Food for Thought: Conventional Vs. Organics Study and Responses

Food for Thought: Conventional Vs. Organics Study and Responses
News media this week picked up a Stanford study that found organically grown food was not any more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Reading between the lines, some of the data analyzed did suggest health benefits for organic foods, like decreased pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria and higher levels of a specific antioxidant. But beyond the… Read more »

Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Bee Colony Collapse; Groups Petition EPA to Suspend Use

Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Bee Colony Collapse; Groups Petition EPA to Suspend Use
The research magazine Science recently published studies that linked a commonly used class of pesticides, neonictotinoids, with declining bee populations. Neonictotinoids have been the fastest growing category of pesticides since their introduction in the mid-90′s, and they were developed specifically because they are less toxic than other pesticides. Unfortunately, they work as a neurotoxin on… Read more »

César Chávez Celebration Tuesday, 3/27: Rain or Shine!

César Chávez Celebration Tuesday, 3/27: Rain or Shine!
The regular Tuesday Farmers’ Market this coming week will be hosting a free day of cultural arts performances, spoken word, speakers, live music, and informational tables to honor the legacy of farmworker organizer César Chávez. There will be an incredible line up of local talent, a chance to connect with our Farm Fresh Choice interns,… 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 »

Corn Rootworm Evolution Outpacing Monsanto’s GMOs

Corn Rootworm Evolution Outpacing Monsanto's GMOs
The big-ag behemoth Monsanto looks to have pulled the rug out from under their own feet, as superweeds and pesticide-resistant insects reduce the effectiveness of their genetically modified seeds. New reports show evidence of corn rootworm resistance in several states, while Monsanto denies these claims. If Monsanto really has trouble in their horizon, let’s ensure… Read more »