Spring 2015 News Roundup


Below is a collection of news and blog articles from April to June, 2015.  A roundup of announcements and resources are also available. This information was originally included in our Spring 2015 newsletter, a copy of which can be found in our newsletter archive.

Economics & Trade

The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology.  David Ferry, Newsweek, Mar 11, 2015

Don’t Let Food Industry Stir the Pot.  Pam Kock, Huffington Post, Mar 23, 2015

The PR War Continues: Monsanto and the myth of peaceful coexistence. Laetitia Benador, Food First, Apr 2, 2015

No One’s Talking About What The Pacific Trade Deal Means For Diets.  Tracie McMillan, NPR, May 11, 2015

Trade Rules Create Obstacle Course for a Better Food System. Karen Hansen-Kuhn, IATP, May 15, 2015

Organic is going mainstream.  Anne Lappe, Al Jazeera, May 15, 2015

John Oliver Explain the Abuses of the Chicken Industry (Not the Ones You Think).  L.V. Anderson, Slate, May 18, 2015

Farmers Business Network Raises $15 Million in Funding Led by Google Ventures.  Business Wire, May 19, 2015\

Millions Still Available to Help Farmers Purchase Land.  NSAC blog, May 21, 2015

Monsanto Is Funding a Free ‘Reporting Boot Camp’ for Food Writers. Helen Rosner, Eater, May 22, 2015

Get Big Or Get Out.  Don Carr, Republic of Awesome, Jun 5, 2015

Walmart’s Sustainability Promises: Myth vs. Reality. Steve Holt, Civil Eats, Jun 5, 2015

Egg rationing in America has officially begun.  Roberto Ferdman, Washington Post, Jun 5, 2015

Whole Foods Markets: Throwing Organic Farmers Under the Bus? Cornucopia Institute, Jun 12, 2015

Environment & Farming Practices

Climate Change Poses Serious Threats to Food Distribution.  Elizabeth Grossman, Earth Island Journal, Mar 4, 2015

The small no-till farm in upstate New York that wants to ‘fix a broken food system’.  Nicole Crowder, Washington Post, Apr 1, 2015

Superbugs a grave global threat by 2030 due to industrial meat production.  Shefali Sharma, IATP, Apr 2, 2015

Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows.  Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel. New York Times, Apr 5, 2015

Let’s put an end to factory farming.  Tom Colicchio, CNN, Apr 6, 2015

Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else. Ryan Zinn, Common Dreams, Apr 13, 2015

Feeding the future through agroecology. Dr. M. Jahi Chappell and Tara Ritter. IATP, Apr 21, 2015

How Big Is Your Water Footprint? You’ll Be Surprised.  Peter Hanlon, EcoCentric, Apr 28, 2015

Tufts University Offers Online Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Seedstock, May 1, 2015

The Cutting Edge Method for Producing Food Just Might Be the Old Method for Producing Food.  Taylor Dolven, Vice News, May 8, 2015

500 street vendors will get free eco-friendly carts.  Erin Durkin, NY Daily News, May 11, 2015

Egg Farms Hit Hard as Bird Flu Affects Millions of Hens.  Stephanie Strom, New York Times, May 14, 2015

How is USDA Doing Supporting Training for New Farmers?  NSAC blog, June 3, 2015

Food Justice & Advocacy

Racism and Capitalism: Dual Challenges for the Food Movement.  Eric Holt-Gimenez, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.  Mar 25, 2014

Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy’s Over Farmworker Concerns.  Sue Sturgis, American Prospect, Mar 25, 2014

McDonald’s Workers, Vowing a Fight, Say Raises Are Too Little for Too Few. Rachel L. Swarns. New York Times, Apr 5, 2015

Growers Move to Gut California’s Farm Labor Law.  David Bacon, Capital and Main, Apr 7, 2015

The Color of Food: America’s Invisible Farmers.  Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, Apr 14, 2015

The Color of Food: Building Autonomy as African American Farmers.  Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, Apr 14, 2015

Promised a Supermarket Five Years Ago, a Housing Project Is Still Waiting. Keith Williams, New York Times, Apr 17, 2015

The World Bank’s Long War on Peasants.  Eric Holt-Giménez and Tanya M. Kerssen, Food First, Apr 20, 2015

Oakland’s Fight for 15 Protest: Urban farmers in solidarity with fast food workers.  Laetitia Benador, Food First, Apr 22, 2015

