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A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it’s time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

| December 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

| December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Many can’t afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.

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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.

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USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida’s Oranges

USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida’s Oranges

| December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The agency is launching a new coordinated research effort to stop citrus greening, a disease imported from Asia that turns fruit bitter and unmarketable. It first turned up in Florida eight years. Now, it threatens to destroy the nation’s citrus industry.

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Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for “growth promotion” or “feed efficiency.” The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.

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Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

| December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don’t reach agreement, the nation faces going over “the dairy cliff” – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.

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All-American Dessert Recipe: Classic Apple Pie for Thanksgiving

All-American Dessert Recipe: Classic Apple Pie for Thanksgiving

| November 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

It’s not Thanksgiving without apple pie. Stephanie Rosenbaum shares step-by-step instructions for this holiday classic, better than you’ve ever made before.

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Pepsi Pressured To Fight Big Sugar’s ‘Land Grab’

Pepsi Pressured To Fight Big Sugar’s ‘Land Grab’

| November 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The anti-poverty group Oxfam is asking Pepsi’s shareholders to approve a resolution that, if passed, would force the company to disclose its sugar suppliers and investigate whether those suppliers are implicated in “land grabs” that unfairly take land from the poor.

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Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use

Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use

| November 22, 2013

Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their reason? Fertilizer. The FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure, which organic farmers call a precious resource and a basis of their farming practices.

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Have Bitcoin To Burn? Next Stop Could Be The Farm

Have Bitcoin To Burn? Next Stop Could Be The Farm

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

There aren’t many businesses accepting bitcoin just yet, so what’s bringing together the futuristic currency with the age-old profession of farming? Some say credit card fees play a big role.

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First Impression: Local Mission Market

First Impression: Local Mission Market

Bay Area Bites takes a look around the new Local Mission Market, dedicated to locavore cooking and eating from the team behind Local Mission Eatery and Local’s Corner.

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How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.

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Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry’s environmental and health practices because of “overwhelming” political influence.

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