Dan Charles

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You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a downside.


Is Fear Driving Sales Of Monsanto's Dicamba-Proof Soybeans?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Some farmers say they're buying a popular new soybean seed partly because they're afraid of crop damage from herbicide drift. A new lawsuit claims the seed maker is violating antitrust laws.


Don't Panic: The Government Shutdown Isn't Making Food Unsafe

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is inspecting less food these days, thanks to the shutdown. And while that has raised questions about food safety, the food business is largely carrying on as usual.


Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, a foundation of life on Earth, creating genetically modified plants that grow faster and bigger. They hope it leads to bigger harvests of food.


Episode 884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to find all kinds of updates.


For One City Manager, Climate Becomes A Matter Of Conscience

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Steven Falk of Lafayette, Calif., has resigned because he says he cannot carry out policies that fail to address the urgent threat of a changing climate.


Investigators Tracking Latest Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Are Feeling Some Deja Vu

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Investigators who are trying to track down the source of E. coli in romaine lettuce have seen this movie before. They're tracking the exact strain of bacteria that caused a small outbreak a year ago.


Investigators Work To Track Down Source Of Romaine Lettuce Contamination

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Supermarkets are clearing romaine lettuce off the shelves, following a warning that some of it may be contaminated with E. coli. Investigators are trying to figure out where the contamination started.


No Romaine Lettuce Is Safe To Eat, CDC Warns Consumers

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

E. coli in romaine lettuce is back. The CDC has issued a warning for people not to consume any romaine lettuce from any source as it investigates another illness outbreak tied to the leafy green.


Is The Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops — Or To Wage Biological Warfare?

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Pentagon wants university researchers to find ways to protect crops in the field using infectious viruses carried by insects. Critics think it looks like bioweapons research.


The EPA Says Farmers Can Keep Using Weedkiller Blamed For Vast Crop Damage

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency has given farmers the OK to continue to spray the controversial weedkiller dicamba. The chemical is prone to blowing in the wind and damaging other vegetation.


World's Biggest Pork Producer Pledges To Cover Manure Ponds

Monday, October 29, 2018

Smithfield Foods says it will pay farmers to cover their manure ponds with plastic on more than 1,000 U.S. farms. Those "lagoons" have become increasingly controversial.


5 Major Crops In The Crosshairs Of Climate Change

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The plants that nourish us won't disappear entirely. But they may have to move to higher, cooler latitudes. Some places may find it harder to grow anything at all, because there's not enough water.


Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.


Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Many farmers are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit the use of dicamba, a popular weedkiller that's prone to drifting into neighboring fields.


A Drifting Weedkiller Puts Prized Trees At Risk

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The EPA is deciding whether to let farmers keep using an herbicide called dicamba. The chemical is controversial because it can damage nearby crops. What's less well-known: It's hurting wildlife, too.


News Brief: Kavanaugh Hearing Still Set For Monday, Public Health Effects Of Hurricane

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with a hearing Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Also, a look at public health after the hurricane.


Florence Engulfs Hog Farms And Chicken Houses, Thrashing North Carolina Agriculture

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

At least 1.7 million chickens have died from flooding in the state. The impact is now coming into focus — including overflowing pools of hog manure and waterlogged sweet potato fields.


Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence is heading toward a part of North Carolina where pigs far outnumber people. Farmers and environmentalists are worried about the fate of hundreds of open-air manure lagoons.


A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

Sunday, September 09, 2018

It involves a super solar farm the size of the United States.