Dan Charles

Dan Charles appears in the following:

Episode 848: The World's Biggest Battery

Friday, June 15, 2018

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.


How Wall Street Brought Down Georgia's Suspicious Chicken Price Index

Thursday, May 17, 2018

When a bunch of Wall Street investors sniffed out a potential price fixing scheme in the poultry business, they bet against big chicken. Then they targeted a price index published in Georgia.


Episode 840: Fixing Chicken

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower.


Local Courts Lift Arkansas Weedkiller Ban, Creating Chaos

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The state's summertime ban on the use of a popular weedkiller has dissolved, for now, as a result of court decisions. Some confused farmers are rethinking their plans for this year's crops.


Republican Farm Bill Calls On Many SNAP Recipients To Work Or Go To School

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Republicans in Congress have released their version of a new Farm Bill. It imposes new requirements on low-income recipients of food assistance, but continues traditional subsidies for farmers.


A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

Monday, April 09, 2018

America's farmers are digging soil like never before. A movement for "regenerative agriculture" is dedicated to building healthier soil and could even lead to a new eco-label on food.


When Robots Milk Cows, Farm Families Taste Freedom

Saturday, April 07, 2018

On a growing number of dairy farms, cows, not people, decide when they need to be milked. Robots can do the job day or night. For some farm families, the robots free them from rigid milking schedules.


USDA Defies Advisers, Allows Carrageenan To Keep Organic Label

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The Department of Agriculture says organic-food makers can keep using carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed. It's the second time this year that it has reversed an organic board's recommendation.


Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Strawberry growers are so worried about the farmworker shortage that they're testing a strawberry-picking robot. But while picking strawberries is easy for humans, machines struggle with the task.


These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small-business owners banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agrichemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.


Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.


Why Is Venison On Expensive Plates And Food Pantry Shelves?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Venison, a luxury meat sold in high-end stores also shows up on the winter menus of expensive restaurants. But venison from deer killed by hunters can't be sold, so much of it is given away for free.


In A New Deal-Era Cannery, Old Meets New

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

During the New Deal, the government set up hundreds of public canneries in small towns. Most have disappeared, but a surviving cannery in Farmville, Va., is getting a boost from local farmers.


The Soybean Is King, Yet Remains Invisible

Friday, December 01, 2017

For the first time in history, soybeans are about to become America's most widely grown crop. Yet compared to corn or wheat, they remain curiously invisible in American culture.


From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Archaeologists say early civilizations in North and Central America were more egalitarian than the societies of Eurasia — and they think it's because early Americans didn't have cattle or horses.


Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues

Monday, November 13, 2017

Scientists have found evidence of ancient winemaking in Georgia, a country which prides itself on its vino. It's the earliest trace of viniculture using wild grapes similar to those used today.


Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic." A bid to strip them of the label failed this week.


Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Scientists are accusing the seed and pesticide giant of denying the risks of its latest weedkilling technology. Monsanto has responded by attacking some of those critics.


Puerto Rico's Dairy Industry, Once Robust, Flattened By Maria

Friday, September 29, 2017

Puerto Rico's dairy farmers account for about a third of the island's total agricultural production. Now they're struggling to recover their cows and get them milked.


Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

Friday, September 22, 2017

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.