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Meats Lab student Alexandria Ramirez boxing the freshly made sausages for a package, taken on Oct. 15, 2021.

Quality meats, tasty treats at Chico State’s Meats Lab

Shae Pastrana and Melvin Bui // October 27, 2021

Run by a crew of eight students preparing to enter the meat industry, Chico State’s Meats Lab is Butte County’s only USDA-inspected meat processing facility. In the pandemic’s early days, the lab...

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

‘Organic’ labeling isn’t what it seems

Veronica De La Cruz // September 21, 2014

If eating quality food means spending $250 every two weeks on groceries, then I'm all for it. Despite the fact that I may not have a ton of extra spending money, I always make it a priority to buy...

Kurt Albrecht, co-owner of Chaffin Family Orchards, inspects a dietary mineral supplement used by his herd. This group of about 40 Angus cattle will have to be moved to another side of the property soon to prevent overgrazing.Photo credit: Nicholas Carr

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Yessenia Funes // February 18, 2014

Because of persistent drought conditions, local ranchers have been selling parts of their animal herds to reduce the number of mouths to feed. The animals need grass to eat, but the drought has kept...

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