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In the New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy and Palm Oil Rule

In the New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy and Palm Oil Rule

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

People around the world are eating a wider range of foods. But as a whole, we are increasingly reliant on a few crops. Researchers say that increases the risk of agricultural disaster.

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Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Swanton Berry Farm became one of four farms in the country to receive the Food Justice Certification label. Learn more about what that certification means and why it’s been years in the works.

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The Secret Lives of Cows: Jumping for Joy

The Secret Lives of Cows: Jumping for Joy

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yes, they’re big, lumbering, earthbound creatures. But sometimes, Bessie and friends just have to get airborne.

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Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It’s Pricey

Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It’s Pricey

| March 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

America’s farmers aren’t growing enough organic corn and soybeans for our organic animals. Farmers in China, India and Argentina are filling the gap, but tight supplies have led to shortages.

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‘Peak Salmon’ May Be Unlikely, But Threats to Farmed Salmon Loom

‘Peak Salmon’ May Be Unlikely, But Threats to Farmed Salmon Loom

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some speculate that overfishing of the small fish fed to farmed salmon led to the all-time high prices seen in 2013. But Norwegian salmon experts say the bigger threat to the farmed fish is disease.

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Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Severe drought has left northern Nevada’s farmers scrambling to find enough feed for the cows they already have. It comes as farmers are under pressure to expand to provide powdered milk to China.

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What To Do About Your Recalled Meat

What To Do About Your Recalled Meat

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Petaluma’s Rancho Feeding Corp. has shut down and is being investigated after having been forced to recall nearly 9 million pounds of meat. The shutdown is affecting a number of local meat producers and consumers. Any tainted beef should be thrown out.

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Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just as Well as Vegetarians

Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just as Well as Vegetarians

| February 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

A study argues that if we want to cut emissions from meat production, we should help farmers produce more meat with less land. Farmers also need incentives not to cut down forests to graze animals.

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‘Piglet Smoothie’ Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

‘Piglet Smoothie’ Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Undercover footage shows a hog farm feeding sows ground-up piglets who succumbed to a deadly virus. Veterinarians say it’s the only method they have to protect herds against a fast-spreading disease.

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The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

| February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Most of the nation’s chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it’s time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Food Waste

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Food Waste

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the U.S., nearly 40% of the food we grow, distribute, put on store shelves then ultimately buy as consumers never gets eaten. But cooperative associations of organic food producers like Marin Organic based in Point Reyes Station are striving to cut down on food waste. Learn more in this new video from “Lexicon of Sustainability” filmmaker Douglas Gayeton.

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chick-fil-A’s plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new book argues that Tyson’s system treats farmers like “modern-day sharecroppers.” Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson’s inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.

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California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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