Food

Will Bucklin at his dry-farmed vineyard Old Hill Ranch in Sonoma Valley. Photograph: Charlotte Simmonds for the Guardian

When in Drought, California Dry-farming by The Guardian

Dry farming forgoes modern irrigation and, farmers say, produces much tastier crops. In a drought-stricken state, should others follow suit? Wine grapes were not watered in Sonoma and Napa before the 1970’s. Corporate wine moved in after that and water use became the norm. Grape growers are paid by the ton and water plumped grapes

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Glyphosate: “Monsanto’s Roundup Kills and Damages More Than Weeds.”

Monsanto’s Roundup Kills  And Damages More than Weeds By Shepherd Bliss (Sebastopol, California)  Protests against Monsanto’s Roundup, with its poisonous, weed-killing glyphosate, have spread around the globe. An arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a probable cause of cancer in 2015. California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CA EPA) recently decided to label it

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“Why Be A Food Farmer” by Shepherd Bliss

Got food security? Sonoma County brings in 96{5fc40a96f14c4a6aa4c2a32569b0a57dcc67c0b31eb04c341474283f11b6cdd2} of all food products in this agriculturally rich county. According to the Sonoma County 2014 Crop Report, published by our Agricultural Commissioner, Tony Linegar, we had a mere 539 acres in vegetables which produced an amazing $12,927,100 of income. That averages out to $23,983.48 per acre! At

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