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Raw manure on your fruits and veggies? FDA seeks comments

Federal officials want input on one of the loose ends they left dangling when they published the new produce safety rule this past fall — the use of raw manure in fresh produce growing operations. Pushback from industry led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold off on including specific manure regulations in the… Continue Reading

California Farming Communities Threatened by Nitrate Pollution

A quarter-million residents of California’s Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley may be drinking water contaminated with nitrate from fertilizer and animal manure, according to a study released Tuesday by a researchers at the University of California, Davis. As a result, these people who live and work in one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions… Continue Reading

‘Organic’ Fertilizer Maker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A man who misrepresented chemical fertilizer as organic has pleaded guilty in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. Peter Townsley, owner of California Liquid Fertilizer in the Salinas Valley, admitted to defrauding his organic farmer customers by saying his fertilizer, Biolizer XN, was approved for use in… Continue Reading