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California Aquaculture Companies Explore Sustainable Fish Farming

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

California Aquaculture Companies Explore Sustainable Fish Farming

Most of the farm-produced seafood consumed in this country is imported, much of it from Asia, and that has raised concerns about environmental and public health regulation at overseas fish farms. Now some California aquaculture businesses are pitching environmentally friendly ways to bring more business here.

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Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 3 Comments

Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

What's next for the oyster farm, its employees and the natural environment of Drakes Estero.

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A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese

KQED Science | July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese

A team of Bay Area scientists is biohacking baker's yeast, in an effort to produce proteins that are just like milk proteins, only they're aren't from milk.

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California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.

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A ‘Squid Bloom’ in Monterey Bay Is Good News for Local Fishermen

KQED Science | June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A ‘Squid Bloom’ in Monterey Bay Is Good News for Local Fishermen

Squid fishermen in and around Monterey Bay are experiencing early success this season with California market squid, which may be a result of a couple happy accidents.

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California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

KQED Science | June 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

Mountain meadows that would normally be covered with wildflowers have nothing to offer the bees this year, as the flowers lie dormant in the drought. Beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production, and in some cases are just trying to keep their bees alive.

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Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

KQED Science | June 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

A new report echoes some of the worst fears of a fourth straight drought year.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/foraging-for-a-better-beer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foraging-for-a-better-beer target=_blank >Foraging for a Better Beer</a>

QUEST | June 10, 2014

Foraging for a Better Beer

Watch as a Durham, NC brewery makes persimmon beer from foraging to fermentation. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/how-to-plant-a-backyard-rain-garden/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-plant-a-backyard-rain-garden target=_blank >How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden</a>

QUEST | June 5, 2014

How to Plant a Backyard Rain Garden

This growing season, consider planting a different kind of garden, one that will sop up stormwater and take pressure off the sewage system. ...Read More

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Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

KQED Science | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?

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Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

KQED Science | April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

First the freeze, now a crippling water shortage confront citrus growers in the Central Valley.

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Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

Whether it’s a lager or ale, sour or bitter, dark or light, most beer has one thing in common: yeast. KQED Science visits a commercial yeast laboratory and a local brewery to reveal how this key ingredient is a major player in both science history and beer production.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions on Farmers and Ranchers

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Forces Tough Decisions on Farmers and Ranchers

Among the first and hardest-hit by the drought are ranchers and farmers who are now faced with some tough choices. The decisions they'll soon be making will have a ripple effect from the farm to the table.

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Should Wine Bottles Carry a Deposit?

KQED Science | February 3, 2014 | 15 Comments

Should Wine Bottles Carry a Deposit?

Some are calling for bottle deposits on wine and liquor bottles to solve the deficit in the state’s recycling fund, but the industry says its recycling rates are already high.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/29/california-egg-dairy-producers-win-big-in-farm-bill-2/ target=_blank >California Egg, Dairy Producers Win Big in Farm Bill</a>

News Fix | January 29, 2014

California Egg, Dairy Producers Win Big in Farm Bill

It's more than two years late, but California farmers say they're relieved the House finally passed a compromise farm bill. ...Read More

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California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

KQED Science | January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

The silver lining: droughts can produce some very memorable wines -- just not as much of them.

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Crab Season Kicks Off With New Limits for Fishermen

KQED Science | November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Crab Season Kicks Off With New Limits for Fishermen

A new cap on the number of crab traps could help Bay Area fishermen--and maybe keep fresh crab in your local market a bit longer.

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Appeals Court Rules Against Drakes Bay Oyster Company

KQED Science | September 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Appeals Court Rules Against Drakes Bay Oyster Company

A new court order may be the final blow for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, located within the Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm will not be allowed to continue operating while it awaits an appeal to the decision not to renew its lease.

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What the Heat Wave Means for California’s Crops

KQED Science | July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

What the Heat Wave Means for California’s Crops

The heat wave that pushed inland temperatures into triple-digits for days is finally wearing off, but farmers are still figuring out how it will affect their crops. It's a mixed bag, depending on what a farmer grows.

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L-carnitine: Heart Disease’s Chemical Culprit?

KQED Science | May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

L-carnitine: Heart Disease’s Chemical Culprit?

Eating a lot of red meat is known to contribute to heart disease, presumably due to the large amount of saturated fats and cholesterol in the meat. Or that’s what we used to think. New research indicates the real culprit may be a chemical in the red meat called L-carnitine.

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