bayareane.ws/2O7rzom                Health experts say toddler formula is unnecessary, and some argue it could be harmful to growing kids.
  • The Breastfeeding Boom, The Baby Formula Industry Is Turning To Toddlers (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2B0MkjY

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • The Supreme Court Just Helped Chipotle Boot 2, 814 Workers From a Wage Theft Lawsuit (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2B7XxQ6                                                                                            A judge’s order shows the real-world effects of the court’s decision to let employers force workers to give up their right to class-action lawsuits.
  • A Popeye’s worker says she was fired after she blew the whistle on unsanitary conditions (Yahoo) https://yhoo.it/2LTDCsi
  • Hotel Workers Back New Law (California) Ending Secrecy in Harassment Cases (Capitol & Main) https://bit.ly/2nfHiXc            Non-disclosure agreements have become targets for #MeToo advocates, since they bar women from discussing their stories of workplace sexual harassment. Proposed California legislation could change that.
  • People over profit: Famed Seattle fish market sold to longtime employees – instead of highest bidder (Daily Kos) https://bit.ly/2KkoUFz

 

Protests

  • Tomato Canning as Protest: How a Community Resisted Corporate Farming (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2OT2wXC                                    A Missouri town’s summer ritual brings much needed support to small family operations.

 

Animals

  • In Wisconsin and Minnesota, goats are used to combat invasive species (Wisconsin Gazette) https://bit.ly/2O2Gj8k

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Plant Based Food Sales Hit $3.3 Billion Last year – And Will Only Grow From Here (One Green Planet) https://bit.ly/2Ko1H5K
  • Smithfield Foods Ordered To pay Millions In Damages To Neighbors Of Hog Farms (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LQ7TJ3                                                                                            The North Carolina farms “generate many times more sewage than entire towns.”
  • Nestlé misled consumers about GMOs in its food products lawsuit alleges (Money Watch) https://cbsn.ws/2nmU06N      Nestlé is facing a federal class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging it sold products labeled as having “No GMO Ingredients” with genetically modified organisms.
  • Mission accomplished? Once scarce, the Impossible Burger has hit the mainstream (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2AXd3hh
  • Chipotle Slapped With Lawsuits Following Ohio Foodborne Illness Outbreak (Eater) https://bit.ly/2LZ9X0C                              Nearly 400 people have reported falling ill
  • Robert Reich: Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here’s why (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2LRC2Hq          America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a ‘good jobs’ crisis – where too much employment is insecure, and poorly paid
  • How Many Workers Must Live In Poverty For McDonald’s CEO To Make $21.8 Million? (Forbes) https://bit.ly/2vATYeZ
    • 52 Percent of Fast Food Workers Need Government Assistance to Make Ends Meet (Eater) https://bit.ly/2Mg0Gya
    • Why Companies Fear Disclosing CEO-to-Worker Pay (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2rwBRIf
    • (US) CEOs earn 361 times more than the average US worker – union report (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2vyygIE
    • European CEO pay ratios highest in UK, France and Germany (Board Agenda) https://bit.ly/2vfRumY                                                      CEO pay is 94 times in the UK, 91 times in France, 89 times in Germany, 71 times in the Netherlands, and 40 times in Sweden’s largest companies
  • As Workers’ Wages Continue to Fall Under Trump, Analysis Shows CEO Pay Is Way Higher Than Typically Reported (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2Kq1sXO                                            “The data is out: CEOs are cashing in their huge benefits from the [Trump tax cuts], meanwhile workers’ wages are declining and Americans are struggling to afford rising healthcare premiums.”

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Lawsuit Alleges that Canada Dry Ginger Ale Contains No Actual Ginger (Vice) https://bit.ly/2M11YAl                                                                  If the plaintiff’s claims are true, ‘high fructose corn syrup ale’ might be a more accurate name for the drink.

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Farmers are drawing groundwater from the giant Ogallala Aquifer faster than nature replaces it (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2OjBDL9
  • Fracking industry is cannibalizing its own production, increasing spill risks (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2KLGMJK                      How will this turn out? Don’t ask the industry experts because they admit they have no idea.
  • Reminder of ‘How Often Fracking Pipelines Blow Up’: 7 Hospitalized After Series of Explosions in Texas (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2AC6gcO                                                                      The incidents occurred in a region that “is crisscrossed by oil and gas pipelines” and where fossil fuel production is “booming”
  • Here’s How Toxic Tap Water Can Send You Scrambling for Something Safe to Drink – and Why It Might Become the New Normal (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Mdnl2p                                              Toledo was the first large US city where toxic algae blooms made tap water unsafe to drink. But it may not be the last.
  • Fish Are Losing Their Sense of Smell (Nexus Media) https://bit.ly/2vkobj3                                                                                                  At stake? Their survival and the livelihoods that depend on them.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • Which retailers profit from food stamps? Journalists have been asking for years – and we may never know (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2M8I3Ad
  • US government failing millions by paying below $15 an hour, study finds (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2MCD0nZ
  • Court Orders EPA To Ban Chlorpyrifos, A Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Kids (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2AXun5X      Pediatricians warned that keeping it on the market put “all children at risk.”
  • Court bans popular farm pesticide defended by Trump. What it means for farms, workers, kids (Sacramento Bee) https://bit.ly/2vtJL4X
  • The Zombie Guest Worker Bill (Capitol & Main) https://bit.ly/2m2l4ax                                                                              Republican immigration reform proposals may be dead, but Republican guest worker proposals live on.
  • Growing Pains: Guest Farm Workers Face Exploitation, Dangerous Conditions – Part I (Capital & Main) https://bit.ly/2vtMUS3                                                                                        Many migrant workers in California on H-2A temporary agricultural visas are forced to contend with unsafe working conditions, wage theft and other labor law violations.
  • Growing Pains: Guest Farm Workers Face Exploitation, Dangerous Conditions – Part II (Capital & Main) https://bit.ly/2vtNn6L                                                                                              The influx of migrant agricultural workers brought to the US on temporary visas means increased competition for resident laborers – and less bargaining power.
  • Trump Administration Lifts Ban On GMOs, Bee Killing Chemicals In Wildlife Refuges (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2OHAy0S      The Defenders of Wildlife CEO called the decision to scrap the Obama-era policy “an insult to our national wildlife refuges and the wildlife that rely on them.”
  • Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2n9KDqE        Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects
  • House Farm Bill Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hardship (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) https://bit.ly/2O2mFcj
    • Paul Ryan Is Holding the Farm Bill Hostage Over Food Stamps (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2n2NQby                                                The House will only approve a farm bill that squeezes SNAP recipients; the Senate won’t let that happen
  • In Latest Attempt to Harm Struggling Families, Trump Urges Lawmakers to Push One Million Americans Off Food Stamp Program (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2OGjQyM                          “So weird the Trump administration isn’t putting work requirements on its capital gains tax cut.”
  • A Closer Look at Who Benefits from SNAP: State by State Fact Sheets (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) https://bit.ly/2z0bA8m
  • Survey: Nearly Tow-Thirds of Americans Oppose Cuts to SNAP Program (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) https://bit.ly/2M07TCj                                                                                Majorities also support investing resources in new farmers
  • Why punitive work-hours tests in SNAP and Medicaid would harm workers and do nothing to raise employment (Economic Policy Institute) https://bit.ly/2LTQgYd
  • Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers (Wisconsin Gazette) https://bit.ly/2AHsxpU

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology

  • Despite Ban and New Labels, Study Reveals ‘Large-Scale Illegal Presence’ of GMOs in India’s Food Supply (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2vCRfBM                                                                                        “We were shocked to know the scale in which GM foods have penetrated the Indian market.”
  • Selective fertilization with phosphite allows unhindered growth of cotton plants expressing ptxD gene while suppressing weeds (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) https://bit.ly/2nb04im

 

Technology/Food Technology/Nanotechnology

  • How scientists are hijacking plant skeletons to make lab-grown steaks (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2NZDwwu
  • Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds (NPR) https://n.pr/2Ot0wUQ

