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Red Flag for further event permits…do you hear me now?

EDITOR: Staff Writer Christi Warren’s reporting on the massive traffic jam caused by a festival at Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood warranted placement on Page A3 in Tuesday’s paper (“Highway 12 grinds to halt due to festival”). What was not mentioned is the potential for the cumulative impacts caused by the many events permitted (and not permitted) that …

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Under the influence? How the wine industry dominates Sonoma County election campaigns

Under the influence? How the wine industry dominates Sonoma County election campaigns Posted on February 19, 2016 by Sonoma Valley Sun A Sun exclusive by By Will Parrish For at least two decades, Sonoma County officials have sided with the wine industry in nearly every major political dispute. The reason? The industry dominates the county’s …

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Grape Growers Oppose New Pesticide Rules

 PD Article below……We know according to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation that the top 2 forms of glyphosate (Round Up), now regulated as a probable carcinogen with mandatory warning labels in our state, has been used extensively in Sonoma and other counties as a way to control weeds. According to the state database 84,606 pounds of …

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Pesticides as bad for kids’ lungs as cigarette smoke, study says

From the LA Times reporter and published in the Press Democrat: BY GEOFFREY MOHAN Chronic exposure to pesticides can damage children’s lung function by about as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, according to a study of farmworker children in the Salinas Valley.   The long-term study of 279 children from farmworker families is the first to …

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Wineries and Sustainability

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/4402735-181/saturdays-letters-to-the-editor?page=0 Wineries and sustainability EDITOR: Gabriel Froymovich, a wine industry financial adviser, cries “mendacious hyperbole” in response to winery critics (“Keeping the grape debate in perspective,” Close to home, Aug. 22). Let’s look at some facts. Sustainability? According to him, “roughly one-third” of wineries are sustainable. That leaves 66 percent that are not. How is …

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