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Why Shark Finning Bans Aren’t Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren’t Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

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When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.

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Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Californians have been enjoying summer weather in the dead of winter, but the downside is that unseasonably warm temperatures could threaten many of our favorite foods.

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Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many coastal communities that harvest shellfish could soon be hurt by ocean acidification, a study finds. The Pacific Northwest and New England are hot spots, as are estuaries along the East Coast.

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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 | 2 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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Snacking In-Between Sidewalks: Mapping Abundance of Wild Edibles in the Bay Area’s Food Deserts

Snacking In-Between Sidewalks: Mapping Abundance of Wild Edibles in the Bay Area’s Food Deserts

| February 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

Two UC Berkeley professors think weeds get a bad rap. In fact, they believe the “mountains” of wild edible plants growing between the Bay Area’s sidewalks can help solve food access problems in food deserts.

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Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it’s asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

| January 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

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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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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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Bringing Back the Bees: How One Bay Area Company is Using Wildflowers to Create a More Sustainable Food System

Bringing Back the Bees: How One Bay Area Company is Using Wildflowers to Create a More Sustainable Food System

| January 6, 2015 | 2 Comments

Bay Area based company Seedles wants to strengthen our food system by bringing back the bees. They’ve created gumball-sized seed balls that can be thrown anywhere to plant wildflowers and increase bee pollination.

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New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

New Agriculture Policy Changes May Make it Easier to Start an Urban Farm in Oakland

| November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Growing and selling your own kale and green tomatoes in Oakland may get a lot easier in the next few months. Next week the Oakland City Council will have a final vote on amendments to its agricultural zoning policy that will remove costly barriers to starting an urban farm.

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Apps Aim To Guide You On ‘Sustainable Food’ (Whatever That Means)

Apps Aim To Guide You On ‘Sustainable Food’ (Whatever That Means)

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

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New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

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