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ICYMI Monday: Colonization's Links to Food Insecurity and more

Your weekly roundup (not that kind!) of food and agriculture news.

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The Big Picture

The world's biggest seed companies are wooing | Grist

For seed and farm input companies, it's eat or be eaten, says this author. And when the six biggest players have the potential to become the biggest three, we could be left with monopoly and monoculture.

A Drop in Biodiversity Is Putting the World at Risk | TruthOut

A new study that looked at 2.3 million records found 12-16 per cent of species have been lost since humans started altering their habitats.

Via Campesina's "The People's Manual" | Agroecology Now

La Via Campesina has published "The People's Manual", a partner guide to Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security.

Around the World

An Archaeological Mystery In Ghana: Why Didn't Past Droughts Spell Famine? | NPR

In parts of Ghana, July is the hungry season. But hundreds of years ago, even during unimaginably long droughts, this lean period didn't exist. Now one archaeologist has found evidence that links colonization to this yearly period of food insecurity.

Reforesting Arid Lands: Agroecology is Working in the Sahel | Agroecology Fund

Using and building on traditional knowledge, sustainable agriculture techniques are building soil and food security in the Sahel region.

Ecuador Grassroots Launch Fight Against GMO Seed Firms | TeleSUR

Small-scale farmers and organizations in Ecuador are campaigning against a potential law that could allow large seed companies to patent traditional seeds which small farmers have used for years.

Seed Sovereignty and Climate Adaptation in Malawi | Food Tank

The Arusha Protocol on Plant Variety Protection and Malawian government policy could make it illegal for small farmers in the country to save and exchange their seeds.

Food Sovereignty Tours in Cuba: Good Eats and Agroecology | Food First

There is a lot to learn from Cuba about agroecology and food sovereignty.

Great News From The UK? | The Huffington Post

At the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, 80 researchers and PhD students are developing and sharing knowledge about how to shift away from industrial, harmful agriculture.

In Canada

Government will listen to farmers as it drafts climate policy: Ag Minister | Calgary Herald

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the government will consult farm groups as it puts together a national climate change strategy.

Heritage grains: digging our roots, planting our seeds | AgriCultures Network

Against the Grain Farm is nurturing neglected barley and wheat varieties.

Dozens in Penticton to discuss how we can have more control over our food | Global News

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