Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Eat More Millet and Less Meat Edition

ICYMI Monday is USC Canada's weekly roundup - not that kind - of food, agriculture and policy news from here at home and around the world.

Every Monday, we serve up a selection of the news that's fit to eat, with special attention to stories related to seeds, small-scale farmers, food sovereignty and agroecology. Got a suggestion? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ICYMI-Monday-Feb-06-2017

The Big Picture

Meat production now generates more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire world's transport combined and uses huge areas of land just to produce animal feed. It's time to reduce this starting with the major culprits: industrial meat production in wealthy countries. | GRAIN

Millet: it is time to revive this ancient grain and add back diversity in our agricultural system and in our diets, says this article. | UC Food Observer

The debate over whether hydroponics ought to be allowed to earn the certified organic label reveals a deeper question: is the term organic about sustainable, whole system agriculture or just food products that are free of synthetic chemicals? | Alternet

Around the World

Seed banks all around the world are excellent for preserving biodiversity. They also often make it a mandate to keep seeds in the hands of the farmers who need them, like this one in Thailand. | Bangkok Post

A new strain of the wheat-devastating fungi, stem rust, killed crops in Sicily and is feared to have crossed into continental Europe. | Nature

The United States Department of Agriculture just deregulated a variety of grass genetically engineered to withstand the pesticide Roundup. And farmers in the heart of grass seed country are worried this move will put their industry in jeopardy. | Oregon Live

Josh Volk, farmer and author of a new book called Compact Farms, is hopeful that the local food movement in the United States will continue to flourish in spite of... current events. | The Huffington Post

A Ghanaian peasant farmer group is fighting against the country's new Plant Breeders Bill, which they say would give foreign seed companies free reign while diminishing small farmers' rights. | Graphic Online

Europe doesn't need an agricultural policy; it needs a new food policy, write Olivier De Schutter, the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and Carlo Petrini, founder and president of the international Slow Food movement. | Politico

A Seed Fair in Bangladesh calls for all to produce chemical-free food and protect biodiversity. (Full disclosure: USC Canada's partner organization ran this fair, with financial support from USC Canada.) | Financial Express Bangladesh

In Canada

Will a Canadian national food policy help to steer us in the direction of a healthier and more sustainable food system in which everyone enjoys the right to food? This list of FAQs from Food Secure Canada will get you up to speed on why Canada needs a national food policy and what's happening this year in the process of developing one. | Food Secure Canada


 

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