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Drakes Bay Oyster Company Gets 30 More Days as Restaurants File Lawsuit to Keep Farm Going

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Gets 30 More Days as Restaurants File Lawsuit to Keep Farm Going

| July 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is the one of largest operating oyster farms in California, and after month’s of legal battles, it’s being ordered to shut down by the federal government who has refused to renew the farm’s lease on park land. But a group of restaurant owners have filed a last minute lawsuit to keep this important local food source afloat.

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The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

CUESA discusses the advantages and disadvantages between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes as well as clarifying the difference between hybrids and GMOs.

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Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called “ag-gag” laws.

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Farm Tripping: Local NorCal Agritourism Opportunities

Farm Tripping: Local NorCal Agritourism Opportunities

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

With harvests and travel season both at their peaks, summer is prime time for agritourism. CUESA shares a list of family-fun local farm trip opportunities.

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From the Dock to your Door: Seafood Subscriptions (CSFs) come to the Bay Area

From the Dock to your Door: Seafood Subscriptions (CSFs) come to the Bay Area

| July 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

What if you want fresh local seafood that hasn’t been frozen and flown thousands of miles to sit in a display case for a week? Enter “community supported fisheries.” Modeled after community supported agriculture (CSAs), CSFs in the Bay Area provide members with a weekly or monthly supply of fish and shellfish from the California Coast.

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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of “biofortified” crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

To create accountability and transparency, some raw milk producers are coming up with guidelines for testing and safety. But federal agencies say all raw milk is still risky to consume.

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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university’s strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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Going Against The Grain: Proposed FDA Rule Threatens Hidden World Of Spent Grain

Going Against The Grain: Proposed FDA Rule Threatens Hidden World Of Spent Grain

| June 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

For centuries, brewers have given farmers leftover grain to use as animal feed without any problems. So why is the FDA currently trying to regulate it?

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In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

In The Making Of Megafarms, A Few Winners And Many Losers

| June 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

A tiny fraction of America’s 2 million farmers produces most of our food. They are the winners of a long-running competition for land and profits that has also drained the life out of small towns.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

California produces most of America’s vegetables and nuts. Yet there’s little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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10 Farmers and Food Crafters to Follow

10 Farmers and Food Crafters to Follow

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Can’t get enough food photography — especially from behind-the-scenes? Follow these farmers and food crafters on Instagram to get inspired.

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