Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The NAFTA Negotiations Edition

In Case You Missed It 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 ICYMI 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. So pull up a chair and dig in.

USC Canada - In case you missed it Monday - Photo: Jim Thompson-Albuquerque Journal - Image: A woman in a hardhat with a bandanna tied around her head underneath, bend over, hoeing the soil around the soil around cornstalks as tall as she is, using a long handled farm tool.

The Big Picture

Here's how to approach food sovereignty through a feminist lens. | La Via Campesina

Around the World

A farmer practicing agroecology in Ghana was surprised to find his farm was left unscathed by the fall army worm infestation that decimated his neighbours' crops. | Ghana News Agency

This Cuban farmer is adding to his agroecological repertoire with conservation agriculture. | Intern Press Service

Unity Farm, in Portand, Oregon, aims to grow produce for groups working to curb food insecurity, while bringing people of diverse communities together to grow and heal. And in light of recent events across the United States, a spokesperson for the farm says this healing and growing together is especially important. | Hollywood Star News

There is further opposition to genetically modified mustard in India – this time in the form of an open letter to the Prime Minister. | Mainstream Weekly

A program in New Mexico is revitalizing the traditional agriculture of the Acoma people, and in so doing, breathing fresh life into the Acoma culture that is so woven into it. | Albuquerque Journal

Indigenous communities living along Louisiana's Gulf Coast are some of the first communities in North America hit by climate change-induced land loss. But as the communities work toward food sovereignty, they're finding ways to adapt to the changing landscape. | News Works

NAFTA talks are starting. How will Mexico fair in renegotiating a trade deal widely blamed for hurting the country's overall food sovereignty? | teleSUR

In Canada

Is 2017 a watershed moment for the food movement in Canada? Look at what the future could hold – a hypothetical 2037 – if we seize this moment. | The Tyee

A University of Toronto study links severe hunger at residential schools to the elevated risk of obesity and diabetes in Indigenous peoples today. These effects may even be felt by children and grandchildren of survivors. | The Toronto Star


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