Dan Charles

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USDA Imposes Stricter Limit On Salmonella Bacteria In Poultry Products

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The USDA says it will prevent 50,000 cases of illness each year. Skeptics say the agency needs to take a different approach to the salmonella problem because the current one has not worked very well.


Farm Subsidies Persist And Grow, Despite Talk Of Reform

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Farm Bill promised to cut subsidies to farmers. Instead, farmers will continue getting about $20 billion a year thanks to new programs that compensate farmers when corn and soybean prices fall.


Guest Workers, Legal Yet Not Quite Free, Pick Florida's Oranges

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Most workers who are picking oranges in Florida are temporary "guest" workers from Mexico. They have signed contracts to work only for growers who arranged their visas and provide their housing.


Most U.S. Egg Producers Are Now Choosing Cage-Free Houses

Friday, January 15, 2016

The majority of American egg producers, when they order new chicken houses, are choosing cage-free systems. That's a sea change driven by consumer demand for cage-free eggs.


Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed; Can New Varieties Replace It?

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Cavendish banana and other beloved varieties are threatened by a fungus that's spreading around the world. Scientists are trying to find new varieties that will be resistant to the disease.


Campbell Soup Switches Sides In The GMO Labeling Fight

Friday, January 08, 2016

The Campbell Soup Co. has announced that it now supports a federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified ingredients. It's the first major food company to endorse such a law.


Can Big Food Win Friends By Revealing Its Secrets?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Some food companies, hoping to gain consumer trust, are disclosing more information about what is in their products, and how they were made. But how much will they be willing to reveal?


Follow The Money: Congress Uses Budget Bill To Rewrite Food Policies

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

As lawmakers revealed a spending bill to keep the government running, they also took the time to weigh in on school lunch, GM salmon, calorie postings on menus and meat labels.


Antibiotic Use On Farms Is Up, Despite Promises To Kick The Drugs

Friday, December 11, 2015

Producers of poultry, cattle and pigs continue to use more antibiotics, according to the latest government data. That's despite more pledges from food companies to sell meat raised without the drugs.


Chipotle Faces Another Foodborne Illness Outbreak, This Time In Boston

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Outbreaks of foodborne illness are ruining the holiday spirit for Chipotle. The latest cases erupted over the past few days among students at Boston College.


Vegetables Under Glass: Greenhouses Could Bring Us Better Winter Produce

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The U.S. doesn't grow many vegetables indoors. We have California, Arizona and Latin America to supply us in winter instead. But entrepreneurs are betting on greenhouses to supply more fresh food.


As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A warming climate is likely to disrupt global food production, which has Big Food companies worried. Some, like Mars, are becoming increasingly vocal advocates for action on greenhouse gas emissions.


Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.


Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.


Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat, FDA Says

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said that a salmon created to grow faster is fit for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.


It's Final: FDA Issues Long-Awaited Food Safety Rules

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration's regulations contain some compromises and cover farmers who grow fresh produce, as well as importers. The agency has been working on the rules for five years.


European Cancer Experts Don't Agree On How Risky Roundup Is

Friday, November 13, 2015

Glyphosate, or Roundup, is a widely used weedkiller and has been classified as a "probable carcinogen." But experts from the European Food Safety Agency now contend it probably doesn't cause cancer.


Rounding Up The Last Of A Deadly Cattle Virus

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rinderpest, or cattle plague, was declared eradicated in 2011. But many research institutes still have samples of the rinderpest virus in storage. Disease experts want those samples destroyed.


Why Chipotle's Hard Line On Swine Antibiotics Is Now Blurry

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Some Chipotle restaurants now sell pork from pigs that received antibiotics to treat illness. It's a move that acknowledges the drugs can be used responsibly on farms.


Inside The Life Of An Apple Picker

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's apple-picking time. For some of us, that's casual recreation. For tens of thousands of people, though, it's a paycheck โ€” and one stop in a migratory life.