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ICYMI Monday | The Climate Change is Happening, Now What 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: CBC Ideas - Image: close up of the seed head of a plant, dried and taken off the plant and placed on a wooden surface.

The Big Picture

The global food system accounts for up to one-third of today's global greenhouse gas emissions. But the good news is we can feed the world without destroying it – and we already have the proven farming and food system to do so. | The Huffington Post

In the face of climate change and declining biodiversity, seed saving has a new urgency. Tonight's rerun episode of Ideas will be all about seed saving and banking. | CBC

Agroecology can tackle hunger, malnutrition, environmental degradation and climate change. But it has to compete with the dominant agricultural paradigm that also claims to be working in the interest of humanity. | The Huffington Post

Pretty much all farms could slash their pesticide use while still producing as much food, according new research. | The Guardian

After being used for decades by modern intensive agriculture, pesticides are now showing their limits. A study says French farmers could reduce pesticide use by about a third and not even notice a difference. | MSN News

Around the World

A Catholic commission in Brazil is calling upon the Church's institutions to enhance agroecological food production in the country. | New.va

An organization in Ghana is attracting people to farming with innovative, Indigenous ag techniques. | Business Ghana

Ensuring healthy diets for all people still remains a challenge for Bangladesh despite the fact that the country has made significant progress in food security. | The Financial Express Bangladesh

This is Indigenous food sovereignty in action. | Indian Country Today

In Canada

Our Executive Director, Jane Rabinowicz, was featured in "We Are Canada" on CBC! Watch as Jane takes you on a seed's journey from field to fork. Jane's work on our Canadian seed security program is helping farmers have access to the diverse, locally adapted seeds they need to grow food for a growing population (pardon the shameless plug). | CBC

L'initiative unique de la famille Bauta sur la sécurité des semences au Canada a créé un mouvement national afin de préserver et d'améliorer la diversité des semences au pays. Pourquoi ce programme est-il essentiel ? Parce que 9 bouchées de nourriture sur 10 débutent avec des semences. (French only) | Le Devoir


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