Category Archives: Food

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 24, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

10 Cities Leading the Conversation on Sustainable Eating (The Daily Meal)

The New Farmers (Orion)

Students Aren’t Eating Healthy School Lunches Despite Availability; How Cafeterias Fail To Improve Student Health (Medical Daily)

Students Tweet Pics of What Might Be the Saddest School Lunches You’ve Ever Seen (Takepart)

First Grader Was Told ‘Guess What You Can’t Have Lunch’ Because His Family was in Debt (Nation of Change)

How much should we pay for food? (Medium)

Cranberry Man of 50 Years Yields to Global Glut: A Day’s Work (Bloomberg)

Global Cost Of Obesity Rises To $2 Trillion A Year (Huffington Post)

Report: How the world could better fight obesity (McKinsey)

Is 4-H trying to hook African farmers on costly seeds? (Grist)

Can Whole Food Change the Way Poor People Eat? (Slate)

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Monsanto Roundup is the most important causal factor in the Celiac disease/gluten intolerance epidemic.

Toxic Wheat

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980. It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia (low red blood cells) and depression (low mood disorder). It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic.

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Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 17, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods (Truthout)

Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe (EU), More Growth Needed – Study (AllAfrica)

Study: Global assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture: irrigated and rainfed croplands (Environmental Research Letters)

Protecting Seeds and Their Stories: The Sacred in Everyday Life (Nation of Change)

Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion (NYT)

The fight for seed sovereignty in Ghana (World Development Movement)

Why We Need a Policy for Food, Health and Wellbeing (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Rethinking School Lunch Oakland (OUSD Central Kitchen)

Inside School Food: Episode 21 – Sustainable California Chicken for California Kids (Heritage Radio Network)

Millions of Ladybugs Converge in Oakland Redwoods (The Bold Italic)

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Watch the Exclusive Worldwide Premiere of Origins

Find out who’s hijacking your health…
and how to reclaim it!

Origins (movie)

About the Filmmakers

Pedram Shojai, OMD, is the founder of Well.Org, the editor of BeMore! Magazine, the author of Rise and Shine, and the producer and director of the documentary films “Vitality” and “Origins.” It was when he ran a large medical practice treating patients with the same lifestyle-induced ailments again and again, that Dr. Shojai began his mission — to help people understand the intrinsic connection between their lifestyle, their health and the vitality of our planet. He works to preserve our natural world and wake us all up to our fullest potential.

Mark van Wijk is a filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied Photography at Port Elizabeth Technikon, specialising in travel. After 4 years of travel he then made a natural progression onto film and television.

“The great outdoors gives me energy – the earth and nature inspires me in my work and in my life! Respect for all is my only rule! People need to understand that they are actually a part of nature and my dream is for my work to bridge the divide that civilization and technology have created”

The message in the film – Origins – kept me inspired throughout the entire project. I am so happy and privileged to have been able to make this film with Pedram and I believe it carries a message that all of us need to understand and live towards!

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 9, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives (Washington Post)

A just food systems for all Californians (Aljazeera America)

Pedalling the way to cleaner food (Sustainable Food Trust)

The Right to Food: An Interview With Hilal Elver (Truthout)

Your Guide to Finding a Sustainably Raised Turkey (GRACE)

Grow Your Own “Unretirement” – Minnesota Hmong on the Farm (New America Media)

Red Lobster goes back into its shell (Yahoo!)

20,000 baby chickens die in Pennsylvania barn fire (SF Chronicle)

Why Did Fort Lauderdale Police Arrest an Old Man for Feeding Homeless People? (Truthout)

Drop That Plate Right Now: Cops Arrest 90-Year-Old Advocate and Clergy For Scary Crime of Feeding the Hungry (CommonDreams)

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160 of the world’s 196 countries ban or restrict ractopamine. We’re not one of them.


The U.K., China, Russia, Taiwan, and the European Union ban or limit the use of ractopamine, a drug that promotes growth in pigs, cattle, and turkeys. Ractopamine is linked with serious health and behavioral problems in animals, and human studies are limited but evoke concerns, according to the Center for Food Safety.

Ractopamine Factsheet Ractopamine Factsheet

The U.S. meat industry uses ractopamine to accelerate weight gain and promote feed efficiency and leanness in pigs, cattle, and turkeys. The drug mimics stress hormones.

So how did this drug wind up in our food supply?