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Strawberry Production in Post-Methyl Bromide World

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Said no conventional strawberry farmer in California, ever. In 2016, the powerful soil fumigant methyl bromide–a chemical strawberry farmers relied on for decades–was finally phased …

Trump, Food Safety and So Cal Food Culture

Food Safety. Foodborne illnesses in the U.S. sicken and hospitalize millions each year. They also kill. The economic losses are also staggering. Bill Marler – food safety guru, attorney and activist – …

Happy Thanksgiving!

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” asks Charlie Brown. You don’t need to be a beloved cartoon character to understand the meaning of Thanksgiving. Giving thanks seems like …

New questions about Listeria outbreak

A multi-state outbreak of Listeria that hospitalized 10 and was linked to the deaths of three people in Kansas led Texas-based Blue Bell Creamery to voluntarily recall all of its …

The GMO controversy misses the point

The list of companies announcing changes to the foods they manufacture and retail is growing in response to consumer demand. Chipotle has nixed GMOs (well, at least partly). McDonald’s has …