BERKELEY, CA – Stephen New is halfway through his customary lap around the aisles of Berkeley Bowl, an organic grocery store locals obsess over. He reaches for a four dollar GT’s Synergy kombucha, like always, before arriving at his favorite destination: bulk and fresh produce. He tosses all kinds of mushrooms into the cart: maitake, …
On Sept. 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation focused specifically on farmworker health and safety during the pandemic. But some advocates say more is needed to help this vulnerable population.
SILICON VALLEY – There’s no such thing as a free lunch. This household phrase harkens back to the once common practice of offering a free lunch to saloon patrons who purchased at least one drink. It was believed that the provided meals were deliberately high in salt, intended to keep bar customers thirsty. Embedded in the phrase, and its origin, is the idea that one can never get something for nothing — there is always a hidden cost.
PALO ALTO — A group of nine representatives from Hawaii traveled to Palo Alto, Calif. in May to participate in the first National Food System Resilience and Equity Workshop. They joined teams from five other states during the two-day event to address issues of hunger, instability and inequity within regional food systems.