Posted in Agriculture Analysis Economy Food Public Policy The Revelator

Food waste in the time of COVID-19: The real reason to cry over spilt milk

Let’s focus on the economic systems that allowed such waste to be created in the first place, while causing needless pollution, animal suffering and threats to human health. Essay by Dipika Kadaba, The Revelator April 14,…

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Posted in Agriculture Common Dreams Coronavirus Food News Safety Net

As food banks face shortages and fresh produce rots, pandemic spurs calls for sustainable supply chain

“To truly be resilient, our system must shift to one that relies on small and medium producers and independent, responsible operations.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   U.S. food pantries have faced unprecedented demand while billions…

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How to support your local farmers as restaurants and farmers markets close

As the virus has small, local farms scrambling for income streams, community-supported agriculture (CSA) is one way to support them. By April M. Short April 14 The global outbreak of COVID-19, and the collective effort to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Food News The Conversation

Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

It is easy to see how this dynamic becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: shelves are emptied simply because people predict they will be empty sooner rather than later. A supermarket in south London, March 15 2020. Facundo…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Food News Public Health Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Safety Net

Trump moves to take Food Stamps from over a million people

“Really it’s a cruel rule, taking food out of the mouths of hungry individuals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams The Trump administration announced this week that it has no plans to scrap—or, at the very…

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Posted in Food Off the wire Science

Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and these researchers found missing links in their evolution

The tomato’s path from wild plant to household staple is much more complex than researchers have long thought. For many years, scientists believed that humans domesticated the tomato in two major phases. Tomatoes’ ancestors looked very…

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Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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