Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Lowly Worm and Other Biodiversity 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: Civil Eats - Image of a man in shorts and a jacket walking away from the camera down a dirt path. Corn grows to his right and lines the path. Two women in shorts and tank tops are in the background looking at the corn.

The Big Picture

The European Union has approved the Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. merger, considered the biggest regulatory hurdle for the $77-billion deal. If the deal wins approval from the U.S., it would be the first of three potential mega-mergers in the agri-input industry to become official. | Bloomberg

Are capitalism and eradicating food waste compatible? | Jacobin

This is, in a nutshell, why agroecology is the dramatic transformation our food system needs. | University of Toronto Scarborough

There are 1,700 seed banks around the world. The "Doomsday Vault" in Norway is a back-up for the whole system. | CBS News

Scientists are beginning to worry about the lowly worm – and if you like eating, you should too. | The Conversation

Around the World

Record prices, conflicts and extreme weather combined to drive the number of people vulnerable to starvation up to 108 million last year, according to a U.N. report. Four parts of the developing world - South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria – are at high risk of famine. | The Straits Times

Farmers in Cambodia are using agroecological farming – sustainable, organic and beyond – practices to phase out pesticide use. | PAN Asia Pacific

Scientists in California are finding that growing more kinds of food and rotating crops can make farms less reliant on pesticides and even help farmers improve their resilience to climate change. | Civil Eats

In Canada

Investing in organics is worth our while, concludes a new study. While the study has received significant media attention, the coverage has missed the mark, suggesting that organic is not all it claims to be, or worse, is a risk for the planet. So what did the authors really say? | The Hill Times (or here with no paywall)

There is no additional funding for foreign aid in Canada's latest budget. With starvation and famine threatening four countries – a situation the U.N. says is the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945 – now is not a good time for Canada to be doing "more with less," says this columnist. | Metro


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