This week: The rise of Australia’s food movement, how drought impacts the insect kingdom, not enough fruits and veggies are grown to healthily feed the planet and Regenerative Sourcing Verification hits U.S. shelves.

Australia

Working to reclaim and rebuild our food systems from the ground up
The Conversation
Separated more by time and capacity than ideological approach, groups and communities working for a better food system are mobilising across Australia. Our food system is ripe for repairing, reclaiming and revisioning.

Drought makes Aussie bees weak at the knees
ABC Rural
While the word drought conjures images of cattle skulls and withered crops, few consider the effect a drought can have upon the insect kingdom.

Victoria’s biggest solar farm under construction amid debate over lost agricultural land
ABC News
As work begins on Victoria’s biggest solar farm project, in the Mallee district in the north-west of the state, there is growing concern over the future of prime agricultural land in the heart of the country’s food bowl.

Protecting Australia’s diverse soils and landscapes
Sustainable Food Trust
Australia’s soils are one of its most valuable natural assets, critical to sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation, water quality and human health – but they are also among the most degraded, nutrient poor and unproductive in the world.

Opinion: New EU rules will force Australian farmers to choose between treatment or trade
EuroNews
New EU rules insist that veterinary medicines cannot be used any differently outside of the bloc if farmers want to export their produce to European countries – even if it is legally compliant with their native regulations.

Abroad

Soy destruction in Argentina leads straight to our dinner plates
The Guardian
Argentina’s Gran Chaco forest is being razed for soya, ending up in Europe as animal feed, and on our plates. It’s the backbone of Argentina’s fragile economy, but has come at a price for the indigenous people who live there.

Not Enough Fruits, Vegetables Grown to Feed the Planet, Study Reveals
University of Guelph
If everyone on the planet wanted to eat a healthy diet, there wouldn’t be enough fruit and vegetables to go around, according to a new University of Guelph study.

Half the population of Yemen at risk of famine: UN emergency relief chief
UN News
Around 14 million people in Yemen, or half the total population of the country, are facing “pre-famine conditions,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, in a briefing to the Security Council.

Regenerative Sourcing Verification hits the shelves with ‘Epic’ product
Environmental Leader
A product from Epic Provisions is the first in the world to carry the Land to Market Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) seal for sustainable sourcing. Developed by The Savory Institute, Land to Market is a program to verify regenerative sourcing for the food and fibre industries.

Series: America cannot eat without immigrant food workers. These are their stories.
New Food Economy
The New Food Economy is launching “The Hands that Feed Us,” a series telling the stories of immigrant food workers in their own words – because the true story of America’s food cannot be told without the stories of immigrants.

 

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