Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Post-Canada Day Long Weekend Tuesday 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. .

USC Canada - In case you missed it Monday - Photo: Kate Bueckert/CBC - Image: a woman in a wide brimmed hat and a sleeveless top crouches in a field. crops grow in the background. she is smiling

The Big Picture

After dropping steadily for the past few decades, world hunger is back on the rise. Millions are suffering from the combined effects of conflict and climate change. | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Five food writers weigh in about the increasingly hateful backlashes to their writings on food and race/racism. This is a great read for helping to understand just one of the many places where food issues and race/racism overlap. | Civil Eats

This author gives an overview of the ills of industrial ag and puts forward an agroecological alternative. | The Conversation

For the real policy heads, the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition identified agrobiodiversity as one of the nine main critical issues in their note that will feed into 44th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security, later this year. | Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research

As the G20 meets this week, La Via Campesina, an organization representing 200 million peasant, small farmers, landless workers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, Indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from all over the world, calls for climate justice. And key components of that are food sovereignty and agroecology – which would mean a fundamental shift in the way we grow our food. | teleSUR

Around the World

Farmers in Shillong, India are looking to traditional, native millet crops to increase food security and sovereignty, while also being environmentally friendly. | The Times of India

Meanwhile, near Bangalore, India, a school is helping local farmers trade in their synthetic fertilizers and pesticides for agroecology, farming that works with nature – or what they call natural farming. | Food Tank

"A People's Food Policy" calls for England to develop a more progressive food policy before Brexit culminates in the country leaving the European Union. | The Ecologist

As a follow-up to last week, here's some more analysis of Maine's new "food sovereignty law." | Maine Public

In Canada

Terrylynn Brant, a Mohawk seedkeeper in southern Ontario, is connecting a young generation of eaters to traditional foods that have declined in popularity over many decades. Also check out our interview with Terrylynn here. | CBC News

Statistics Canada has been releasing infographics based on the data from the 2016 census. This latest one looks at 150 years of Canadian agriculture (though of course, agriculture existed on this land long before censuses and indeed long, long before Confederation, 150 years ago). | Statistics Canada


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