Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Hope and Frustration 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

In the battle against hunger, one key ally is being ignored: crop plant biodiversity. | Aljazeera

Anna Lappé, author of the decade-old book Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork, writes that she is heartened by how far the conversation around the link between our food system and climate change has come in ten years. But to limit warming to under 1.5 degrees Celsius, she says, we still have a long way to go. | Civil Eats

Around the World

A researcher from Blackfeet Nation is using her studies to preserve her nation's traditions and build its food sovereignty. | YES! Magazine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has overturned its own proposal to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says the chemical can cause "adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects." | Teen Vogue

A program in Zimbabwe is focused on supporting women farmers, who are less likely to receive government support than their male counterparts. | Inter Press Service New Agency

A soil researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture has made it his mission to show farmers the benefits of healthy soil. But with the USDA's slashed funding, that mission is getting more difficult, he says. | Yale Environment 360

In Canada

There are high hopes that Canada's first national food policy will go beyond just the food on people's plates and look at the whole food system – from farm to fork. (French only) | Le Devoir

Policy reviews – like the current public consultation for Canada's national food policy – are chances to advocate for changes in the food system, writes Emile Frison and USC Canada's own Faris Ahmed. | The Hill Times

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year. | CBC

British Columbia has the highest proportion of women farmers in Canada, according to the 2016 census. At 37.5 per cent, B.C.'s proportion of women farmers clocks in at nearly 10 percentage points more than the Canada as a whole. | CBC


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