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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

August 21, 2015


Salmon swiming in an aquaculture pond

Fish Farming Still Saps Wild Fisheries

The farmed fish business is booming, but growing demand puts pressure on wild fisheries as fish farmers need to feed their increasing stock.

August 13, 2015


Students stock shelves at a food pantry

Campus Food Banks Grow, Fight Stereotypes

The number of food banks serving students on college campuses has climbed in recent years as more students seek a road out of poverty.

August 13, 2015


A bowl of chili peppers dries in the sun

Could Spicy Food Make You Live Longer?

New research has revealed a correlation between longer life and eating chili peppers.

July 31, 2015


A man sells eggs on the street in Mumbai, India

Vegetarian Elite In India Say No To Eggs In School Lunches

Vegetarian government leaders in India rejected a plan to add eggs to help feed malnourished children, drawing fire from advocates for the nation’s poor.

July 29, 2015


A finger track marks the first taste of a newly opened jar of peanut butter.

Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence For Tainted Peanut Butter

An executive with the Peanut Corporation of America faces a life sentence for covering up a salmonella outbreak blamed for nine deaths.

July 24, 2015


Dried flakes of dulse seaweed sprinkled on a table

Dulce: Bacon Of The Sea?

Researchers might have discovered the Holy Grail of meat replacement - seaweed that tastes like bacon and packs more vitamins than kale.

July 23, 2015


girl holding a duck

US Braces For Return Of Bird Flu

State agriculture departments are already preparing for a possible resurgence of avian flu this fall, while several states ban poultry competitions at fairs.

July 17, 2015


A convenience store advertises gas and food

Study Says Links Between Obesity And Food Deserts Are Thin

A new study reveals “little evidence” for a correlation between obesity and a person’s local food environment.

July 15, 2015


blue bell ice cream in freezer section

Government: Food Companies Risk Prosecution For Outbreaks

The U.S. Justice Department warned that food companies could face criminal charges if they fail to protect consumers against foodborne illnesses.

July 10, 2015


A glass of milk from a bottle

Dairy Farmers Dumping Surplus Milk

With U.S. milk production booming and consumption dropping, dairy farmers in the US and Canada are burying surplus supplied because they can’t find buyers.

July 10, 2015


Products stocked along a supermarket aisle

Report: Food Industry Spending Millions On Sneaky Tactics

Big food and agriculture companies have spent millions of dollars on PR strategies to infiltrate social media and conceal the bias of “expert” sources.

June 26, 2015


Wasted food sits in a dumpster

Food Companies Vow To Cut Food Waste In Half By 2025

A global consortium of 400 companies has pledged to curb food waste by half over the next decade.

June 25, 2015


A woman picks coffee in Aceh, Indonesia.

USDA Predicts Rebound For Global Coffee Crop

The USDA forecasts that the world’s overall coffee production will bounce back from a downward slope after record crops in key countries.

June 24, 2015


A sign declares support for GMO labels in Oregon.

House Bill To Block State GMO Labels Gaining Ground

A House bill that would preempt states from passing their own GM label requirements could come up for a vote before the August recess.

June 18, 2015


Farm workers picking corm in California

Computer Glitch Leaves Farm Workers Stranded

A computer glitch has prevented the U.S. from issuing temporary work visas for more than a week, barring hundreds of farm workers from leaving Mexico.

June 10, 2015


A doughnut decorated with multicolored sprinkles

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Door For Delivery

To the dismay of health advocates, Dunkin' Donuts is the latest fast food chain to consider home delivery services.

June 8, 2015


Food waste ferments in a compost bin

France Tackles Food Waste, Fight Goes Global

The French government has passed a law requiring supermarkets to give unsold food to charities. Activists are pressuring the UN to follow suit.

June 4, 2015


A sign on a door warns

Research Gives Hope To Food Allergy Sufferers

Researchers at Stanford are exposing small amounts of offending foods to those who suffer from food allergies to “train” immune systems to stop overreacting.

June 3, 2015


Broiler chickens on an organic farm

Foster Farms Joins Wave Against Antibiotics

California-based Foster Farms has announced it will cut back on antibiotics used to treat humans in its poultry.

May 27, 2015



Walmart Asks Farmers To Improve Animal Welfare

Walmart has urged meat and egg suppliers to reduce use of antibiotics and improve treatment of animals.

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