 

Poisons

  • Wind-Blown Pesticides An Issue In Courtrooms, Communities Across US (Harvest Public Media) https://bit.ly/2nue1Ik
  • Federal Suit Alleges Companies Knew Dicamba Would Drift, Monsanto Created monopoly (Harvest Public Media) https://bit.ly/2vZjxXw
    • Drift damage from dicamba estimated on more than a million acres this year (Wisconsin Gazette) https://bit.ly/2LTPvOF
  • Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man’s cancer (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2MbCJvO
    • Monsanto ‘bullied scientists’ and hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2zn8f4j
    • First trial alleging Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer goes to jury (Reuters) https://reut.rs/2nmiUDl
    • Doe Monsanto’s Roundup cause cancer? Trial highlights the difficulty of proving a link (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2LTjBD2

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update August 1, 2018

 

  • Food apartheid: the root of the problem with America’s groceries (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2KpWsTg                                                      Food justice activist Karen Washington wants to us to move away from the term ‘food desert’, which doesn’t take into account the systemic racism permeating America’s food system
  • What’s Worse Than Palm Oil for the Environment? Other Vegetable Oils, IUCN Study Finds (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2NvaS6V
  • Rural Americans’ struggles against factory farm pollution find traction in court (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2MID5pP
  • UK imports salad from US, Spain and Poland as heat wave hits crops (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2uxxTgQ                                Wholesale prices soar by more than 30% and farmers have to renegotiate with supermarkets
  • Foreign beef can legally be labeled “{Product of U.S.A.” It’s killing America’s grass fed industry. (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2NVqyAz
  • Crops Are Dying. Forests Are Burning. This Summer’s Heat Wave Has Fueled Natural Disasters Around the World. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2uXvHjK
  • Trump’s USDA announces $12 billion in farmer relief from his tariffs. But What are we going to do with all these soybeans? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2K34DUX
  • What’s in America’s freezer? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2Lqx5Wm                                                                                  America has millions of pounds of frozen meat and produce in cold storage. As tariffs threaten to curb international trade, those coffers are about to get a lot more crowded. Here’s a look at what they hold right now.

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • The Farm Group that’s Part of Rural America’s Crisis (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2L8Ah86                                                                                        With a massive budget from its insurance activities and its policy emphasis on industrial-scale farming, the Iowa Farm Bureau isn’t helping rural communities.
  • Struggling Farmers Turn Excess Milk Into Cheese And Yogurt For the Hungry (NPR) https://n.pr/2NRK8wK
  • Farmers hit hard by Trump’s policies on trade, immigration (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/2AdmTeL
    • Want to understand the border crisis? Look to American corn policy (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2v5s0YC
    • Trump’s EU Deal Wont Do a Thing to Help Soybean Farmers (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2Lt6TKF                                                The union represents a relatively tiny market for our soy. And that’s not all.
  • Skyscrapers Full of Lettuce Promise an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Outdoor Farming. There’s Just One Problem. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2mBOSLq

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • Squash Is a Mediocre Vegetable. It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2vawkpv                                                      Meet the chef whose recipe starts with a seed.
  • A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2Lvsy59                                                                                           The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and became almost impossible to eradicate.

 

Food and Culture

  • 14,000 – Year – Old Piece of Bread Rewrites the History Of Baking and Farming (NPR) https://n.pr/2Ah0MUW
    • Archaeobotanical evidence reveals the origins of bread 14,400 years ago in northeastern Jordan (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) https://bit.ly/2LqQVg6
  • Dara Cooper Is Reclaiming Black Foodways (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2IWvu4s                                                                                            The co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance seeks community based solutions to address racial equity, food sovereignty, and land injustice.
  • Organic reach: Food sovereignty moves to the web (High Country News) https://bit.ly/2rHFR6L                                                                    Colonial contact brought foreign food and disease to tribal nations. Now, a digital generation is reconnecting with tradition.
  • A Community of Slave Descendants Is Protecting Unique Food Traditions from Rising Seas (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2Ojl034                      One chef is raising the profile of Gullah/Geechee cuisine to help maintain the Nation’s cultural identity.

 

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

  • Hundreds of Farmers Markets May Stop Accepting Food Stamps (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2NfPqln                                                       An administrative screw-up could keep thousands of low-income Americans from buying healthy food with WNAP benefits.
  • Disaster SNAP: Food Stamp Program Has Special Role After Fires, Floods (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2mOWNoE                    The nutrition program that has been a contentious part of this year’s farm bill isn’t just for low-income Americans. It also kicks in when families housing, jobs or possessions during natural disasters.
  • In Alaska, Changes to SNAP Could Spell Disaster (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2uukw1Z                                                                                                In a state where 14 percent of the population rely on food stamps, it’s cheaper for a family to buy a 12-pack of soda than a gallon of milk.
  • Thirteen years after Katrina, one year after the flood, New Orleans’s food pantries struggle to stay afloat (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2vcsHzz

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • How Luxury Hotels and Restaurants in Developing Countries Fight Food Waste (NPR) https://n.pr/2O7ramL
  • More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution (Scientific American) https://bit.ly/2u7hBeD                                                                      It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and changing our individual habit can fix it.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Not Just An Apple A Day: California Doctors Start Prescribing Medically Tailored Meals (WBUR) https://wbur.fm/2KWJP6T
    • With Culinary Medicine, Doctors Are Finally Learning About Food (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LvF7JG                                      It picks up where basic (and brief) med school nutrition education leaves off, and it’s making doctors better at their jobs.
  • Conceptual Change Model(ing) the way for future food safety education (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2udR0NS
  • At Least 4 More States Report Infections Linked to Tainted McDonald’s Salads (NTDTV) https://bit.ly/2uyzXVX
  • Dozens of Salads And Wraps May Contain A Fecal Parasite, USDA Warns (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2vaYwcy                        The beef, pork, and poultry items were recently sold at stores like Kroger, Trader Joe’s, and Walgreens.
  • Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LbvZgc                              100 people have fallen ill after eating the popular Kellogg’s cereal.
  • Ritz and Goldfish Crackers Recalled Due to Possibly Contaminated Whey Powder (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2OoVv0q

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird/Funny

  • What Can We Do About Fish Fraud? (Medium) https://bit.ly/2lYDV6n                                                                                    Greed and laziness got us here – there’s a better way forward
  • Former Starkist SVP Stephen Hodge pleads guilty to price-fixing charge (Under Current News) https://bit.ly/2uonsgz
  • Three chicken producers that control 90 percent of the market are accused of price-fixing – again (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2CWN31w

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • While Richest Enjoy ‘Yachts That Have Tiny Yachts Inside,’ Estimated 400,000 People in US Suffering Under ‘Modern Slavery’ (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2mzCUBT                          “This is truly staggering statistic and demonstrates just how substantial this issue is globally.”
  • Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2u7aJxI                                                                As unions warn of serious injuries, plans to take speed limits off the lines at pig plants are causing anxiety
  • I’ve Worked for Tips for 60 Years. DC Council Should Listen to the Voters Who Want to Raise My Wages (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2NzsNsB                                                                                            Even with tips, a minimum wage of $3.89 isn’t enough to live on.

