Field Notes

A lack of laborers in every sector of the supply chain puts California agriculture—and by extension, US agriculture—at risk of collapsing

It’s no secret that agriculture is experiencing a critical labor shortage, but what many people don’t realize is how far its impact ripples out.

According to a 2017 report from the California Farm Bureau Federation, 55 percent of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages despite ramped-up recruiting, increased pay and other incentives. This labor shortage extends across the U.S. but we feel it acutely here in California as our state leads the nation in cash receipts

Did you know that 85% of kids in this country are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need to support proper physical and mental development? This is largely due to the fact that they’re consuming fewer foods that are fortified with the core five food groups—fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein. As parents, it’s more important than ever to think about the foods we’re consuming with our kids—not only when you sit down for meals, but also when eating on the go.

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Fermented foods are big right now. Everywhere you look, someone’s talking about the health-promoting qualities of sourdough bread, kimchi, or yogurt, and for good reason: fermentation introduces digestion-aiding probiotics and the glucosinolate compounds believed to fight cancer. What’s more, it might even support the immune system.

At Spinaca Farms, we like that fermented foods directly address our Root to Shoot philosophy, as well as discussions we’ve had here with gut-health expert Dr. Fogarty.

Bonus: They also happen to be tangy and delicious.

A fun, easy way to get into home fermentation is with overripe tomatoes.

Last month, the journal Pediatrics came out with a study of how common, FDA-approved food additives threaten children’s health. The results were grim, underscoring the fact that the United States is woefully behind much of the world in regulating toxic ingredients like phthalates, artificial colors, and preservatives like nitrates and nitrites…and how the development of our children’s endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems are at stake.

Garbage in, garbage out

Sadly, many corporations add petrochemicals to secure longer shelf life and transportability, regardless of the fact that foods (especially foods for children) should be healthy and nutritious. Our bodies have

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