Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Ways to Build Food Sovereignty 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

It was probably just a matter of time... behold, the match.com of seed saving. | Civil Eats

To build food sovereignty in Africa, we need to speak with farmers and look in their fields. | ileia

Around the World

Agroecology, Indigenous knowledge, participatory guarantee systems... here's why one retired public sector agronomist in India took up a second career embracing these practices and helping small-scale farmers implement them. | Food Tank

As the seed industry consolidates, folks are working against the trend in many different ways. One of those is the Open Source Seed Initiative. | Civil Eats

Cuba's relative isolation from globalization and the country's severance from imported machinery, fossil fuels, chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the 1990s forced farmers there to innovate through agroecology. More and more, the success of sustainable, urban and cooperative farming in Cuba is intriguing scholars, like this one from the University of Pennsylvania. | Penn News

Australia has two national gene banks protecting the country's agricultural biodiversity. | The Guardian

In Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it found trace amounts of glyphosate, a herbicide, in about 30 per cent of food products it tested. Nearly four per cent of grain products they tested had residue levels above the recommended limits. | Global News

Wheat grown organically, using crop rotation can have yields as high as its conventional cousins, says new research from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre. | Pembina Valley Online

A new restaurant in Toronto aims to serve up Indigenous food sovereignty alongside traditional Anishnawbe food. | Metro News

Smallholder farmers selling goods at markets across provincial borders are worried proposed new Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations will hurt their businesses. | CBC

Manitoba high school students got their hands dirty for an agroecology day at the University of Manitoba. | Pembina Valley Online


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