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Drakes Bay Oyster Company Gets 30 More Days as Restaurants File Lawsuit to Keep Farm Going

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Gets 30 More Days as Restaurants File Lawsuit to Keep Farm Going

| July 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is the one of largest operating oyster farms in California, and after month’s of legal battles, it’s being ordered to shut down by the federal government who has refused to renew the farm’s lease on park land. But a group of restaurant owners have filed a last minute lawsuit to keep this important local food source afloat.

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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

| July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

A new book claims the organic label can’t be trusted, especially on food that’s imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.

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Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe’s, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe’s, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The recall applies to “certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots” from a California packing company, the FDA says.

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Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

| July 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Many mainstream companies are creating GMO-free foods, but they’re not publicizing the changes. Meanwhile, some are also fighting state initiatives that would require them to label GMOs ingredients.

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Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called “ag-gag” laws.

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Berkeley’s Ecology Center Creates Farmers’ Market-Finding Tool

Berkeley’s Ecology Center Creates Farmers’ Market-Finding Tool

| July 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Berkeley’s Ecology Center has created a tool to help people not only find their nearest farmers’ market, but direct them there, and tell them whether it accepts CalFresh or SNAP benefits.

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From McDonald’s To Organic Valley, You’re Probably Eating Wood Pulp

From McDonald’s To Organic Valley, You’re Probably Eating Wood Pulp

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It’s used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it’s been around for ages.

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Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country’s cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.

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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of “biofortified” crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

To create accountability and transparency, some raw milk producers are coming up with guidelines for testing and safety. But federal agencies say all raw milk is still risky to consume.

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‘The Great Fish Swap’: How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

‘The Great Fish Swap’: How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Watch UC President Janet Napolitano Announce New Food Initiative at Edible Schoolyard with Alice Waters

Watch UC President Janet Napolitano Announce New Food Initiative at Edible Schoolyard with Alice Waters

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

At the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, UC President Janet Napolitano announces a new Global Food Initiative to address hunger, nutrition, and obesity. Sarah Henry reports.

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‘Natural’ Food Sounds Good But Doesn’t Mean Much

‘Natural’ Food Sounds Good But Doesn’t Mean Much

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

A consumer advocacy group says it’s time to ban the word “natural” from food labels because it’s misleading. But the quest to get the government to outlaw the word entirely faces tough legal hurdles.

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School Nutrition Fight Widens As School Board Members Join In

School Nutrition Fight Widens As School Board Members Join In

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leaders of the National School Board Association say they’re concerned about “federal overreach on school meals.” But the First Lady maintains that now is not the time to turn back the standards.

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