Another reason to avoid eating grasshoppers: lead poisoning

If there weren’t already enough reasons to avoid eating grasshoppers and other insects, a story on the San Francisco Chronicle presents another: lead poisoning. California residents from the Mexican state of Oaxaca have been found to have high levels of lead in their blood, and one of the likely exposure pathways is consumption of grasshoppers […]

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Edible San Francisco has my numbers – Abalone and Dungeness Crab harvests

For the latest issue of Edible San Francisco — “The Fish Issue” — I contributed some interesting and revealing statistics about seafood in general and abalone in particular. For example, about one-third of the wild fish harvest is used to make animal and fish feed (the source of this figure is at the bottom of […]

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Liking the Lichen

I went to Sunol Regional Wilderness one recent Sunday to see the wildflowers, and ended up being most fascinated by the lichen that grows on rocks and trees. To be sure, there were a good number of wildflowers (lupine, shooting stars, popcorn flowers, fiddleneck), and also some other exciting nature experiences (an unidentified newt on […]

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