Tag: California

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

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?

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A Cookbook Map Reveals What’s Hot In American Regional Cuisine

A Cookbook Map Reveals What’s Hot In American Regional Cuisine

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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Truckin’: Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

Truckin’: Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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Poultry Farmers to Fight Back on California Cage-Free Egg Law

Poultry Farmers to Fight Back on California Cage-Free Egg Law

| March 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

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.

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Food Industry Groups Say They’ll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Food Industry Groups Say They’ll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

| February 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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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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Sushi Chefs Aren’t Feeling California’s New Glove Law

Sushi Chefs Aren’t Feeling California’s New Glove Law

| January 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

| December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

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How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Coke Changed Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning; Pepsi In Transition

Coke Changed Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning; Pepsi In Transition

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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KQED’s Forum: Prop. 37: The Food Fight over GMO Labeling

KQED’s Forum: Prop. 37: The Food Fight over GMO Labeling

| October 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

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.

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