Dan Charles

Dan Charles appears in the following:

Trump To Nominate Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue To Head Agriculture Department

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Perdue is popular with farmer groups and establishment Republicans. If he is confirmed, he will be in charge of food aid to the poor and other programs that some members of Congress want to cut.


Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New rules for organic farming will require farmers to give chickens more pasture. Some of the biggest organic egg producers will have to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.


As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thursday, January 12, 2017

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.


Why Going Organic Just Got Easier For Farmers

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic. That transition period can mean much lower profits. But a new certification may change that.


By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Saturday, December 31, 2016

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not the conventional one of upward economic mobility. This is the utopian version, the uncompromising pursuit of a difficult agrarian ideal.


Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.


Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Many meat producers say they are reducing their use of antibiotics. Yet the latest government statistics show that sales of these drugs for farm use continue to grow.


Soy, Almond, Coconut: If It's Not From A Cow, Can You Legally Call It Milk?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Some members of Congress are calling on the government to crack down on food labels like soy milk or hemp milk. They say the "milk" label is legally reserved for only one beverage source: cows.


After A Long Fight, New Rules Defend Small Farmers. For Now

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

After years of controversy, the U.S. has issued regulations to protect farmers from mistreatment by big meat packers and poultry companies. But will the rules survive under the Trump administration?


Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive

Monday, December 12, 2016

Food manufacturers are under pressure to replace carrageenan, an ingredient that's widely used in products — from protein drinks to sliced deli meat. The organic industry just moved to ban it.


Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food Issues

Friday, December 02, 2016

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.


Farmers Are Courting Trump, But They Don't Speak For All Of Rural America

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

With Donald Trump's victory, rural America is enjoying some political prominence, and farmers are hoping to profit. But most rural Americans aren't farmers. Small towns have their own priorities.


Manure Happens, Especially When Hog Farms Flood

Friday, November 04, 2016

When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina last month, it flooded more than a dozen manure lagoons at hog farms. Environmentalists say it shows that these farms are too risky for the state.


Deforestation Opponents Enlist Powerful Ally: Big Food. But There's A Catch

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Hundreds of food companies have promised to keep their suppliers from cutting down forests. A global coalition of environmental groups is watching to see if the companies are keeping their promises.


Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder

Friday, October 28, 2016

The egg industry may soon eliminate a wasteful — and to some, horrifying — practice: slaughtering male chicks. New technology can identify male embryos in eggs before they enter incubation chambers.


Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Ontario Finds It's Easier Said Than Done

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pesticides called "neonics" are popular among farmers, but also have been blamed for killing bees. In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on neonics, with mixed results.


Forget Tomayto/Tomahto: The Real Debate Is, Should It Be Refrigerated?

Monday, October 17, 2016

In the great household debate about refrigerating tomatoes, there's some new scientific evidence on the no-fridge side. But some taste testers are not convinced.


In Fight Against Food Waste, Brits Find A Worthy Battlefield: The Home

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reducing food waste is complicated, but the clearest success story may be the United Kingdom, where households cut the amount of food they wasted by about 20 percent.


We Pay Billions For Greener Farms, So What Does That Buy Us?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

American farmers receive billions of dollars each year in "conservation payments" that are intended to protect the environment. Some environmentalists say the payments deserve scrutiny — and reform.


Perdue Goes (Almost) Antibiotic-Free

Friday, October 07, 2016

The giant poultry producer says that it is now raising all of its chickens without routine antibiotics. Only those flocks that get sick, about 5 percent of all birds, will be treated.