Dan Charles appears in the following:
Thursday, February 04, 2016
The USDA says it will prevent 50,000 cases of illness each year. Skeptics say the agency needs to take a different approach to the salmonella problem because the current one has not worked very well.
Monday, February 01, 2016
The Farm Bill promised to cut subsidies to farmers. Instead, farmers will continue getting about $20 billion a year thanks to new programs that compensate farmers when corn and soybean prices fall.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Most workers who are picking oranges in Florida are temporary "guest" workers from Mexico. They have signed contracts to work only for growers who arranged their visas and provide their housing.
Friday, January 15, 2016
The majority of American egg producers, when they order new chicken houses, are choosing cage-free systems. That's a sea change driven by consumer demand for cage-free eggs.
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Cavendish banana and other beloved varieties are threatened by a fungus that's spreading around the world. Scientists are trying to find new varieties that will be resistant to the disease.
Friday, January 08, 2016
The Campbell Soup Co. has announced that it now supports a federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified ingredients. It's the first major food company to endorse such a law.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Some food companies, hoping to gain consumer trust, are disclosing more information about what is in their products, and how they were made. But how much will they be willing to reveal?
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
As lawmakers revealed a spending bill to keep the government running, they also took the time to weigh in on school lunch, GM salmon, calorie postings on menus and meat labels.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Producers of poultry, cattle and pigs continue to use more antibiotics, according to the latest government data. That's despite more pledges from food companies to sell meat raised without the drugs.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Outbreaks of foodborne illness are ruining the holiday spirit for Chipotle. The latest cases erupted over the past few days among students at Boston College.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The U.S. doesn't grow many vegetables indoors. We have California, Arizona and Latin America to supply us in winter instead. But entrepreneurs are betting on greenhouses to supply more fresh food.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
A warming climate is likely to disrupt global food production, which has Big Food companies worried. Some, like Mars, are becoming increasingly vocal advocates for action on greenhouse gas emissions.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said that a salmon created to grow faster is fit for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.
Friday, November 13, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration's regulations contain some compromises and cover farmers who grow fresh produce, as well as importers. The agency has been working on the rules for five years.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Glyphosate, or Roundup, is a widely used weedkiller and has been classified as a "probable carcinogen." But experts from the European Food Safety Agency now contend it probably doesn't cause cancer.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Rinderpest, or cattle plague, was declared eradicated in 2011. But many research institutes still have samples of the rinderpest virus in storage. Disease experts want those samples destroyed.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Some Chipotle restaurants now sell pork from pigs that received antibiotics to treat illness. It's a move that acknowledges the drugs can be used responsibly on farms.
Friday, October 23, 2015
It's apple-picking time. For some of us, that's casual recreation. For tens of thousands of people, though, it's a paycheck — and one stop in a migratory life.