Dan Charles

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Rogue Weedkiller Vapors Are Threatening Soybean Science

Friday, July 19, 2019

Scientists at four leading universities have seen their soybean experiments injured by a stealthy vandal: drifting fumes from a weedkiller called dicamba, now popular among farmers.


Fair Trade Helps Farmers, But Not Their Hired Workers

Monday, July 01, 2019

According to a new study of cocoa-producing cooperatives, Fair Trade certification boosts the income of small farmers, but those benefits aren't shared with their hired workers.


North Carolina Tries To Clean Up Its Electricity

Saturday, June 29, 2019

North Carolina's governor is promising to quickly cut greenhouse emissions but will need to convince Duke Energy, the state's dominant utility, to abandon coal and gas in favor of solar and wind.


Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Grocery stores are full of food with labels that appeal to a consumer's ideals, like organic, cage-free or Fair Trade. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.


Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The world's most widely used weed killer was once seen as one of the safest pesticides. Now it is blamed for causing cancer. Yet the scientific evidence remains disputed.


Will Gene-Edited Food Be Government Regulated?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Crops that have had their DNA tweaked with new gene-editing tools are entering the food supply. But governments are struggling to figure out how — or even whether — to regulate them.


Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Some environmentalists say food production needs a fundamental reboot, with crops that stay rooted in the soil for years, like Kernza, a prairie grass. Even General Mills says it likes the idea.


As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Easy Options

Thursday, April 11, 2019

In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.


Some In The Beef Industry Are Bucking The Widespread Use Of Antibiotics. Here's How

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Most beef cattle receive antibiotics in their feed to prevent liver abscesses while eating a high-energy diet. There's growing pressure on feedlots to stop this — and some have. But it's costly.


Did Cooking Really Give Us The F-Word?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food thousands of years ago led to changes in biting patterns and, eventually, to more frequent use of sounds like "f" and "v" in human languages.


Fighting Global Warming Requires Changes In How Cows Are Fed

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Stopping climate change won't just mean a halt to burning coal and gasoline. It will mean an end to cutting forests and mining the soil to grow more food. Fortunately, it is possible.


Toronto's King Street May Lead To A Carbon-Neutral City

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Stopping climate change will mean big changes for cities, where most people in the world live. To understand how we get there, we visit a city where you can see the seeds of a carbon-free world.


It's 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change

Monday, March 11, 2019

Let's imagine that we've ended global warming. Humans no longer are releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Here's what life is like in a zero-carbon world.


Meet The White House's New Chief Climate Change Skeptic

Friday, March 01, 2019

William Happer, a Princeton scientist who is doubtful of the dangers of climate change, appears to be leading a White House challenge to the government's conclusion that global warming is a threat.


U.S. Soda Taxes Work, Studies Suggest — But Maybe Not As Well As Hoped

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Connecticut and California are considering statewide taxes on sugary drinks. New data from soda taxes in Berkeley and Philadelphia present a mixed picture of their effects on sugar consumption.


You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a downside.


Is Fear Driving Sales Of Monsanto's Dicamba-Proof Soybeans?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Some farmers say they're buying a popular new soybean seed partly because they're afraid of crop damage from herbicide drift. A new lawsuit claims the seed maker is violating antitrust laws.


Don't Panic: The Government Shutdown Isn't Making Food Unsafe

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is inspecting less food these days, thanks to the shutdown. And while that has raised questions about food safety, the food business is largely carrying on as usual.


Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, a foundation of life on Earth, creating genetically modified plants that grow faster and bigger. They hope it leads to bigger harvests of food.


Episode 884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to find all kinds of updates.