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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 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.

October 17, 2016

 

A worker holds a handful of blueberries

Berry Pickers Form Union, Taste Victory

Berry pickers in Washington state have formed one of the first farmworker unions to come along in many years.

October 6, 2016

 

A harvester deposits corn into a storage bin.

Farm Groups Reject Proposed Atrazine Rules

Farmers’ associations are fighting proposed EPA restrictions on the herbicide atrazine, saying new rules would drive up costs and reduce yields.

September 29, 2016

 

Rain falls on a McDonald's restaurant.

LA Teachers Join Call To End ‘McTeacher Nights’

A teacher’s union in Los Angeles has added to the list of educators who want to stop school fundraisers at McDonalds.

September 26, 2016

 

Chickens participate in a program to improve organic standards

Top Fast Food Chains Using Less Meat Raised With Antibiotics

A consortium of consumer, health and environment groups has ranked 25 fast food chains for transparency and their use of meat raised with antibiotics.

September 19, 2016

 

A street cart sells halal food to customers in New York

Halal Food Sales Growing in U.S.

Demand for halal food has increased in recent years, reaching $1.9 billion between August 2015 and August 2016.

September 15, 2016

 

A USDA microbiologist adds reagents to test for E. coli in Athens, Georgia.

Food Safety Rules Slowly Paying Off

Despite food recalls and disease outbreaks frequently making headlines, data is showing that cases of foodborne illness are slowly declining.

September 12, 2016

 

Dungeness Crabs wriggle in a crab pot

California Crabbers Hope For Better Season

Toxic algae blooms put a pinch on this year's Dungeness crab harvest in California, but signs say the fishery could bounce back this year.

August 12, 2016

 

A half-rolled yoga mat lies on a floor

Fast Food Companies Quietly Drop Yoga-Mat Chemical

Two years ago Subway removed a chemical used in yoga mats and other industrial products from its bread. Others have too, but why don’t they brag about it?

August 4, 2016

 

Packages of chicken and other meats line the shelves of a supermarket

Poultry Company Calls Antibiotics-Free Labels A ‘Gimmick’

The country’s third-largest poultry producer has launched an ad campaign to defend its use of antibiotics and slam competitors for using “misleading” labels.

July 28, 2016

 

A Gold Medal sign towers over a flour mill

Flour Recall Expands As E. Coli Outbreak Claims More Victims

General Mills has recalled an additional 15 million pounds of flour after investigators found a second strain of E. coli in samples.

July 28, 2016

 

Coffee beans ripen on the bush

Coffee Flour Grinds Down Food Waste

A new startup is making an edible product out of fruit pulp from coffee plants that farmers usually dump.

July 14, 2016

 

Whole fresh anchovies are displayed

UN Warns World Is Reaching Peak Fish

A new UN report says 31.4 percent of worldwide fish stocks were caught at unsustainable levels in 2013.

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