Dan Charles

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Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New rules — such as giving chickens more space to roam — were approved by the Obama administration, but put on hold under Trump. Now the organic industry is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Florida's Farmers Look At Irma's Damage: 'Probably The Worst We've Seen'

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma smashed through one of the country's top areas of fruit and vegetable production. The storm destroyed half of the citrus crop in some areas, as well as housing for seasonal workers.


A Pioneer Of Food Activism Steps Down, Looks Back

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Michael Jacobson invented a new style of food activism. For four decades, he led the fight against "junk food." He's now stepping down as president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.


Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.


Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Walmart has promised big cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases. To meet that goal, though, the giant retailer may have to persuade farmers to use less fertilizer. It won't be easy.


The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A record-setting "dead zone," where water doesn't have enough oxygen for fish to survive, has appeared this summer. One major cause is pollution from farms.


Poultry Industry Ready To Change The Way It Handles Chickens

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The poultry industry could be on the verge of major changes, driven by demands that it treats its chickens more humanely. Perdue Farms has agreed to give its chickens more space and daylight.


Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.


What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whole Foods has been forced to stop selling goat cheese made from milk that came from a prison farm, where inmates work for less than a dollar an hour. Yet the inmates themselves aren't complaining.


Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

Thursday, July 06, 2017

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields. Arkansas' proposed ban on the herbicide, dicamba, is awaiting final approval.


Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.


Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Friday, June 23, 2017

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.


Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage

Friday, June 16, 2017

There's a global shortage of vanilla beans because big food companies now want natural vanilla, rather than the synthetic kind. Prices have soared, squeezing bakers and ice cream makers alike.


U.S. Pays Farmers Billions To Save The Soil. But It's Blowing Away

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear. Environmentalists want to change that.


A Farm Journalist Tells Farmers What They'd Rather Not Hear About Climate Change

Friday, June 02, 2017

Journalist Chris Clayton writes for an audience filled with climate skeptics: farmers and leaders of agricultural businesses. He's telling them that a changing climate will disrupt their lives.


How New Roots Are Driving An Apple Renaissance

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The apple renaissance of recent years has given us new varieties of fruit. But that's only half of the story, and half of the tree. Another revolution is happening below ground, in the tree roots.


Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.


Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers. Supporters of both programs are joining forces to fight the cuts in Congress.


Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year. It's up 36 percent over the same period last year.


How Puerto Rico Lost Its Home-Grown Food, But Might Find It Again

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Amid the wreckage of economic crisis in Puerto Rico, a local food movement is taking root. Hopeful farmers are leasing long-abandoned land. But why was the land abandoned in the first place?