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OTHER VOICES: The facts about pesticide safety.

Recently, I have read several articles in The Californian in which people are expressing their desire to know the “facts” and “science” behind pesticide safety in their community. They are not interested in simply hearing about how agriculture feels about pesticide safety. They want cold, hard facts. Read this article published in The Bakersfield Californian …

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Loss of California Farmland Threatens Climate

California farmers don’t need a lecture on climate change – for several years they have confronted the challenges of growing their crops during droughts, wildfires and unpredictable temperature changes. Perhaps no other industry or group of people has more of an incentive to combat climate change than farmers. A top priority for meeting California’s climate …

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Thanksgiving is a Time for Urban Residents to Connect with Their Food and Those Who Grow It

 A quiet trend we’ve seen over time has been the migration of Americans to urban areas, which have seen a 12 percent population increase during the past decade. Underscoring this reality is the fact that California is one of the most urban of all states –  a whopping 95 percent of its residents living in …

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Amid pandemic, California farms reflect society’s most basic needs, values

This guest column in the Ventura County Star makes an excellent point – that California farmers are among the most innovative and socially responsible when it comes to the environment and public safety. They were way ahead of most U.S. industries when it came to being prepared to responded to COVID-19.  “Our farmers already had …

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Advocate: Preserving farmland could help the climate

Perhaps the most underappreciated aspect of California farming is how our growers protect the planet by keeping land in production – in other words, from being developed. Without farmers, there would be more land paved over, more traffic and the resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions.  The State of California has recognized this. And the …

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