Highly Productive: Lagunitas Brewing Company

On March 31 Merry Jane premiered “Highly Productive: Lagunitas Brewing Company,” the first episode of a new series dedicated to “debunking the stoner stereotype,”

The premiere appropriately focuses on Tony Magee, founder and CEO of the Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, and longtime proud partaker of pot. Smoking cannabis has always been a major feature of the company’s culture, not to mention its West Marin roots.

Highly Productive profiles “people who kick ass at their career but still enjoy or medically partake in cannabis.”

Magee suggests that some “people think that drugs make you more creative, but they don’t. But if you get it just right, you know, it helps you listen. It’s like a little spot between will and will-lessness. If I’m trying to think of what the business needs to do next, you gotta listen. That’s my approach.”

Merry Jane was founded autumn of 2015 by investor and weed advocate & aficionado, Snoop Dogg. Read Forbes magazine staffer Ellen Huet’s take on Merry Jane here.

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Fortunate Farm: Visionary Carbon Farming from a Brewery’s Waste Stream

Published on Mar 23, 2016 by North Coast Brewing

http://northcoastbrewing.com – As a young farmer, Gowan Batist worked with the North Coast Brewing Company to establish a family farm with a focus on rotational grazing, composting, and heirloom vegetables. Learn about how Gowan is “carbon farming” by using the waste stream from the local brewery. (February 2016)

What Does Climate Change Have to Do With Hunger in America?

via The Nation magazine – Published on Dec 14, 2015

On October 27, 2015, the Sacramento Public Library hosted a discussion in honor of The Nation’s 150th anniversary. In this recording, you’ll see Nation contributor Sasha Abramsky expose just how many Americans go hungry every day in a country that produces more food than any other. Nation environment correspondent Mark Hertsgaard unravels the myth of food scarcity in the face of climate change. Amber Stott, director of Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center reveals how malnutrition in our own backyards are making children susceptible to previously adult diseases. Chanowk Yisrael, founder of Yisrael Family Urban Farm, outlines his transition from the tech industry to urban agriculture, and the impact of gentrification on food deserts. Lesley McClurg, food and sustainability reporter for Capital Public Radio, moderates the conversation.

USDA & EPA Have Much More to Do to Protect Bee Populations – GAO Report

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.

The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.

GAO Bee Report