Fall 2014 News Roundup

Gourds and pumpkins at a fall farmers market


Below  is a collection of news and blog articles from September to December, 2014

 Economics & Trade

New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a Crisis Situation. Brandon Keim, Wired, September 25, 2014

Farmers, Ranchers and Consumers Lose on WTO COOL Ruling.  Ben Lilliston, IATP, October 20, 2014

Trade vs. local economies: Procurement on the table. Karen Hansen-Kuhn, IATP, November 13, 2014

Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?  Tracie McMillan, Slate, November 19, 2014

A Shake-Up as the Financial World Infiltrates Philanthropy.  Jesse Eisinger, New York Times,


“Sustainable intensification” is unsustainable. Dr. M. Jahi Chappell, IATP, September 3, 2014

Banning food waste: companies in Massachusetts get ready to compost.  Clare Leschin-Hoar, The Guardian, September 9, 2014

Scientists praise and challenge FAO on agroecology. Dr. M. Jahi Chappell, IATP, September 17, 2014

The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture.  Roc Morin, The Atlantic, October 6, 2014

“Climate Smart Agriculture” isn’t. Agroecology is. Dr. M. Jahi Chappell and Juliette Majot, IATP, October 8, 2014

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms.  Sasha Khokha, NPR, October, 19, 2014

Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Grow.  Sarah Zielinski, Smithsonian, October 28, 2014

Big Meat flexes its muscles.  Ben Lilliston, IATP, November 6, 2014

Don’t Ask How to Feed the 9 Billion.  Mark Bittman, New York Times, November 11, 2014

Book Review – The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food.  Allison Wilson, Independent Science News, November 24, 2014

Seeds of the Future. Richard Schiffman, Truthout, December 4, 2014

Organic-Farming Boom Stretches Certification System.  Caelainn Barr, Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2014

New York bans the boom (fracking).  Paul Smart, Woodstock Times, December 18, 2014

Farmland Access and Preservation

Farm to School Programs Create New Opportunities for Farmers.  Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA, October 2, 2014

Glynwood welcomes first three participants to its farm business incubator program.  Sharyn Flanagan, New Paltz Times, October 19, 2014

Working the Land and the Data.  Quentin Hardy, New York Times, November 30, 2014

Final Budget Bill Guts Conservation Funding and Farmer Protections.  NSAC blog, December 14, 2014

Food Chain Workers

The Secret Lives of America’s Migrant Farmers.  Michael Durbin, Narrative.ly, September 3, 2014

New York workers who depend on tips deserve a raise.  Editorial, NY Daily News, September 19, 2014

Report: Tipped subminimum wage leads to more sexual harassment.  Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera America, October 8, 2014

Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark. Liz Alderman and Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, October 27, 2014

The Restaurant Industry’s Secret Shame: An Utter Lack of Diversity in the Best-Paying Jobs.  Tanvi Misra, CityLab, November 5, 2014

Migrant farmworkers remain crucial to harvest.  Esther Honig, Harvest Public Media, November 13, 2014

Fast-Food Strikes Hit Record Numbers, Span 190 Cities.  Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg Businessweek, December 5, 2014

Is It Bad Enough Yet?  Mark Bittman, New York Times, December 13, 2014

In Boon to Fast Food Worker Strikes, NLRB Goes After McDonald’s For “Violating Employees’ Rights”.  Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, December 20, 104

Hunger, Health & Nutrition

Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds.  Tracie McMillan, National Geographic, September 1, 2014

Does Organic Make Food Better For You?  Danielle Nierenberg and Maia Reed. Food Tank, September 7, 2014

CDC Report Finds High Sodium Consumption Among U.S. Kids.  Food Safety News, September 9, 2014

The Rich Are Eating Richer, the Poor Are Eating Poorer.  Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 11, 2014

Poor Women Tend to Be Fatter Than Poor Men.  Cari Romm, The Atlantic, September 17, 2014

Food stamps cuts will only hit four states, review finds.  Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press, September 17, 2014

Soda Makers Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Join in Effort to Cut Americans’ Drink Calories.  Stephaine Strom, New York Times, September 23, 2014

Tracking Success: Friend or Foe of Progress on Obesity?  Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Huffington Post, October 1, 2014

Where GMOs Hide In Your Food.  Consumer Reports, October, 2014

Food Scores, a New Web Service, Ranks Grocery Items on Ingredients and Nutrition.  Stephanie Strom, New York Times, October 27, 2014

The Dreadful Inconvenience of Salad. Olga Khazan, November 12, 2014

Brooklyn Nonprofit Teaches How to Eat Healthfully on Just $4-a-Day.  Camille Bautista, DNAinfo, November 13, 2014

Making the connection between food and health.  Dan Glickman, The Hill, November 14, 2014

Got Milk? Might Not Be Doing You Much Good.  Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, November 17, 2014

Needed: New Thinking on Poverty and Hunger in New York City. Nicholas Freudenberg, NYC Food Policy Center, November, 2014

Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills.  Jane E. Brody, New York Times, December 1, 2014

Food banks don’t solve food poverty. The UK must not institutionalise them. Graham Riches, The Guardian, December 8, 2014

Policy Advocacy and Organizing

How Better U.S. Food Policies Could Foster Improved Health, Safer Jobs, and a More Sustainable Environment. Nicholas Freudenberg, CUNY School of Public Health and Hunter College, October, 2014

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives. Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter. Washington Post, November 7, 2014

Tangled Roots and Bitter Fruit: What Ferguson can teach the food movement. Eric Holt Gimenez, Food First, November 29, 2014

A food fight 20 years in the making comes to Capitol Hill.  Elizabeth Kucinich, The Hill, December 9, 2014

In Final Spending Bill, Salty Food and Belching Cows Are Winners.  Robert Pear, New York Times, December 14, 2014.

Sustainable Food Funders Discuss Critical Issues with Policymakers.  NSAC, December 19, 2014

Urban Ag

A Believer in Vacant Lots – Urban Farming’s Grande Dame: Karen Washington. Dan Shaw, New York Times, September 19, 2014

​L.A. City Council proposes urban farming plan.  Scott Bridges, BizJournals, October 9, 2014

The Nation’s Largest Rooftop Farm Could Also Help Transform a Chicago Neighborhood. Lori Rotenberk, Civil Eats, October 20, 2014

Urban agriculture and its contribution to the food supply.  Production Team, EFSNE, October 26, 2014

What the Doctor Ordered: Urban Farming.  John Hanc, New York Times, November 6, 2014

Root of all evil: Vegetables in NYC gardens are ‘toxic. Gary Buiso, New York Post, November 16, 2014


The Easy Way to Find Local Food – USDA Launches New Local Food Directories.  Anne L. Alonzo, USDA, September 30, 2014

Local Food for the Military.  Eva M. Clayton, New York Times, October 26, 2014

The disturbing ways that fast food chains disproportionately target black kids.  Robert A. Ferdman, Washington Post, November 12, 2014

What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale.  Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today, November 23, 2014

The Nation’s Largest Food Hub is Coming to Louisville, Kentucky.  Anna Rohleder, Civil Eats, December 3, 2014

Abusing Chickens We Eat.  Nikolas Kristof, New York Times, December 3, 2014

A Chef Predicts the Future of Food.  Seamus Mullen, New York Times, December

Sustainable Food Funders Discuss Critical Issues with Policymakers.  NSAC blog, December 19, 2014

Farmaceuticals: The Drugs Fed to Farm Animals and the Risk Posed to Humans.  Multiple reporters, Reuters, ongoing investigation in multiple parts

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