Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Intersectional Food 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

A widely used pesticide, the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam, harms bumblebee queens' abilities to feed and reproduce, says new research out of Guelph, Ontario. | The Globe and Mail

A report from the U.N.'s World Food Program says food insecurity accelerates global migration and is a significant cause of armed conflict. The report recommends the international community invest in food security and livelihoods at or near people's place of origin – something countries can keep in mind as they plan their international aid budgets. | World Food Program News

The average farmer is pretty close to retirement age. Here are some ways you can support new farmers... so we don't run out. | Rodale's Organic Life

What are heirloom seeds and why might you want to plant, grow and save them? | Denver Post

Here's the case for diverse, sustainable, ecological agriculture over industrial monocultures in the fight against climate change. | Civil Eats

Around the World

Interested in biodiversity and geography? Here's a cool project mapping the Jesuit pear and Paw Paw trees. | Slow Food Huron Valley

Food, like feminism, is intersectional. Here are four ways to work for food justice AND dismantle racism and colonialism in the food system. While it's written from an American perspective, the truths behind the ideas in this article have no borders. | YES! Magazine

A workshop in Ghana aims to teach journalists and media practitioners about agroecology, equipping them with tools to help push for an agricultural paradigm shift. | Ghana Business News

In Canada

Canada is betting big on intensifying industrial agriculture, but we ought to support agroecology as well. Here's why.| Policy Options

Vancouver's Indigenous community is fighting to save native plants at risk – a struggle to conserve culture and the plants themselves. | CBC


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