Dan Charles

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Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food Issues

Friday, December 02, 2016

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.


Farmers Are Courting Trump, But They Don't Speak For All Of Rural America

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

With Donald Trump's victory, rural America is enjoying some political prominence, and farmers are hoping to profit. But most rural Americans aren't farmers. Small towns have their own priorities.


Manure Happens, Especially When Hog Farms Flood

Friday, November 04, 2016

When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina last month, it flooded more than a dozen manure lagoons at hog farms. Environmentalists say it shows that these farms are too risky for the state.


Deforestation Opponents Enlist Powerful Ally: Big Food. But There's A Catch

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Hundreds of food companies have promised to keep their suppliers from cutting down forests. A global coalition of environmental groups is watching to see if the companies are keeping their promises.


Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder

Friday, October 28, 2016

The egg industry may soon eliminate a wasteful — and to some, horrifying — practice: slaughtering male chicks. New technology can identify male embryos in eggs before they enter incubation chambers.


Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Ontario Finds It's Easier Said Than Done

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pesticides called "neonics" are popular among farmers, but also have been blamed for killing bees. In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on neonics, with mixed results.


Forget Tomayto/Tomahto: The Real Debate Is, Should It Be Refrigerated?

Monday, October 17, 2016

In the great household debate about refrigerating tomatoes, there's some new scientific evidence on the no-fridge side. But some taste testers are not convinced.


In Fight Against Food Waste, Brits Find A Worthy Battlefield: The Home

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reducing food waste is complicated, but the clearest success story may be the United Kingdom, where households cut the amount of food they wasted by about 20 percent.


We Pay Billions For Greener Farms, So What Does That Buy Us?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

American farmers receive billions of dollars each year in "conservation payments" that are intended to protect the environment. Some environmentalists say the payments deserve scrutiny — and reform.


Perdue Goes (Almost) Antibiotic-Free

Friday, October 07, 2016

The giant poultry producer says that it is now raising all of its chickens without routine antibiotics. Only those flocks that get sick, about 5 percent of all birds, will be treated.


As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.


EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Doesn't Cause Cancer

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, does not cause cancer. The chemical has been under intense international scrutiny.


Farmers Lament Bayer's Acquisition Of Monsanto For $66 Billion

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The world's largest seed company, Monsanto, is being bought by Germany-based chemical company, Bayer. Farmers at a farm show in Canada are wondering if this will reduce competition.


Bayer To Buy Monsanto For $66B, Part Of A Trend Of Consolidation In Big Ag

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bayer, the maker of Aspirin and other pharmaceuticals and chemicals, is buying Monsanto in a deal valued at $66 billion. If approved, it would make one of the world's biggest agri-chemical companies.


STEM To Steam: How Coffee Is Perking Up Engineering Education

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Coffee can teach us many things, including engineering. At the University of California, Davis, it's now the focus of the most popular elective class on campus and of an ambitious new research center.


How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Thursday, September 01, 2016

There's new and detailed data on the impact of genetically modified crops on pesticide use. Those crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.


Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.


America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

Friday, August 26, 2016

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.


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.