Agrotourism is more than a great vacation: it provides necessary income for farmers. This year only 13% of a farm family's income will from the farm itself.
For nearly two decades, scientists had predicted that climate change would be relatively manageable for agriculture, suggesting that even under worst-case assumptions, it would probably take until 2080 for food prices to double.
They started by defining “local.” For SDUSD, there are three tiers: “San Diego Local,” within 25 miles of the county border; “Local,” within 150 miles of the SDUSD distribution center; and “Regional,” over 150 but within 250 miles of the distribution center.
Anna Lappé, the author of Diet for a Hot Planetand the cofounder of Small Planet Institute, was in town this weekend. At a dinner last night, she spoke to a small group of movers and shakers in the Bay Area food world about how food choices influence climate change.
Creating a kitchen garden is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Not only do you avoid the carbon emissions of shipped food (or even driving to the store), you also replace lawn (that must be mowed, usually by a gas-powered mower) with food.
On April 21, 2011, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy released a county-by-county analysis of how much of these new revenues would be returned to communities throughout the state.
No Kid Hungry, intends to help childcare centers and schools make better use of funds already available. The goal is to increase participation in school breakfast programs by 10% the first year.
The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests to help ensure farmers and foresters can continue producing food and timber while trying to limit the impact of a changing environment.
The challenges for children in East Salinas, known as Alisal, have deep roots: during the Depression, thousands of Dust Bowl migrants packed into tiny shacks. Today, Sherwood sits on a fault line of violence between the Hebbron Heights Surenos (blue) and the Fremont Street Nortenos (red) street gangs; a first grader was wounded by gunfire last year hiding behind a play structure.
Agriculture must become central to future climate-change discussions, because it contributes a "significant" proportion of global carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions.