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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

September 22, 2017

 

A glass of beer sits next to a bread board at a pub

Brewers Join Forces With Bakers To Curb Waste

Companies in the US ad UK have found ways to recycle grains wasted to make bread and beer.

September 15, 2017

 

Florida grapefruit displayed at a market

FDA: Do Not Eat Contaminated Produce After Irma

The FDA is warning people in flood zones to stay away from produce touched by flood waters as damage estimates in Florida take shape.

September 8, 2017

 

Scattered cotton modules in Refugio County, Texas.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Trample Harvests

Texas farmers are still tallying damage from hurricane Harvey as Irma bears down on Florida and the Caribbean.

August 31, 2017

 

Sheep stare at the camera

UK Farmers Rethink Brexit

Surveys showed that a majority of UK farmers voted to drop European Union membership in 2016, but with changes looming, many are now having second thoughts.

August 24, 2017

 

Mealworms served in Yunnan, China

Swiss Supermarket Launches Europe’s First Worm Burgers

A grocery coop in Switzerland has unleashed new burgers and balls packed with protein from mealworms.

August 10, 2017

 

Chinook salmon

Transgenic Salmon Reaches Canadian Dinner Plates

Biotech company AquaBounty has sold its first shipments of a controversial genetically modified salmon in Canada after 25 years in regulatory limbo.

August 10, 2017

 

A bioreactor in Finland creates protein powder

Scientists Synthesize Food With Little Electric Shocks

Researchers in Finland are using electricity to generate food from microbes and other components, a process meant to help fight world hunger.

August 1, 2017

 

A plastic fork mingles with sand and seaweed on a beach.

Disposable Food Plastics Choking Seas

Takeout packaging and throwaway plastic utensils are piling up across the globe as conservation groups fight a mounting tide of plastics pollution.

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.

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