Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
America’s farmers aren’t growing enough organic corn and soybeans for our organic animals. Farmers in China, India and Argentina are filling the gap, but tight supplies have led to shortages.
Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their reason? Fertilizer. The FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure, which organic farmers call a precious resource and a basis of their farming practices.
The federal government is struggling to figure out how to fit fish farms into the National Organic Program, which regulates organic land-based farms. Environmentalists argue that fish farms shouldn’t quality for an organic label if they don’t use organic feed.
Thousands of seasonal workers come to California’s Salinas Valley each year to pick crops, and many of them seem destined for a life in the fields. Now, a training program run by ALBA Organics is giving these workers the skills they need to be their own bosses.
The FDA’s new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But some farmers worry that the guidance could make it much harder for them to let their birds range freely on pastures.
A 70-year-old California ice cream company is growing its delectable product line. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has new owners as well as a master ice cream maker on staff (a rare feat) and continues to use ingredients like Guittard and Valrhona chocolate, as well as organic cage-free eggs.
Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.
Tomatoes grown on organic farms contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene than their conventionally grown counterparts, a study finds. Turns out, organic farming techniques “stress out” the plants in ways that make them more nutrient dense.
What can you tell from those numbers on fruit and vegetable stickers? The price look-up (PLU) code system used by most produce distributors has the side benefit of allowing consumers to identify conventional and organic produce at the grocery store.
Many shoppers are willing to shell out more money for organic produce because they believe it is healthier — but a new report casts doubt on that. The Stanford University study challenges whether organic foods are more nutritious than conventional foods grown with pesticides. KQED’s Forum discusses the benefits of organic foods and the impact of ingesting trace amounts of pesticides. Do you buy organic? Will this new study change the way you eat?
Located in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley is one of my favorite California wineries, Medlock Ames. They make some of the best wines you’ll ever taste. But what makes them really special is their commitment to quality and sustainability which extends beyond the production of great wine. This Lavender Splash Cocktail is just one example of that commitment. It’s made with lavender organically grown at the Medlock Ames Tasting Room.
Raw sheep’s milk cheese made in the traditional Basque style is a rarity in Northern California. We took a tour of Barinaga Ranch to learn about the ancient process directly from the source.