Alastair Bland

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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.


Putin Divorce Final; Ex-Wife Expunged From Kremlin Bio

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Russian president and Lyudmila, his wife of 30 years, announced in June they intended to end their marriage.


No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A method of extracting eggs from sturgeon without killing or cutting aims to revamp the industry and lower prices for this long-luxe treat. Critics say the idea is great. The taste? That's debatable.


Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nine American fisheries together throw overboard as much as 340 million pounds of fish and other species they were not trying to catch, a report finds. Much of it is perfectly edible fish.


Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

Friday, March 07, 2014

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They're nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.


Southern Fishermen Cash In On Asia's Taste For Jellyfish

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the worst year for shrimping in recent memory, fishermen in the Southeast U.S. say they're thankful to catch jellyfish for the Asian market. But conservationists say the expanding jellyfish fishery is a sign of the ocean's decline.


Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Monday, January 27, 2014

Let's be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it's the first step toward a professional, legit operation.


California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Monday, January 13, 2014

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.


Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Foraging for fungi and other wild edibles has grown in popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, fueled by guidebooks, Internet buzz and hype from chefs. As a result, some known mushroom hunting grounds are taking a beating.


Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Craft brewers around the country are making beers with foraged seeds, roots, fruits and fungi from their backyards and backwoods. It's a challenge to the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest.


A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

Friday, October 18, 2013

Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California's interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.


Why Aren't There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Few African-Americans make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are also scarce among the nation's more than 2,600 breweries. How did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?


To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.


Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

Monday, August 19, 2013

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.

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If It Crawls, It's Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness

Friday, July 26, 2013

On Alaska's Prince of Wales Island, where a latte costs $6 and a fresh watermelon runs $15, canning is a survival skill. Locals aren't shy about preserving the fat of the land — from salmon to seals to bears and some vegetarian treats, too — in a jar.


Local Sake: America's Craft Brewers Look East For Inspiration

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Many Americans have encountered sake as that hot, cloudy beverage served in sushi bars. But now, the good stuff is coming. High-end imports from Japan are up, and many bars now focus on sake. Best of all, perhaps, are the microbreweries popping up across the country.


With Warming Climes, How Long Will A Bordeaux Be A Bordeaux?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Climate change is already creating new winners among Europe's winemaking regions. (Great bubbly from Britain — who knew?) But those changes have also put in doubt the rules and traditions that have defined the continent's top winemakers for centuries.


Can Salmon Farming Be Sustainable? Maybe, If You Head Inland

Thursday, May 02, 2013

For years, salmon farming has gotten a bad rap from marine biologists, who say the fish grown in open-ocean net pens generate pollution, disease and parasites. But now, a few salmon farms have moved on land. From an environmental standpoint, some scientists say, that's "a huge step forward."


A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Legislation introduced in several states would require anyone who records evidence of animal abuse to turn it over to authorities within a set period of time. But animal rights activists aren't welcoming these measures: They see the bills as veiled attempts to stifle long-term undercover investigations that can prove a pattern of abuse.


From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.