The Big Picture
Want to know three big myths about modern agriculture? (Spoiler alert! They are: "Large-scale agriculture feeds the world today," "Large farms are more efficient," and "Conventional farming is necessary to feed the world.") | Scientific American
Everything you need to know about gene editing (CRISPR) technology and the serious questions it raises. | Civil Eats
A new study finds a link between food insecurity and poor mental health. | Western News
Around the World
The first evidence of neonicotinoids – pesticides implicated in the mass death of bees – in drinking water has been found in Iowa. | The Washington Post
A new way of securing land rights for smallholder farmers in Zambia draws on traditional customs, writes Timothy Wise. | Food Tank
As Kenya farmers chop maize for cattle feed, food security worries grow. | Reuters
Tamil Nadu farmers have been protesting in Delhi, India for nearly three weeks. The worst drought in more than a century, combined with massive debt from high input costs, has caused more than 106 farmers in their region to take their lives. | First Post.
A community owned seed cooperative is in the running to win the Future Food category of the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2017. | Permaculture
Atrazine, a pesticide banned in Europe but approved for use in Canada, has been found in Toronto and Montreal's tap water. Research around atrazine has found a connection between the pesticide and hermaphrodite frogs, feminized fish and low sperm counts in humans living in agricultural areas. | NOW Toronto
Get to know a bit about heirloom seeds – and where to find them in Canada – just in time for spring planting season! | The Globe and Mail
In Canada we've lost a lot of agricultural biodiversity. That is, some crop varieties have simply gone extinct. But today there are people working to keep diversity alive (you can too!). | Epoch Times (French only)
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