STRAWBERRIES, about to come into high season in our South Bay, have jumped above apples for the first time in a few years. Buy them ORGANIC (along with the other ‘Dirty Dozen’ listed) to avoid multiple pesticide residues in your food choices. Follow the link for more of the research and to print a copy of the lists for your next shopping trip.
Check out @EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce! #DirtyDozen #CleanFifteen http://bit.ly/1VxUO3i
Stanford’s six-acre site is to be as much a laboratory as a classroom for students to learn theory and evolve best practices in sustainable agriculture. The goal is to educate future leaders who can address our environmental and food system challenges in the 21st Century.
Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. 82% of conventionally produced and processed beef samples were found to have at least 2 types of bacteria. CONVENTIONAL SAMPLES WEREMORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE BACTERIA WHICH WAS RESISTANT TO 3 OR MORE CLASSES OF TYPICAL ANTIBIOTICS.
A new USDA study (published in the journal PLOS ONE) tracked crop diversity across farms in the US from 1978 to 2012 using five year ag census data.
While the overall data confirms the dominance of monoculture farming – a practice known not to be sustainable in the long-term – there is evidence that in five of the nine Farm Resource Regions where fruits and vegetables reign supreme crop diversity was either maintained or increased slightly. Check out the map for specifics and read more…
The Cannery agrihood in Davis, California, will place an educational incubator farm in the middle of a planned community. Morphing from last century’s model of housing surrounded by a golf course, this new development seeks to transform an industrial site into a 21st century organic farming and living experiment.
In an effort to strengthen local and regional food systems, the USDA has promised millions through several grants to support farmers markets, CSA’s and ‘hub’ businesses that aggregate and facilitate regional food promotion, awareness of resources and actual distribution channels. Farm-to-institution programs are also included which is great news for educational and health organizations!