 

Pollinators

  • Honeybees Finding It Harder to Eat At America’s Bee Hot Spot (NTDTV) https://bit.ly/2KYrLth
    • Study: Past role and future outlook of the Conservation Reserve Program for supporting honey bees in the Great Pains (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) https://bit.ly/2KGlQYS

 

Animals

  • As Milk Production Cools in Summer, Farmers Try to Help Cows Take the Heat (NPR) https://n.pr/2K46wRk
    • Sunscreen for cows: UK farmers struggle to cope with heat wave (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Nab9LA                        Traditional farming shows its benefits as stone barns and hedgerows provide cattle with relief from the heat

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • WeWork will no longer serve meat at events or expense meal with it (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2um5ScU                                          The workspace company gave environmental reasons for banning meat from all budgets, including their upcoming festival
  • Emissions Impossible: How Big Meat and Dairy Are Heating Up the Planet (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2LDCqsV              Together, the world’s top five meat and dairy corporations are now responsible for more annual greenhouse gas emissions than Exxon, Shell or BP
  • Report: Emissions impossible: How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet (GRAIN) https://bit.ly/2NruOac
  • Walmart to sell Japanese supermarket unit Seiyu (Nikkei Asian Review) https://s.nikkei.com/2N96t8L                                                            US giant reviews global strategy as it takes on Amazon
  • Why Is Ice Cream So Expensive? Here’s What the Artisanal Kind Requires. (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2L9OpOx
    • Living lean on premium ice cream (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2NPBKi4                                                                                  How Van Leeuwen built a mini-empire on self-indulgence and self-restraint
  • Chicken mega-farms are how we’ll feed the UK, says poultry industry head (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2tMGsVF                    British consumers eat chicken twice a week. Are large farms the only way forward?
  • Aviva Paley is Cooking Up Second Chances with Kitchens for Good (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2J1Nnz0                                                    This changemaker oversees job training, hunger relief, and food recue programs for a social enterprise kitchen that teaches everything from ‘knife skills to life skills.’
  • SNAP is a Boon to Urban and Rural Economies. Proposed Farm Bill Changes Could Cripple Them. (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2KyU7tD                                                                                Changes to the SNAP program in the House version of the farm bill could lead to a crippling economic domino effect that often starts at the local grocery store.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Flint’s Water-Related Death Toll Keeps Rising (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2LEAgJj
    • Watchdog (Inspector General) Blasts EPA’s Response to Flint Water Crisis in Blistering Report (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2vezDfA
    • Report: Management Weaknesses Delayed Response to Flint Water Crisis (EPA Inspector General) https://bit.ly/2uWNXKe  Supervisors in the Region 5 office are singled out for their inaction.
  • This Blue Collar Hamptons Town Has Dealt With 4 Tainted Water Crises In 2 Years (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2mLFJjo                    A toxic chemical tainted one water well. Then another. Then another. Now black sediment spews from the taps.
  • Don’t Drink the Water: DC Warns Thousands of Contamination Risk (NBC Washington) https://bit.ly/2JjMSR9                                    The advisory sparked fear and confusion among some city residents, who asked why they learned of the problem on social media and from news reports rather than from DC Water or the city government
  • The amazing return of the starfish: species triumphs over melting disease (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2tu7TU0                                      After a mysterious ‘mass mortality event’ turned ochre stars to goo, experts say rapid evolution may have saved the creatures.
  • Researchers Mapped “Marine Wilderness” for the First Time Ever – And the Outcome Is Bleak (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2Lw1r9Z                                                                                        Only 13 percent of the ocean, at the most, can be considered “wilderness.”

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • White House Threatened to Economically Cripple Ecuador for Promoting Breastfeeding (Vanity Fair) https://bit.ly/2ztpHUR        Mustn’t upset Big Baby Food!
  • Infant Formula Makers Sweetened Mother’s Milk Of Politics With $60 Million In Lobbying Funds (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2zV1jvz
  • Trump Puts Corporate Profits Over Babies’ Health (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2AmtCD0
  • Trump’s “Plan” to Appease Farmers With $12 Billion Amounts to “Gold Crutches” (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2K1FZUE      According to many GOP legislators, farmers, and farm groups.
  • USDA Rolls Out Trade Aid (Progressive Farmer) https://bit.ly/2uVmkBl                                                                                    Trump Administration details one time aid programs to help farmers facing tariff pains
  • Trump’s $12 Billion Bailout Is a “Very Pricey Bandage Over a Deeper Wound” (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2va6Toc
  • Trump Boasted To Farers He Opened European Market. Europe: No, He Didn’t (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LSHTJ4                Other than soybeans, agricultural products are off the table, the European Commission says.
  • FDA Is About To Ban Almond Milk From Being Called ‘Milk’ (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2JGq4Lr
    • Sorry, Scott Gottlieb: FDA shouldn’t be allowed to redefine “milk,” no matter what the dairy lobby wants (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2OpzLkO                                                          The FDA chief knows consumers can tell cow’s milk from soymilk. A look at agency history suggests the new on words is about catering to industry interests.
  • Cow or Cashew? (Progressive Farmer) https://bit.ly/2LXV23w      FDA Commissioner details agency’s plans for labeling dairy, plant based foods
  • Trump’s new plan to consolidate federal food safety efforts won’t work. Here’s why (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2tteCh2
  • CDC Just Retracted Its Farmer Suicide Data. That Could Be Terrible News for Farmers. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2lZukfC  The numbers “might be inaccurate” as a result of coding errors.
  • Trump’s USDA Is Killing Rules That Organic Food Makers Want (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2ucD6LP                                                  The organic industry has sought out government oversight to reassure consumers. Now some worry that deregulation could chip away at that confidence.
  • House Republicans Pass Hostile ‘Empty Oceans Act’ (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2L8pXwR                                                                                         For the last 40 years, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has been our nation’s primary defense against overfishing.
  • House Republicans Vote To Gut Lauded Law That Saved America’s Fisheries (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Nb8jpF        Meanwhile the Trump administration is eyeing whether to open marine national monuments to commercial fishing.
  • How Big Soda Strong-Armed California Into Banning Soda Taxes (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2udMga3                                                        The beverage industry forced the state assembly into a “last-minute, quid pro quo deal.”
  • Mandatory labels with simple disclosures reduced fears of GE foods in Vermont (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2MSUj3N
  • Welcome to Tampa, Where Feral Chickens Are High on the Pecking Order (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2JMGe5Q                        A city ordinance protects the free-ranging fowl – for better or worse.
  • A Texas lawsuit hinges on this question: What, exactly, are “pickles”? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2vdq0O7
  • Feds get a little queasy over new Seattle policy to disclose active investigations (Food Safety News) https://bit.ly/2KRL0V5
  • Young and Beginning Farmers: Don’t Abandon Us in the Farm Bill (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2zhDDRtAs Congress seeks to pass a unified version of the farm bill, some programs that support new farmers are at risk.
  • This farm bill deregulates the rich and policies the poor (High Country News) https://bit.ly/2mPX6ji

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology

  • Organic Consumers Association: Whole Foods Fails Consumers Again by Delaying GMO Labeling (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2OkyRGl                                                                                          The company’s GMO labeling promise is more about saving face than about real transparency.
  • Impossible Burger and the Road to Consumer Distrust (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2KRHmtG                                                              For anyone who wonders why consumers aren’t inspired to trust the GMO industry, consider the bizarre statement from Impossible Food Chief Communications Officer…

 

Poisons

  • Opening arguments begin in lawsuit over Roundup weed killer (abc7) https://abc7ne.ws/2uiNbXv                                                          Opening statements began in superior court in San Francisco on Monday in the trial for the first of thousands of lawsuits against Monsanto alleging its weed killer product Roundup causes cancer.
  • Organic Consumers Association: Landmark New Study Is Best Hope for Ridding World of Monsato’s Dangerous Weedkiller (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2AiABNy                                                                        A major study has found that the EPA’s ‘safe’ levels of Roundup weedkiller is food aren’t so safe after all.
  • Bayer Bought Monsanto and Is Now Stuck With Its Biggest Headache (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2Mzdnnw                                    A blockbuster herbicide (dicamba) is still causing trouble across farm country.
  • New Dicamba Drift Estimate: 1.1 Million Acres Damaged Already in 2018 (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2uVvkGj
    • Reports From Dicamba’s Drift Across America (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2Oog4Kd
    • When Drift Hits Home (Progressive Farmer) https://bit.ly/2mxfBsJ                                                                              Dicamba moves beyond bean fields and into the public eye
  • Is The ‘Dirty Dozen’ Food List Really So Dirty After All? (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2L2gwyZ
    • Study: Dietary Exposure to Pesticide Residues from Commodities Alleged to Contain the Highest Contamination Levels (Journal of Toxicology) https://bit.ly/2dPn31g
    • USDA Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) Database https://bit.ly/2N5iaNC
  • Where have all our insects gone? (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2KnDr4x                                                                                          There is a crisis in the countryside – and a massive decline in insect numbers could have significant consequences for the environment

 

Volunteer Orientation Summary

The August 3rd Event is this Friday and we will be hosting 900 Youth on our Farm. 

