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ICYMI Monday | The People are Finally Talking About Agriculture at U.N. Climate Talks 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. 

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The Big Picture

The world's natural resources (like, just a random example, seeds) are supposed to belong to everyone. Instead, private corporations are increasingly co-opting them for profit. More than just a different means of growing food, agroecology is a key form of resistance to this trend. | Centre for Research on Globalization

File this one under "it's about time": after several years of not talking about agriculture at U.N. climate talks, people are finally talking about agriculture at U.N. climate talks. And as a bonus, a representative from the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said the global ag sector is one that can curb emissions immediately. | The Thomson Reuters Foundation

Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we didn't waste so much food and stopped using massive amounts of land to feed cows, a new study finds. | Los Angeles Times

With the COP23 climate talks in Bonn, Germany earlier this month, La Via Campesina calls for agroecology and denounces what it calls false solutions like carbon markets, geoengineering and climate smart agriculture. | La Via Campesina

Urban Agriculture Magazine's latest issue is dedicated entirely to urban agroecology. | RUAF Foundation

Industrial agriculture is badly affected by climate change. At the same time, it is a major contributor to climate change. So obviously something needs to change, write Fritjof Capra and Anna Lappé (SPOILER ALERT, the answer is agroecology). | Slow Food

Around the World

During India's green revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, one of the county's top scientists was firmly opposed to it. He showed through his research that without the use of chemicals or pesticides, there were already highly productive traditional varieties of rice growing in farmers' fields. Abandoning them for so-called "improved" varieties was misguided. | The Wire

The legacy of the United States' deliberate and systematic dismantling of the Lakota Sioux tribe's food system has lasting impact to this very day on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Today, the tribe is fighting for their food sovereignty by relearning their traditions and sustainable growing practices. | Vice

In West Africa, a local campaign to educate women about sustainable farming (specifically agroecology) sees its work as key in changing the food system. | The Hindu

Nepal could soon draft a policy that promotes agroforesty, making it only the second after India to do so. While agroforestry is not a new concept for Nepali farmers – they've been planting crops and trees together since time immemorial – this policy would make it easier for them to practice. | World Agroforestry Centre

Monsanto is suing California over the state's required cancer warnings on its products containing the weed killer glyphosate. The company sells glyphosate to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. | U.S. News

Meanwhile the European Union is debating whether or not to renew glyphosate's licence before it expires at the end of the year. | Yahoo! News

In Canada

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network hit up some of Canada's largest grocery chains to see if they planned to sell genetically modified salmon. This is a list of retailers' statements. | CBAN

Ontario vs. garbage: the province's landfills could run out of capacity within 20 years so Ontario is considering a ban on throwing organic waste into the trash. | CBC

Hungry for more?

Climate change warning: We're on course for mass extinction event | City News

Puerto Rico's revival depends on empowering small-scale farmers | EcoWatch

Why India's farmers want to conserve indigenous heirloom rice | The Guardian


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