Dan Charles

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Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.


Soda Tax Drives Down Sales In Berkeley, Calif.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

According to interviews conducted before and after Berkeley imposed a tax on sugary drinks, the tax is having the desired effect. People reported drinking 20 percent fewer sugar-sweetened drinks after the tax went into effect.


Why Do Milk Prices Spike And Crash? Because It's Like Oil

Friday, August 05, 2016

Milk is like oil - it's refined into products that are traded globally. So global events can mean profits or losses for dairy farmers. This year, they're seeing losses, and asking Congress for help.


Organic Food Fights Back Against 'Non-GMO' Rival

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Sales of food labeled "non-GMO" are booming, and it's starting to annoy organic food companies. They see the non-GMO label as cut-rate competition that doesn't deliver what shoppers imagine.


Monsanto Sold Soybean Farmers A Weed-Beating Tool They Couldn't Legally Use

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

There's tension brewing among U.S. soybean farmers after Monsanto started selling a new herbicide-resistant seed — without EPA approval.


How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

Monday, August 01, 2016

A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops and provoked conflict among neighbors.


Cookie Dough Blues: How E. Coli Is Sneaking Into Our Forbidden Snack

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Most people know not to eat raw cookie dough. But now it's serious: 46 people have now been sickened with E. coli-tainted flour. Here's how contamination might be occurring.


Inside The Lives Of Farmworkers: Top 5 Lessons I Learned On The Ground

Friday, July 15, 2016

Most of us don't usually get to meet the people who pick our apples, oranges or other seasonal favorites. What are their lives and work like? Dan Charles has spent the past year finding out.


Congress Just Passed A GMO Labeling Bill. Nobody's Super Happy About It

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The proposal will require food companies to disclose their GMO ingredients, but that information doesn't have to be on the packaging. It's a compromise, and neither side is all that enthused.


For Pickers, Blueberries Mean Easier Labor But More Upheaval

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Many farm workers call blueberries their favorite crop to pick. It pays well and the work is comfortable. But there's a catch: It's a short season, and workers and their families have to keep moving.


As Bagged Salad Kits Boom, Americans Eat More Greens

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Americans buy twice as many packages of bagged salad greens as heads of lettuce these days. Is the bagged stuff just as good? If it gets you to eat more leafy greens, yes.


Senate Passes A GMO Labeling Bill That The Food Industry Likes

Friday, July 08, 2016

The bill requires food companies to reveal whether their products contain GMOs. But those companies are pleased, because they won't have to print "GMO" on food packages.


In Prison, The Passion That Drove A Yogurt-Maker To Arson Still Burns

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The yogurt entrepreneur who set fire to his factory remains in prison, but he's in better spirits now. "He's dreaming again," says his wife.


How The Humble Orange Sweet Potato Won Researchers The World Food Prize

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A public health campaign to sell Africans on the virtues of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes — bred for higher Vitamin A levels — has helped combat malnutrition on the continent.


In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Monday, June 27, 2016

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.


How Canada Became A Greenhouse Superpower

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Canada, despite its cold weather, ships more fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to the U.S. than we send the other way. How? With the continent's largest cluster of greenhouses.


The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In 3 Acts

Friday, June 03, 2016

Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade houses," and flavor is improving.


Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.


An 'Added Sugar' Label Is On The Way For Packaged Food

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has brushed aside industry objections and will require food labels to disclose how much sugar has been added to packaged food.


If Monsanto Disappears, Will It Matter?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The German-based company Bayer wants to buy Monsanto. It would be the latest in a wave of consolidation among companies that sell seeds and pesticides to farmers.