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

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

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

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 | 3 Comments

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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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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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

| July 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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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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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they’re making and selling it themselves.

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Farm Tripping: Local NorCal Agritourism Opportunities

Farm Tripping: Local NorCal Agritourism Opportunities

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

With harvests and travel season both at their peaks, summer is prime time for agritourism. CUESA shares a list of family-fun local farm trip opportunities.

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