Dan Charles

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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.


A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.


Why Los Angeles' Fast Food Ban Did Nothing To Check Obesity

Friday, March 20, 2015

A new study finds that restrictions on fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles didn't reduce obesity as intended. That's partly because the ban didn't cover the most common types of food stores.


Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.


The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It's now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter's return to take the helm.


FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren't supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.


Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture. But some workers say they would stay.


GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

Friday, February 13, 2015

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don't turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.


California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.


Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

Monday, February 02, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa, wants to control nitrate pollution in nearby rivers. It's often called fertilizer runoff. But the best way to reduce it involves planting different crops, not using less fertilizer.


The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

Friday, January 30, 2015

The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.


Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?


Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The government wants to make your chicken meat safer to handle. The USDA is proposing legal limits on the chicken parts that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.


Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.


GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.


How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

Monday, December 29, 2014

On Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens living in more spacious digs. The rules have disrupted the egg industry and pushed prices up at grocery stores in California.


Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.


Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Monday, December 15, 2014

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.


Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

Friday, December 12, 2014

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.