Monday, 19 June 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Bumper Crop or Bummer Crop? 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.

Welcome to In Case You Missed It Monday, where 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. Before we dig into the deep stuff, you might like to know that people are making ice cream out of garbage in Portland and that if your veggies have a sexy name, you might actually eat them.

USC Canada - In case you missed it Monday - Photo: Food Tank - Image: a waist-high counter is covered in flour with a ball of dough plopped in the middle of the pile of flour. There are two eggs and a rolling pin on the counter. the shot also contains the lower torso of a person wearing a striped apron. they are clapping their hands to remove the flour.

The Big Picture

Everyone can help make the world a little more resilient to climate change: save seeds. | YES! Magazine

The right to seeds – to access, choose, produce, save, store, use, exchange, and sell them – is a crucial issue for small farmers. But it is a right that is not often guaranteed. A new info sheet from Coordination SUD explains the threats to farmers' right to seed, why the right should be defended, and how to give the right legal status. | GRAIN

Around the World

The huge amount of genetic diversity in Mexico's native crops – like maize, tomatoes and chillies – holds the key to sustainable food production as the climate changes. Farmers grow different varieties of a crop and select the ones that grow best in their farm's conditions. Scientists can learn a lot from farmers' knowledge that grown over millennia. | Thompson Reuters Foundation News

Uh, cool. There's a floating barge in New York City that grows food and teaches folks about food sovereignty. | PSFK

The rapid rural to urban exodus in Latin America is undermining food security. | Inter Press Service

Small-scale grain production, milling and bread making could help bring a little diversity back into bread. | Food Tank

Despite a bumper maize harvest in Zambia, much of the population will remain under and mal-nourished. Why? A lack of diversity. | International Institute for Environment and Development

Why are farmers in India rioting after a bumper crop? This author explains how the Green Revolution of the 1970s really messed up the country's food system, and gives suggestions for fixing it. | The Hindu

There are more than one million signatories to a European initiative advocating a ban on the pesticide glyphosate. | Greenpeace

In Canada

Canadians can now weigh in on the country's first national food policy using this online survey. You have until July 27 to have your say. | Manitoba Co-operator

Canada has announced more than half a million dollars for new agriculture and education resources for elementary and secondary schools. | CBC


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