Dan Charles

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Monday, December 15, 2014

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.


Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

Friday, December 12, 2014

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.


Fringe No More: 'Ancient Grains' Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

Monday, December 08, 2014

General Mills helped define the industrial era of American breakfasting with its ringlets of processed oats. Soon, it'll put out a version with "ancient grains," which aren't, actually, very ancient.


Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

Friday, December 05, 2014

When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don't necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.


Who Made That Flavor? Maybe A Genetically Altered Microbe

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Biotech companies are inserting new genes into microorganisms, turning them into tiny factories to produce valuable nutrients and flavors. But many of the companies don't want to talk about it.


Of Carrots And Kids: Healthy School Lunches That Don't Get Tossed

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

You can lead children to vegetables, but can you make them eat? In one school lunch program, kids will tell you upfront what they think of your veggies — and what you should do with them.


Why American Honey Importers Are Wary Of 'Turkish' Honey

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

American honey importers say they've noticed an odd surge in cheap honey from Turkey. They think some of that honey really came from China, which is subject to U.S. trade restrictions.


Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season, but does anyone think there's real pumpkin in the "science goo" in our lattes? Turns out flavor companies have come up with a simple chemical recipe for it.


Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Farmers depend on "Big Data" these days, but some worry the companies collecting information about their operations might misuse it. New privacy guidelines are supposed to protect farmers' interests.


How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

Monday, November 10, 2014

The federal government is putting $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of federal food benefits when people use them to buy fresh produce. This idea started small but became a hit.


Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Monday, November 10, 2014

New brands are reshaping the apple aisle of supermarkets. Many are "club apples" --varieties that are controlled and managed by select groups of farmers.

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'Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

Saturday, November 08, 2014

A new documentary film follows protesters who occupied a research farm owned by the University of California. The film has become a symbol of the subversive possibilities of urban farming.


With Style And Silo, 'Modern Farmer' Melds Agrarian With Urban Hip

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Modern Farmer is less than two years old but it's already won a National Magazine Award. "We're making fun of ourselves, in a way, because we don't know anything about farming," says the editor.


To Make Bread, Watch The Dough, Not The Recipe

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One man's quest for the perfect loaf took him to Paris, Berlin, California and Kansas. What he learned can't easily be captured in words. It's a feeling in your fingers that comes from experience.


New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.


Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

An expensive delicacy among nuts, pine nuts are foraged — not farmed — from distant forests. In some places, the delicate ecosystems that produce the nuts are disappearing.


California Cracks Down On Farmers Market Cheaters

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it's sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets is really local.


Culinary Diplomacy Takes Texan Chef To The Land Of Grilled Yak

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Is food the oldest instrument of diplomacy? The U.S. State Department just sent award-winning chef Tim Byres to Kyrgyzstan, where he ate a sheep's eye and wowed his hosts with Texan spices.


GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Friday, September 26, 2014

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.


Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Monday, September 22, 2014

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.