Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The There's Something in the Water 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..

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The Big Picture

Want to know three big myths about modern agriculture? (Spoiler alert! They are: "Large-scale agriculture feeds the world today," "Large farms are more efficient," and "Conventional farming is necessary to feed the world.") | Scientific American

Everything you need to know about gene editing (CRISPR) technology and the serious questions it raises. | Civil Eats

A new study finds a link between food insecurity and poor mental health. | Western News

Around the World

The first evidence of neonicotinoids – pesticides implicated in the mass death of bees – in drinking water has been found in Iowa. | The Washington Post

A new way of securing land rights for smallholder farmers in Zambia draws on traditional customs, writes Timothy Wise. | Food Tank

As Kenya farmers chop maize for cattle feed, food security worries grow. | Reuters

Tamil Nadu farmers have been protesting in Delhi, India for nearly three weeks. The worst drought in more than a century, combined with massive debt from high input costs, has caused more than 106 farmers in their region to take their lives. | First Post.

A community owned seed cooperative is in the running to win the Future Food category of the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2017. | Permaculture

In Canada

Atrazine, a pesticide banned in Europe but approved for use in Canada, has been found in Toronto and Montreal's tap water. Research around atrazine has found a connection between the pesticide and hermaphrodite frogs, feminized fish and low sperm counts in humans living in agricultural areas. | NOW Toronto

Get to know a bit about heirloom seeds – and where to find them in Canada – just in time for spring planting season! | The Globe and Mail

In Canada we've lost a lot of agricultural biodiversity. That is, some crop varieties have simply gone extinct. But today there are people working to keep diversity alive (you can too!). | Epoch Times (French only)


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