Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Pesticide Myth 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, 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

The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts. Their report goes on to say pesticides have "catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole." | The Guardian

Women are disproportionately affected by hunger and malnutrition. A new publication showcases women who are critical of our global industrial food system and are working for change in the form of food sovereignty. | EcoWatch

Presenting: five reasons to block seed company mega-mergers. | Food Tank

In the race to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, this article puts forward agroecology as a cross-cutting, scalable tool for getting there. | Practical Action

Around the World

When Burkina Faso began using Monsanto's genetically modified cotton seed, the country's cotton quality – and subsequent profit from the cotton sales – dropped. Now the dispute over the lost revenue has been settled. | Reuters

In Senegal, agroecology is the local culture, a way of life, and traditional knowledge passed from generation to generation. | Institute of Development Studies

In Canada

A Saskatchewan farmer says farming practices need to change to avoid further environmental destruction. But for that to happen, she says consumers need to change their practices too. | CBC

This article makes the health/math/cost saving-inspired case for teaching cooking skills to kids in elementary school. | TVO

Until April 9, you can screen the award winning documentary, Seed: the Untold Story, on TVO.org. | TVO

From farming in Syria to farming in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley, these refugees have the opportunity to do what they know and love. | CBC

A private member's bill for mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods came up for debate last Friday on Parliament Hill and will be voted on in the next coming weeks. There is currently no mandatory labelling of genetically engineered foods in Canada. | CBAN


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