The location of this event is at the Grow Calgary Farm: 10319 West valley Road SW.

Please ensure that you can get to this location at 11 am and be prepared to stay there until 4pm. Bring your own snack, drinking water and hat to cover from the sun for the day! Also make sure to not wear T-shirts with any offensive language or logos. 

Volunteers will assist during rotation times (every 45min-1 hour) so groups can transition easily. 

August 3rd Itinerary

-Arrive at 11am 

-In the 1-hour frame we will designate station rotation points to volunteers. A physical print out of the map will be provided to you. The different stations are marked by number signs for you to orient the youth to the correct spot. 

-Students will arrive at 12pm. Each bus contains appx 10 youth with 4 church leaders

-Some Volunteers will assist near the parking lot with sign-in once the groups arrive. The sheet with each group and their group leaders should be provided to you (volunteers) by our Farm Operations Manager the day of. 

-Volunteers will go to their designated spots after sign in to guide groups with station rotation. Each station will have a farm manager to guide students with tasks for the stations. Volunteers can assist with that in between rotation if they desire. 

-Rotate groups until 1.30pm. Head to the area between 9 and 10 labelled on the map at 1.30pm for a big group picture with the 900 youth, staff, and other volunteers during the event. After the picture and video we will head back to the designated spots.

-Around 3 to 3.30pm, volunteers and farm managers will escort the youth to the buses at our parking lot for departure. We will do this 6 groups at a time, as there are 17 groups of roughly 40 youth during the event.

-By 4pm we wrap up everything and you are ready to leave.  

***Lunch/Break time TBA: During the break time you are allowed to snack and take a washroom break, as we have portable washrooms on the farm. The Youth will head out the farm property for a pizza break. IMG_0828.PNG

 

Grow Calgary + Microhome Design / Build Competition

Grow Calgary is an NPO that operates an urban community farm located south of the TransCanada Highway, 1 km West of Canada Olympic Park. 2018 is the 70th Anniversary of the United Nation’s Human Rights Declaration, and we supportthe fundamental principles of Article 25:  the universal right to food and shelter, or what we like to call “Snack in the Shack”. Grow Calgary supports local charities and food security initiatives by donating 100% of the fresh produce we harvestto social agencies that have food access programs for their clients. Additionally, we provide educational opportunities to youth and low-income families on how to grow and cultivate food. Over 22,000 volunteers have contributed energy to the farm and over 10,000 youth (K-12) have accessed Grow Calgary’s free programming. 

 Addressing the enormous demand for affordable housing, we support and develop sustainable, affordable, and compassionate housing initiatives. This summer we are hosting Canada’s 1st Microhome Design/Build Competition in an effort to bring applied research, attention, visibility and engagement to good design around affordable, energy and resource efficient, aesthetically pleasing microhomes and to create an opportunity for designers to feature their microhome design concepts. 

 A microhome is a small dwelling typically between 100 SF to 500 SF The microhome movement is a commitment to minimalistic, sustainable, and affordable living. Traditional housing is excessive in its nature and the utilization of space tends to reflect the desire of materialistic possession, rather than nurture an efficient living environment. When downsizing to a microhome, the excessive non-essential aspects of traditional dwellings are cut out, which reduces theenvironmental footprint of the dwellings construction and operation. Building on to the benefits, a smaller house is significantly more affordable and the financial investment to own a microhome is comparable to buying a car. 

 Unfortunately, microhomes do not have a place within the provincial building code and local zoning bylaws. Through Grow Calgary’s competition we want to showcase the viability of a microhome as a sustainable, affordable, comfortable, compassionate living space and to make a case for a re-evaluation of how microhomes fit within the local and provincial regulatory framework.

 On the 15th of September, Grow Calgary is hosting an open exhibition to showcase Microhomes that have been constructed by our committed teams as part of Canada’s 1st Microhome Design/Build Competition. There will be over 10 unique homes, each with a different take on the optimal utilization of 100 SF of living space.

All members of trade associations, the housing construction sector, developers, social agencies that deal directly with homeless populations, affordable housing advocates, the general public and the media are welcome to attend, free of charge.

The Competition

We’ve put out a challenge to builders and designers around the province to create a microhome that is innovative, transportable, replicable, and most importantly livable. There are three classes of competition, the micro, the tiny, and the design class.

Micro Class– submit a temporary structure under 100 SF, to be built entirely on site
Tiny Class– submit a temporary structure between under 400 SF, can be built off site
Design Class– submit the conceptual plans and design drawings for a microhome

 

Right now we have 10 teams from around Alberta, each working to develop a unique microhome. All of the microhomes will be on display to the public on the 15th of September on our farm. There will be a celebrity judging panel critiquing the homes and selecting a champion for each class.

Call for Competitors

We’re still accepting new competitors and if you feel you’re able to design and put together a microhome in two months you’re more than welcome to join the competition. We are able to provide manpower as we have a number of “free-agent” volunteers waiting to get involved.

Call for Sponsors

In an effort to be sustainable and cost effective, the majority of our teams are building their homes mostly out of repurposed material. Any organization or individual who is willing to donate building material will be recognized as a sponsor to the competition. We are also on the lookout for financial sponsors. Organizations are able to sponsor the competition as a whole or sponsor one of our individual teams. Sponsors will be recognized with a permanent name plate on the sponsored microhome(s), logo/name included on competition related promotional material, and will be given the opportunityto present promotional material on the day of the exhibition.

Contact Information

For more information on how to get involved email microhome@growcalgary.ca and visit www.growcalgary.ca.

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Summer Excitement!

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There’s so many awesome things happening on the farm right now, it’s hard to stay up to date! We’re about to break it down for you in this post!

Events & Volunteer Opportunities:

Grow Calgary is integrating itself heavily in events this summer! We have just completed an event packed stampede week, and we’re looking forward to what the rest of summer has in store for the Grow Team! More details about any of these events listed below can be found on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter Pages!

Every Saturday & Sunday: Family Open Farm Days, Microhome Construction, and Open Volunteer Hours, all happening at 1pm-4pm at the Grow Calgary farm site!

Sundays: Bee Hive Tours – We have partnered with ABC Bees to have hives on our farm to promote the health of bees as a species, and to aid us in successful crops! Come visit us on our farm site at 1-2pm, and 2-3pm for an exclusive bee tour!

If you wish to visit us at another time outside the allotted 1pm-4pm on Saturday or Sunday, please message us on any social media platform or email us at least 24 hours prior to your expected arrival! This allows for us to meet any required accommodations you may have, and ensure our amazing staff are expecting you on the farm!

Tuesday July 17th: YYC Free Market Event – We’re going to be boothing at this event, make sure you come on down and say hi to us! The project promotes accessible materials and sustainability! Hosted in Kensington, Calgary.

Saturday July 21st: Yoga at the Farm – Grow Calgary is hosting this event with the help of the wonderful yoga instructor, Candice Archer! It is going to be a morning of yoga, relaxation, farm learning, and community bonding! Event is on our farm from 9am-1pm, bring your own yoga mat, lunch, and family and/or friends!

August 3rd: Grow Calgary’s Biggest Event Ever! – We’re calling volunteers! If you are available from 11am-4pm on August 3rd and would like sign up information please fill out this google form! We are also hosting a volunteer orientation on July 29th in preparation for the event, which will include an exclusive farm tour! Google Form Link Here!

There will be another post with job opportunities coming soon! As well as updates on new and longstanding partnerships, microhome competition information, and first hand views at the farm lifestyle from our very own farm managers!

