Ecology Center Awarded $3.7 Million Grant from USDA to Expand Statewide Program That Supports Farmers & Feeds Families

Ecology Center Awarded $3.7 Million Grant from USDA to Expand  Statewide Program That Supports Farmers & Feeds Families
[Press Release] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Ecology Center in Berkeley, California will receive one of the USDA’s first ever Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants, totaling $3.7 million over two years. The grant will help to expand Market Match, California’s healthy food incentive program to additional farmers’ markets and other outlets… Read more »

Watch Out for Plastic Industry’s Campaign to Overturn California’s Bag Ban

Watch Out for Plastic Industry's Campaign to Overturn California's Bag Ban
Last year, we celebrated a landmark environmental win as California became the first state to sign a bag ban into law. Now, the plastic industry has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the November 2016 ballot to overturn SB 270. They filed the paperwork last month, and more than 18 months away from… Read more »

Celebrating César Chávez and Dolores Huerta

Celebrating César Chávez and Dolores Huerta
We have just entered into the peak of spring, and with it, a time to commemorate both César Chávez and Dolores Huerta and their leadership to lift up working people. The commemoration runs from March 20 – April 23, from the spring equinox until the anniversary of Chávez’s death. This year, the committee in Berkeley… Read more »

Top Herbicide Roundup Could Cause Cancer, Says Study from World Health Organization

Top Herbicide Roundup Could Cause Cancer, Says Study from World Health Organization
A new study published this week draws the conclusion that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is a likely carcinogen. This study has quickly caught media attention in part because it is coming from a well-respected, international group of scientists connected to the World Health Organization. Categorizing glyphosate as a probable carcinogen is a strong… Read more »

Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Stop Fracking, Do It for the Drought.

Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Stop Fracking, Do It for the Drought.
This week, a NASA researcher published an op-ed with the title, “California has about one year of water left,” causing a viral drought frenzy on the internet. Individual drought-shaming is already a trend, and Governor Brown asked every Californian to conserve water when he declared a drought emergency last January. Our collective effort should be… Read more »