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Dan Charles

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

Thursday, August 27, 2015

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set a record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.


In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.


In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Australia suffered through a truly epic drought, and it survived. But some of Australia's solutions — like a free market for water — may be too radical for the Golden State.


A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out Of The Shadows

Friday, August 14, 2015

The USDA is allowing a pork retailer, for the first time, to label products as raised with "no ractopamine." It may lead to pressure on farmers to stop using the muscle-promoting drug.


Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

According to new research, vegetable farmers who clear away trees and wild vegetation from their fields aren't making their produce any safer to eat. But they are destroying animal habitats.


How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.


Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.


Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The national egg shortage is hitting bakers hard. Some are replacing eggs with highly engineered ingredients that promise to work just as well.


The Ancient City Where People Decided To Eat Chickens

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chicken bones unearthed in Israel may mark a turning point in human cuisine: They could be the earliest evidence of people raising chickens for food, rather than cockfighting or use in ceremonies.


The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A White House photographer captured the lunch that Richard Nixon ate before announcing his resignation. It's an unusual image of a humble meal as power is slipping away.


The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cottage cheese was the yogurt of the mid-20th century: a dairy product for the health-conscious. But it has fallen out of favor, while marketing of — and demand for — yogurt has soared.


Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.


A Crime Of Passion: When The Love Of Yogurt Burned Too Bright

Monday, July 13, 2015

Edgar Diaz poured his heart into building a yogurt company whose product won accolades. So why did he burn down his factory? The answer is a kind of love story: an ill-fated love affair with yogurt.


Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Wild bees are some of nature's busiest pollinators of crops and flowers. But new evidence suggests a warming climate is squeezing the bounds of where bumblebees can live.


White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The White House has ordered a review of the government's system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.


Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.


Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Friday, June 12, 2015

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.


Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Friday, June 12, 2015

Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because nonorganic producers can earn the highest grades.

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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.


FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.