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Bittman Does Berkeley: Talking Food Politics With Mark Bittman

Bittman Does Berkeley: Talking Food Politics With Mark Bittman

| February 13, 2015 | 3 Comments

“People are suffering. We need to fix that, but that’s not a cooking problem. If there’s a cooking problem, I can solve it. Cooking is easy. Social justice problems are not so easy.”

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Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Want to know if your favorite restaurant pays its servers a living wage? An app encourages diners to ask before they dig in.

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Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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Organic Cereal Manufacturer Nature’s Path is Going Against the Grain by Investing in Organic Farmland

Organic Cereal Manufacturer Nature’s Path is Going Against the Grain by Investing in Organic Farmland

| February 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Why would a company that sells over $300 million worth of boxed organic cereal in outlets like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s dive into the organic farmland business?

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How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

| February 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

The USDA is considering a set of rules for certifying farmed fish as organic. But some consumer groups say the recommendations don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.

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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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