Earth Ship

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update July 6, 2018

 

  • Brining Farming Back to Nature (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2tuyi3V
    • Agroecology Knowledge Hub (FAO) https://bit.ly/2fSvrIs
    • Agro-Ecological Transition Support Project in West Africa is now a reality (Economic Community of West African States) https://bit.ly/2HU1kmY
    • Jornadas Agroecologicas: On the Agroecology Trail in Ecuador (Food First) https://bit.ly/2NtvHQ9                                                            In 2009 Ecuador adopted food sovereignty into their constitution…
  • Food hub could make locally sourced food more accessible to Edmontonians (CBC) https://bit.ly/2JPWGTO                              Proposed project could help farmers and other producers sell their food directly to local consumers
  • A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2Ko1PmV
  • Pioneering Leader in Organic Food Production Resigns from Industry Lobby Group (The Cornucopia Institute) https://bit.ly/2IWtJnS                                                                                      Nature’s Path’s move “protests” betrayals by the Organic Trade Association”                                                                                                                      Here is some background:
  • Monsanto And The Organics Industry Pay To Train Journalists: What Could Go Wrong? (Forbes) https://bit.ly/2u7zycQ
  • Who should feed the world: real people or faceless multinationals? (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2Hiojml                          The merger of corporate giants Monsanto and Bayer begs a vital question – what kind of agriculture do we really want?
  • Is The Produce At The Farmers Market Local? Turns Out, Not Always (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2IyCNiM                                States have different rules for what can be sold at farmers markets, and some states have no rules at all.
  • Tampa Bay farmers markets are lacking in just one thing: Local farmers (Tampa Bay Times) https://bit.ly/23xJaMf
  • Our Beef Addiction Has Contributed To Shocking New Deforestation Figures (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2yQ0bZr      Efforts to deal with the crisis are like “trying to put out a house fire with a teaspoon.”

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • 5 ways Indigenous groups are fighting back against land seizures (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2yyVpiH                                              While no measure can guarantee land security, these actions have helped communities protect their homes.
  • Black Farmers Are Being Forced Off Their Land by Longstanding Government Discrimination (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2KxKZBP    “The unfair treatment of black farmers went under the radar for many, many years. It was not taken up by the civil rights movement, and it should have been front and center.”
  • The Push to Turn Church Land into Farmland (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2MIRbHs                                                                                      Faith leaders, conservation experts, and food advocates are joining forces to connect young farmers to the vast quantity of land owned by churches.
  • Produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers are trying to change that (USA Today) https://usat.ly/2zhHQoq
    • Why It’s Time to Stop Punishing Our Soils with Fertilizers (Yale Environment 360) https://bit.ly/2pOl6pO
    • Study: Changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops, 1950 to 1999 (Save Our Soils) https://bit.ly/2rcAigB
  • Immigrant Farmers Revive Dormant Greenhouse to Grow Food From Home (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2NauT2s                                                   At a small farmers market south of Seattle, you’ll find varieties of ethnic vegetables unlikely sold in your typical supermarket.
  • How a simple error inflated the farmer suicide crisis story – and let to a rash of inaccurate reporting (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2twHFQ0
  • Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47 percent (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2KzWnAo
  • What Canada Can Teach Trump About Milk (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2ylyB5W                                                                                        Our northern neighbor didn’t cause our dairy crisis, but mimicking its policy might get us out of it.
  • Protecting Crops With Predators Instead of Poisons (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2Mildlm                                                                                              By luring predatory birds to farms, farmers can reduce the need to use poisons to keep insects, rodents and other pests in check
  • Small strips of prairie hold big hope for helping cure a multitude of environmental ills (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2K2texX

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • Stuffed or Starved? Evolutionary Plant Breeding Might Have the Answer (Independent Science News) https://bit.ly/2HTvD8z

 

Food and Culture

  • To Native Culture, the Salmon Decision Means More Than a Treaty Rights Win (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2LTq8sG                                   How indigenous food is tied to important sacred stories.
  • How Native American Food is Tied to Important Sacred Stories (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Ndej1R                                               A new Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.
  • Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2lKKB8g                                                                                  Preparing food – and letting others in our communities cook for us – is how we become good citizens who engage with the communities around us.
  • How Posts and Pans Turned Us Into Creative Cooks (The Atlantic) https://theatln.tc/2KeSQ6Q                                                        After harnessing fire, kitchenware is the most important invention to food as we know it.

 

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

  • High Schoolers Bring Their Love of Culinary Arts to Feed Local Homeless (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2JVp626                                                          It wasn’t enough for a group of students to provide free meals. They’re looking to tackle systemic problems.
  • Food Aid To Puerto Rico Is Salty, Sugary, And Unbalanced, Researcher Says (NPR) https://n.pr/2K20R3d
  • In Some States, Drug Felons Still Face Lifetime Ban On SNAP Benefits (NPR) https://n.pr/2tlNBf8                                                              Only West Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi – still enforce a lifetime ban on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…
  • Toronto’s Pay-What-You-Can Grocery Store Feeds the Hungry, Not the Landfill (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2yS0jYp
  • How Land Under Solar Panels Can Contribute to Food Security (Ensia) https://bit.ly/2sHHXUp                                                                Beneath some solar arrays, pollinator-friendly plants, fruits, vegetables and forage are cropping up in place of turfgrass or gravel

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • A pay-what-you-can grocery store is opening its doors in the Junction neighborhood (CBC) https://bit.ly/2MveLs5                Toronto chef Jagger Gordon wants to see the provincial government make it mandatory for grocery stores and restaurants to donate food approaching its exiry date to food banks and shelters, instead of throwing it in the trash.
  • For-Profit and Nonprofit Firms Devise Creative Ways to Reduce Food Waste (Nonprofit Quarterly) https://bit.ly/2tuqe2m
  • Food waste is going to take over the fashion industry (Fast Company) https://bit.ly/2JOKJOr                                                                    The startup Circular Systems is pioneering new tech to convert food crop waste – like banana peels and hemp stalks – into wearable fibers.

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • Rotten and Rat – Infested: The Appalling Food and Health Care Conditions Facing US Prisoners (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2ygItOF
  • Superbugs Found in Nearly 80 Percent of US Supermarket Meat (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2yUFWK4
    • Supermarket Meat Still Superbugged, Federal Data Show (Environmental Working Group) https://bit.ly/2KfoTHS
    • Study Shows Most People Are Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen and Don’t Even Realize It (USDA) https://bit.ly/2lKF6Xb
    • Study Executive Summary: Food Safety Consumer Research Project: Meal Preparation Experiment Related to Thermometer Use (USDA) https://bit.ly/2MyXL3r
  • Trump slams Red Hen for being ‘filthy.’ Inspectors found no violations but Mar-a-Lago was cited 78 times in three years (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/2KnBN2y

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird/Funny

  • Your sustainable scallops might have been caught with the help of shady labor practices (grist) https://bit.ly/2KjhZh2
  • Halo Top ‘Dramatically’ Under-fills its Pints, Lawsuit Alleges (Munchies) https://bit.ly/2lEXgJJ                                                               Fewer calories might just mean less ice cream.
  • Halo Top routinely under-fills its pints, alleges lawsuit, ‘dramatically so, at times…’ (Food Navigator) https://bit.ly/2yCUXjO
  • Today Is National Catfish Day. But Where Do All These Weird Holidays Come From, Anyway? (Observer) https://bit.ly/2KA7MA3
  • Vancouver festivalgoers invited to enjoy a cool class of… hot dog water? (Global News Canada) https://bit.ly/2MPHw34

 

Children & School Food

  • Teens fought back to improve cafeteria food… and won (CBC) https://bit.ly/2MvI0ep                                                                                          The students said Chartwells has been very open and receptive to the changes they’ve requested

