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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

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.

May 29, 2017

 

A chicken house in Florida

Advocates Call For Action On Factory Animal Farming

A group of advocates is calling for the WHO to take stronger action and issue stronger warnings against industrial animal farming.

May 26, 2017

 

A man walks toward the entrance to the seed vault

Global Seed Vault Totally OK But Not OK

Record high temperatures and rainfall last year caused unusually large leaks in a global backup system meant to protect against climate change.

May 22, 2017

 

A backyard chicken sits in its coup in Seattle

Backyard Chicken Movement Outfoxes Restrictions

As the ranks of backyard chicken enthusiasts grows across North America, municipalities are wrestling with ways to keep it safe and legal.

May 11, 2017

 

Barack Obama eats a peach

Barack Obama Gives Food Security Warning At Milan Summit

Former President Barack Obama called for big changes in agriculture and food policy to help curb climate change during a sustainability summit in Milan, Italy.

May 4, 2017

 

A Burger King sign displays calorie counts

White House Kicks Calorie Count Labels To Next Year

The FDA has put off a rule requiring calorie counts on menus at big food chains until May next year.

April 20, 2017

 

Workers install solar panels on the roof of a barn.

Solar Boom Sparks Worry Over Lost Crop Land

With solar companies offering top dollar to rent farmland, ag officials are concerned converted farmland could be permanently lost.

April 6, 2017

 

Workers pick sweet potatoes

Lack Of Protection For Migrants Puts Food System At Risk

A new report from Johns Hopkins University says a lack of rights for undocumented farm workers threatens public health and the food system.

March 21, 2017

 

Sausage hangs in a shop in Brazil

Brazil Raids Bust Meat Companies Accused Of Bribery

Police in Brazil raided two major meat companies after allegations that workers had bribed officials to overlook rotten and tainted meat.

March 16, 2017

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue

Questions Linger Over Ag Secretary Nominee

Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, has pledged to sever business ties amid ongoing delays in his confirmation.

March 9, 2017

 

A portable gluten detector sits next to a breakfast plate

Portable Gadget Tests Food For Allergens

A much-anticipated portable device for detecting gluten in food has hit the market.

February 23, 2017

 

Cows are milked at a dairy facility

Dairy Group Pushes State-Sponsored Visas

Dairy industry groups want to allow states to sponsor their own visas for foreign workers.

February 23, 2017

 

People shop at a vegetable market in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Vanuatu Goes Local To Fight Obesity

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning a partial ban on imported high-energy junk foods that spur obesity.

February 9, 2017

 

Egg-laying hens are confined in cages

Egg Farm Charged Under New Animal Cruelty Law

A chicken ranch in southern California is facing animal cruelty charges that could test a new law banning extreme confinement.

February 2, 2017

 

Packaged meat is displayed at a grocery chain.

Refugee Restrictions Could Hamper Meat Companies

President Donald Trump’s suspension of refugee arrivals could cut into a key labor source for meatpacking firms that depend on foreign-born workers.

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