Dan Charles

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From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Archaeologists say early civilizations in North and Central America were more egalitarian than the societies of Eurasia — and they think it's because early Americans didn't have cattle or horses.


Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues

Monday, November 13, 2017

Scientists have found evidence of ancient winemaking in Georgia, a country which prides itself on its vino. It's the earliest trace of viniculture using wild grapes similar to those used today.


WHO To Farmers: Stop Giving Your Animals So Many Antibiotics

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The World Health Organization is calling for strict limits on antibiotic use in animals raised for food. The guidelines could push many countries, including the U.S., to restrict drug use on farms.


Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic." A bid to strip them of the label failed this week.


Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Scientists are accusing the seed and pesticide giant of denying the risks of its latest weedkilling technology. Monsanto has responded by attacking some of those critics.


Puerto Rico's Dairy Industry, Once Robust, Flattened By Maria

Friday, September 29, 2017

Puerto Rico's dairy farmers account for about a third of the island's total agricultural production. Now they're struggling to recover their cows and get them milked.


Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

Friday, September 22, 2017

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.


Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New rules — such as giving chickens more space to roam — were approved by the Obama administration, but put on hold under Trump. Now the organic industry is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


A Pioneer Of Food Activism Steps Down, Looks Back

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Michael Jacobson invented a new style of food activism. For four decades, he led the fight against "junk food." He's now stepping down as president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.


Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.


Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Walmart has promised big cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases. To meet that goal, though, the giant retailer may have to persuade farmers to use less fertilizer. It won't be easy.


The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A record-setting "dead zone," where water doesn't have enough oxygen for fish to survive, has appeared this summer. One major cause is pollution from farms.


Poultry Industry Ready To Change The Way It Handles Chickens

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The poultry industry could be on the verge of major changes, driven by demands that it treats its chickens more humanely. Perdue Farms has agreed to give its chickens more space and daylight.


Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.


What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whole Foods has been forced to stop selling goat cheese made from milk that came from a prison farm, where inmates work for less than a dollar an hour. Yet the inmates themselves aren't complaining.


Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

Thursday, July 06, 2017

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields. Arkansas' proposed ban on the herbicide, dicamba, is awaiting final approval.


Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.


Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Friday, June 23, 2017

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.


Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage

Friday, June 16, 2017

There's a global shortage of vanilla beans because big food companies now want natural vanilla, rather than the synthetic kind. Prices have soared, squeezing bakers and ice cream makers alike.


U.S. Pays Farmers Billions To Save The Soil. But It's Blowing Away

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear. Environmentalists want to change that.