Dan Charles

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Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.


Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.


Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat, FDA Says

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said that a salmon created to grow faster is fit for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.


It's Final: FDA Issues Long-Awaited Food Safety Rules

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration's regulations contain some compromises and cover farmers who grow fresh produce, as well as importers. The agency has been working on the rules for five years.


European Cancer Experts Don't Agree On How Risky Roundup Is

Friday, November 13, 2015

Glyphosate, or Roundup, is a widely used weedkiller and has been classified as a "probable carcinogen." But experts from the European Food Safety Agency now contend it probably doesn't cause cancer.


Rounding Up The Last Of A Deadly Cattle Virus

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rinderpest, or cattle plague, was declared eradicated in 2011. But many research institutes still have samples of the rinderpest virus in storage. Disease experts want those samples destroyed.


Why Chipotle's Hard Line On Swine Antibiotics Is Now Blurry

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Some Chipotle restaurants now sell pork from pigs that received antibiotics to treat illness. It's a move that acknowledges the drugs can be used responsibly on farms.


Inside The Life Of An Apple Picker

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's apple-picking time. For some of us, that's casual recreation. For tens of thousands of people, though, it's a paycheck — and one stop in a migratory life.


Subway Joins The Fast-Food, Antibiotic-Free Meat Club

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The chain says it will shift to buying only meat from animals that weren't fed antibiotics. It's set to serve antibiotic-free poultry by the end of next year, but beef and pork may take until 2025.


As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Kids in America's schools are eating more local food, although it makes up only a small part of the average meal. Advocates say local food doesn't have to cost more, but buying it does take more time.


Study May Ease Drinking Water Worries About Fracking

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A new study of drinking water in areas where fracking is used to extract natural gas found that contamination is not common and it probably did not come from deep underground.


If Big Food Buys Your Favorite 'Natural' Food Brand, Will You Trust It?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Many alternative food brands have been swallowed by big food companies. Recently, Perdue bought Niman Ranch, which sells "natural" meat. But after a sale, will shoppers feel the product is the same?


Time To Pursue The Pawpaw, America's Fleeting Fall Fruit

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that's native to the U.S.


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.