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ICYMI Monday | The One Billion Climate Change Migrants 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.

Happy Monday! 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: Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail - Image of a farmers' market table with many small baskets of strawberries lined up on it. in the background are other farm products and a person is reaching across the table in the direction of the strawberry baskets.

The Big Picture

The future of food and farming is in the hands of seed revolutionaries making good, locally adapted, open pollinated seeds available to all. | Civil Eats

If the global food system is responsible for about one third of all greenhouse gas emissions, why isn't food a bigger topic in climate talks? Farming Matters magazine looks into agroecology and food sovereignty as fixes for our broken global food system. | GRAIN

Extreme weather events could devastate food production if they occurred in several key areas at the same time, triggering widespread famine, says new research by Met Office scientists. | The Guardian

By 2100, climate change will force mass migration of one billion people due to drastic changes in the weather systems, agriculture and fisheries, biodiversity, trade and urban development. The Asia-Pacific region will be most acutely affected, says a joint report from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Asian Development Bank. | Eco Business

Around the World

Farmers in Burkina Faso led research that resulted in the complete phasing out of genetically modified cotton in the country in 2017. | Down to Earth

A commentator for Forbes argued that India's farmers should be allowed to go bust because that is how economic development works. Binu Mathew and Colin Todhunter argue back. | Counterpunch

The Arctic Council has released a cookbook of northern recipes, food preparation techniques, photographs, traditional knowledge and advocacy that it says will contribute to Arctic Indigenous Peoples' food security and food sovereignty. | Nunatsiaq Online

A regional free trade agreement being negotiated in India this week will hurt the livelihoods of farmers, women and Indigenous groups, rights groups say. | Thomson Reuters Foundation

In Canada

What can be done to make farm-fresh food accessible to all? While eating local or organic food is often touted as superior from a health, environmental and ethical perspective, such foods are often available only to the wealthy, with limited access for those living on lower or even middle incomes. | The Globe and Mail

Is your pension fund invested in land-grabbing? | The Monitor


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