Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Honey Still has Pesticides in it 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

More investment in small-scale sustainable agriculture is needed, says a new report from More and Better. This investment in small-scale agriculture in developing countries is one of the most efficient ways to reduce hunger and poverty. The report goes on to recommend that at least 10 per cent of the total official development assistance from high-income countries should be devoted to agriculture, prioritizing small-scale sustainable and agroecological agriculture programs. | Food Tank

Dan Barber and Kimbal Musk both want to change agriculture – but they have some differing views. One thing we can say is both have to centre farmers' voices and needs to affect real change. | Fast Company

It is essential for the United Nations to present agroecological farming as an alternative food policy, writes this Turkish author. | Kashmir Reader

Industrial agriculture is a dead end, writes Frances Moore Lappé. Agroecology is the only way to ensure that all people have access to sufficient, healthful food. | Environmental Health News

Will "climate smart agriculture" serve the public interest - or the drive for growing profits for private corporations? | Ecologist

If the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger goes through (as it is suspected to later this year), the new company would control more than 25 per cent of the global supply of commercial seeds and pesticides. And these corporate monopolies will accelerate the globalization of bad food, poor health and environmental catastrophe, writes Colin Todhunter. | Morning Star

Around the World

Almost a quarter of British honey samples remain contaminated after a partial European Union ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, new research has revealed. | The Guardian

Could change in the food system start in suburban backyards? These community groups in L.A. are reducing waste and sharing their local abundance using the gift economy. | Civil Eats

Food justice requires land justice. In the American south, Savi Horne works with African American farmers to keep them from losing their land to indebtedness, legal challenges and gentrification. | Civil Eats

The head of the Indonesian Farmers Union says the government has not kept its promise of achieving food sovereignty for the country. | Netral News English

In Canada

Canada's lack of a National Food Policy unequally affects Indigenous communities. While 11-15 per cent of the provincial populations go without adequate access to food, 44.2 per cent of Inuit households in Nunatsiavut, 46 per cent in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, and 70.2 per cent in Nunavut experience food insecurity. | Martlet

Canada's colonial past is marked by a steady erosion of Indigenous food traditions. Now about a dozen Indigenous and Indigenous-owned restaurants dot the country. | The Guardian

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