Dan Charles

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EPA Says It Will Allow Continued Sale Of Controversial Pesticide

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The EPA is not going ahead with a proposed ban on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, saying there's still scientific uncertainty over its safety. Environmental groups say it can harm young children.


EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has decided not to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce. That's despite evidence previously compiled by EPA showing it could pose risks to consumers.


Fearful Farmers Rush To Find 'Guest Workers'

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Immigration lawyers are getting a wave of calls from farmers looking for foreign "guest workers." The farmers are worried that they'll lose their existing workers to an immigration crackdown.


How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.


Emails Reveal Monsanto's Tactics To Defend Glyphosate Against Cancer Fears

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Internal emails show Monsanto executives scrambling to counter a U.N. agency's finding that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, can cause cancer. One email proposed "ghost-writing" scientific papers.


Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Many of America's farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.


Reviving Puerto Rico's Cocoa Farms, Centuries After Hurricanes Destroyed Them

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Cocoa plantations in Puerto Rico were wiped out centuries ago. Now, local pride and the sheer love of chocolate are bringing back local cocoa.


Sorry, Salad Lovers: We May Have No Mesclun Mix (For Two Weeks)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The system that delivers fresh greens to supermarkets is having a hiccup. There may be a nationwide shortage of salad mix in a few weeks. You can blame wet weather in Arizona and California.


Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trade in food between the U.S. and Mexico has exploded over the past 15 years. President Trump is talking about restricting that trade, but when it comes to food, such moves could backfire.


For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may confuse consumers and dupe them into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations want to change that and are proposing reforms.


To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

Monday, February 13, 2017

What's the single most important thing that the world's farmers could do to reduce global warming? Give cattle — especially in the tropics — faster-growing, more nutritious pasture.


Chasing A Dream Built On Dairy, This Master Of Milk Came Home

Saturday, February 04, 2017

For one of the biggest and most successful dairymen in America, success was based in part on crossing cultural boundaries. Now, he has returned home to continue building his empire of milk.


'Speed Dating' For Farmers And Chefs: ISO A Perfect Local-Food Match

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farmers are shy; chefs are ferocious. But they need each other to put local food on restaurant tables. A "speed-dating" event in Washington, D.C. matches farmers with chefs, aided by free beer.


Trump To Nominate Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue To Head Agriculture Department

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Perdue is popular with farmer groups and establishment Republicans. If he is confirmed, he will be in charge of food aid to the poor and other programs that some members of Congress want to cut.


Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New rules for organic farming will require farmers to give chickens more pasture. Some of the biggest organic egg producers will have to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.


As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thursday, January 12, 2017

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.


Why Going Organic Just Got Easier For Farmers

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic. That transition period can mean much lower profits. But a new certification may change that.


By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Saturday, December 31, 2016

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not the conventional one of upward economic mobility. This is the utopian version, the uncompromising pursuit of a difficult agrarian ideal.


Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.


Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Many meat producers say they are reducing their use of antibiotics. Yet the latest government statistics show that sales of these drugs for farm use continue to grow.