What happened to America’s black farmers?  Madeleine Thomas,Grist, Apr 24, 2015

Justice for farmworkers as labor rights bill makes overdue progress in the New York State Senate.  Editorial, NY Daily News, May 3, 2015

From farmworker to farm owner: One man’s story of the American dream.  Eve Andrews, Grist, May 4, 2015

The Color of Food: Seeds of Growth for the Cherokee People.  Natasha Bowens, Civil Eats, May 25, 2015

Can We Finally Treat Food Workers Fairly?  Mark Bittman, New York Times, May 27, 2015

The New Food Movement Has a Problem with Race.  Lauren Rothman, Mucnhies, May 29, 2015

The Food Revolution and the War for Our Minds.  Jonathan Latham, Rural America, Jun 12, 2015

Ag-Gag Laws: The Less You Know The Better.  Dayton Martindale, In These Times, Jun 19, 2015

Health & Food Access

PS 48 lends hands to fill Hunts Point’s meal gap. Naiche Parker, Hunts Point Express, Mar 10, 2015

Fewer NYC teens are drinking sodas: study.  Carl Campanile, NY Post, Apr 6, 2015

As Global Food Chain Grows, So Does Risk of Illness.  Maryn McKenna, National Geographic, Apr 7, 2015

City, health officials back warning labels on sugary drinks. Nidhi Prakash, Capital New York, Apr 13, 2015

Food System Recommendations Should Account for More Than Public Health.  Gabrielle Blavatsky, EcoCentric, Apr 21, 2015

Bill de Blasio aims to lower city’s premature mortality rate by 25%.  Jennifer Fermino, Daily News, Apr 22, 2015

Lessons from Supermarket Failure in a Food Desert. Kate McCleary, Liveable Future, May 5, 2015

School Lunch May Be Next to Nudge Antibiotics Off the Plate.  Maryn McKenna, National Geographic, May 8, 2015

CT Food Policy Council begins collaboration with hospitals. Brian Zahn, The Middletown Press, May 10, 2015

What Happened After One Family Went Organic For Just Two Weeks.  Huffington Post, May 14, 2015

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities.  Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian, May 22, 2015

5 Ways City’s School Food Director is Transforming Cafeteria Menu.  Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo, Jun 2, 2015

Chemicals in your popcorn?  Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, Jun 4, 2015

Former Trader Joe’s Exec Opens Super Cheap Nonprofit Supermarket. Brad Tuttle, Time, Jun 4, 2015

The 4 Ways People Rationalize Eating Meat. Jesse Singal, Science of Us, Jun 4, 2015

Restaurants Pan New York City’s Plan for High-Salt Labels. Melanie Grayce West, Wall Street Journal, Jun 10, 2015

The Daily Table: Is This What We Really Need?  Mark Winne, Beacon Broadside, Jun 30, 2015


CT jumps into top 10 in locally produced food index. Hartford Business, Apr 7, 2015

In Newark, a Vertical Indoor Farm Helps Anchor an Area’s Revival. C.J. Hughes, New York Times, Apr 7, 2015

Why “Clean Label” School Lunch May Be a Pipe Dream. Bettina Elias Siegel, Civil Eats, Apr 9, 2015

Council Members Ask De Blasio to Invest in Farmland. Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette, Apr 21, 2015

Craft Distilleries and Breweries Take Hold in South Bronx.  Winnue Hu, New York Trimes, Apr 22, 2015

The Untapped Potential of Wasted Food.  Lauren Markham, The New Yorker, May 4, 2015

USDA Report Shows Increase in Activity of Local and Regional Food Systems.  AJ Hughes, Seedstock, May 10, 2015

Vermont: America’s Food Relocalization Laboratory.  Steve Holt, Civil Eats, May 13, 2015

With Compost Program, Keeping Waste From Going to Waste.  Jim Dwyer, New York Times, May 21, 2015

Most Americans Could Eat Locally, Research Shows. UC Merced, Food First, Jun 1, 2015

NYC Mayor proposes composting mandate for hotels, arenas, large food businesses.  Crains, Jun 2, 2015

Let’s Help Create More Farmers.  Mark Bittman, New York Times, Jun 10, 2015

30 Women Under 30 Changing Food. Danielle Nierenberg, Huffington Post, Jun 23, 2015

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