Tag: agriculture

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Land Trust

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Land Trust

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

With farm land often more valuable as real estate than as agricultural grounds, many farmers look to sell off their lands. Bob Berner, retired Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust tells us why land trusts can help bridge that profitability gap.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: “Grass Fed” features Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm

The Lexicon of Sustainability: “Grass Fed” features Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

What does it mean to eat grass fed beef? What are the larger implications of producing and eating grass fed beef on animals, the environment and ourselves? In this new video, “Grass Fed” from the Lexicon of Sustainability project, filmmaker Douglas Gayeton explores grass farming, rotational grazing and other concepts with Virginia-based farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm.

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In the New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy and Palm Oil Rule

In the New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy and Palm Oil Rule

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

People around the world are eating a wider range of foods. But as a whole, we are increasingly reliant on a few crops. Researchers say that increases the risk of agricultural disaster.

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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for “growth promotion” or “feed efficiency.” The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.

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To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

California’s small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.

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What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Across the Midwest this summer, scientists are wading into 100 streams to collect water samples and check cages for fish eggs. It’s part of a large study to understand how pesticides and agricultural chemicals from farms are affecting the nation’s streams.

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Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

| July 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Archaeologists had considered Iran unimportant in the history of farming – until now. Ancient seeds and farming tools uncovered in Iran reveal Stone Age people there were growing lentils, barley and other crops. The findings offer a snapshot of a time when humans first started experimenting with farming.

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Why Slave Labor Still Plagues The Global Food System

Why Slave Labor Still Plagues The Global Food System

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

As consumers, we are at one end of a food supply chain that sometimes leads back to slavery. A State Department report on human trafficking shows that many farm and food workers around the world are still victims of trafficking and forced labor.

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When You Waste Food, You’re Wasting Tons Of Water, Too

When You Waste Food, You’re Wasting Tons Of Water, Too

| June 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Some 45 trillion gallons of water are lost each year with all of the food that’s thrown out around the world, according to a report from the World Resources Institute. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture.

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Next Meal: Engineering Food

Next Meal: Engineering Food

| May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are the benefits of genetically engineered foods worth the risks? Check out this half-hour special from QUEST Northern California that explores the pros and cons of genetically engineered crops and what the future holds for research and regulations.

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QUEST: Curious About Compost?

QUEST: Curious About Compost?

| September 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

How does San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste become a nutrient-rich material that improves the quality of our local wines? Watch QUEST’s Science on the SPOT story, Dark Matter: Inside the Compost Cycle to hear from agronomist Bob Shaffer, Northern California’s “compost guy,” and learn about the composting process.

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Gracias por los Campesinos

| November 11, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of the year again. Shorter days, colder nights and the realization that yet another year is slipping away. For those of us who clutch to whatever hope we can find, it’s also the time to begin thinking about all the promises ahead for 2008. To help mark the months, calendars that inspire […]

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Interview with Aaron Woolf, Director of "King Corn"

| November 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

“King Corn“ is a new film that premiered in the Bay Area this past weekend. In it, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis –best friends from college — plant an acre of corn in Iowa and attempt to track its path into the food chain. I caught up with director Aaron Woolf, whom I knew of […]

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