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Dan Charles

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Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All?

Friday, July 11, 2014

New data show that organic produce has higher levels of antioxidants. But you can get plenty of those compounds just by eating more fruits and vegetables, no matter how they're grown.

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Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country's cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.

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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of "biofortified" crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.

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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A consumer advocacy group says it's time to ban the word "natural" from food labels because it's misleading. But the quest to get the government to outlaw the word entirely faces tough legal hurdles.

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From Organic Pioneers, Son Inherits Passion, Just Not For Farming

Friday, June 20, 2014

Arlo Crawford's parents started the kind of small, organic farm that's now trendy, back before it was trendy. But it was his parents' dream, not his. He's now written a book about the experience.

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In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain

Monday, June 16, 2014

A tiny fraction of America's 2 million farmers produces most of our food. They are the winners of a long-running competition for land and profits that has also drained the life out of small towns.

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Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port

Monday, June 16, 2014

A few weeks ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spotted an unfamiliar moth in a shipment of organic soybeans. It was a small victory in the effort to prevent the spread of exotic pests.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

Monday, June 09, 2014

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

Friday, May 23, 2014

California produces most of America's vegetables and nuts. Yet there's little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army's Only Latino Unit

Friday, May 23, 2014

A new bill passed by Congress would award Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment the Congressional Gold Medal, which has been presented to the Navajo Code Talkers, Tuskegee Airmen and other units.

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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

Thursday, May 08, 2014

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they're more productive. But they may have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.

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For Many, Farming Is A Labor Of Love, Not A Living

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

There are more than 2 million farmers in this country, but most of them have other jobs that bring in the money, retirement benefits and health insurance that they need.

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No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Chemistry is complicated; that includes ingredients in artificially flavored fizzy drinks. Soda makers bowed to pressure to drop brominated vegetable oil, but its safety hasn't been very well studied.

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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Saturday, May 03, 2014

There's a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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Cian Nugent: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 03, 2014

From an acoustic ragtime jaunt to an electric, basement-bar choogle to a sad-sack closer, the Dublin-based guitarist runs through his wild styles in the NPR Music offices.

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Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

Monday, April 28, 2014

In eastern Kansas, ranchers burn the prairie every spring to bring back grass for grazing cattle. Environmentalists celebrate those fires because without them the delicate ecosystem would disappear.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

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