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Wine Country fires destroy 5 farms in Glen Ellen, Santa Rosa

Several small vegetable farms in Sonoma County have fallen victim to the North Bay fires, including several that were founded in the past six years by young farmers taking part in the local organic farm movement. While properties are still partly intact, many farmers have lost homes and essential infrastructure, and they said that getting […]

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Sonoma County farmers and livestock flee from Wine Country fires

The Wine Country fires are hitting the heart of Sonoma County farm and dairy land, and many ranchers and farmers had either evacuated or were preparing to evacuate their properties on Monday. The impact on the local agricultural economy could be devastating. Sonoma County farms house 30,000 dairy cows and 35,000 sheep and goats, according […]

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Veganism’s next goal: animal-free farming

When veganism is central to your life, you don’t just avoid meat, fish and dairy. You also: Fill your Instagram feed with vegan mottos. Get involved in a pig rescue. Feed your pooch “plant-powered” dog chews. Launch a cruelty-free skin care line. Go to law school to defend animals. Tell guys who ask you out […]

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The Bay Area becomes the global hub for faux meat innovation

When Michael Selden and Brian Wyrwas, two biochemists who met at the University of Massachusetts, arrived in San Francisco last month, they not surprisingly found the search for an apartment to be quite difficult. However, they found it much easier to find their new lab bench in a basement in the SoMa district. The two […]

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Special multimedia report: Seafood’s new normal

In the shallow waters off Elk, in Mendocino County, a crew from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife dived recently to survey the area’s urchin and abalone populations. Instead of slipping beneath a canopy of leafy bull kelp, which normally darkens the ocean floor like a forest, they found a barren landscape like something […]

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Major Brands Reverse Course on genetically modified food labels

It’s been a heady time for advocates of genetically modified food labeling like Oakland’s Gary Ruskin. Working out of the Rockridge studio apartment he shares with his daughter, Ruskin is co-director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know. Back in 2012, he was campaign manager for the California GMO labeling ballot initiative, Proposition 37, […]

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