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ICYMI Monday | The Short and Late 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. .

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The Big Picture

Food sovereignty is not just about access to good, healthy food, or about sustainable forms of food production: it is about transforming society, writes Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First. | The Huffington Post

GRAIN digs into how the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade deal being negotiated among 16 countries comprising half the world's population, will affect food and farmers, if adopted. | GRAIN

Around the World

The disappearance of butterflies from the British countryside is well documented. But it seems they are leaving the cities too – and more quickly. | The Guardian

"An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems" became law in the state of Maine last week. It recognizes the authority of towns and communities to enact food sovereignty ordinances – local laws that advocates say will help small-scale, new and young farmers. | Bangor Daily News

And in depth investigation in Le Monde details Monsanto's "war on science" (it's only available in French and behind a pay wall, but GM Watch summarizes some of it here). | Le Monde

A focus on a couple of mango varieties is leading to a decline in mango biodiversity in the Indian state of Telangana. | Deccan Chronicle

In Canada

One year ago, 14 Canadian farmer organizations called upon the federal government to cancel variety registration for all genetically modified alfalfa until a full economic impact assessment is conducted, and to establish a protocol for testing all imports of alfalfa seed grown in the US. They have written a follow-up letter, as no action was taken by the government. | NFU Ontario


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