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

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 31, 2018

 

  • Study Uncovers Surprising New Reason to Go Local (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2KWMt8v
    • Study: Imported food damages domestic environment: Evidence from global soybean trade (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) https://bit.ly/2KVjWQu
  • 6 Labels That Let You Know You’re Buying Good Food (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2kCBDJt                                                                                            As the Trump administration rolls back the USDA’s Animal welfare standards, the private and nonprofit sectors are stepping up to the ethical plate.
  • ‘Farm To Table’ Shouldn’t Only Be For Rich White People (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2IxYgco
    • Study: Who Owns the Land” Agricultural Land Ownership By Race/Ethnicity (Rural America)                                                                      Of all private US agricultural land, Whites account for 96 percent of the owners, 97 percent of the value, and 98 percent of the acres. Nonetheless, four minority groups, Blacks, Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, own over 25 million acres of agricultural land…
    • #BlackWealth Matters: The 5 Largest Landowners Own More Land Than All of Black America Combined (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KCQezI
      • Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Agricultural Workers, 2017: Median Pay $23,730, $11.40 per hour (US Labor Dpt.)
  • Are Avocados Toast? (Grist) https://bit.ly/2IGpSMo                      Climate change will have huge impacts on tree crops like lemons and avocados.                                                                                                                    What will we eat in 2050? California farmers are placing bets.
  • 17 Organizations Feeding and Healing the World Through Regenerative Agriculture (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2GAOXXk
  • Ticking Meatmares (Grist) https://bit.ly/2joThja                                  Lone star ticks hunt in packs and spread an allergy to beef and pork. Thanks to climate change they’re spreading.
  • Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Doe the US Fit In? (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2wA6m2z                                                  If there’s one thing the American food movement could learn from the global movement for agroecology, it’s the movements move government policy, not the other way around.
  • Deforestation in the US South Is Four Times Greater Than Logging in South American Rainforests (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2s8E8aA
  • Back To The Garden: How Green Thumbs Help With Addiction Recovery (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2Jd3BcV

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

  • How Cuba’s Women Farmers Kept Everyone Fed (Yes!)                         “I wake up early, I spend all day on the farm, working hard, managing the workers, planting, harvesting, selling, teaching – I do all of this out of love.”
  • Why merely owning land isn’t enough to empower Africa’s women farmers (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2KZjQXV
  • Ninety-nine percent of America’s farms are family-owned. But only half are family-farmed. (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2INn6Fg                                                                                              As land is passed on to kids and grandkids, millions of acres across the country end up being owned by people who are no longer farmers, and increasingly, never were.
  • Farmers Are Struggling to Make Ends Meet. This Controversial Policy Could Help. (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KVgu8i            “Don’t raise more than what we can be consumed.”
  • Kansas Rancher Explains How Trump Has ‘Betrayed’ US Farmers: He ‘Won’t Fight For Us’ (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2kFwzUN                                                                                Mike Callicrate explains that the consolidation of power among big agribusiness companies is the single biggest problem facing American farers – and he says Trump’s administration has only made things worse.
  • Homes and Gardens: The Best Thing to Ever Happen to a Prison Site (Yes!) https://bit.ly/2Lw5LlR                                                                      New plans for the former correctional center include a permaculture farm, a recording studio, and housing for homeless veterans.

 

Seeds & Cultivars

  • Syrian seeds and the future of wheat (Food & Environment Reporting Network) https://bit.ly/2IQgt9v                                        Engulfed by war, Syria’s seed bank still provided the genetic resources for a new generation of climate-resilient wheat varieties
  • In Wisconsin, hemp farmers clash with the state Department of Justice over CBD oil (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2scCSDn   There’s a lot of enthusiasm for hemp in farm country. But its hazy legal status means there’s a lot of confusion, too.                              Update, May 11, 10:37am, EST: The Wisconsin Department of Justice has announced the hemp farers will not be prosecuted for producing CBD oil.

