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ICYMI Monday | The Avoiding (and Preparing for) Doomsday 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..

USC Canada - In Case you missed it Monday - Photo: amenic181 / Shutterstock Image: a close up of a hand planting a row of bean seeds into soil.

The Big Picture

A new "atlas of multinationals" serves up some facts and figures regarding the food and agriculture sector. Seeds, farm inputs, and agricultural production are in the hands of an ever shrinking number of global actors. | Slow Food

Pope Francis takes a stand on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – he says Indigenous people should have the final say about their land and they have the right to "prior and informed consent." | The Guardian

Research out of Penn State says the truism that food production must double by 2050 is out of date. | ScienceDaily

"Major transformations" are needed now to make food production sustainable and to ensure that all of humanity benefits, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. | UN News Centre

The Global Seed Vault – affectionately referred to as the "Doomsday Vault" – received 50,000 new seed samples last week, one of its largest deposits to date. This deposit included 15,000 samples returned to the vault after being borrowed by the group who put them there, a Syrian research centre that focuses on improving agriculture in dry zones. | ABC News Australia

Around the World

A new book highlights 15 case studies that show agroecology in action – and thriving – across the African continent. Ultimately it calls for a complete transformation of our ag and food systems. | Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

This article paints a picture of how climate change will continue to affect Bangladesh, a country whose geography makes it especially vulnerable. | The Daily Star

In Canada

The New Brunswick government is putting $415,000 into promoting the province's local food. And while farmers welcome the support, it's still unclear how the money will be spent. | CBC

This time of year is the perfect moment for some advice from Terrylynn Brant, leader of the Mohawk Seedkeepers, farmer and seed educator. | Waterloo Region Food System

The Flying Dust First Nation's Market Garden isn't throwing away its "ugly" surplus veggies – it is donating them. | Saskatoon Star Phoenix


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