Top Canada Watchdog Worried About Pesticide Linked to Bee Deaths (Reuters)
Canada’s official environmental watchdog is concerned that authorities are allowing the long-term use of pesticides linked to bee deaths without having enough information about the products. Environmental Commissioner Julie Gelfand said nine pesticides, eight of which are neonicotinoids, have been conditionally registered for more than a decade, even though the federal health ministry agency has not gathered the required data. Last July, Ontario became the first government in North America to curb the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoids.
Wal-Mart’s Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts (Associated Press)
Wal-Mart’s decision to close 154 stores across the country will create three new food deserts in neighborhoods in Alabama, Arkansas, and Kansas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers a neighborhood a food desert if at least one fifth of residents live in poverty and a third live more than a mile away from a supermarket in urban areas, or more than 10 miles in rural areas. The closures will also affect another 15 states and 31 neighborhoods that will be left without a place to buy fresh produce and meat.
When Fast-Food Startups Strive to Improve the Way Communities Eat (Bloomberg)
Locol, a new California restaurant chain opened by Chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson, aims to prove that food can be fast, delicious, affordable, and healthy—while feeding underserved communities. The first branch of the chain opened this week in Watts, an under-resourced Los Angeles neighborhood surrounded by unhealthy fast-food restaurants like Popeyes and Burger King. Locol’s burgers are served in a bun much thinner than what you’ll find at traditional fast food restaurants, and they come loaded with leafy greens. The chain also offers spicy corn chips, greens, and flatbread instead of French fries, and agua frescas in place of sodas. Locol will open its second location in Oakland.
Farming Industry Balks at Obamacare Requirements (KQED)
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