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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

November 17, 2017

 

A health professional measures an elderly patient's blood pressure.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Put More Adults In Danger Zone

A panel of health experts has revised the high blood pressure threshold, putting 14 percent more US adults in the category of those who need lifestyle changes.

November 10, 2017

 

A dry riverbed in Kenya demonstrates the severity of a drought in 2006.

Government Report Contradicts White House On Climate Change

A U.S. government report says human industry is “very likely” the primary cause of climate change.

November 3, 2017

 

A driver from DC Central Kitchen delivers food to the USDA Farmers Market.

Hunger Levels Remain Stubbornly High In US

A USDA survey shows that the number of Americans suffering from hunger remains well above pre-recession levels nearly a decade ago.

October 27, 2017

 

An aerial photo from Sept. 23 shows devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Congress Approves More Relief For Puerto Rico

Congress this week passed a $36.5 billion emergency package to pay for ongoing disaster relief from Puerto Rico to California.

October 13, 2017

 

Plastic litters a beach on Laysan Island in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Company Spins Beach Plastic Into Dish Soap Bottles

Proctor and Gamble Co. has announced plans to use plastic that washes up on beaches to make soap bottles to raise awareness of marine pollution.

October 6, 2017

 

Aid workers distribute water to residents in the Rio Cañas Abajo zone of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 1.

Food Aid Trickles Into Puerto Rico

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, aid is finally reaching remote areas amid criticism of the relief effort.

September 22, 2017

 

A glass of beer sits next to a bread board at a pub

Brewers Join Forces With Bakers To Curb Waste

Companies in the US ad UK have found ways to recycle grains wasted to make bread and beer.

September 15, 2017

 

Florida grapefruit displayed at a market

FDA: Do Not Eat Contaminated Produce After Irma

The FDA is warning people in flood zones to stay away from produce touched by flood waters as damage estimates in Florida take shape.

September 8, 2017

 

Scattered cotton modules in Refugio County, Texas.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Trample Harvests

Texas farmers are still tallying damage from hurricane Harvey as Irma bears down on Florida and the Caribbean.

August 31, 2017

 

Sheep stare at the camera

UK Farmers Rethink Brexit

Surveys showed that a majority of UK farmers voted to drop European Union membership in 2016, but with changes looming, many are now having second thoughts.

August 24, 2017

 

Mealworms served in Yunnan, China

Swiss Supermarket Launches Europe’s First Worm Burgers

A grocery coop in Switzerland has unleashed new burgers and balls packed with protein from mealworms.

August 10, 2017

 

Chinook salmon

Transgenic Salmon Reaches Canadian Dinner Plates

Biotech company AquaBounty has sold its first shipments of a controversial genetically modified salmon in Canada after 25 years in regulatory limbo.

August 10, 2017

 

A bioreactor in Finland creates protein powder

Scientists Synthesize Food With Little Electric Shocks

Researchers in Finland are using electricity to generate food from microbes and other components, a process meant to help fight world hunger.

August 1, 2017

 

A plastic fork mingles with sand and seaweed on a beach.

Disposable Food Plastics Choking Seas

Takeout packaging and throwaway plastic utensils are piling up across the globe as conservation groups fight a mounting tide of plastics pollution.

July 18, 2017

 

The sun sets on a Whole Foods store in Austin, TX

Grocers Brace After Amazon’s Whole Foods Takeover

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods in June rocked the grocery industry and inspired a flood of speculation from analysts.

July 6, 2017

 

A fence post with barbed wire borders the edge of a farm at sunset.

Study Shows Farmer Suicide Rate Still Rising

New research indicates that the suicide rate for farmers has continued to climb higher since the 1980s compared to workers in other industries.

June 29, 2017

 

A wine box made from mushroom flesh sits in the grass

New Source For Food Packaging: Food Waste

Several efforts are underway to turn food byproducts into food containers to curb plastic pollution and food waste at the same time.

June 28, 2017

 

An automated  gardening  robot  tends to a raised bed.

Robot Farmers Preparing For Future Invasion

Amid labor shortages and rising global demand for food, companies are developing better and smarter robots to fill gaps and boost production in the field.

June 21, 2017

 

Multicolored soda bottles displayed in a case

Soda Taxes Making Ripples

Several municipalities across the US are looking into benefits and side effects of soda taxes that have recently passed or are now going into effect.

May 29, 2017

 

A farmer walks through a field in India

India Court Grapples With High Rate Of Farmer Suicides

Advocates in India are asking the country’s supreme court to increase pay for farmers to curb high rates of suicide amid rampant debt and crop failures.

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