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Pregnant? Here’s Why That Tuna Sandwich Might Be a Bad Choice

Pregnant? Here’s Why That Tuna Sandwich Might Be a Bad Choice

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to a report in the October 2014 issue of Consumer Reports high tuna consumption may do more harm than good for pregnant women. This finding challenges the FDA guidelines that do not include tuna on the list of fish to avoid due to high levels of mercury.

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The ‘Greening’ Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers’ Pockets

The ‘Greening’ Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers’ Pockets

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida’s citrus industry is reeling from a disease called “greening,” while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.

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California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s still too early to tell just how much the magnitude-6.0 quake will cost the region, but it comes after a drought had already made things difficult for wineries.

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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

| August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.

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10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

As California faces a historic drought, many farmers are relying on groundwater reserves to carry them through the dry season. Pumping groundwater is currently unregulated in California (that could soon change), and drawing on reserves now could cause shortages in the future. Sustainability-minded farmers are looking ahead and using an arsenal of methods to conserve water. Here are just a few.

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Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.

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Barnraiser Hopes to Change the Food System, One Project at a Time

Barnraiser Hopes to Change the Food System, One Project at a Time

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forget about Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Barnraiser allows consumers who are interested in changing the food system back projects that will.

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‘Shark Week’ Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

‘Shark Week’ Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

| August 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

The craze to embrace all things shark during Discovery’s “Shark Week” in August is exploding onto menus. But the hype doesn’t hide the fact that many of these creatures are endangered.

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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.

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Eatwell Farm to Begin Breeding its Own Heritage Poultry

Eatwell Farm to Begin Breeding its Own Heritage Poultry

| August 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

At large-scale hatcheries, male chicks are killed at birth. Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm, in Dixon, is launching a crowd funding campaign to breed his own heritage poultry so he won’t need to rely on these hatcheries, and “because it’s the right thing to do.” He’s hoping others will follow suit.

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Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

| August 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren’t at all squeamish about “pee-cycling.” A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

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Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there’s another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

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Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.

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Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti’s Golden Ticket To Prosperity?

Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti’s Golden Ticket To Prosperity?

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cacao “supertrees” in the north produce more pods with more seeds than ordinary cacao trees. A USAID project hopes to capitalize on that so Haiti can gain a foothold in the high-end chocolate market.

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