By Sarah Yang
California's winter tule fog - hated by drivers, but needed by fruit and nut trees - has declined dramatically over the past three decades, raising a red flag for the state's multibillion dollar agricultural industry, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Crops such as almonds, pistachios, cherries, apricots and peaches go through a necessary winter dormant period brought on and maintained by colder temperatures. Tule fog, a thick ground fog that descends upon the state's Central Valley between late fall and early spring, helps contribute to this winter chill.
Foggy orchard in California's Central Valley. Photo: iStockphoto
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By Yasmin Anwar
Rebecca Peters’ IQ score measured so low in fourth grade that her school did not deem her to be college material. Her parents didn’t buy it, and neither did she. Her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother had all attended the University of California, Berkeley.
Unlike her foremothers, though, Peters is the first to graduate, and she is making quite a splash in the process.
A diehard water and sanitation access warrior, Peters, 23, is this year’s winner of the University Medal, which goes to UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior and comes with a $2,500 award. A transfer student by way of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Peters is graduating with a double major in society and environment and interdisciplinary studies, and a minor in global poverty and practice.
“It’s overwhelming. My parents were told that I would never learn to read at college level. I was put in basic classes and was bored to tears,” said Peters, who grew up in Calabasas, Calif., in the Santa Monica mountains. “My mom put up a fight. I had a teacher who advocated for me. They say it takes a village to raise a child. It took a lot more than that to get me to graduate.”
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Awards honor leaders and innovators in sustainable food and agriculture
By Jackie Wei, Natural Resources Defense Council
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2014) – Today, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) celebrate four remarkable leaders who are advancing sustainable food and agriculture at the sixth annual Growing Green Awards.
Chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted across the country by a renowned panel of judges, the 2014 winners are changing the way America eats and farms. They have helped transform the nation’s agricultural landscape by protecting insect pollinators from the over-use of chemical pesticides, encouraging pasture-based meat production, educating the next generation of agricultural scientists and building sustainable regional food systems.
“Conventional food production is putting an incredible strain on our health and natural resources,” said Jonathan Kaplan, Food and Agriculture Program Director at NRDC. “These award winners are living proof that there’s a better way.”
“We are delighted to recognize these inspiring leaders. They have undertaken remarkable work to advance sustainable food and agriculture systems through innovative approaches,” said Ann Thrupp, Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute.”
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