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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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Locavore Losses: California’s Chefs, Artisans Feel the Drought

Locavore Losses: California’s Chefs, Artisans Feel the Drought

| October 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area restaurants and food artisans are feeling the direct effect of the drought’s impact on local farmers, crops and produce.

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California Cracks Down On Farmers Market Cheaters

California Cracks Down On Farmers Market Cheaters

| October 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it’s sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets is really local.

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Beyond The Kibbutz: A Jewish Farm Renaissance

Beyond The Kibbutz: A Jewish Farm Renaissance

| September 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

“There’s a social-action part of being a Jew, where you’re supposed to do something good in the world,” Dinberg explains. “Farming allows me to do that—care for the earth, be a partner with God, provide opportunities for people through good food.”

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the “good bacteria” known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

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Hog Island Oyster Farm Fights Climate Change as Demand Soars

Hog Island Oyster Farm Fights Climate Change as Demand Soars

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The biggest threat to business? Not the new crop of oyster bars popping up around town and elsewhere in the nation. Nor is it keeping up with consumer demand—for now. No, Hog Island is dealing with a different kind of problem.

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Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco’s Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco’s Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

| September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities rolling out incentives to grow food on unused land. But some San Franciscans argue that land should be used to address the acute affordable housing shortage.

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Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perdue Farms, one of the country’s largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it “a big step” forward.

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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry’s fight against the foodborne pathogen.

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The ‘Greening’ Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers’ Pockets

The ‘Greening’ Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers’ Pockets

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida’s citrus industry is reeling from a disease called “greening,” while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.

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American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility

American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rural Pride Campaign is a series of day-long summits focused on the LGBT experience in rural America sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the NCLR, and the True Colors Fund.

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10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

As California faces a historic drought, many farmers are relying on groundwater reserves to carry them through the dry season. Pumping groundwater is currently unregulated in California (that could soon change), and drawing on reserves now could cause shortages in the future. Sustainability-minded farmers are looking ahead and using an arsenal of methods to conserve water. Here are just a few.

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Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.

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