here are many factors behind the planet's plummeting biodiversity, from real estate development to industrial agriculture to climate change. The effects of that loss are felt in many different ways, from nutrient loss in our food thanks to the reduced microbiome of our soils, to climate impacts from the destruction of rainforest for cattle grazing. There are also less discussed impacts, like the disappearance of foods and food ways that are culturally and nutritionally important to communities and cultures.

A recent piece on Civil Eats explored how Indigenous farmers have helped keep traditional seed varieties alive, even as “modern” commercial hybrid seeds were expected to lure them away from their farms’ rich biodiversity. What is accomplished by such seed-saving, which the author calls “seeds in motion,” mirrors some of what is described in a recent report called “Justly Biodiverse.” While Indigenous communities can be most adversely impacted by biodiversity loss, they are also more likely to retain connections between people and land, and to preserve both wild and cultivated foods from disappearing. Creating the conditions that make it possible for Indigenous people to manage their traditional lands — like the recent transfer of California redwood forests back to an intertribal council — is vital to preserving biodiversity of both wild and cultivated species.

Read more about the connections between biodiversity and food sovereignty on FoodPrint.


4 New Whole Grains Cookbooks

Adding whole grains into your diet is not only better for your health and your wallet, it’s also better for farmers and supports a biodiverse food system. As four new cookbooks show, there is a wide world of whole grains out there, from smokey freekeh to nutty fonio and everything in between. Dig into the world of these nutritious grains, with cooking tips and recipe ideas from Joshua McFadden’s “Grains for Every Season,” Abra Berens’ “Grist” and more.

15 Ways to Use Mushrooms Stems and Pieces

So many recipes call for just mushroom caps, with no instruction for what to do with the stems. Too often, these edible stalks land in the trash. And poorly stored mushrooms can turn slimy in a matter of days, meaning even more mushroom waste. To help you prevent this avoidable waste, our guide includes proper storage techniques and some waste-free recipes to help make sure you use every bit of your mushrooms.
Civil Eats

Ads for Livestock Antibiotics Fly in the Face of FDA Rules. Will the Agency Step In?

OUR TAKE: When medically important antibiotics get fed to animals, there’s a serious risk that they can speed the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But while antibiotics are still overused on factory farms to prevent disease, they’ve come under much more supervision thanks to recent efforts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As Civil Eats reports, however, drug manufacturers are still advertising their products for routine inclusion in animal feed, violating the FDA’s requirements for veterinary supervision and undermining the agency’s efforts to cut back on unnecessary drug use.
The New York Times

Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet

OUR TAKE: Why do so many environmental organizations neglect food when it comes to climate action? This video from The New York Times explores how lobbyists for big agribusiness work hard to keep people in the dark about the true environmental impacts of agriculture, painting industrial farms as romantic homesteads that are in tune with nature rather than centers of industrial food production that produce significant amounts of greenhouse gases. Maintaining this image is essential to ensuring the industry can dodge common-sense regulatory efforts that would minimize industrial agriculture’s ability to pollute.
The Daily Yonder

Q&A: Author Nathan Rosenberg on Why the Future of Agriculture Relies on Climate Policy

OUR TAKE: When it comes to climate mitigation, there are many scholars, policy makers and others that believe the only way to push the industrial agricultural system to change is to focus on shifting the economic and legal systems they operate in. The Daily Yonder recently interviewed one such scholar, agricultural policy lawyer Nathan Rosenberg, about his new book, “Our Future: The Science, Law, and Policy of Climate-Neutral Agriculture.” The interview delves into thoughts on carbon-negative farming, pollution regulation and the conflation of rural residents with farmers.

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