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California Christmas tree growers are getting ready to open their farms the traditional day after Thanksgiving. The California Christmas Tree Association says buying trees is the "green" thing to do. The young trees absorb carbon dioxide and can be recycled rather than end up in a landfill. The farms or lots are nearby so consumers can buy local. Growing conditions have been ideal this year, so there are plenty of Christmas trees available at prices about the same as last year.
What is America's most popular frozen food? It's not ice cream--it's vegetables. According to a study conducted by Leo J. Shapiro & Associates, vegetables account for 40 percent of shopper purchases. California farmers grow a number of produce items that go to the frozen-food market, including green beans, artichoke hearts and strawberries.
More than 100 professionals in food research will meet at UC Davis next week to plan future research directions for food, nutrition and human health. The scientists will look at ways to bring unprecedented changes in the way food is grown, processed and prepared to optimize human health and nutrition. The professionals will come from many nations, including the United States.
Central Coast vineyards in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties have been certified as sustainable. The 14 winegrape growers are the first to be impartially judged on their sustainable farming practices. Their practices emphasize riparian and wildlife habitat creation as well as meeting ecological and environmental standards. Additional growers are expected to increase acreage in the program in 2009.Top