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ICYMI Monday | The Scrutinize Pesticides 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. 

Before you dig in, last week the Government of Canada announced a $461,816 investment in Canadian Organic Growers (COG) during National Organic Week. This funding will be used to conduct a study of the risks involved in transitioning from conventional to organic production.

At USC Canada we always advocate for increased investment in sustainable agriculture – investing in organic research is a great step in the right direction. Congrats to our friends at COG!

"USC Canada" and sprout logo - "In Case You Missed It Monday" - "Photo: IFPRI/Milo Mitchell" - Image of a tractor spraying pesticide in a field of uniform green crops.

The Big Picture

Seeds from the Fertile Crescent offer a strategy for adapting to climate change. The key to surviving through whatever climate change brings lies in allowing crops to adapt to their environments. And for this, diversity is crucial. | Mother Jones

"The current assumption underlying pesticide regulation – that chemicals that pass a battery of tests in the laboratory or in field trials are environmentally benign when they are used at industrial scales – is false," says a new article in Science. | The Guardian

And it seems this other international group of scientists agree. They met in Ottawa last week to try to convince parliamentarians there is no longer any doubt that common agricultural pesticides are toxic to bees, frogs, birds, fish and earthworms. | The Globe and Mail

Though the proposed takeover is still undergoing European Commission scrutiny, Bayer has asked for more time to complete its deal to acquire U.S. group Monsanto. | The Western Producer

Women are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of disasters like droughts. Working for improved gender equality and women's leadership before disaster strikes has the added benefit of making humanitarian responses more effective, says this author. | IRIN News

Around the World

Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico's agriculture sector, whipping out about 80 per cent of the territory's crop value. It will be a long road to recovery for the island's farmers. | The New York Times

Rahibai Soma Popere is a farmer in India conserving and multiplying 48 indigenous landraces of 17 different crops! | Your Story

For the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, the path toward food sovereignty is a balance between food sharing traditions and building a local food economy. | YES! Magazine

In Canada

Saskatchewan farmers are funding wheat breeding – and yielding great results, even during this bone dry growing season. | CBC

Lights, camera... peas? Hollywood director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, announced they are investing in an organic pea processing plant in Saskatchewan. | CBC

Bad news for Jack-o'-Lantern lovers in the Ottawa area... | CBC


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