agriculture

5:45pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

What's it going to take to get out of the drought?

Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir.
Under CC license from Flickr user Janet Ciucci

California is entering its fourth year of drought – and it’s really starting to show in some of the state’s most vital water resources. The Central Valley Project, which supplies water for about a third of California’s farmland, recently announced it had no water to give. That means those farmers will have to seek water elsewhere or let fields go fallow. About six percent of available farmland went unplanted last year due to the drought, resulting in more than $1 billion in lost revenue. The dire situation has left farmers and regular folks alike wondering when’s it going to end.

KALW’s Audrey Dilling has been looking into how much water it would take to get us out of this drought. She joined KALW’s Hana Baba in studio to talk about what she learned.

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6:00pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

The food that grows from concrete

Philip Stark looks at mallow growing in West Oakland with leaves as big as his hand
Olivia Cueva

Imagine eating at your favorite restaurant and being told that the salad on your plate was harvested from the cracks in the sidewalk in West Oakland. Would you eat it? Two professors from UC Berkeley think you should. Their project is called Berkeley Open Source Food. To get these weeds from the ground to your dinner plate, they’re commissioning high end restaurants like Berkeley’s Chez Panisse to use these greens and show the public that they are not only safe to eat, but have lots of nutritional value.

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12:00am

Thu August 7, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How should we cope with extreme drought?

A sign calling attention to the drought next to Shawn Stevenson's recently bulldozed orange grove in Clovis, Calif.
(Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

  

 

 

On the August 7th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the most severe drought in California's history. Nearly 60 percent of the state is in exceptional drought. Groundwater reserves are being depleted at record rates as wildfires break out north and south. What can the media and governments do to increase understanding of the severity of this drought? What is the state doing to conserve water, and how much is left? Join us on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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12:00am

Wed April 23, 2014

5:22pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Contemplating the local impact from America’s next supersized trade deal

Yard signs placed in front of hotels in Leesburg, VA during TPP negotiations in September 2012
Flickr user Public Citizen

 

Trade representatives from twelve countries have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership for four years. They’re discussing removing tariffs, protecting the environment, and stopping the piracy of copyrighted  material - all in the name of freer international trade.

Not much is known about what’s in this agreement, but based on what’s been leaked, here’s what we think we know about a couple of key components that will affect Californians: cows and computers.

On the farm

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