Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | A New Diet to Trim a Little Pollution Off the Planet and more

ICYMI Monday is USC Canada's weekly roundup - not that kind - of food, agriculture and policy news from here at home and around the world.

Every Monday, 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. Got a suggestion? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Big Picture

Organic agriculture can save us all, writes Claudia McNeilly, but it needs to be recognized as the viable, scientific solution that it is. This article pulls together some great facts and figures in support of organic. | National Post

Only six multinationals control more than two-thirds of the industrial seed sales. Farmer-managed seed systems currently provide 80 to 90 per cent of the seed supply in developing countries through on-farm seed saving and farmer-to-farmer seed exchange, but policy generally ignores this. | Oakland Institute

A new diet says it will help you improve the planet's health. It's all about eating less meat. | Vogue Australia

Well, we did it... 2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row. And scientists say it's definitely because of human driven climate change. | The Guardian

Around the World

Agroecology is really booming in Argentina, where 10 per cent of agricultural land is under organic production. | Truth Out

Trickle-down effects of climate change: what do melting glaciers mean for the future of farmers growing food in the Andes? | Penn State News

Ahna Kruzic and Eric Holt-Giménez of Food First analyse how the Trump presidency could affect food and farmers over the next four years. | Food First

In coastal countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam, climate change-induced sea level rise means farmers have to contend with salty soil. | Science Daily

Food security in parts of Nepal – including Humla, a district where USC Canada works – is expected to be low through to March. | The Himalayan Times

In Canada

Changes to Canada's Food Guide could benefit farmers and food sovereignty, says the National Farmers Union president. | The Western Producer


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