January 6, 2010 |
One of the more pleasing developments of the last decade has been the long-overdue beginning of a national conversation about food -- not just the arcane techniques used to prepare it and the luxurious restaurants in which it is served, but, much more important, how it is grown and produced. The only problem is that so far it hasn't been much of a conversation. Instead, what we have are two armed camps deeply suspicious of one another shouting past each other (sound familiar?). On the one side, the hard-line aggies seem convinced that a bunch of know-nothing urbanites want to send them back to Stone Age farming techniques.
December 6, 2010 |
Yoshikatsu Mochida strolls between the long, green rows of his field, pausing occasionally to inspect the mustard spinach and garland chrysanthemums that have grown shin-high. They are ready to be harvested. But the 66-year-old Japanese farmer won't pick them. That's because the field is his, but the crops aren't. For more than a year, Mochida has divided some of his farmland on the outskirts of Yokohama into 8 feet by 40 feet plots, renting 70 of them to urbanites who come once a week to tend their crops.
April 27, 2012 |
Analyzing DNA from four ancient skeletons and comparing it with thousands of genetic samples from living humans, a group of Scandinavian scientists reported that agriculture initially spread through Europe because farmers expanded their territory northward, not because the more primitive foragers already living there adopted it on their own. The genetic profiles of three Neolithic hunter-gatherers and one farmer who lived in the same region of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1999
Re "Pesticides and Public Health," letters, March 7. I find myself thoroughly confused. People vote for Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) laws to preserve open space and farmland, then want to shut down the agriculture business to "protect" themselves from farming, because farmers use pesticides too close to residential communities. Non-farmers know pesticides are unnecessary because they have read papers on organic farming and are now experts in agriculture. I'm sure farming is difficult enough considering the vagaries of weather, irrigation concerns, maintaining arable soil (plus a host of other things to which I plead ignorance)
May 19, 1989 |
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday proposed a bold plan that aims to make farming less harmful to the environment by halving the use of pesticides and insecticides within 10 years. Agriculture Minister Gerrit Braks said he wanted to steer Dutch farming away from the use of chemical fertilizers toward organic, ecologically friendly techniques. He said the use of some chemicals will be taxed, and the more toxic ones will be banned. The government plans to double spending on ecologically safe agriculture to $215 million a year in the next five years.
April 29, 1987 |
State Food and Agriculture Director Clare Berryhill, a charter member of Gov. George Deukmejian's Cabinet and an aggressive promoter of California farm exports, resigned Tuesday, effective May 22. Deukmejian, who made the announcement in a prepared statement released by his office, did not name a successor to the 61-year-old Berryhill, a rough-hewn grower and former state legislator known for his candor.