UN Committee Finds Violation of Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Traditional Lands | ASIL

The community complained that the process killed their animals and plants, and had an adverse impact on the environment. The Committee found that Paraguay failed to prevent contamination in violation of the their right to traditional lands, and recommended that Paraguay complete the relevant criminal and administrative proceedings. This decision affirms that the term “home” in the context of the indigenous community should be interpreted “within the context of the special relationship between them and their territories including their livestock, crops and their way of life such as hunting, foraging and fishing.”
— Read on www.asil.org/ILIB/un-committee-finds-violation-indigenous-peoples-right-traditional-lands

Volcanic Grit, Water Shortage Threaten La Palma’s Banana Crop

Once the ash lands on the bananas, it is almost impossible to remove.

And it causes further damage in the handling, transport and packing, with the huge bunches, which are known as “pineapples” and can weigh up to 70 kilos (150 pounds), carried on the shoulders.

“You have to blast it off with water or something — to be honest, I don’t know how to do it,” said Sanchez, 60, who owns a small plantation. “When the dew forms overnight, it really makes the grit stick, and in the morning it just won’t come off.”

Can’t be sold

The skin blackens in the form of a scratch but nothing like the brownish-black markings that show the fruit is ripe.

And although the banana is perfect, it is rejected and cannot be sold.

“European quality regulations ban the sale of bananas with more than four square centimeters of scratches per fruit, even if they are perfect inside and can be eaten without risk,” said Esther Dominguez of ASPROCAN, which represents banana producers in the Canary Islands.

The volcano’s eruption has predominantly hurt the Aridane valley on the western flank of La Palma, although the problem caused by volcanic ash and grit has affected a much wider area.
— Read on www.voanews.com/a/volcanic-grit-water-shortage-threaten-la-palma-s-banana-crop/6263865.html

EPA Is Banning Pesticide Chlorpyrifos On Food Crops : NPR

Agency officials issued a final ruling on Wednesday saying chlorpyrifos can no longer be used on the food that makes its way onto American dinner plates. The move overturns a Trump-era decision.
— Read on www.npr.org/2021/08/18/1029144997/epa-will-ban-a-farming-pesticide-linked-to-health-problems-in-children

Threshold Conversations with John Noksana, Caroline Behe, and Mumilaaq Qaqqaq

In this episode, John Noksana, Carolina Behe, and Mumilaaq Qaqqaq sit down with Threshold producers Amy Martin and Nick Mott to discuss Inuit food security and Inuit sovereignty in the North.

John, an Inuit hunter from Northern Canada, and Carolina, the Indigenous Knowledge and Science Advisor for the Inuit Circumpolar Council in Alaska, discuss how food security fits into a bigger picture of Inuit self-determination. Then, we hear from Mumilaaq, who’s addressing that bigger picture on an even larger stage: in Canada’s Parliament.
— Read on www.thresholdpodcast.org/conversations-inuit

The Problem of ‘Colonial Science’ – Scientific American

Seventy percent of our coastlines are in the developing world, but representation at the global stage is disproportional. The harsh truth is, if we aren’t being inclusive and equitable, we aren’t going to move the needle on the things that really matter, the things that are integral to our very existence, and we will continue to fail. As humans continue to destroy habitats and explore the last wild places, we can look forward to more frequent unintended consequences like pandemics and perhaps even global lockdowns. Building the mechanisms that would enable us to continue the important work of conservation no matter what, should be our priority. So, if we truly want to save our oceans, never forget: every coastline needs a local hero.

— Read on www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-problem-of-colonial-science/

Short Cuts #311 – Standoff At Fairy Creek – CANADALAND – Omny.fm

Covering BC’s anti-logging protests raise issues about journalists’ decorum, access, and how stories about land protectors are framed. And Native Twitter gets a CNN pundit fired for spewing racist views about Indigenous people. 

— Read on omny.fm/shows/cndlnd/short-cuts-311-standoff-at-fairy-creek

Arctic-Superpower Jostling Heats Up as Russia Takes on Key Role | Financial Post

Arctic-Superpower Jostling Heats Up as Russia Takes on Key Role | Financial Post
— Read on www.google.ca/amp/s/financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/arctic-superpower-jostling-heats-up-as-russia-takes-on-key-role/wcm/cc62f7b5-ab13-46e9-99eb-bf7c15d5fdb8/amp/

70 vegan trademarks registered in 2020 as sector growth continues

Law firm EMW says the raft of vegan trademarks follows an increase in spending on research and development from food manufacturers.
— Read on www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/145407/vegan-trademarks/

How hikers can protect archaeological sites

Hikers can follow these simple steps to ensure the protection of archaeological sites.
— Read on www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2021/04/25/how-hikers-can-protect/

Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate

In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades — a plant they say may help secure the future of this valuable commodity that has been imperilled by climate change.

The researchers said on Monday that the species, Coffea stenophylla, possesses greater tolerance for higher temperatures than the Arabica coffee, which makes up 56 per cent of global production, and the robusta coffee that makes up 43 per cent. The researchers found stenophylla coffee also had a superior flavour, similar to Arabica.

Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate
— Read on www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5995940