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ICYMI Monday | The Bringing Back Tradition 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. 

"USC Canada" and sprout logo - "In Case You Missed It Monday" - "Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill" - Image of leafy greens like cabbage, and red peppers in baskets lined up on a table. there are little paper signs on each basket with Thai writing on them.

The Big Picture

In Mexico farmers cultivate only 20 per cent of the corn types that were grown there in 1930. Chinese farmers produce 10 per cent of 10,000 varieties of wheat that were recorded there in 1949. More than 95 per cent of known apple varieties that existed in the U.S. in 1900 are no longer cultivated. Diversity in agriculture is declining – and that's leaving humanity in a precarious position. | The Conversation

What is integral agrarian reform? A term coined by La Via Campesina, a global peasant farmers movement, it's an essential endeavour for society's survival. This article also helpfully contextualizes it for Canadian readers. |

Around the World

Surprise (not). Traditional farming methods prove to be very effective for growing food in the areas where they were developed. For example, in Niger, the local irrigation method doesn't just improve soil fertility; it was shown to yield about 50 times more millet than fields using western irrigation practices too. | Food Tank

Genetically modified crops will continue to be banned in Britain after Brexit, says the country's environment minister. | The Telegraph

There is a movement toward agroecology in Sri Lanka that is supported at the highest levels of government. But even that kind of support doesn't always translate to action. | Food Tank

India fined Monsanto $233,000 (USD) for delays in answering questions during an investigation into whether the company had abused its dominant position as a supplier of genetically modified cotton seeds. | US News

A Thai organization found 64 per cent of produce they tested in Bangkok and four other Thai provinces contained harmful chemicals exceeding the maximum residue limit. | Bangkok Post

Here's a mini roundup within a roundup of stories that were published around American Thanksgiving. Each is a story about how different communities are working for Indigenous food sovereignty and the creative and varied ways Indigenous peoples push back against the whitewashed narrative of Thanksgiving.

Members of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation are keeping traditional food alive in the face of climate change and more than 164-years of settler colonialism degrading their way of life. | Civil Eats

California Indigenous tribes are restoring tribal food traditions. | San Francisco Chronicle

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut, a centre dedicated to the history of the area's Indigenous nations, holds an annual Thanksgiving Feast where culture, history and cuisine come together. | PRI

Six Indigenous American chefs gathered in New York City to rewrite Thanksgiving history – or at least the version people usually learn in school – with a feast of different nations' traditional foods. | Vogue

"This is not a trend": Indigenous chefs resist the "Columbusing" of traditional foods. | The Washington Post

On the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, Ojibwe people are working to decolonize their diets. Every year, to that end, they hold a summit about their traditional foods. | Buzzfeed

In Canada

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its solidarity with the First Nations communities and the farmers of the Peace River Valley calling for a halt to construction of the Site C Dam. If the project goes through, the area stands to lose 5,900 hectares of farmland. | NFU

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