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Farm Labor Experts: The Solution is Not For Sale

Friend o' Ethicurean Twilight Greenaway writes about sustainable food for San Francisco's Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), which nourishes, inspires and educates SF residents and visitors by running the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and other educational programs. We're big...

Stanford Hospital gets Farm Fresh

Recipe for wellness: Stanford Hospital and Clinics' new Farm Fresh project, launched in a pilot phase last month, brings organic, locally grown and sustainable food to any patient whose doctor approves it and doesn't cost a cent more than traditional fare. Other Northern California hospitals such as Kaiser...

Time to ban practice of feeding poultry “litter” (eg poop & other waste) to cows

File in the bulging folder of Really Bad Ideas: It's estimated that as much as 2 billion pounds of poultry litter (comprising chicken manure aka poop, feathers, spilled feed, bedding material, dead rodents, etc.) are fed to cattle every year. That's more than just gross — it courts mad cow disease, reports...

NYT mag on obesity: Don’t punish, politicize

Who paves the road for the responsibility bandwagon?: Were it up to him, Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon Delos Cosgrove would amend the clinic's wellness policy--which already bans the hiring of smokers--to include a ban on the hiring of obese people. His is a hard-line approach linking obesity to personal...

Do I dare to eat a peach? Not a conventional one, says Tribune study

Another day, another facet to the debate over whether organic produce is worth the extra moolah. Unless you've been living on a remote mountaintop with no wireless, you've probably witnessed the recent frenzy over a UK study [pdf] claiming that organic food has no nutritional benefits over conventional. The...

Monsanto’s metallic legacy: Near phosphate mines, Idaho’s rivers take the hit

Everyone's favorite company finds yet another environmental resource to mismanage: In order to make its infamous herbicide Roundup, Monsanto needs phosphate, a mineral that happens to be prevalent in Southeastern Idaho thanks to a warm sea that existed there 240 million years ago. Three of the company's...

Michigan food processors turn groundwater orange

Orange you glad I didn't say arsenic?: It's common practice among Michigan's fruit and vegetable processors to spray their untreated wastewater, heavy with sugars and salts, onto nearby fields. After years of putting up with the spraying, nearby residents are complaining that large processors like Birds...

NY Senator Schumer calls for clamp down on sketchy milk protein concentrates

Putting the squeeze on MPCs: We missed this a few days ago, but New York Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a bill that would levy higher tariffs on imports of milk protein concentrates, or MPCs. (Little Falls Times) The dried dairy product - if you can call it that - is becoming ubiquitous in many...

SF chef pulls corn from his menu

Souring on sweet corn: Daniel Patterson, the chef at the award-winning restaurant Coi in San Francisco, has renounced corn, saying that relentless breeding to find sweeter and sweeter hybrids that play to America's sweet palate has led to corn that "... is so sweet that it overpowers or undermines...

A roundup of pesticide drift coverage: Who should pay for unruly spray?

Chemical standoff: Farm country residents mostly "grin and bear it" when pesticides from neighboring farms drift onto their property, but some are speaking out. In Illinois, a vineyard owner tires of watching clouds of 2,4-D engulf (and kill) his grapes when a nearby farm sprays. A retired minister gives up...

California’s tree crops are screwed, says new report

Things heat up in the nation's produce basket: Tree crops like apples, cherries, pears, walnuts and almonds rely on a chilly winter to set the stage for a productive spring and summer. But in a study released today, UC Davis scientists report that climate change is chipping away at the number of winter...

Memo to raw-milk advocates: Improve information, or get sued

Fifty veterinarians and others concerned with food safety gathered at a raw milk symposium last Sunday in Seattle. Sponsored by the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), “The Raw Milk Conundrum” featured speakers from nearly every regulatory agency in this country,  food safety academics, and...

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