Dan Charles

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Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nutella, launched 50 years ago, has turned into a global phenomenon, boosting demand for hazelnuts. Now producers are looking beyond Turkey's north coast, where most of these nuts are grown.


Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared With 4 Years Ago

Friday, September 12, 2014

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.


Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Perdue Farms, one of the country's largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it "a big step" forward.


How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.


Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.


A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.


Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.


Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.


When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.


Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The tiny European country of Moldova isn't known for much of anything, and especially not its wine. But its winemakers are trying to find new export markets and overcome their post-Soviet reputation.


Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.


Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.