Heads up, California and East Coast produce growers

...and other interested parties: the Food and Drug Administration is holding two public hearings about the safety of fresh produce, one in Oakland on March 20 and another in College Park, MD, on April 13. The participant registration deadline is March 12 for the Oakland hearing and April 6 for College Park....

Berkeley events with Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan, and Carol Ness

Bill McKibben — the writer, thinker, activist, and all-around awesome guy — will talk about his new book, "Deep Economy," with food-chain chronicler Michael Pollan on March 19 at Berkeley's First Congregational Church. Tickets are $10, available online or at local independent bookstores. Don't live in...

Digest: Meat eating insights, French frommage fracas, NYT chides FDA, GM rice trail

Guilty on all counts: Some fascinating market data in this little article about the 2007 National Grassfed Beef Conference in Pennsylvania. The majority of consumers purchasing grassfed beef are women who are younger, highly educated and more affluent. "The consumer is looking for more than cheap products,...

Horizon’s half-and-half attempt at going “beyond organic”

Horizon Organic (the largest organic milk producer in the U.S.) today announced it had published a new set of guidelines governing "Standards of Care" on its company-owned farms. Under fire from the Cornucopia Institute, a family farm watchdog group, and others for keeping cows in feedlots — and even going...

Making bacon from scratch

Last Sunday I made bacon and eggs for breakfast. Nothing earth shaking about that — but I didn't buy the bacon from the farmer's market or even Farmer Joe's. Actually, I made the bacon myself — from a 2 lb. package of pork belly I received through Operation Pork. The pig who provided the pork belly was born...