Fighting Fire with Facts: Union of Concerned Scientists vs. Monsanto

Fighting Fire with Facts: Union of Concerned Scientists vs. Monsanto

The courageous Union of Concerned Scientists has launched an ad campaign to counter claims made in Monsanto’s glossy PR campaigns. UCS has run their ads this month on buses and transit stations in Washington D.C., targeting areas near USDA headquarters, the EPA offices, and Capitol Hill. Their hope is that Washington leaders, disproportionately influenced by… Read more »

Nitrates in Groundwater Pose Health Risk to Rural Farming Communities

Nitrates in Groundwater Pose Health Risk to Rural Farming Communities

From California Watch, a newly published UC Davis study on nitrate pollution in groundwater draws some grim conclusions. The study examined the sources, impact, costs and potential solutions in five California counties, representing the biggest agricultural producers in the state, and found 10% of the 2.6 million residents of those counties might be drinking nitrate-contaminated… Read more »

Update on Methyl Iodide Use

Update on Methyl Iodide Use

Lose the battle, but win the war? The bad news was that methyl iodide was approved for use in California in 2011, over the protests of scientists, environmentalists, and health care experts. But activists have been so effective at publicizing the pesticide’s dangers that growers have been reluctant to use it, and thereby garner bad… Read more »

Farm Visit: Pomo Tierra Ranch

Farm Visit: Pomo Tierra Ranch

Katie H. Michel, BFM Operations Manager, recently traveled to Pomo Tierra Ranch in the Anderson Valley. Here’s what she learned about this Berkeley Farmers’ Market vendor.… Read more »
I drove through the gate at Pomo Tierra in the late afternoon. The property is located near Yorkville on Highway 128, which winds through the Anderson Valley in southern