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Metes and Bounds Pop-Up Dinners Offer Literal Farm-to-Table Experience, But it isn’t Cheap

Metes and Bounds Pop-Up Dinners Offer Literal Farm-to-Table Experience, But it isn’t Cheap

| August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Metes and Bounds is a new traveling pop-up restaurant that offers diners in Northern California a way to connect with the farmers that grow their food by actually eating a five course dinner with them at their farm. The five course meals are prepared with the day’s harvest and the tables are set up right in between the crop rows.

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Eatwell Farm to Begin Breeding its Own Heritage Poultry

Eatwell Farm to Begin Breeding its Own Heritage Poultry

| August 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

At large-scale hatcheries, male chicks are killed at birth. Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm, in Dixon, is launching a crowd funding campaign to breed his own heritage poultry so he won’t need to rely on these hatcheries, and “because it’s the right thing to do.” He’s hoping others will follow suit.

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Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

| August 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren’t at all squeamish about “pee-cycling.” A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

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When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

| August 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that’s not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.

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Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti’s Golden Ticket To Prosperity?

Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti’s Golden Ticket To Prosperity?

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cacao “supertrees” in the north produce more pods with more seeds than ordinary cacao trees. A USAID project hopes to capitalize on that so Haiti can gain a foothold in the high-end chocolate market.

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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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