Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Pesticides Are Not the Future 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.

Every Monday, 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. Got a suggestion? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Big Picture

Organic agriculture is not a panacea for all the ills of our food system – but it is a key part of the solution, concludes a new study out of the University of British Columbia. And it's a solution that needs more support. | The Ecologist

Should we pay to use global genetic diversity? That depends who is asking and why, says a lawyer specializing in agrobiodiversity. | IUC Food Law and Finance

Pesticides have been used in farming for more than a century, with one after another being revealed to be harmful to human life. If the food industry won't stop using them, it's up to the little guy to get the ball rolling in their own backyards. | The Washington Post

Agroecology, not pesticides, is the future for food, say two experts from the United Nations. | Food Tank

A new book from Food First discusses how agroecology can be amplified and spread around the world. | Groundswell International

Around the World

Europe seems set to ban insecticides with a "high acute risks to bees." | The Guardian

Court documents are raising more questions about the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's most widely used weed killer. The files, unsealed during litigation in the United States, even indicated that a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency had worked to kill a review of glyphosate. | The New York Times

Bangladesh now has a law protecting the country's scarce arable lands from misuse. | The Financial Express Bangladesh

In Canada

Seed diversity has diminished at an alarming rate. Today, humanity mostly relies on only a dozen crops. This episode of La Semaine Verte delves into how folks around the world (and right here in Canada!) are safeguarding what's left (French only). | Radio-Canada

A new brief from the Centre for Policy Alternatives chronicles the rise of land speculation in Saskatchewan. |

Is the Cheerios bee-saving seed giveaway promotion problematic? | CBC

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