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ICYMI Monday | The Breakfast in America (in 20 Years) 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" - Image of a brick faced barn that says "Iowa State College Ames - Animal Husbandry Department Horse Barn" on it. Photo by Kathryn Gable

The Big Picture

With the climate changing at an alarming pace and farmers struggling to keep up, what will breakfast look like in 20 years? Here's one possibility. | Alternatives Journal

How smart is "climate-smart agriculture"? It has a great sounding name but it might not be the solution for a sustainable and equitable food system that we need, writes Markus Taylor for Food First. | Food First

How can white people in the food movement work for food justice while being better allies to people of colour? | YES! Magazine

Around the World

A grain growers' association in Brazil is challenging a patent Monsanto holds for genetically modified soy seed, saying the modification did not bring real technological innovation. And Brazil's patent office seems to agree. | Reuters

Lower costs and higher profit margins are convincing small-scale farmers in India to go organic, despite smaller yields. | Hindustan Times

In the U.S. the number of university programs dedicated to sustainable farming practices – or agroecology – has risen dramatically in the past several decades. From one lone program in the 1980s, there are now 256 to choose from. | Modern Farmer

Agricultural experts are seriously concerned about the spread of stem rust through Yemen to the world's major wheat production regions, where it could wipe out huge cultivation areas of a crop crucial for food security. | SciDevNet

Peasant farmers in Ghana say the government's proposed Plant Breeders Bill will not allow farmers to save their own seeds. | My Joy Online

Peru, home to 3,500 of the 5,000 potato varieties that exist in the world, is hosting 10th World Potato Congress this May. Though potatoes originated in the region, the congress has never been held there or in any other Latin American country. | Inter Press Service

In Canada

A new initiative in Saskatchewan aims to break down stigma around discussing mental health in the agriculture sector, while connecting farmers to the mental health resources. | CBC

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the Canadian government would fund the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards review process at a cost of $250,000. This is the first time the government has taken on funding the process of reviewing and updating the standards that define and govern organic practices in Canada. | USC Canada

"This is what good international development looks like, and it's supported by Canadians." Member of Parliament Mona Fortier visited farming programs in Nicaragua (including some supported by USC Canada) and writes now about the benefits of supporting sustainable agriculture projects. | The Hill Times


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