Monday, 24 July 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Help Create a Canadian Food Policy 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: image of the current Canadian Food Guide -

The Big Picture

Revitalizing the practice of seed saving is vital for the world's collective food security. Here are 20 seed saving initiatives around the world working to safeguard biodiversity in agriculture through their seed saving work (and, full disclosure, USC Canada is on this list!). | Food Tank

We need to increase awareness of agroecological farming methods and secure local people's land-holder rights to prevent large foreign corporations from buying up land for monoculture farming, says this researcher. This will help avoid the extinction of at-risk species. | The National Post

Forests and agricultural biodiversity will help us attain the Sustainable Development Goals. | IISD

La Via Campesina held their seventh international conference, addressing issues like food sovereignty, climate justice, criminalization of social movements and agroecology. | teleSUR

Around the World

Civil Eats provides more analysis on the recent food sovereignty bill passed in Maine. | Civil Eats

These youth in California are using sustainable farming to resist injustice and build community. | Huffington Post

Leonor Espinosa, a Colombian chef who supports rural development based on food sovereignty, has won the Basque Culinary World Prize. | Digital Journal

In Canada

Did you know Canada has never had a food security strategy? That's about to change! And the government wants your help to create it. Consultations are online and open to the public until July 27. | USC Canada

With wildfires raging across B.C., Secwepemc people are reasserting that they will never provide their collective free, prior and informed consent for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline to pass through their territory. Among other issues, it would be a threat to their food security and sovereignty, they say. | Salmon Arm Observer

Take a peek at what's to come in Canada's new food guide. Themes of the revamp include environmental sustainability and cultural diversity - themes we can get behind. | The Globe and Mail


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