| Oct 5, 2013
California farmers raise vast quantities of wheat, but this most basic of foods has remained an industrial commodity, absent from farmers markets. That may be changing, however, since a passionate bread baker, Andrea Crawford of Kenter Canyon Farms,...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:12 PM
After reading my weekend column about the crisis in life science research, Hajime Hoji of USC's linguistics department reminded me of the late Richard Feynman's brilliant deconstruction of the flaws and pitfalls of science as it's done in the modern age....
| Nov 26, 2013
Re "'Fourscore' and today's politics," Opinion, Nov. 22
Ronald Brownstein compares the current "take no prisoners" attitude in politics to the factionalism that led to the Civil War. The label of "dysfunctional," now applied by most Americans to...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:43 PM
Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the world's leading producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit related to the mistreatment of Thai immigrants working on pineapple farms in Hawaii.
The Equal Employment...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 6:17 PM
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new standards for the amount of plant-based fuel to be added to gasoline and diesel next year and, for the first time, reduced the mandated volume in response to mounting criticism that the...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Sen. Jay D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee, is introducing a bill aimed at giving a boost to new digital video services that are trying to compete against established pay-television distributors.
| Nov 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Ethan Brown held up one of his ready-to-eat vegetarian chicken strips and peeled off stringy strands that mimicked the moist meat of the real thing.
"That's the beauty. That's absolutely everything," said Brown, founder of Beyond Meat, admiring the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:30 PM
"Symphony of the Soil" is a documentary on the advantages and the necessity of farming organically: without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and genetically modified seeds. It's far from one of those propaganda films that...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — On the heels of a fire season that burned more than 4,000 homes and killed 34 people across the country, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday called for a "saner approach" to preventing wildfires while budgets are strained as a...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:22 PM
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.
Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels.
Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's...
| Nov 3, 2013
Many powerful Californians have left their mark on the state. But I'd argue that the most lasting legacy, for better and for worse, belongs to a controversial man of the cloth born 300 years ago this year: Father Junipero Serra.
The trail of missions he...