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Forced Labor Remains Common in Tea and Cocoa Industries, Despite Certification Programs (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2KePy3P
  • 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 enough tips to put food on their tables or not.
  • Amid immigration crackdown, this avocado farmer is struggling to find workers (CNN) https://cnnmon.ie/2JSu8cc
    • Vineyard Workers Already Face Long Hours, Low Pay, and Harsh Conditions. Then Came Trump’s Immigration Crackdown (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2u2MXCQ                    “Are we fearful in Sonoma Valley? Of course.”
  • Female farmers struggle to work and take care of children. And no one’s really talking about it. (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2lsuMmc
  • Snacks, slouching, stagnant wages: the office is making us miserable (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2JGBZ0C                      Research has found we’re consuming 1,300 calories in office snacks per week. But it’s not just the treats that are bad for us
  • Nonprofits and Governments Pursue Food Incubators for Refugee Resettlement (Nonprofit Quarterly) https://bit.ly/2MJPz1g
  • A Cooperative Farm for Refugees Joins the New Nonprofit Economy (Nonprofit Quarterly) https://bit.ly/2KLWDfz

 

Protests

  • From Barricades to Courtrooms: The Fight Against a Fracked Gas Future in New York State (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2Myr5Yz

 

Pollinators

  • In defense of wasps: why squashing them comes with a sting in the tale (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2auNtB4

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Six things to know about Creator, San Francisco’s new burger robot restaurant (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2Kf08eZ
  • Best advice to US dairy farmers? ‘Sell out fast as you can’ (NBC News) https://nbcnews.to/2z3p5VM                                                        Small-dairy farmers are getting squeezed out by corporate agriculture “That is not what America is about,” a struggling farmer said.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • 9,000 barrels of bourbon crash to ground after collapse at Kentucky distillery (NBC5) https://bit.ly/2K4mwHS

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • This Farmer Turns Manure Into Clean Water and It May Be the Future of Farming (Thrillist) https://bit.ly/2JMLydC
  • The Creative, Climate-Saving Magic of Beavers (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2KMi7ch                                                                                    Beavers are ecological Swiss Army knives, capable of tackling water quality, flooding, and climate change.
  • Medicine Residue Is Everywhere in Our Rivers and Lakes – and Fish Are Behaving Strangely (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Ln9zFb      We have a new major environmental problem on our hands.
  • Fatberg ‘autopsy’ reveals growing health threat to Londoners (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2qWtnqn                                           Potentially deadly bacteria thriving in huge clots of waste in sewers, Channel 4 study shows… The forensic analysis revealed that cooking fat is the biggest contributor to the crisis, making up nearly 90% of the sample.
  • ‘We’ve Made History’: Ireland Joins France, Germany and Bulgaria in Banning Fracking (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2tuWchn
  • ‘We Don’t Know… How Bad It Is’: 31 Car Oil Train Derails Into Iowa Floodwaters (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2MhVyJn        Amid worries of drinking water contamination, tankers looked as if they had been “thrown around like Legos”
  • Settlement Ends Nestlé’s Expired ‘Zombie’ Permit to Siphon Water from San Bernardino National Forest (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2Khbv5j                                                                                                  I guess not…
  • US Allows Nestlé to Keep Piping Water From Drought-Ridden Southern California (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2lMvvPy
  • The Mysterious Microbes in the Sky (The Atlantic) https://bit.ly/2NdbEVV                                                                                Scientists are just beginning to understand how microscopic organisms that rise out of the ocean can help manage global temperatures.
  • Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2tGrH6x
    • Iowa nitrogen pollution in the water is getting worse, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, study shows (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2KqgRIb
  • Virginia Beach’s once-endangered oysters are thriving again – and so is its culinary scene (Mic) https://bit.ly/2tNjEnI
  • Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2tC7ZsO                                                           Oil spill disaster reduced biodiversity in sites closest to spill, report finds, as White House rolls back conservation measures
  • Study: The impact of the Deepwater Horizon blowout on historic shipwreck-associated sediment microbiomes in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Nature) https://go.nature.com/2Km01yr
  • This Mine Threatens America’s Largest Wild Salmon Run (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KwWvNu
    • 5 Reasons Salmon Are an Environmental Justice Solution (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2KUpJpM                                                                        We need wild salmon – and not just because they’re tasty. They are indicator of ecosystem health.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • The white House Tried to Suppress a (EPA water) Bombshell Study Because They Were Afraid of the PR (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2yxmlQb
    • Suppressed Study: The EPA Underestimated Dangers of Widespread Chemicals (ProPublica) https://bit.ly/2tofS4c        The CDC has quietly published a controversial review of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that indicates more people are at risk of drinking contaminated water than previously thought.
  • White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study (Politico) https://politi.co/2jTtaBg                                                                                     The intervention by Scott Pruitt’s aides came after one White House official warned the findings would cause a ‘public relations nightmare.’
  • FDA Takes First steps to Regulating lab-Grown Meat (Modern Farmer) https://bit.ly/2K4BFcf
    • Is It Too Early for Fake Meat? (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2ySsGWv                                                                            An environmental group warns of insufficient research, regulation and labeling in the realm of “food technology.”
  • How Trump’s Dangerous and Misguided Trade War Could Reshape the American Diet (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2KaEbtk
    • As Trump’s China Tariffs Kick In, US Farmers Watch Prices Slide (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2ziozTM                              Growers in corn and soybean country face billions of dollars in losses.
  • Tariffs on US soybeans could cost Iowa farmers up to $624 million (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2LZmxJU
  • We are the casualty: ‘US pig farmers brace for second round of pork tariffs from China, Mexico (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/2ubwMUa
    • Trade war: Mexico pork tariff threatens to push Iowa losses to $560 million (Des Moines Register) https://dmreg.co/2LhCvyz
  • China Buys Record Amount of Russian Soy as It Shuns US Growers (Bloomberg) https://bloom.bg/2IQGxk0
  • Trump’s Trade Ware Is Hurting Red-State Farmers – and Ripping Their GOP Senators Apart (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2lEbdYw   Lawmakers disagree about using government subsidies to quell tariff woes.
  • Trump Trade War Spoiling Export Market for American Cheese Makers (Grub Street) https://grb.st/2Khrpxj
  • As Trade Ware Begins, Feds Eye $30 Billion Bailout Fund For Farmers Facing Losses (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KTtvD9
  • House approves five-year farm bill (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2ytvzgd
    • House Passes Symbolic Food Stamp Cuts (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2Mdj2PY                                                                    Democrats still have a say in the Senate, and they’re not OK with cutting benefits.
  • “Slap in the Face” to Poor Americans: House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation’s Hungriest Families (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2Ih6wfW                                                                                          “This is just another attempt by Paul Ryan to pretend that the biggest problem with the federal deficit is lazy poor people, not the $1.5 trillion tax cut he and his colleagues just gave to the richest people in the country.”
  • Patriotic millionaire Slams House Farm Bill: “A Slap in the Face to Poor Americans” (Patriotic Millionaires) https://bit.ly/2yzhMVs
  • House Republicans Pass Bill Requiring Millions to Work for Food Stamps (New Civil Rights Movement) https://bit.ly/2MduTO8
  • Farm Bill With Huge Giveaways to Pesticide Industry Passes House (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2IjWhaO
  • House supplemental budget bill would create statewide ‘tip credit’ in Minnesota (MinnPost) https://bit.ly/2MTtspd
  • Initiative 77 passed, and now DC may become the first East Coast city where servers make minimum wage (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2tmIqf6                                                                                              It’s not surprising that battles over the tip credit turn out to hinge on issues of race.
  • California Reluctantly Bans New Soda Taxes In Face Of Industry Threat (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2z0aFpi                              Beverage lobbyists have successfully maneuvered a 12-year block on the health effort.
  • California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding. (NYT) https://nyti.ms/2ItStDX      The bill to pre-empt taxes is part of a wider industry effort to skip cities and go straight to the states.

