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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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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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