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Agriculture

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  • Want to help the bee populations? Grow a variety of flowers

    Want to help the bee populations? Grow a variety of flowers
    The European honey bee was brought to this continent in the early 1600s, but not to pollinate crops. Rather, early settlers sought beeswax to make candles. Native bees, which are mostly solitary ground-dwellers, were effective pollinators but did not...
  • California agriculture: It's worth the water

    California agriculture: It's worth the water
    Pundits here in drought-stricken California have become fond of proclaiming that farms consume 80% of the state's water and generate only about 2% of its gross domestic product. "Why devote so much of our water to an industry that contributes so little...
  • Wal-Mart's clout buoys animal welfare

    Wal-Mart's clout buoys animal welfare
    When the giant retailer Wal-Mart recently announced that it would ask all suppliers of fresh and frozen meat, deli, dairy and egg products to its Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in the U.S. to abide by sweeping new guidelines for the humane treatment of...
  • Bug wars: In Utah farm fields it's ladybugs vs. a plague of aphids

    Bug wars: In Utah farm fields it's ladybugs vs. a plague of aphids
    James Barnhill has had a front-row seat to a tense natural battle in the farm fields of central Utah. Due to a drought and record warm winter here, invasive insects called aphids have survived the usually frigid months to ravage alfalfa and wheat...
  • Everything you need to know about fennel, the raw and the cooked, in 12 recipes

    Everything you need to know about fennel, the raw and the cooked, in 12 recipes
    There are few vegetables that are as closely identified with Southern California’s sunny winters as fennel. In some areas, in fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid — you can even find it sprouting in sidewalk cracks. The hillsides in...
  • The blood orange, one of winter's great fruits, with 12 recipes

    The blood orange, one of winter's great fruits, with 12 recipes
    Fruit expert David Karp loves to tell the story about a homeowner who was shocked several years ago to discover that she had a blood orange tree in her backyard. She called the cops because she was sure someone was trying to poison her. It’s...
  • Has the farmers market movement peaked?

    Has the farmers market movement peaked?
    Have farmers markets become too plentiful for their own good? That’s a question farmers and market managers have been asking for several years. And now there’s evidence that suggests it may be so. A new study by the Department of Agriculture...
  • Florida included in Franklin Farms Veggiburgers recall

    Florida included in Franklin Farms Veggiburgers recall
    Franklin Farms is issuing a voluntary recall of certain code dates of Chili-Bean Veggiburgers because they may contain undeclared peanut. Franklin Farms was notified by a third party supplier that one of the spice ingredients used in Chili-Bean...
  • Baja labor leaders learned tactics from their efforts in U.S.

    Baja labor leaders learned tactics from their efforts in U.S.
    Before Fidel Sanchez led protest marches this month against growers in Baja California, he fought for higher wages from tomato farmers in Florida. Justino Herrera, who dons an Army fatigue jacket during labor talks, once led a work stoppage against an...
  • 12 great recipes for grapefruit

    12 great recipes for grapefruit
    It seems to be a peculiarity of the citrus family that extremely different fruits find themselves grouped under a single name. Think “tangerine,” which includes everything from the pinkie-sized Kishu to some of the new varieties such as the...
  • Baja farmworkers' strike crimping some produce supplies in U.S.

    Baja farmworkers' strike crimping some produce supplies in U.S.
    Farmworkers protesting low wages at Mexican export farms in Baja California timed their strike for the peak of the harvest season, and their bold tactics appear to be having an impact. Produce industry growers, retailers, shippers and importers on...