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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

August 14, 2014

 

USDA inspectors examine a chicken

Critics Blast Revamped Poultry-Inspection Regs

The USDA released new rules for poultry plants last month that allow companies to conduct their own inspections and reduce the number of government inspectors.

August 7, 2014

 

A child reaching for a lunch consisting of packaged foods

School Lunches From Home Fail To Make The Grade

A new study shows that kids’ packed lunches from home are high in sugar and salt, and fall short of federal nutrition guidelines.

August 2, 2014

 

a wooden model of a benzene ring

Nanotechnology Sneaking Into Food Supply

As the number of nano food products continues to surge, watchdogs say their dangers are still poorly understood and the FDA's new guidelines lack teeth.

July 17, 2014

 

A frozen TV dinner made from cheap ingredients

Americans Spend Less On Food Than Most Countries

Americans spend less on groceries, and tend to have poorer diets.

July 11, 2014

 

A can of soda displayed next to a pile of sugar to demonstrate how much is in each can.

“Added Sugar” Labels Make Candyman Nervous

The FDA's proposal to include “added sugar” to the Nutrition Facts label has sparked cheers from health advocates and fierce opposition from food companies.

June 30, 2014

 

McDonald's french fries, showing salt coating

Stealth Health: Companies Hiding Cuts In Salt, Sugar And Fat

Some food companies are changing recipes behind the scenes to comply with health recommendations, but they're doing it quietly for fear of losing business.

June 27, 2014

 

a close look at the cap of a Big Gulp

New York Court Rejects Ban On Supersized Sodas

New York's highest court decided on Thursday that the city's health department could not impose a cap on the size of sugary drinks.

June 23, 2014

 

Cases of Cherry 7up soda, with 'antioxidant' on label

Why We Fall For ‘Healthy’ Buzzwords

A new study shows that foods seem more healthy when words like “all-natural” appear on packaging, even when we know better.

June 16, 2014

Food Growth 

Wheat bending in the wind

Two Weird Tricks For Solving World Hunger

Research shows we can increase food availability up to 70 percent just by using farmland more efficiently.

June 13, 2014

 

Staff serves vegetables at an elementary school

Rivals Square Off For School Food Fight

Health advocates and a school nutrition lobby group are bracing for battle as an opt-out provision for school lunch rules moves through the U.S. House.

June 10, 2014

 

A truck fitted with a container of Dole bananas from a cargo ship

Mighty Banana Giants Losing Global Grip

Multinational banana companies are slowly loosing their grip on the global market as organic and fair trade producers take a bigger bite of the banana pie.

June 4, 2014

 

A Yelp lunchbox declares that 'in the future, everything will be reviewed.'

Yelp Helps New York Track Food Poisoning

New York is the latest in a growing list of cities using social media to sleuth out food borne illness outbreaks.

June 4, 2014

 

A finished clary sage fritter

Clary Sage, The Colonial Taste Of Spring

Winter-worn American colonists nibbled on clary sage leaves to mark the arrival of spring. Check out pics from Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

May 27, 2014

 

Bees sharing nectar

Research Blames Neonics For Bee Deaths

A new Harvard study shows the strongest links yet between neonicotinoid pesticides and mass bee deaths over the last decade.

May 23, 2014

Memorial Days Past 

Flags decorate grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery

Picnics And Preserves Flavor Early Memorial Days

Last year's preserves, fire-roasted chicken and coconut cake topped picnic menus at early U.S. Memorial Day celebrations.

May 19, 2014

 

A girl makes a grumpy face at the camera

How To Feed A Fussy Face

New research is helping parents learn how to get their kids to overcome their natural reflex to eschew new foods.

May 9, 2014

 

An Asian cow walking on a beach

Got The Wrong Milk?

Many people who claim to be lactose intolerant could be struggling with something else found only in milk from European cows.

May 2, 2014

 

Raindrops coating unpicked apples in an orchard

EU Apple Ban Drubs North American Regs

The European Union has clamped down on an anti-browning chemical, effectively banning the import of apples and pears from the U.S. and Canada.

May 1, 2014

Food Labels 

A model of a DNA strand on display at an art gallery

Vermont Lawmakers Approve GMO Label Bill

Vermont is in striking distance to pass the country's first law to require labels on GMO foods – and they're already bracing for lawsuits.

April 28, 2014

 

Farmed salmon swimming in a fish pen

GE Salmon Rivals Agree: FDA Reform Needed

Four years after the FDA first considered a proposal to raise genetically modified salmon, no decision has been made. What gives?

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