• Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

    "Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

  • Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Eggplant

    This nightshade has been unfairly blamed for maladies from pimples to leprosy to "melancholy." Also, should you salt and rinse it, and why? Megan Saynisch leads us on a path winding through eggplant's exotic history and straight back to the kitchen.

  • Antibiotics Should Resist A Free-Market Paradigm

    How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.

  • USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

    The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

  • Consumer Reports Deems Tuna Too Risky for Pregnant Women, FDA Flip Flops on Its Own Data

    For pregnant and nursing mothers, eating more fish is something that the FDA specifically recommends. To lots of people, "fish" equals tuna. It's canned. It's cheap. It's easy. But new analysis from Consumer Reports concludes that tuna's high levels of mercury outweigh its potential benefits for expecting mothers.

Heroic Endeavor: Sanjay Rawal's New Film, Food Chains

In the runup to Labor Day, we speak with Sanjay Rawal about his new film, Food Chains, which takes an unflinching look at abuses in the fields, but it also tells the hopeful story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who've made incredible strides over the past decades, managing to strike agreements with some of the world's largest fast food companies and grocery stores through consumer pressure.

Antibiotics Should Resist A Free-Market Paradigm

How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.

USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

This Week in Eco News - August 22, 2014

Talk about opposites: record-setting rain drowned parts of Long Island, New York last week while California's water overuse is aggravating already parched conditions. One great piece of Eco News: Oregon's state legislature said no to a coal export terminal on the coast which could have fouled native fisheries in the Columbia River and other waterways.

Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

"Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Beer

We may think of it as a refreshing accompaniment to a slice of pizza (which it is!), but beer is so much more. As an agricultural product, requiring considerable resources for its production, and as a sustenance, beer has a significant impact on our food system.

This Week in Eco News - August 15, 2014

How do you manage your resources? Several stories this week deal with that question, on scales ranging from national to your very own home. (Remember, a solar energy spill just means an extra-sunny day at your house!) Find out the latest source of aid for California's farmers who are still enduring the state's awful drought.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Olives

Olives have long had a place in our kitchens and at our tables. To the Greeks and Romans, the olive wasn't just a source of food, but the fuel that lit their lamps and bolstered their economies. To this day, to figuratively extend the olive branch means to offer peace to your enemy. Learn more about the hearty olive, which not only tastes great but is good for you too!

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

Quick Tips for Separating Your Compostables

Whether you're building your own compost or donating your scraps to a local program, start setting those scraps aside with these simple kitchen collection tips! This fourth post in our composting series gives you the nitty-gritty on collecting and saving food scraps at home.

This Week in Eco News - August 8, 2014

The effects of industrial farming were on vivid display last week as toxic algae contaminated the water in Toledo, Ohio. Here's what you can do to bolster sustainable food: shop at a farmers' market to celebrate local farmers who are building a better food system. (While you're there, wish everyone a Happy National Farmers' Market Week!)

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Ground Cherries

If you haven't tried ground cherries, you're not alone. These bright yellow-orange beauties wrapped in a papery husk are a niche fruit in the US. Once enjoyed by Native Americans, and later by early American settlers, the sweet ground cherry is under-appreciated today.

Sports and Sustainability: A Winning Combination!

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about attending your favorite football/baseball/soccer/hockey team's game at their hometown stadium? Sustainable food? Water conservation? Maybe recycling or composting? No? What about LEED Gold Certifications, green rooftops or farm-to-table menus?

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