 

Food and Culture

  • Discover the Secret Birthplace of Wine (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/2JbOXT1                                                        Georgian winemaking traditions date back to 6,000BC.
  • Steak a Claim (Grist) https://bit.ly/2qY0M47                                      France declares that ‘vegan bacon’ is not a thing.
  • Sugar Shacks and Maple-Glazed Rabbit: Appalachian Cuisine Beyond the Stereotypes (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2krtpUv

 

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

  • A healthy diet isn’t always possible for low-income Americans, even when they get SNAP benefits (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2KJaQWM
    • Will requiring food stamp retailers to sell more healthy food make it easier for SNAP recipients to eat better? (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2kwsHVP
  • Changes to SNAP Threaten Food Security in Western North Carolina – ‘What Happened to That American Dream Again?’ (100 Days in Appalachia) https://bit.ly/2LyZVjF

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

  • UK’s Largest Grocer Takes on Food and Plastic Waste (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2krzcte                                                                                                It’s been a green week for Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket.
    • Tesco removes ‘best before’ dates on some fruit and veg (BBC News) https://bbc.in/2xeJdmR
    • Tesco to ban non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019 (The Independent) https://ind.pn/2knBnxU                                              Target ‘raises the bar’ for fight against pollution, but campaigners there is a need for the supermarket giant to make a firm commitment on reducing its volume of packaging

 

Healthy/Food Safety

  • High CO2 Levels Make Rice Less Nutritious, Study Finds (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2IMUv2K
    • Study: Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this century will alter protein, micronutrients, and vitamin content with potential health consequences for the poorest rice dependent countries (Science Advances) https://bit.ly/2LnKk6I
  • We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us? (National Geographic) https://on.natgeo.com/2rR8Nbn                There often are tiny bits of plastic in the fish and shellfish we eat. Scientists are racing to figure out what that that means for our health.
    • Scientists Launch Groundbreaking Study on Health Risks of Microplastics in Seafood (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2koXynm
  • Hormel Recalls 228,000 Pounds Of Spam (Hufington Post) https://bit.ly/2sfXZoj                                                                                                The canned pork and chicken products were produced in February and distributed across the country.
  • E. coli outbreak spreads to 19 states, prompting 42 hospitalizations (Yahoo) https://yhoo.it/2F6yABf                              With 121 cases total

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: NYPD (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2GzJikx        Police confirm they’re investigating the disgraced celebrity chef.
  • Charcoal-activated vegan croissant just might be the world’s most unphotogenic pastry (Yahoo) https://yhoo.it/2KzQFvr

 

Education

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

  • Massive Minimum Wage Study Finds Significant Gains for Low-Income Workers and Few Downsides (minimum wage increase) (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2Erfd5y                                                                  This research builds on previous studies that have chipped away at opposition to the policy (minimum wage increase)
    • Study: The Distribution Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data (US Census) https://bit.ly/2xpueqn
  • Detailing CEO-Worker Pay Gaps as High as 5,000 to 1, It’s Clear Why Corporate Execs Didn’t Want This Report Released (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2INL4V5                                                  CEO to median worker pay ratios: McDonald’s 3,101 to 1; Yum China Holdings 2,818 to 1; Yum Brands 1,358 to 1
  • ‘Terrible News for Workers’ as Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Them to Fight Back When ‘Screwed’ by Employer (Common Dreams) https://bit.ly/2xfSB9z                                                                  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says decision allowing forced arbitration clauses is ‘egregiously wrong’
  • Women of Color Demand Federal Investigation of Sexual Harassment at McDonald’s (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2sfXObR        Cooks and cashiers from McDonald’s franchises in nine major cities have filed 10 charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…
  • Marriott Workers Confront Shareholders About Workplace Harassment (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2ktM0zi                                            … eight workers attended the shareholders’ meeting to raise concerns about sexual harassment at work
  • With its food workers on strike, how is the University of California feeding students? (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2ILxd1f                                                                                              Using student volunteers and other stand-ins. Don’t be surprised: Colleges have been weakening unions since the ‘70s.
  • Crab crisis: Maryland seafood industry loses 40 percent of work force in visa lottery (Baltimore Sun) https://bsun.md/2FCv2XC
  • The average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant (Business Insider) https://read.bi/2rwM2KC
  • With its Way Of Life At Risk, This Remote Oyster-Growing Region Called In Robots (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2KTo8Af  The revolution is coming to rural New Brunswick.

