Leah Greenstein

Local uni may be harder to get if diving is banned under the MLPA.

South Coast MLPA Proposals May Impact Area Chefs

Your favorite Santa Barbara spot prawn dish, like Michael Cimarusti's signature salt-roasted ones at his Melrose Avenue restaurant Providence, may be a thing of the past if the most extreme versions of the South Coast Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) proposals pass......
John Wilson holding a crab on his boat the Sea Fever.

Crab Guy Returns to the Hollywood Farmers' Market This Sunday

"Where's the crab guy? That seems to be the question on the minds of a lot of Hollywood Farmers' Market patrons who, in just a few months, have come to count on Santa Barbara's John Wilson for fresh yellow and red rock crab, line-caught halibut and snapper and, occasionally, ridgeback......
The L.A. Times reports on the economic impact of obesity on the California economy.

Is a Fat Tax the Solution to California's Economic Woes?

Americans are fat, and they are getting fatter. A recent study by the Urban Institute and the University of Virginia says that unless consumption patterns change, 40 percent of the country's population will be overweight or obese by 2015. Even here in the Golden State, where body image is so......
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Sugar Shortage, Yes. Crisis? Not So Much.

On August 7th, some of the country's largest food processors, including Mars, Hershey's, General Mills and Kraft, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stating that the country was on the verge of a massive sugar shortage and that, without raising the quotas on the amount of tariff-free sugar......
Lily's Eggs; Credit: Leah Greenstein

Small Farms Exempt from New Egg Safety Regulations

Ah, government bureaucracy. Since the discovery in the mid-1980s that table eggs contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella Enteritidis were making thousands of people sick, food regulators and lawmakers have been quibbling over how to address the problem. On July 9, they finally did something about it......

Food Stamp Use Reaches Record Highs; More Are Using Benefits at Farmers' Markets

We may not have figured out what to call the current economic crisis yet, but we all know how it feels: homes in foreclosure, insurmountable credit card debt, job insecurity and an unemployment rate that reached 9.5% in June. Our financial woes are the dead weight of a system gone amuck, and they don't just effect discretionary spending; these days, people find themselves cutting deeply into that most basic of needs--food.