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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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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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