November 17th, 2010
Like many farmers of their time, the Lundberg family experimented with new pesticides being hailed in the mid-20th Century as the wave of the future, the way to increase yields and tame food production.
Children gather to hunt for and rescue duck eggs left behind in rice fields at Lundberg farms.
Once, University of California at Davis researchers persuaded Wendell Lundberg and his three brothers to try a new strong new chemical on a field of rice. It proved so powerful, the crop was dead in a day.
That experience made a lasting impression, and was one of many that caused the Lundbergs to increasingly veer away from the chemical trend and return instead to their roots.
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August 13th, 2009
By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now
California is experiencing its third year of drought, statewide, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which provides two-thirds of California’s fresh drinking water and yields a giant portion of the nation’s food supply, is dangerously close to running dry, water conservationists and water managers say.
Yesterday, federal officials vowed to act. During a visit to Sacramento, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes met with local interests – farmers, fisheries, families and municipalities in the region – and promised to free up more water for their use. He acknowledged that the drought has compounded a pre-existing condition – the overall degradation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
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