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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

December 10, 2014

 

Onions displayed at a farmer's market

Louisville To Turn Food Desert Into Food Hub

Planners are hammering out the details of an ambitious food hub in Louisville, Kentucky aimed at fertilizing a budding local food system.

December 8, 2014

 

Farm workers picking broccoli in Oregon

Immigration Order Affecting Farm Workers Under Siege

Seventeen states want to block an immigration order that advocates say would lift fear of deportation for up to 450,000 undocumented farm workers.

November 21, 2014

 

Fresh ingredients displayed on a cutting board

Study Says Home Cooking Means Healthier Eating

Researchers have shown that people who cook at home instead of eating out end up consuming less fat and fewer calories without even trying.

November 4, 2014

 

A cut of beef labeled as coming from the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

US Groups Square Off Over Country Of Origin Labels

Industry groups want congress to dial back rules requiring labels that trace the origin of meat -- a measure advocates say is better for consumers.

October 20, 2014

 

TV's Grant Imahara inspecting beef

Will McDonald’s New Media Blitz Reset Its Image?

McDonald’s has launched an aggressive advertising campaign to counter unflattering claims about its food. Will myth-busting restore trust in consumers?

October 10, 2014

 

An organic food label at a Walmart store

How Serious Is Walmart’s Sustainable Food Push?

The nation’s largest grocer announced a program to curb its environmental footprint, but watchdogs are dubious amid a history of greenwashing.

October 7, 2014

 

A corn field in Texas withers from drought

Few Researchers Seeking Crop Solutions For Future Climate

Researchers are simulating future growing conditions to help predict climate change effects and stave off food-system challenges ahead.

September 30, 2014

 

Workers loading boxes of produce onto a palette.

USDA To Bolster Organic And Local Food With $52 Million

The USDA announced $52 million in grants to grow the organic industry and support food hubs.

September 23, 2014

 

A bag of groceries containing Cheetos, fried pork skins, cookies, cheddar and bacon crackers, bananas, oranges and lettuce.

Companies In Calorie-Cutting Pact Sell Less Junk Food

A new study has shown that a group of food companies cut trillions of calories, mostly from junk food, but questions remain about the pact’s overall effect.

September 22, 2014

 

Protesters marching down 42nd street in Manhattan

NY Climate March Shines Spotlight On World Food Security

Global food security was among demonstrators' top concerns in New York on Sunday during the largest march in history to call for action on climate change.

September 11, 2014

 

Children getting pizza for lunch at a school cafeteria

Report Shows US Obesity Rates High But Holding Steady

A new report found that obesity rates in most states have leveled off, with some states even showing a decrease among young children from low-income families.

September 9, 2014

 

Kids displaying a carrot, a beet and greens.

Garden Lessons Cause Kids To Crave Vegetables

A program in Boston is whetting kids’ appetites for local produce by taking them on a tour of the food system, from seed to market to plate.

September 4, 2014

 

Fast food workers striking in New York

Fast-Food Strikers Ready To Risk Arrest

Fast-food workers are staging another round of strikes, this time with plans for widespread civil disobedience to increase pressure for higher wages.

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.

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