Dan Charles appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.