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ICYMI Monday | The Many Side Benefits of Organic Ag Edition

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 (or Tuesday after a long weekend), 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

Industrial agriculture is seriously damaging the environment and the health of citizens around the globe. We need to change the way we grow, process, and consume food because right now, we're eating our way to collapse, says this article. | Helsinki Times

A new report says almost half of harvested crops – 2.1 billion tonnes of food! – were lost through over-consumption, consumer waste and inefficiencies in production processes. | BBC

Save the planet. Stop eating so much meat. | Seedmap.org

Around the World

India's north-eastern Himalayan state of Sikkim was declared 100 per cent organic last year – something that's drawing young farmers who may have given up on farming back to the land. But some farmers say they need more government support to make this transition successful. | Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in decades. And with more than 80 per cent of people in the country relying on agriculture as their primary source of food and income, huge amounts of people are directly affected. | Inter Press Service News Agency

Gin drinkers can breathe a sign of relief: disease-threatened juniper is the first tree species to be fully collected in a tree seed project in the UK. Phew! | The Guardian

South Pacific islands opt to go all-local, all organic. | The Guardian

For black farmers in the U.S. organic and sustainable agriculture might be a key to countering years of racism and inequality. | Food Tank

In Canada

Last week was the first ever Canada's Agriculture Day. Organic farming is an important part of the big picture and can contribute to helping all farmers, even those who farm conventionally. | The Hill Times

Food Secure Canada is defending its 70-page "Paying for Nutrition" report – that looked at the price of food in the far northern Ontario communities – after a northern retailer sent a private letter taking issue with it. | CBC

Canadian food banks want more nutritious food – so they're growing it themselves. | The Huffington Post + The Regina Leader-Post


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