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Alice Waters in conversation with SF Mayor Gavin Newsom

Mayors of major American cities are usually the ones answering questions in interviews. So when the mayor is the one doing the interviewing, the subject must be someone special. That was the case on Monday night, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson sat down with chef, food activist, and Slow Food...

Coming home to industrial ag: A tour of the Central Valley

There’s an image that’s stuck with me from the cross-country drive that my dad and I took last summer. It was one of many late-night stints at the wheel, perhaps 11 p.m., and we were hurtling along through the Utah desert. A sign at the last gas station had warned us of a nearly 100-mile...

Eco-Farm snapshots

Proving that sustainable agriculture is hotter than a compost pile in July, the 28th annual Ecological Farming Conference known to all as Eco-Farm — from which I've just returned — completely sold out in record time. More than 1,500 farmers, ranchers, educators, and activists descended on...

California raw milk update: A new commission, instead of a reversal

The hopes of more than 700 California raw-milk supporters following last week's seeming victory in Sacramento were dashed today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The issue of raw-milk safety and California bacteria standards — instead of being revoked — will now be taken up by a...

Some good news from California on raw milk — and genetically modified crops

Raw, raw, raw milk!: Hundreds of people showed up in Sacramento Wednesday to support the rolling back or amending of AB 1735, the sneaky amendment to the California code that would likely have put the state's two raw-milk suppliers out of business. Most encouragingly, the Assembly Agriculture Committee...

Two new Ethicureans

I'm still crippled — reduced to mousing and typing with left hand while standing with an ice pack strapped to my back (yeah, I know how sexy I look — you should see me in my cervical collar!). Sorry, but that means no Digest, and believe me, those 7,142-and-counting unread headlines are hurting...

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