This Week in Eco News - January 6, 2017

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria

Video of the Week

Happy New Week from the Monday Campaigns!
Improve your chances of keeping your New Year's resolutions by turning them into "Monday Resolutions." This fun, science-based video shows you how to capitalize on the natural momentum of the weekly cycle. Here's how it works: You use each Monday as a new chance to recommit to your goals. In this way, you get 52 chances a year for success, instead of just one. Only eight percent of people are able to keep their resolutions each year. 

News From Around the Web

Burger King, Tim Hortons to Curb Antibiotics Used in Chicken
The corporate group that holds fast food chains Burger King and Tim Hortons will remove from their menus chicken raised with antibiotics considered "critically important" to human medicine, with changes happening in American restaurants in 2017 and in Canada in 2018. They join brands like McDonald's and Tyson Foods who are doing the same. [Reuters]  

New Project Aims to Lure People Away from Meat, to a Climate-Healthier Diet
Lighter meat-eating for a for lighter environmental footprint is a major goal of the new Better Buying Lab. To start switching consumer behavior to eat more plant-based proteins, research shows shifts occur with appealing language, marketing and labeling such as calling vegetarian foods "proteins," marketing soy and nut-milks like cows' milk, using "superfood" rather than "veggie." [InsideClimate News]

Forty Years Later, FDA Finally Restricts Use of Antibiotics in Livestock
Four decades. That's the time it took for the FDA to issue some control over antibiotics used in farmed animals in order to contain the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threatens human health. The rules, known as Guidance for Industry #213, forbid antibiotic use in animals for growth-promotion and disallow antibiotic purchases without veterinary oversight. [FERN]

Big Battles over Farm and Food Policies May Be Brewing as Trump Era Begins
Plenty of people in Washington, including powerful factions within the Republican majority in Congress, are hoping to change a wide variety of food-related policies, and believe that the new administration offers a prime opportunity to make those changes happen. [NPR]

These Young Farmers Are Overturning an Industry in Serious Need of a Facelift
Lucas Isakowitz interviews young farmers (including GRACE's friend Yemi Amu) to discover why they decided to dedicate their lives to the soil, what makes them hopeful about the future of food in America and what keeps them up at night. [Fusion]  

Livestock Antibiotics Surging Up, Up, Up
Sales of medically important antibiotics for livestock were up 2 percent over 2014, and up 26 percent overall from 2009 through 2015. [NRDC]

Plan for 20,000-Hog Facility Sparks Revolt in Western Illinois
Residents of rural Bernadotte Township, Illinois are determined to stop a proposed 20,000-hog factory farm that they worry could disturb their way of life and contaminate their air, water and the nearby Spoon River. A temporary halt has occurred because of a Fulton County commission-passed resolution on all new large hog confinements in Illinois, which has seen 900 such operations open in the past 20 years. [Chicago Tribune]

EPA Turns Away from CAFO Water Pollution 
Federal EPA inspections of and management change-orders for factory farms have declined for the fourth year in 2015. This decrease has imperiled the health of US waters and air, yet it's sadly been expected due to congressional funding cuts and the Obama administration's expected pull back due to Clean Water Act rule-making, whose rules will likely be voided by GOP leaders. [Circle of Blue]

A Fish out of Water
Amidst the green Iowa fields, former hog farmers converted a barn to grow the other white meat (actually light pink), namely barramundi fish. VeroBlue Farms is set to become the largest US producer of the hardy, Australian fish species as it expands its operations to the town of Webster City, and could be a trailblazer towards larger-scale, sustainable, land-based aquaculture. [Mother Jones]

2017 : Agriculture Begins to Tackle Its Role in Climate Change 
After years of being off the table in climate talks, agriculture is now being considered widely by countries trying to reach their Paris emissions cuts pledges. [Inside Climate News]

Monday Campaigns

Use the Power of Monday to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions
The trick to successful long-term behavioral change is to shorten the time between a possible slip-up and the next temporal landmark. Instead of waiting an entire year, consider a landmark that comes around, say, 52 times more often. Monday, occurring at the beginning of every new week, offers the perfect opportunity.


Age Shapes Views on Healthy Food
Foods marketed as promoting health and wellness are big business these days and worldwide sales of such foods are expected to top $1 trillion this year. It turns out that young people and baby boomers alike are helping to drive the growth of health and wellness foods, but for different reasons. [Marketplace]

Living Planet: Salmon Farming - Sustainable Food or Biodiversity Killer?
Much of the salmon on our tables could come from Norway or Scotland. Chances are it won't be wild, it will be farmed. Is this a sustainable way to keep us supplied with healthy fish? Critics aren't so sure. "Living Planet" pays a visit to Scotland to hear both sides of the story. [Living Planet] 

Eco News contributed by Gabrielle Blavatsky; Kai Olson-Sawyer;James Rose and Robin Madel.

Image "MRSA Bacteria" by  NIAID on Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.