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Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

Recent Posts by Chad Bouchard

October 21, 2016


Glass Pepsi bottles are marked with

Pepsi Pledges To Cut Sugar In Drinks

PepsiCo this week announced new targets for reducing sugar, salt and fat drinks and snacks by 2025.

October 17, 2016


A worker holds a handful of blueberries

Berry Pickers Form Union, Taste Victory

Berry pickers in Washington state have formed one of the first farmworker unions to come along in many years.

October 6, 2016


A harvester deposits corn into a storage bin.

Farm Groups Reject Proposed Atrazine Rules

Farmers’ associations are fighting proposed EPA restrictions on the herbicide atrazine, saying new rules would drive up costs and reduce yields.

September 29, 2016


Rain falls on a McDonald's restaurant.

LA Teachers Join Call To End ‘McTeacher Nights’

A teacher’s union in Los Angeles has added to the list of educators who want to stop school fundraisers at McDonalds.

September 26, 2016


Chickens participate in a program to improve organic standards

Top Fast Food Chains Using Less Meat Raised With Antibiotics

A consortium of consumer, health and environment groups has ranked 25 fast food chains for transparency and their use of meat raised with antibiotics.

September 19, 2016


A street cart sells halal food to customers in New York

Halal Food Sales Growing in U.S.

Demand for halal food has increased in recent years, reaching $1.9 billion between August 2015 and August 2016.

September 15, 2016


A USDA microbiologist adds reagents to test for E. coli in Athens, Georgia.

Food Safety Rules Slowly Paying Off

Despite food recalls and disease outbreaks frequently making headlines, data is showing that cases of foodborne illness are slowly declining.

September 12, 2016


Dungeness Crabs wriggle in a crab pot

California Crabbers Hope For Better Season

Toxic algae blooms put a pinch on this year's Dungeness crab harvest in California, but signs say the fishery could bounce back this year.

August 12, 2016


A half-rolled yoga mat lies on a floor

Fast Food Companies Quietly Drop Yoga-Mat Chemical

Two years ago Subway removed a chemical used in yoga mats and other industrial products from its bread. Others have too, but why don’t they brag about it?

August 4, 2016


Packages of chicken and other meats line the shelves of a supermarket

Poultry Company Calls Antibiotics-Free Labels A ‘Gimmick’

The country’s third-largest poultry producer has launched an ad campaign to defend its use of antibiotics and slam competitors for using “misleading” labels.

July 28, 2016


A Gold Medal sign towers over a flour mill

Flour Recall Expands As E. Coli Outbreak Claims More Victims

General Mills has recalled an additional 15 million pounds of flour after investigators found a second strain of E. coli in samples.

July 28, 2016


Coffee beans ripen on the bush

Coffee Flour Grinds Down Food Waste

A new startup is making an edible product out of fruit pulp from coffee plants that farmers usually dump.

July 14, 2016


Whole fresh anchovies are displayed

UN Warns World Is Reaching Peak Fish

A new UN report says 31.4 percent of worldwide fish stocks were caught at unsustainable levels in 2013.

July 1, 2016


Thousands of packaged products line supermarket aisles

Vermont GMO Label Law Takes Effect

A new law in Vermont requiring labels on genetically modified foods has gone into effect despite a months-long campaign in Congress to block the measure.

June 30, 2016


Star Wars images decorate a McDonalds Happy Meal box

Chile Fights Child Obesity With Labels And Toy Ban

Chile has implemented a food label law to try to curb one of the highest obesity rates in the world.

June 23, 2016


A person holds seeds kept in a storage shed.

Report Says Organic Seed Stocks Falling Short Of Demand

A new report says organic seed supply is not keeping up with growing demand for organic produce.

June 16, 2016


A piece of salmon is displayed on a plate

In Chile, Use Of Antibiotics In Salmon Hits 9-Year High

Salmon producers in Chile increased their use of antibiotics last year despite international pressure.

June 9, 2016


Meat products labeled

USDA Extends Comment Deadline For Organic Meat Rules

Heads of agriculture committees in both chambers of Congress got their request for more time to gather comments about “certified organic” labels.

June 2, 2016


The chairperson of a small farmer's co-operative in Northern Uganda holds a handful of harvested finger millet.

Study Says Climate Change Increases Food Toxins

A new United Nations report shows that food crops produce more toxins as they adapt to changing weather, a problem that will worsen as global temperatures rise.

May 27, 2016


A package of cream cheese is stamped

Congress Tackles Murky Expiration Dates

In an effort to curb food waste, the U.S. Senate and House have introduced bills to standardize date labeling across the country.

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