Dan Charles

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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.


GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises, Top Scientists Say

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.


As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch

Thursday, May 12, 2016

As companies shun genetically modified ingredients, they're buying more sugar extracted from sugar cane rather than beets. Sugar beet farmers are thinking of going back to conventional beets.


The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.


Sugar Vs. Sugar: Which Crop Is More Environmentally Friendly?

Thursday, May 05, 2016

NPR explores whether one version is better for the environment than the other.


Under Attack, Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

Monday, May 02, 2016

Federal programs that collect money from farmers in order to promote pork, beef and eggs have been under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from the Freedom of Information Act.


The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen

Sunday, April 24, 2016

America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, is the subject of a new documentary. It celebrates the writer's work, and the rural community in Kentucky in which he's rooted.


Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

Friday, April 15, 2016

The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.