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Biggest water barons of California contributing cash to Newsom’s war chest

Stewart and Lynda Resnick, billionaire agribusiness tycoons and major promoters of the Delta Tunnel and increased water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, have donated a total of $366,800 to Governor Gavin Newsom since 2018, including $250,000 filed on March 22. By Dan Bacher Lynda Resnick, the Vice Chairman of the Wonderful Company, donated $125,000 to Stop the […]

March 25th

California’s Yurok Tribe takes decisive action to protect spring salmon

Below is the statement from the Yurok Tribe discussing action that they have taken to protect spring-run Chinook salmon on the Klamath River. Spring Fish Stocks Suffer as a Consequence of Habitat Loss, Excessive Water Diversions “The current quantity of adult spring Chinook in the Klamath River is a small fraction of historic abundance.  For […]

March 20th

California salmon season cut back due to crashing numbers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) yesterday announced that the recreational ocean salmon fishery has been curtailed on most of the California coast, due to poor stock assessments on the Sacramento River and Klamath River salmon stocks.  Both commercial and sport fishermen and women are likely looking at getting half of a normal […]

March 13th

3 technologies poised to change food and the planet

Agriculture’s impact on the planet is massive and relentless. Roughly 40 per cent of the Earth’s suitable land surface is used for cropland and grazing. The number of domestic animals far outweighs remaining wild populations. Every day, more primary forest falls against a tide of crops and pasture and each year an area as large […]

February 21st

4 urgent actions toward a more sustainable food system

As the world continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic, it also has before it a striking opportunity — and obligation — to bring about a fairer, more inclusive, more sustainable and more resilient food and land use system. By Edward Davey World Resources Institute Recent research from WRI and the Food and Land Use Coalition set out a vision […]

February 16th

Just 7 commodities (including cacao) replaced an area of forest twice the size of Germany between 2001 and 2015

New analysis shows that just seven agricultural commodities — cattle, oil palm, soy, cocoa, rubber, coffee and plantation wood fiber — accounted for 26% of global tree cover loss from 2001 to 2015. These agricultural commodities replaced 71.9 million hectares of forest during that period, an area of land more than twice the size of Germany. […]

February 14th

Valentine’s Day: COVID-19 wilted the industry, but sustainable flowers are still a thorny issue

Cut flowers are a multi-billion-dollar business globally, closely linked to social events and holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Mother’s Day, and to happy and sad occasions, like weddings and funerals… And then there’s Valentine’s Day. By Paul D. Larson, University of Manitoba The Conversation In the United States alone, an estimated $1.9 billion worth […]

February 14th

Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

If you take an interest in ethical consumerism and plan to treat someone special this February 14, what dilemmas lie ahead? You might already be conscious of getting child labour and slave-free chocolate, a recycled card, even fair trade gold, and perhaps vintage or conflict-free diamonds if it’s a very special year. But what about […]

February 14th

Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Agribusiness executives and government policymakers often praise the U.S. food system for producing abundant and affordable food. In fact, however, food costs are rising, and shoppers in many parts of the U.S. have limited access to fresh, healthy products.   By Philip H. Howard, Michigan State University and Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri-Columbia The Conversation […]

February 8th