As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
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.
Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?
Amazon Books has curated an interactive map that shows who’s invigorating regional cooking. And there are some surprises: Texas is moving beyond barbecue, while charcuterie is cool in California.
For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they’ll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.
California’s severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can’t make their usual migration. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of salmon a lift.
Missouri farmers will file a lawsuit against California over its law barring the sale of eggs from producers whose chickens are raised in small cages. The plaintiffs say the law is unconstitutional.
In an open acknowledgement that many consumers are annoyed that GMO ingredients aren’t labeled, a coalition announced Thursday that it does support labeling. But it wants a federal standard to be voluntary, and it wants to keep states from passing any more mandatory labeling measures.
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.
The new law aimed at improving food safety requires chefs and others who handle raw food in restaurants to wear gloves. Sushi chefs say it takes the feel out of hands-on sushi.
Many can’t afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.
Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.
In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.
Should California require labeling of genetically modified foods? That’s the goal of Proposition 37 on the November state ballot. Supporters say GMO labeling will provide California consumers with valuable information, while detractors claim it will simply add unnecessary confusion and cost to the food system.