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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 24, 2015


Workers collect 500 pounds of Thanksgiving donations at a Navy food bank in Norco, CA in 2011.

Food Banks In Need Despite Decline In Hunger

Hunger in the U.S. is at a 7-year low, but food banks are seeing greater demand during the holiday season this year.

November 17, 2015


Young domesticated turkeys explore an enclosure

Did Bird Flu Steal Thanksgiving?

The average price of turkey has increased 20 percent this year after the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.

November 16, 2015


Cans of fruit cocktail line shelves in a store

Should Schools Include Canned Food In ‘Fresh’ Snack Program?

A group of U.S. Senators want to expand a "fresh food" school snack program to include frozen, canned, dried and pureed fruits and vegetables.

November 12, 2015


A swirl tops a jar of peanut butter

Senator Takes Aim At Caffeinated Peanut Butter

A U.S. senator is calling for an investigation into caffeine-added foods after a company launched a new peanut butter brand with extra pep.

November 5, 2015


Volunteers count pallets of donations at a food bank

Study Finds Many Food Pantries Need Safety Upgrades

New research has brought to light significant concerns about the way food pantries handle food and keep up to date with recalls.

November 2, 2015


Candy corns displayed in a bowl

Study Shows Fast Gains In Child Heath For Cutting Sugar

New evidence shows that obese children who cut back on sugar get significant health benefits after only ten days.

October 26, 2015


Garbage bags sit under a

100 New York Schools Pledge To Stop Making Trash

Schools in New York have launched a “zero waste” program that will reuse, recycle or compost all types of waste over the next five years.

October 23, 2015


California drought

California Legislator Eyes Plan To Ship Water From Alaska

A California lawmaker is considering a plan to bring billions of gallons of water from Alaska to ease the ongoing drought.

October 13, 2015


Cows are corralled on a farm

California Adopts Tough Antibiotics Rules For Livestock

California has passed strict limits on the use of antibiotics for livestock for staving off illness or promoting growth.

October 12, 2015


A worker monitors samples at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Arctic Seed Vault Hits Milestone With First Withdrawal

Civil war in Syria has triggered the first withdrawal from a global seed storage bank to replace genetic stock of crucial crops.

October 7, 2015


A Whole Foods store against darkening skies

Whole Foods Pledges To Stop Using Prison Labor

After public protests, Whole Foods has announced it will stop sourcing foods produced in prison work programs.

October 5, 2015


Egg-laying hens confined in battery cages

Battle Wages On In Massachusetts Cage-Free Match

An egg industry group says it plans to fight a Massachusetts proposal to ban meat and eggs raised in close confinement.

September 25, 2015


A female Oriental fruit fly lays eggs in the skin of a papaya

Fruit Fly Threatens Florida Crops

An alien pest was found in Florida last month in Miami-Dade County, where an infestation could devastate its $1.6 billion agriculture industry.

September 24, 2015


Empty glass Coke and other soda bottles ready for recycling

IRS Demands $3.3 Billion In Taxes From Coca-Cola

Coke stated in a SEC filing that the company will fight the IRS over a massive bill for taxes owed after an audit.

September 10, 2015


A package of uncured bacon from Niman labeled

Perdue To Buy Specialty Meat Company Niman

Poultry giant Perdue plans to buy Niman Ranch, marking its latest expansion into the growing “natural foods” market in the U.S.

September 9, 2015


A doctor administers a blood sugar test to a patient

Study: Half Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

A new study found that about half of all adult Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a number that has remained stable for several years.

September 7, 2015


Bottles of soda are displayed on a store shelf

Study: Gains From Berkeley Soda Tax Smaller Than Expected

A new study reveals that a tax on sugary drinks implemented in Berkeley, California has increased soda prices much less than expected.

September 1, 2015


Burgers grilling on a barbecue

Study Finds Superbugs Rampant In Ground Beef

Consumer Reports says about 20 percent of store-bought ground beef from conventionally raised cows in the U.S. contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

August 27, 2015


Fruit expo attendees visit a Syngenta booth

Monsanto Drops Bid to Buy Syngenta

After months of negotiations, Monsanto announced on Wednesday that it would not try to purchase competitor Syngenta.

August 24, 2015


Food trucks in Louisville

Louisville Food Hub Cancels Biofuel Plans

After facing community opposition, plans for a massive new food hub in Louisville will no longer include a composting facility to turn food waste into energy.

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