 

Pollinators

  • Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2IMQWxB

 

Animals

  • The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple (National Geographic) https://bit.ly/2JMTI1Q                                                            Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.
  • I Know Just How Incredible Chickens Are: I’ve Spent More Than Thirty Years Getting to Know Them (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2smFBtZ

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

  • Table-to-Farm-to-Table: Startup Grows Food for Restaurants With Kitchen Leftovers (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2LxnPMw
  • Monsanto And Bayer Are Set To Merge. Here’s Why You Should Care. (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2scdFYR                                “Together they will influence markets all over the world on a scale we’ve never seen before.”
  • Child labour, poverty and terrible working conditions lie behind the sugar you eat (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2s9pzDx
  • Saved In The CECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction (NPR) https://n.pr/2sbhOMU
  • Here’s How the Burger Is Being Reinvented and Changing the Way America Eats (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2LzmLIa                            The success of America’s first-ever plant-based burger joint is no accident.
  • Florida brewery unveils six-pack rings that feed sea turtles rather than kill them (The Time Picayune) https://bit.ly/2Lwet3z\

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

  • Homeless Man Jailed After Being Falsely Accused of Using Counterfeit Cash Is Suing Burger King (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KAMxKJ

 

Water & Our Oceans

  • Fish Market Buys Freedom For Fred The 70-Pound Octopus (Huffington Post) https://bit.ly/2xdyPeP
    • The owner of a SLO County fish market bought a 70-pound octopus – but not to sell it (San Luis Obispo Tribune) https://bit.ly/2KTkmqG
  • How Science-Based Policy and International Cooperation Can Protect Marine Ecosystems – and the Human Food Supply (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2svQ8lO                                                                      The precipitous decline – and steady recovery – of jack mackerel has become a parable of global cooperation. World leaders, take note.

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

  • EU Wants American Cheesemakers to Stop Using Names Like Gorgonzola, Feta, and Parmesan (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2LpMcMh
  • Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement (Chicago Tribune) https://trib.in/2symRXY
  • The USDA’s Proposal For GMO Labels Is Here, And It’s Wacky (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2I3opn6                                                      After months of waiting, the USDA’s proposal for the labels to signify that food has been genetically modified is here.
  • Now Trump Is Coming For Your Beer (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2INJIW9                                                                                          The president’s aluminum tariffs will squeeze small producers.
  • USDA Study Shows We’re Losing A Concerning Amount of Trees In Cities (modern farmer) https://bit.ly/2jVEiOb                                        A recent study from the USDA’s Forest Service used aerial imagery to take a look at the change in tree cover in the US’s cities and towns over a five-year period, from 2009 to 2014. What they found is staggering: each year over that period, non-rural areas lost 36 millions trees.
  • Missouri Passes Bill Defining ‘Meat’ to Exclude Plant Based and Lab Grown Foods (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2rYhoKp                  Missouri state lawmakers passed an omnibus agriculture bill on Thursday that includes a provision prohibiting plant-based products from being labeled as “meat.”
    • Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2KEwX0Q                                                                    The beef lobby is going to war against veggie burgers.
  • The House Farm Bill Just Failed (Mother Jones) https://bit.ly/2rLOv3Q                                                                                            Let us count the ways it would have screwed rural America.
    • Farm Bill Goes Down in Flames, but It Isn’t Dead Yet (Truthout) https://bit.ly/2s8FWQP
    • The 2018 Farm Bill Battle Lines Have Been Drawn: Here’s What You Can Do (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2J6A3NS
    • House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hardship (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) https://bit.ly/2rIWcIh
    • GOP’s poor arguments for doubling down on SNAP’s work requirements (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2ILE2Qs
    • On eve of farm bill vote, Staten Island religious leaders went hungry to advocate for food stamps users (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2LwJh4x
  • Does a California Supreme Court Decision Really Mark the End of the Gig Economy? (AlterNet) https://bit.ly/2INdfTZ

