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Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Severe drought has left northern Nevada’s farmers scrambling to find enough feed for the cows they already have. It comes as farmers are under pressure to expand to provide powdered milk to China.

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Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

| February 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It’s a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they’re the same thing.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Wheat or White?

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Wheat or White?

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s the difference between whole wheat and white bread? This new video from the Lexicon of Sustainability’s Douglas Gayeton explores the differences between breads, their nutrients and varying origins.

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Real Food, Real Movies: The Contest

Real Food, Real Movies: The Contest

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

From soil and seeds to the Bronx and bees: Fixing food in films of four minutes or less. Sarah Henry reports on the Real Food Media Project’s short documentary contest.

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Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just as Well as Vegetarians

Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just as Well as Vegetarians

| February 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

A study argues that if we want to cut emissions from meat production, we should help farmers produce more meat with less land. Farmers also need incentives not to cut down forests to graze animals.

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How Tracing the Oil in Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

How Tracing the Oil in Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Kellogg shareholder helped nudge the company to buy palm oil that’s fully traceable to its source. The hope is that more transparency in the industry will prevent environmental and labor abuses.

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California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste in Your Beer

California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste in Your Beer

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several brewers near Petaluma make beer with Russian River water, which officials say could run out by summer. That could force some to use well water heavy in minerals that might affect beer flavor.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Food Waste

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Food Waste

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the U.S., nearly 40% of the food we grow, distribute, put on store shelves then ultimately buy as consumers never gets eaten. But cooperative associations of organic food producers like Marin Organic based in Point Reyes Station are striving to cut down on food waste. Learn more in this new video from “Lexicon of Sustainability” filmmaker Douglas Gayeton.

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California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Old London Air Raid Shelter Becomes Vegetable Farm

Old London Air Raid Shelter Becomes Vegetable Farm

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a former bomb shelter beneath the streets of London, Zero Carbon Food is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens. And, believe it or not, this dark, dank underground farm is an energy efficient way to grow fresh produce.

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Organic Ice Cream, Sergio Romo, Catchy Outfits: Q&A with Three Twins’ Neal Gottlieb

Organic Ice Cream, Sergio Romo, Catchy Outfits: Q&A with Three Twins’ Neal Gottlieb

| February 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Three Twins Ice Cream started in the Bay Area and is growing: there’s a recently re-opened scoop shop in the Haight, and flavors like Sergio Romo’s Mexican chocolate (“it only tastes illegal”). Mary Ladd talks to Founding Twin Neal Gottlieb, who is a character for wearing eye catching outfits to industry events, and his products and dedication to giving back are the real deal.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions

Drought Forces Tough Decisions

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the lack of water across California, farmers are having to sell off cows and balance competing needs.

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Bay Area’s Herring Run Is On — Go Hyperlocal in Your Seafood Eating

Bay Area’s Herring Run Is On — Go Hyperlocal in Your Seafood Eating

| February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

The herring run is on in San Francisco. Bay Area Bites talks to local sustainable-seafood expert Maria Finn for tips on sourcing and cooking every part of this healthy, affordable, and very local fish during its brief appearance in our waters.

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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won’t Get Water Unless They Ask

California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won’t Get Water Unless They Ask

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners’ tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.

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