Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Coffee is in Trouble 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 the back to school edition of 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. Dig in!

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The Big Picture

Coffee is in trouble due to climate change. So are bees – and that means coffee, a crop that benefits from bee pollination, is in even bigger trouble than we thought. | NPR

Urbanisation, climate change, erosion and forest loss all contribute to the alarming rate of loss of fertile soil. But the biggest factor is the expansion of industrial farming. A third of the planet's land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year, according to a new study. | The Guardian

"How did something as basic to our existence as food get transformed into an instrument for profit?" asks Marion Nestle in this discussion of food and capitalism. | Food First

Climate change is impacting (and will continue to) every step food takes – from seed right to your plate. | Food Tank

Grab a little light reading off of Food Tank's fall reading list. | Food Tank

Around the World

There's an ongoing corporate scramble to take control of the African seed market. Using the example of genetically modified cotton in Burkina Faso, this article underscores how technological fixes aren't often fixes at all (French only). | Seedmap.org

How do genetically modified crops impact Indigenous food sovereignty? | Indian Country Today

What company's bushel of corn produces the most greenhouse gases during its production? Whose uses the most irrigated water? There's now a study for that. | Bloomberg

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is helping Detroit – a city notorious for its food deserts – take food into its own hands with a new food co-op that works directly with local farms. | YES! Magazine

In Canada

It's Organic Week in Canada. Check out the map to see if there's an event in your area. | Organic Week


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