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ICYMI Monday | The Carats in the Garden and Long Lost Herbs 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!


The Big Picture

Can we learn lessons from this lost herbaceous delicacy of the Roman Empire? Hopefully, otherwise there'll be a lot of herbs (and other food crops) going the way of the dino. | BBC

Agroecology? Check. Indigenous land sovereignty? Check. Genetic diversity and valuing traditional knowledge? Check and check. This is a fabulous list of 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system. | YES! Magazine

Soils from organic farms trap more carbon than soils from conventional farms, says new research. | Civil Eats

The conversation around climate change must shift toward climate justice. Climate justice explicitly confronts basic inequalities: the world's biggest polluters are not those most affected by climate change. | The Huffington Post

Around the World

It's one of the biggest humanitarian crises happening in the world today and you probably haven't heard about it. Major flooding in Nepal leaves hundreds of thousands of farmers with ruined crops - and at risk of food insecurity. | USC Canada

Farmers in India using agroecological practices to produce mustard are finding their average yields much improved over conventional yields. | Business Standard

Genetically modified cassava testing could be carried out in Nigeria. | The Guardian

Dicamba, a herbicide designed to kill weeds immune to most other herbicides, is causing tension between farmers who use it in Arkansas and farmers who say it is killing their crops. | Bloomberg BNA

Ruth Hopkins writes about how working for food sovereignty will enhance Indigenous sovereignty as a whole. | Indian Country Today

An agronomy specialist held a seed saving workshop in Salem, Missouri as a community building activity (which is a great idea!). This article also gets into how to save seeds from a few different crops. | The Salem News Online

Farmer suicides in the United States are at a historic high, 50 per cent higher than during the 1980s farm crisis. This columnist writes that when farmers are forced to "play the game" it can really take a toll on their mental health. | The Des Moines Register

In Canada

A gardener in Alberta dug up a few extra carats from her garden when she found her long lost engagement ring wrapped around a misshapen carrot. | The Toronto Star

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