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology

  • Mandatory Labels With Simple Disclosures Reduced Fears of GE Foods in Vermont (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2N9ATZq
  • Canada finds unapproved GMO wheat in Alberta (Reuters) https://bit.ly/2K0Izyn
    • Japan blocks Canadian wheat after unapproved GMO plants found in Alberta (CBC) https://bit.ly/2t1LfSK                                  Food inspection agency says small amount of wheat with genetically modified trait found last summer

 

Technology/Food Technology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Investigations of 2,4-D and Multiple Herbicide Resistance in a Missouri Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) Population (Weed Science Society of America) https://bit.ly/2yft94y
  • Plaintiff goes to trial against Monsanto claiming RoundUp to blame for terminal cancer (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2lrhJSb                                                                                            With thousands of cases being brought against Monsanto, the company’s infamous weed-killer, RoundUp, it to blame by many cancer sufferers.
  • Monsanto faces its first trial over allegations Roundup ingredient causes cancer (CBS News) https://cbsn.ws/2K64hxA
  • Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show (The Guardian) https://bit.ly/2jh7KO4                                            The FDA has been testing food samples for traces of glyphosate for two years, but the agency has not yet released any official results

 

Education & Training

  • Historically Black land-grant universities are severely underfunded compared to their white counterparts. Hemp could change that (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2twLe8F               The Industrial Hemp Program outlined in the current Senate Farm Bill could upend the separate-but-unequal funding model of the past. But only if legislators make it so

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update June 15, 2018

 

  • Blacksmiths Turn Unwanted Guns Into Garden Tools (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2LnNHcP                                                                            Shotguns often become hand spades, and a weapon like the AR-15 that was used in recent mass shootings has a thicker barrel that suits an afterlife as a mattock.
  • Wisconsin’s agriculture agent shortage heralds the end of an era for rural America (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2JmlGFn
  • To Upend Failed Paradigm, Hundreds of Experts Converge in EU to Forge Blueprint for Sustainable Food System (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2JmYIho                                                                      “We need a fundamental transition to sustainable food and farming systems,” says Oliver De Schutter
  • Puerto Rico’s Push For Food Independence Intertwined With Statehood Debate (NPR) https://n.pr/2HjApvI
  • Inside the Push to Bring Racial Equity to Land Grant Universities (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2kEMeUp                                                    Academics and food systems advocates are working from within public universities to acknowledge and address 150 years of structural racism.
  • ‘No Such Thing as Cheap Meat’: New Global Index Shows Industry’s Failure to Combat Climate Crisis, Antibiotic Resistance (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2kC8fmF                                            Index gauges how 60 suppliers, worth a combined $300 billion, are managing sustainability risks based on nine criteria
  • The Organic Coating that Gives Produce a New Life – and Opens New Markets for Farmers (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2LplEdV      Avocados, mangoes, and cassava are the first corps that Apeel is targeting with their edible coating, approved for use on organic foods, that can prevent food waste and grow farm ecibinues.
  • What Fossil Fuels and Factory Farms Have in Common (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2Hb2IMU                                                                                      Hint: They’re both issues of environmental injustice.
  • The Beef Of The Future Is Here, And It’s Not Mad Of Meat (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2t8NPWf                                    Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat could give our planet the break it needs from meat. Even White Castle agrees.
  • Cow’s Milk Or Almond Milk? Ethical Food Choices Are Not As Simple As You Think (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LmJFl0        It’s not just about cutting out certain foods.
  • A Vet Turns to Farming to Heal His Wounds (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2LPnWmW                                                                                    Alex carries the weight of chronic PTSD. Raising animals helps him keep the demons at bay.
  • In Less Than One Generation, We’ve Lost More Than 10 Million Acres of the Best US Farmland (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2tczWqd
  • An Agricultural Movement for People-to-People Reparations Puts Itself on the Map (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2IoClnY
  • Jillian Hishaw wants to help black farmers stay on their land (Salon) https://bit.ly/2JlAAeM                                                                        This farmers’ rights advocate is fighting for today’s farmers as well as the next generation
  • For these pro bono lawyers, “Know you farmer” takes on new meaning (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2JBMzWK
  • Before “Silent Spring” Debuted in 1962, Ag Pilots on the Great Plains Questioned Pesticide Safety (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2LWlPNr

 

Farming, Farmers, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  •  Farming as Resistance (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2HX79va           Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
  • Guatemalan farmers occupy plantation formerly owned by drug traffickers (Waging Nonviolence) https://bit.ly/2swBPgO
  • Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or their Families Sick (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2xzk32s
  • In Historic First, Nebraska Farmer Returns Land to Ponca Tribe Along “Trail of Tears” (Bold Nebraska) https://bit.ly/2JDU2Vi
    • 350.org on Nebraska Farmer Repatriating Land to Ponca Tribe in Keystone XL’s Path (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2JHgPQ7
  • On East Coast Oyster Farms, ‘Women Are Rising Up From The Bay In A Big Way’ (NPR) https://n.pr/2Im5wMt

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

Food and Culture

  • From Collards To Maple Syrup, How Your Identity Impacts The Food You Like (NPR) https://n.pr/2k3ligI
  • Don’t Eat Before Reading This (The New Yorker) https://bit.ly/2zLHO3K                                                                                              I rarely speak of my over 35 years in professional kitchens, but the passing of Anthony Bourdain, and his reality check of living and working in restaurant kitchens has always rung true with my experience.

When Kitchen Confidential was published in 2000 I gave a copy            to my mother, she said she didn’t want to read it, she had heard it         all from me… the times I have been told “We do not speak                         women,” or “Get down on you knees,” in this context it does not             mean to beg for work, but suck the appendage of the speaker,                 when I was looking for work. I have asked male chefs why they               have no women in their kitchens “I can’t find any women who can         cut it.” You mean they won’t cut the harassment and degradation         of our work kitchens, are for the most part, a male world.

Thank you Anthony for the support, and acknowledgement that           women in professional kitchens have a tough row to hoe.

  • Tongue and cheeks: Eating the once discarded parts of Newfoundland’s number one fish (Salon) https://bit.ly/2JwviKs      Newfoundland’s cod are finally coming back – just in time for foreigners to develop a taste for their tongues.

 

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

  • For the Homeless, There’s More to Eating than Food (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2ssPyW4                                                                                        Food safety, security, and storage are three problems that influence the meal choices of people living without the other conveniences of shelter.
  • The Food Stamp Work Requirement Is a Scheme to Punish Hungry Americans (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2t6Ra9h
  • The SNAP Challenge: Communicating food security capabilities through anti-hunger advocacy (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development) https://bit.ly/2IZz9mY

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • Salvaging food losses from Vermont farms (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development) https://bit.ly/2LPGB22
  • Zero-waste stores ask shoppers to bring their own everything (Salon) https://bit.ly/2Mc8lxT                                                                              As record amounts of plastic waste pollutes the planet, some grocers are helping shoppers do without
  • Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers (NPR) https://n.pr/2J4Bh8W

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • To Rinse Or Not To Rinse: How Washing Some Foods Can Help You Avoid Illness (NPR) https://n.pr/2MxcFbk
    • Study: Cross-contamination of fresh-cut lettuce after a short-term exposure during subsequent washing with chlorine dioxide or sodium hpochlorite (Science Direct) https://bit.ly/2t1twdW
    • Why Are Salad Greens Always Labeled “Triple-Washed”? (Slate) https://slate.me/2JT5k4c
    • Recommendations for Handling Fresh-cut Leafy Green Salads by Consumers and Retail Food service Operators (UC Davis) https://bit.ly/2HRESGb
  • We still don’t know the cause of 32 state E. coli outbreak – the only solution is more science (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2skFr5w

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Organic Food Fraud Is a Big Problem – Here’s What the Government Plans to Do About It (Food & Wine) https://bit.ly/2xC4ffi                                                                                                    Is your organic produce really organic? The USDA has a plat to make sure it is.
  • The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t (Washington Post) https://wapo.st/2soTSq8
  • How 36 Million Pounds of Fake Organic Food Ended Up in the US (Food & Wine) https://bit.ly/2JoqeuE
  • AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn’t always local (Associated Press) https://bit.ly/2LTMvy7
    • Supposedly Sustainable Seafood Company Accused of Fraud (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2ylQNMK                                            Sea to Table, a company that delivers seafood billed as sustainable and domestic, is the subject of an Associated Press report that indicates its products not always be either.
  • Mario Batali under criminal investigation, NYPD confirms (Salon) https://bit.ly/2xzF3WQ                                                                                        The celebrity chef has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault

