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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they’re concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond Community

This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond Community

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a city where steady employment for youth and inexperienced workers is limited to big box stores like Walmart and Target, or fast-food joints like Taco Bell and McDonald’s, Urban Tilth provides a different path.

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Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

The government wants to make your chicken meat safer to handle. The USDA is proposing legal limits on the chicken parts that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

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Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Chipotle’s Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It’s because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there’s debate about whether that’s really worse for the animals.

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How Your Food Gets The ‘Non-GMO’ Label

How Your Food Gets The ‘Non-GMO’ Label

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it’s conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here’s how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. – Food for Thought

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. – Food for Thought

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

To honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., the iconic civil rights leader and Nobel Peace prize winner I am sharing quotes in which he expresses thoughts about hunger, poverty and food injustice.

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After Foie Gras Ban Lifted In California, Some Chefs Face Threats

After Foie Gras Ban Lifted In California, Some Chefs Face Threats

| January 15, 2015 | 6 Comments

A ban on the controversial delicacy that went into effect in 2012 was overturned last week. Now some chefs offering the dish have received enough threats to get law enforcement involved.

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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

New GMO potatoes don’t bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won’t touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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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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What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, more evidence has piled up showing the benefits of drinking water and the risks of sugary beverages. So scientists say it’s time for a water symbol on MyPlate.

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Why Some Chefs Just Can’t Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna

Why Some Chefs Just Can’t Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Japanese sushi chefs often can’t resist bluefin tuna on offer. Some American chefs can’t either, even though conservation groups and marine biologists have been badgering them about bluefin for years.

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A Resolution For Foodies Who Want To Do Good: Pick A Campaign

A Resolution For Foodies Who Want To Do Good: Pick A Campaign

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Want to change the food system? You can vote with your fork, but you can also support a campaign that’s confronting the problems head on.

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Kendra Baker’s New Santa Cruz Food Empire Gaining Fans

Kendra Baker’s New Santa Cruz Food Empire Gaining Fans

| January 2, 2015 | 7 Comments

There’s more than surf up these days in coastside Santa Cruz, where pastry chef Kendra Baker and business partner Zach Davis have launched no less than six successful food outposts since 2010.

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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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