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by Bill Thorness
If you notice more bees on your flowering plants this spring, it might be because a neighbor has taken up the latest craze in urban farming: beekeeping. It's a growing pastime and some even say the humming honeybee hive will replace the clucking from the coop as the gardener's favorite pet.
Is it pesticides? Viruses? Genetics? Environmental stress? Scientists and beekeepers studying Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) find the complexity vexing.
by Eli Penberthy
From now on, PCC will sell chocolate candy confections and cocoa powders only from vendors that provide assurance that child slave labor is prohibited and follow International Labor Organization (ILO) Fundamental Conventions.
GE salmon - there's still time to submit a comment to the FDA. And the first step in the passage of I-522, Washington's initiative to label genetically engineered foods, has been certified by the state to appear on the November 5 ballot.
You don't have to be on a raw food diet to enjoy the benefits — or flavors — of raw cuisine. The tastes are fresh and bright, the textures often satisfyingly crunchy or creamy.
When you hear the term "raw food," do carrot sticks come to mind? Think again! Today, raw food is not just fresh produce. It also includes raw packaged foods such as crackers, nut butters and other snack foods never heated above 116° F.
Food company ethics? · Consumers want sustainable seafood · More GMO labeling bills · Heart-healthy diet · LA opposes GE salmon · Organic tomatoes more nutritious · Hemp farming to return? · Half of U.S. farms have superweeds · Sugar limit in soda? · No more Food Alliance · More "ag-gag" bills
by Trudy Bialic, Director of Public Affairs
By the time you read this, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) already may have voted at its April meeting on what to do about allowing antibiotic sprays for organic apples and pears under certain conditions.
Local asparagus and rhubarb are sure signs of spring. Also new: lemon-raspberry cake and flourless peanut butter cookies handmade in our bakery, goat milk yogurt, Domaine Pouillon "Katydid" red wine, and more!
Are honeybees good pollinators? How is India growing record rice yields without GMOs? Learn the answers and more.