Thursday, January 5, 2017

Exploring Chemical Transport through Food: A Proposal for a Comprehensive Approach to Predict Exposures

In July 2015 I wrote a feature for Environmental Health Perspectives on chemical migration from packaging into food, and it's a subject I continue to ponder both in my daily life and as a journalist. A second, shorter story on the subject -- and on the bigger picture of chemical contamination of food and the global food web in which it is situated -- appears in this month's issue of EHP. This latest one is a news story, or Science Selection, addressing a new paper also published in the same issue. After that, another full-length feature is on the way; I'm currently reporting a story for EHP that will investigate the question of equitable reduction of exposure to chemicals chemicals via not only food/diet but also air and water.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Coastal Trail, Coastal Conservancy, and Coastal Act in the SF Chronicle

Yesterday I had TWO articles published, one in a magazine and one in a newspaper, that addressed the California Coastal Trail. Earlier today I posted the first.
And here's the second, an outgrowth of that work and additional research I did with colleagues Ariel Rubissow Okamoto (my editor at Estuary News) and writer Lisa Owens Viana last fall on the history of the 1976 Coastal Act and the State Coastal Conservancy. It's a nice little New Year's Day piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on the Conservancy, the Coastal Trail, and the 40th anniversary of the Coastal Act.
Ariel, Lisa, and I hope that a third (and much longer) piece co-authored by all three of us will appear in an environmental law journal later this year. Final acceptance is still pending. For now, read up on these two!

Franklin Point, the Coastal Trail, and the beauty of the San Mateo County coast

Wow. It's been nearly five years since I last contributed to Bay Nature magazine, even though, in the lowercase sense, bay nature is a focus of my work and interests and daily life. While my last article was focused on restoration (see "Reclaiming the Richmond Shoreline"), this latest one -- published yesterday in the January-March issue of Bay Nature -- is more of a travel piece highlighting protection and conservation and the experience of visiting a mostly intact sliver of coast in northern Ano Nuevo State Park. It discusses the native plants that make their home here, access afforded by the California Coastal Trail, and the history of human impacts on the land, both good and bad. A pleasure to work on and an incredible learning experience. The project even inspired the creation of my Instagram and Twitter accounts Bay Area Flora (@bay_area_flora). Read the article here.