It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
California has taken matters into its own hands to elevate the reputation of domestic olive oil just in time for the fall harvest. Last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced new standards for the state’s olive oil producers, based on recommendations from the industry’s leaders.
Farmers at the annual fundraiser for The Center for Land-Based Learning say they’re doing OK this year, with a bit of strategic tinkering and water-wise practices. But if the drought drags on into another year, they except to hurt, a lot.
Bay Area restaurants and food artisans are feeling the direct effect of the drought’s impact on local farmers, crops and produce.
Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry’s fight against the foodborne pathogen.
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.