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‘Modern Farmer’ Owner Says It Will Live On, Despite Staff Exit

‘Modern Farmer’ Owner Says It Will Live On, Despite Staff Exit

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several people associated with Modern Farmer tweeted their farewells to the magazine that became known for printing arch photos of handsome animals and writing audacious headlines.

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This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond Community

This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond Community

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a city where steady employment for youth and inexperienced workers is limited to big box stores like Walmart and Target, or fast-food joints like Taco Bell and McDonald’s, Urban Tilth provides a different path.

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Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It’s because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there’s debate about whether that’s really worse for the animals.

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The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green?

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge.

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How California’s New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

How California’s New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

| December 29, 2014 | 11 Comments

On Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens living in more spacious digs. The rules have disrupted the egg industry, and pushed prices up at grocery stores in California.

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola’s New Milk

Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola’s New Milk

| December 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They’re Cracked Up To Be

Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They’re Cracked Up To Be

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here’s a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

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For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

| November 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

If you’re giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.

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New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

| November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Growing and selling your own kale and green tomatoes in Oakland may get a lot easier in the next few months. Next week the Oakland City Council will have a final vote on amendments to its agricultural zoning policy that will remove costly barriers to starting an urban farm.

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‘Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

‘Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary film follows protesters who occupied a research farm owned by the University of California. The film has become a symbol of the subversive possibilities of urban farming.

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A New Standard for California Olive Oil

A New Standard for California Olive Oil

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

California has taken matters into its own hands to elevate the reputation of domestic olive oil just in time for the fall harvest. Last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced new standards for the state’s olive oil producers, based on recommendations from the industry’s leaders.

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Pop-Up Octoberfest at Petaluma’s Thistle Meats

Pop-Up Octoberfest at Petaluma’s Thistle Meats

Who’s behind Petaluma’s newest pop-up? Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen talks with Thistle Meats’ owner Molly Best and chef Mark Malicki about the butcher-shop Octoberfest they’ll be hosting on Monday, Oct 27.

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New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

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