Dan Charles

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Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Friday, June 12, 2015

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.


Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Friday, June 12, 2015

Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because nonorganic producers can earn the highest grades.

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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.


FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.


Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.


Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds human-use antibiotics in two years.


Millions Of Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.


Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.


Beyond Almonds: A Rogue's Gallery of Guzzlers In California's Drought

Sunday, April 12, 2015

California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. Who can we blame? From almonds to politicians to cheap water, here are seven candidates.


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 โ€” which are mainly to farmers, not consumers โ€” 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.