Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.