Widespread interest in urban agriculture is forcing local authorities to re-examine rules that prohibit farming in cities
Sacramento has worked diligently over the past two years to brand itself as America’s farm-to-fork capital, hosting local food festivals, wine tastings, and gala dinners featuring the city’s premier chefs. Tickets for this year’s dinner, at $175 dollars each, sold out in five minutes. The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau has even organized a cattle drive and tractor parade through downtown.
photo by Robert Couse-Baker, on Flickr
Sure, nearly 1.4 million acres of farmland… more
by: Sena Christian
Thousands Converge on Sacramento for Anti-Fracking Rally – March 17, 2014
Governor Brown’s support for fracking has alienated his environmentalist base
SACRAMENTO — A busload of people from San Diego awoke early Saturday and hit the road as one of 20 buses from across California headed to the state capitol. The buses were full of passengers eager to express their concerns with hydraulic fracking and urge Gov. Jerry Brown to place a moratorium on this controversial form of oil and natural gas extraction.
Photo by Cole Allen
“No freaking fracking!” protestors chanted throughout the… more
by: Sena Christian
Chemical fumigant use in California highlights the challenges of scaling up eco-friendly and economic alternatives
When the manufacturer of methyl iodide pulled the pesticide off the United States market in 2012 after years of public outcry from farmworkers, environmental groups, and top scientists, proponents of pesticide-free farming felt the wind of change had begun. The science — and the people — had spoken: Methyl iodide as a proposed replacement for the fumigant methyl bromide, an ozone depleter being phased out by an international treaty, was not really a worthy alternative at all. But the road to toxic-free farming is a long one and this battle was only the beginning.
Photo by Jonathan Winslow/Farm Fuel Inc.