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

  • Farmers and cropdusting pilots on the Great Plains worried about pesticide risks before ‘Silent Spring’ (The Conversation) https://bit.ly/2JadIip
  • As Landmark Glyphosate Case Moves to Trial, Man Dying of Cancer to Have Day in Court With Monsanto (EcoWatch) https://bit.ly/2GUL9QP
  • We’re asking the wrong questions about glyphosate (New Food Economy) https://bit.ly/2KQ6sFQ                                                                  It’s not enough to talk about how safe glyphosate is. We need to consider what “safe” actually means – and who gets to define it.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update May 4, 2018

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

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

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

 

Food and Culture

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

 

Seeds & Cultivars

 

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

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

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

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

 

Healthy/Food Safety

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

 

Education

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

 

Children & School Food

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

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

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

 

Protests

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

 

Pollinators

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

 

 

Animals

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

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

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

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

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

 

Water & Our Oceans

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

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

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

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

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

 

Technology

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

 

Poisons

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

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update April 14, 2018

 

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

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

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

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

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

 

Food and Culture

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

 

Seeds & Cultivars

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

 

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

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

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

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

 

Healthy/Food Safety

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

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

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

 

Children & School Food

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

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

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

 

Protests

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

 

Pollinators

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

 

Animals

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

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

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

 

Food Fraud/Scandals/Weird

 

Water & Our Oceans

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

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

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

 

GMOs/CRISPR/Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Technology

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

 

Poisons

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

 

Sponsorship: West Coast Seeds

Grow Calgary is a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers and we help with team building activities for groups, organizations, schools, and business. For the past 5 season we have helps give fresh produce to over 30 local social agencies with feeding programs like the Drop in Centre, The Women Emergency Shelter and Inn from the Cold.

Grow Calgary has an 11 acre farm located west of Canada Olympic Park on the South side of the TransCanada Highway. Grow Calgary will be currently entering our 6th season in 2018 and also are very excited to be celebrating our 5th birthday on May, 13th.

Now a definition of non-profit is that we are not established for the purpose of making any money we are purely in it for making a changes in our community.

Now none of this would be possible if it weren’t for our many sponsors.

West Coast Seeds

West Coast Seeds donations help Grow Calgary with our early Germination events, Aggie days, and Earth Science Society event,

West Coast Seeds are non-treated and  Non-GMO  and are used for organic growing. Non-GMO  means they are not genetically motivated and come naturally from the plant.

West Coast seeds are Non-treated and are naturally dried they are not applied with a polymer spray which would have contain  seed coating that would have growth promoters, fertilizer, or chemicals to protect the seed from pathogens which would usually be fungicides.

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West Coast Seeds has over 850 different kinds of open-pollinated and hybrid vegetable seeds.  West Coast Seeds are featured certified organic seeds for growing food like beets, carrots, onions, tomatoes and so much more.

For more information check out their website West Coast Seeds.

 

The Importance of Composting.

Grow Calgary has compost donated to them from a few partners like Bona Roma. Grow Calgary accepts compost within a three or four km radius from around the 11 acre farm west of C.O.P.

composting 2Now compost is actually decomposed organic material, now this would includes leaves, grass clippings, and waste from your kitchen.

Now all of this decomposing matter is very vital for the growth of a plant.

Compost can improve the configuration of soil and it helps hold the right amount of moister, nutrient and air to properly aerate the soil and help plants grow.

Composting

Compost in fact has the ability to change up even the toughest forms of clay soil and sandy soil alike.

Compost is a great way to help reduce the waste problem and it is also helps as an awesome improvement for mulch and soil.

The benefits of composting are easily found there is the reduction in garbage volume and it is also a natural alternative the helps cut back on the use of chemical fertilizers.

Compost also helps improve ventilation and drainage of the soil so the plant can grow.

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Now by adding the improved ventilation and drainage it helps decrease the need for watering.

There are something’s that can not be composted and are important to be weary of what you throw in your compost.

  • Meat, like fish and animal fats, these decomposing material may attract unwanted critters to your compost pile.
  • Certain kinds of paper like newspapers or office paper these kinds of papers may contain chemicals and are not good for your plant and should instead be recycled.
  • Ashes from grills, now wood ash can be useful in very small quantities but BBQ grill ashes shouldn’t go into the compost.
  • Pet feces these things can actually can add diseases to your compost and have an unpleasant odour. But good manure to uses for compost would be chicken horse cow, and even rabbit.
  • Treated sawdust from lumber mills because sometimes the wood could be treated with harmful chemicals.

 

Jenny’s Food & Ag Update March 24, 2018

 

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

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

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

 

Seeds & Cultivars

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

 

Food and Culture

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

 

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

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

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

 

Healthy/Food Safety

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

 

Children & School Food

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

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

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

 

Protests

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

 

Pollinators

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

 

Animals

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

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

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

 

Water & Our Oceans

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

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

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

 

GMOs/ Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

 

Poisons

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

 

Resources

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

 

The Future of Earth

Welcome to the Earthship, this is the first in urban Earthship which is modelled after a bigger one in the country and now there are many others have coloured the country side.

Grow Calgary is proud to have over 200,000 volunteers come out and join us in team building activities.

Earth Ship

This Earthship is made up of repurposed materials recycled tires, cans, and bottles that are the foundation of this awe striking building.

The inner and outer rooms of the Earthship face south.

The Earthship also includes solar panels and the chance to treat recycle grey water, produce food and regulate temperature.

In the cold winter months which all Albertans know to well, and during this time the temperature in the Earthship has never dropped below minus one.

This is one of many station that volunteers get to join in and help with early germination.

With over 26 different stations to participate in it really is a new experience every time, and it will get people coming back for more and more.

Our Earthship is constructed out of old tires rammed with earth, cans and bottles that act almost like bricks, and featuring a new solar panel system.

This amazing building helps Grow Calgary produce more food for the at risk and vulnerable in Calgary.

22045747_1502924486422508_5195467280806881888_nAt Grow Calgary there are a total of 25 different water tanks as well as   numerous 45 gallon tanks this can hold about 200, 000 L of water.

 

Grow Calgary helps over 20 organizations with feeding programs, like the Drop in Centre, Alpha House, and the Women’s Shelter.

The Earth Ship is around 500 square foot located on our 11 acre section of land west of C.O.P..

This Earth Ship has no living people in it but is home to plenty of plant life for early germination.

We hope to see you at our next event!

 

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Helping the Needy in Micro-Doses

Grow Calgary is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding Calgary’s hungry, most vulnerable and at risk citizens. We grow vegetables, like tomatoes, potatoes, leafy greens and this year we plan on trying to grow jalapeños  in our Earth Ship.

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Yet this year we are stepping up our game and, in fact, has started the first annual  micro-home design and building competition in June to help shelter the homeless.

Now it would make sense to build a massive building with many units inside it , but the cost is outlandish going upwards to $300,000 or more, when a micro-homes can be built for around $3, 000.

 Micro Home

Now the goal of this competition is to gain the knowledge, wisdom and research of quality designs so we can build resourceful and energy efficient micro-homes.

There will be three categories in which to enter:

100 foot temporary structure that will be located at CRiBs Micro-community site at Grow Calgary 11 acre farm located west of C.O.P.

 400 feet temporary structure under which would be located off site.

Online which people from all over the world can submit their designs and micro-homes.

Check out our Facebook event. 

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

 

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

 

Farmers, Farming, Ranching, Herding, Fishing & Production

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

 

Food and Culture

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

 

Seeds & Cultivars

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

 

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

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

 

Gleaning, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Waste

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

 

Healthy/Food Safety

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

 

Children & School Food

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

 

Labor/Unions/Coops

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

 

Protests

 

Pollinators

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

 

Animals

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

 

Business, Social Enterprise & Our Economy

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

 

Water & Our Oceans

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

 

Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill

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

 

GMOs/ Cloning/Synthetic Biology/Nanotechnology

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

 

Food Technology

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

 

Poisons