 

Education

  • Despite A Revamped Focus On Real-Life Skills, ‘Home Ec’ Classes Fade Away (NPR) https://n.pr/2HMA3xZ

 

Children & School Food

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • For Big Corporations Like Walmart, Wage Theft Penalties Are Just the Price of Doing Business (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2JIqgyA
    • Report: Wage Theft is Pervasive in Corporate America; Big Banks, Insurers are Among Most-Penalized Firms (Good Jobs First) https://bit.ly/2Jx7XeX
    • Report: Grand Theft Paycheck: The Large Corporations Shortchanging Their Workers’ Wages (Good Jobs First) https://bit.ly/2sSMhAf
  • California cites seven Bay Area restaurants for $10 million wage theft (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2yfhvqz
    • Wage theft costs low-paid California workers $2 billion per year (SF Chronicle) https://bit.ly/2tcVvGX
    • An Epidemic of Wage Theft Is Costing Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year (2014) (Economic Policy Institute) https://bit.ly/2MuCokK
  • Why Gabrielle Hamilton Broke My Heart This Week (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2HTU5q7                                                                            This week, the chef partnered up with a restaurateur who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
  • Want Better Working Conditions in Restaurants? Build a Co-op (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2HaovE5                                                              When employees make decisions and advocate for themselves, good things happen.

 

Protests

  • UK: Young people are leading a growing movement against low pay and precarious work (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2syHcft
  • Native American water protector becomes first to be sentenced to time in federal prison for DAPL protests (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2JXC7Zb                                                                                      Seven Native Americans face felony charges, while hundreds of others still face lesser charges for their role in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.

 

Pollinators

  • Honeybees Are Very Smart (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2JU5zfm
      • Honeybees zero in on nothing (EurekAlert!) https://bit.ly/2JNSNPd                                                          Scientists discover bees understand the concept of zero, a surprise finding that opens possibilities for new, simpler approaches to developing AI

Animals

  • Humanity Has Killed 83% of All Wild Mammals and Half of All Plants: Study (Global Citizen) https://glblctzn.me/2LS41Ut              Of all the birds left in the world, 70% are poultry chickens and other farmed birds.

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Major companies announce their commitment to eliminate single-use plastic (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2JQKXI5        SeaWorld Parks, American Express, Royal Caribbean, IKEA A&@ Canada, and Burger King UK have all announced their effort to eliminate items like plastic drinking straws, stirrers, lids and bags.
  • Starbucks Urged to Cut Ties With Hong Kong Chain that Still Serves Shark Fin (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2MtCs46
  • How A Tiny Coffee Company Is Taking on The Homelessness Crisis (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2yegOOg                                    The London based startup has its sights on the US And Will.i.am is going to help.

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Capilano Revives Allowerie Brand to Sell Cheap Imported Chinese Hone in Coles Supermarkets (Tasty Honey) https://bit.ly/2sSvpsu
    • Australia’s Capilano Honey Admit Selling Toxic and Poisonous Hone to Consumers (Kangaroo Court of Australia) https://bit.ly/2fcPre0
    • Study: Development of a fast isocratic LC-MS/MS method for the high-throughput analysis of pyrrolized alkaloids in Australian honey (Food Additive & Contaminants) https://bit.ly/2sHBdpv

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2pamnGz                                                                                        The link between fracking and bottled water industry is one more reason to take back the tap.
  • Beyond Flint: Contaminated Drinking Water is Everywhere in America (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2HeBGUP                          Agricultural runoff is poorly regulated and turning many waterways across the country into dangerous cesspools
  • Citizen-scientists in Minnesota and Wisconsin demand action after finding E. coli in their water (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2JV7jbl                                                                                              But don’t blame farmers. Pressured to expand, they’re in an unenviable bind: Scale and risk polluting local waterways – or resist and risk their livelihoods.
  • Plastic killed most sperm whales found dead in Greek waters since 2001 (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2kGf0E5                      “The evidence is starting to mount rapidly that we just cannot throw away plastic as we have been.”
  • Reef Madness: The Trump Administration’s Plan To Hand a Coral Ecosystem to the Fishing Industry (In These Times) https://bit.ly/2JSUKd9

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • India’s decision to eliminate single-use plastic bags by 2022 is ‘game-changing’ (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2JP45mg              “It is the duty of each one of us, to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment.”
  • AGs sue EPA over delay of requirement to protect farmworkers (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2srX3MK                                                                  The attorney general (AG) from three states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to enforce a requirement meant in part to protect farm workers from pesticides.
  • The CDC Is Investigating Salmonella Outbreaks From Backyard Chickens (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2sZ7Uza                                  It makes sense to think that chickens you raise yourself, with room to move around, a good diet and minimal stress, would be safer than dreaded industrial birds.
  • Sweet Talk: FDA’s ‘Added Sugar’ Label Hits Sour Note With Maple Syrup Makers (NPR) https://n.pr/2Jocehm                                          Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the US Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.
  • Trump Administration’s New Orwellian GMO Labels Won’t Actually Say ‘GMO’ (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2LRvy7v                      The proposed labels are a loss for consumer transparency.
  • Trump’s Trade Ware Is Already Affecting Farmers (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2yfGKcl
    • My crops gained $45K in value since Trump delayed China trade war – but it’s not a done deal (The Hill) https://bit.ly/2J3A6Kb
    • The Trade Ware Continues: Mexico Imposes $3 Billion Tariff on US Goods (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2LVbyAX
  • What the Failure of the House Farm Bill Means for Good Food Advocates (Civil Eats) https://bit.ly/2s6lPSy                                            Last week’s collapse of the bill surprised many, but it’s too soon to declare it a win.
  • Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Found To Be Harmful To Kids (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2MrZf0j        “Hawaii is showing the Trump administration that the states will stand up for our kids, even when Washington will not.”
  • After Flint Crisis, Michigan Sets a New Standard for Lead in Drinking Water (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2JQAix3
    • Michigan Not Waiting Around For EPA To Fix Weak Rules On Lead In Drinking Water (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LUWmUu                                                                                The Flint water crisis exposed glaring problems with federal regulations and the EPA is dragging feet on a fix.
  • EPA Moves To Replace Obama-Era Rule Protecting Drinking Water For 117 Million (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2LW7L6G    Scott Pruitt revoked the Clean Water Rule, which clarified what bodies of water could be federally protected, last year.
  • Vancouver becomes first city in world to approve zero waste strategic plan (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2H9TyQr                “It’s a coastal city, with the plastic items having a significant impact on the environment, we feel it’s important to take action.”
  • The Senate Is About to Vote on Its Farm Bill. What the Hell Is the Farm Bill, Anyway? (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2JGyVSo            And why should I care?

 

Poisons

  • Common Antimicrobial in Toothpaste Linked to Inflammation and Cancer in the Gut (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2thZTET
  • As Trump EPA Attacks Workers and Environment, Trio of Lawsuits Takes Aim at “outrageous” Pro-Pesticide Agenda (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2IZe8sA                                                 The suits, filed Wednesday, target the Trump administration’s efforts to block federal rules on poisonous chemicals
  • Glyphosate detected in granola and crackers, FDA emails show (Nation of Change) https://bit.ly/2tcnerp
    • Children May Be Eating Cereal Laced With Monsanto’s Toxic Weed Killer (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2y0N7QD                              The probable carcinogen glyphosate has been detected in popular cereals, but the EPA is ready to approve its use for 15 more years.

 

Education & Training

  • University of California Cooperative Extension                      Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program  Pastured/Free-Range Poultry Training                https://bit.ly/2kC3auB
  • July 12, 2018, UC Davis
  • August 15 – 16, 2018, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR