Dan Charles

Dan Charles appears in the following:

In Prison, The Passion That Drove A Yogurt-Maker To Arson Still Burns

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The yogurt entrepreneur who set fire to his factory remains in prison, but he's in better spirits now. "He's dreaming again," says his wife.


How The Humble Orange Sweet Potato Won Researchers The World Food Prize

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A public health campaign to sell Africans on the virtues of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes — bred for higher Vitamin A levels — has helped combat malnutrition on the continent.


In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Monday, June 27, 2016

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.


How Canada Became A Greenhouse Superpower

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Canada, despite its cold weather, ships more fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to the U.S. than we send the other way. How? With the continent's largest cluster of greenhouses.


The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In 3 Acts

Friday, June 03, 2016

Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade houses," and flavor is improving.


Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.


An 'Added Sugar' Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has brushed aside industry objections and will require food labels to disclose how much sugar has been added to packaged food.


If Monsanto Disappears, Will It Matter?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The German-based company Bayer wants to buy Monsanto. It would be the latest in a wave of consolidation among companies that sell seeds and pesticides to farmers.


GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises, Top Scientists Say

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.


As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch

Thursday, May 12, 2016

As companies shun genetically modified ingredients, they're buying more sugar extracted from sugar cane rather than beets. Sugar beet farmers are thinking of going back to conventional beets.


The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.


Sugar Vs. Sugar: Which Crop Is More Environmentally Friendly?

Thursday, May 05, 2016

NPR explores whether one version is better for the environment than the other.


Under Attack, Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

Monday, May 02, 2016

Federal programs that collect money from farmers in order to promote pork, beef and eggs have been under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from the Freedom of Information Act.


The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen

Sunday, April 24, 2016

America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, is the subject of a new documentary. It celebrates the writer's work, and the rural community in Kentucky in which he's rooted.


Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

Friday, April 15, 2016

The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.


Big Seed: How The Industry Turned From Small-Town Firms To Global Giants

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Over the past century, small-town seed businesses have given way to global enterprises. The story of one small seed company in Nebraska helps explain what drove the transformation.


Why Whole Foods Wants A Slower-Growing Chicken

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A modern broiler, or meat chicken, grows incredibly fast. The bird suffers as a result, and some critics say its flavor does too. Now Whole Foods wants its suppliers to shift to slower-growing breeds.


How Little Vermont Got Big Food Companies To Label GMOs

Sunday, March 27, 2016

In the coming weeks, major brands including General Mills, Kellogg and Mars will start labeling foods produced with genetic engineering. That's all because of a Vermont law set to take effect July 1.


In Florida, Strawberry Fields Are Not Forever

Monday, March 21, 2016

March is a pivotal time in the world of strawberries. Production shifts westward, to California. In Florida, thousands of men and women who pick strawberries are moving on to other work.


How Free Are USDA Scientists To Speak Their Mind?

Friday, March 04, 2016

For the past several years, a scientist in Brookings, S.D., has been engaged in an escalating struggle with his employer, the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The scientist, Jonathan Lundgren, says that he has been persecuted because his research points out problems — including harm to bees — with a ...