Dan Charles

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EPA Announces New Rules To Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides

Monday, September 28, 2015

The federal government is requiring farmers to keep more records on exactly when and where they used specific pesticides. And no children under the age of 18 will be allowed to handle the chemicals.


Reclaiming Syria's Seeds From An Icy Arctic Vault

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On a remote Arctic island, there's an underground vault filled with seeds. Now, for the first time, scientists are about to retrieve some of those seeds to replace a collection trapped in Syria.


Why Does Government Act As Tax Collector For Agribusiness?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The federal government collects money from farmers to finance ad campaigns for beef, pork and more than a dozen other commodities. Critics say this turns government into a servant of industry.


Peanut Exec Gets 28 Years In Prison For Deadly Salmonella Outbreak

Monday, September 21, 2015

Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell's sentence is by far the harshest U.S. authorities have handed down in such cases. Emails revealed he and others knowingly sold tainted food.


The Latest Scramble In The Egg Industry: McDonald's Is Going Cage-Free

Thursday, September 10, 2015

McDonald's USA says that within 10 years, all of its eggs will be from chickens that have some freedom to roam. It's another signal that the egg industry is abandoning traditional cages.


How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.


Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

Thursday, August 27, 2015

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set a record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.


In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.


In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Australia suffered through a truly epic drought, and it survived. But some of Australia's solutions — like a free market for water — may be too radical for the Golden State.


A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out Of The Shadows

Friday, August 14, 2015

The USDA is allowing a pork retailer, for the first time, to label products as raised with "no ractopamine." It may lead to pressure on farmers to stop using the muscle-promoting drug.


Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

According to new research, vegetable farmers who clear away trees and wild vegetation from their fields aren't making their produce any safer to eat. But they are destroying animal habitats.


How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.


Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.


Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The national egg shortage is hitting bakers hard. Some are replacing eggs with highly engineered ingredients that promise to work just as well.


The Ancient City Where People Decided To Eat Chickens

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chicken bones unearthed in Israel may mark a turning point in human cuisine: They could be the earliest evidence of people raising chickens for food, rather than cockfighting or use in ceremonies.


The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A White House photographer captured the lunch that Richard Nixon ate before announcing his resignation. It's an unusual image of a humble meal as power is slipping away.


The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cottage cheese was the yogurt of the mid-20th century: a dairy product for the health-conscious. But it has fallen out of favor, while marketing of — and demand for — yogurt has soared.


Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.


A Crime Of Passion: When The Love Of Yogurt Burned Too Bright

Monday, July 13, 2015

Edgar Diaz poured his heart into building a yogurt company whose product won accolades. So why did he burn down his factory? The answer is a kind of love story: an ill-fated love affair with yogurt.


Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Wild bees are some of nature's busiest pollinators of crops and flowers. But new evidence suggests a warming climate is squeezing the bounds of where bumblebees can live.