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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

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.

February 2, 2017

 

Andrew Puzder looks on at FreedomFest last year at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Groups Call For Senate To Oppose Labor Secretary Pick

A coalition of food, farm and labor organizations wants the US Senate to block President Trump’s fast-food CEO choice for Secretary of Labor.

January 26, 2017

 

Shoppers stand in line for government subsidized products in March 2014.

U.S. Congress Mull Venezuela Sanctions For Food Corruption

Lawmakers are proposing sanctions against Venezuela after an investigation found officials profited from food relief amid widespread starvation.

January 24, 2017

 

A worker holds fronds of sugar kelp

Kelp Is On The Way

Kelp and other seaweeds are poised to become the nation's next trendy superfood, and more farms could bring big benefits to coastal environments.

January 12, 2017

 

Amazon Fresh delivery truck is park on a curb

Grocers To Accept Food Stamps For Online Orders

The USDA plans to launch a pilot program to allow people to buy groceries online with food stamps.

December 22, 2016

 

The South Portico, or

Food Regs Uncertain As White House Changes Hands

As the White House ramps up for a profound transition in January, many questions remain about the fate of food and agriculture legislation under new leadership.

December 22, 2016

 

Pigs on an organic farm

Study Says Pig Farms Speed Flu Season

New research indicates that massive hog farms in North Carolina serve as breeding grounds for flu bugs before they jump from pigs to humans.

December 11, 2016

 

French fries frying in a pan

Study Says American Cholesterol Levels Are Down

A new study found average cholesterol levels in the U.S. dropped significantly from 1999 to 2014, possibly due to phasing out of trans fats in foods.

December 8, 2016

 

Farmers pick sweet potatoes at Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

White House Launches Plan To Boost Soil Health

The White House has announced plans to expand research, programs and classroom education to stem erosion and degradation of US topsoil.

December 2, 2016

 

Honey bees tend to larvae in a hive.

Science Says Bee Brood Is Good Grub

A new study makes the case for using bee grubs wasted in honey farming as a protein-rich food source for the future.

December 1, 2016

 

Workers wait at cash registers at a McDonald's restaurant in New York fitted with self-serve kiosks.

Minimum Wage Fight Not To Blame For McDonald’s Robots

Recent click-tempting headlines say the Fight for 15 movement caused McDonalds to replace cashiers with robots. Except it probably didn’t.

November 23, 2016

 

Eucheuma denticulatum, a source for carrageenan

Organic Board Says No To Additive, Tables Hydroponics

The top advisory board on organic standards in the US has decided that products with “USDA Organic” label can no longer contain carrageenan.

November 17, 2016

 

Trees absorb carbon in the Amazon rainforest

Study Says Earth’s ‘Greening’ Is Slowing Rise Of CO2

A new study shows that the “greening” of Earth under warmer temperatures has slowed the rate of increasing CO2 over the last decade – though only by a little.

November 10, 2016

 

U.S. Marines deliver supplies from a World Food Programme truck in Haiti on October 11.

Haiti Still Battling Hunger After Hurricane

The UN says Hurricane Matthew’s toll on food stores in Haiti has left 800,000 people hungry one month after the storm struck.

November 3, 2016

 

A discarded bag of GMO seed corn displays a marketing slogan

Report Stirs Debate Over GMO Benefits

A New York Times investigation showing questionable gains from GMO crops over the last twenty years has sparked a new round of controversy.

October 27, 2016

 

Packages of Dannon yogurt are marketed as

Farm Groups Blast Dannon For Pledge Against GMOs

A cluster of agriculture organizations has criticized Dannon’s plan to use fewer genetically modified ingredients, calling the move a “major step backward.”

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.

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