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ICYMI Monday | The Magic Farm and Video Games 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 you dig into the stories below, you might want to read this surprisingly meditative piece on the fusion of two seemingly divergent interests: gardening and video games.

USC Canada - In case you missed it Monday - Photo: Food Tank - Image: a dirty path goes straight down the centre of the image, it's vanishing point on the horizon line. On the left side of the path, the field is brown and dead looking, the sky is filled with what seems like pollution. On the right, the sky is blue, the field is green and lush.

The Big Picture

We hear a lot of terms related to sustainable agriculture being thrown around. This article digs deep into a comparison of two of them: agroecology vs. Climate-Smart agriculture. | Farming Matters Magazine

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's new guidelines say agriculture is central to climate change adaptation. | Food Tank

As climate change progresses, the way humans produce food will drastically change. What's worse is that, when it comes to changing the climate, agriculture is itself one of the biggest culprits. | Vice

Will we be eating more fungi, algae and insects in 150 years? | National Post

Around the World

In Senegal, farmers are turning to local ways of farming to oppose neo-colonialism. | Institute of Development Studies

Iceland just opened an eight hectare "magic farm" to teach people how to grow food sustainably through agroecology. | Iceland Monitor

In India, Navdanya's organic farm is teaching sustainable agriculture to farmers who lost their traditional ways of growing food when industrial farming and private seed companies entered the picture. Using a mix of ancestral and modern farming techniques, Navdanya is helping farmers get out of – and stay out of – debt. | Food Tank

A group of Indigenous people in Rio de Janeiro are occupying the site of what once was the city's Indigenous Museum, and are using the land to teach courses on sustainable urban farming, agroforestry and agroecology. | Rio On Watch

Will climate change make the Middle East and North Africa uninhabitable? | The Ecologist

In Canada

The library in Pemberton, B.C. is lending out something a little different alongside their books. | Whistler Question


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