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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

March 24, 2016

 

Tom Vilsack talks with Cuba's Provincial Agriculture Deputy, Julio Martinez.

Cuba Trade Could Bring Organic Produce To U.S. Shores

More agricultural trade and cooperation with Cuba could bring a glut of organic produce from the island nation.

March 17, 2016

 

The US Capitol building under repair in February, 2016.

Senate Blocks Bill To Nullify State GMO Label Laws

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down federal legislation that would make state GMO label laws invalid.

March 15, 2016

 

Cattle on an organic farm graze on silage.

Meat Giant Pledges To Cut Antibiotics On Four Farms

Global agriculture behemoth Cargill has announced plans to reduce the use of key antibiotics on farms in Texas, Kansas and Colorado.

March 10, 2016

 

A selection of emojis is displayed on a cell phone

Instagram And Emojis Tapped For Food Science

Researchers are using social media tools to analyze everything from kids’ nutrition to food deserts.

March 8, 2016

 

A farmer sprays pesticides on a field from a tractor

EU Mulls New License For Weed Killer

The European Union is drawing battle lines over whether to renew a license for glyphosate, an herbicide the World Health Organization says is linked to cancer.

March 3, 2016

 

A sign is posted outside a Monsanto facility

House Bill Could Shield Monsanto From PCB Lawsuits

A chemical safety bill that the US House passed last year includes a provision that could help Monsanto get lawsuits dismissed.

March 2, 2016

 

Senator Pat Roberts speaks at a Senate Agriculture meeting.

Ag Committee Passes Voluntary GMO Label Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted in favor of a bill that would make labels voluntary for foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

February 25, 2016

 

A salmon jumps upstream.

Hatchery-Raised Fish Develop Different DNA

Researchers in Oregon found that offspring of wild salmon raised in hatcheries develop changes in 700 genes.

February 25, 2016

 

A man sprays pesticides on crops.

Report: Pesticide Mixtures Threaten Human Health

A new UCLA report shows that combinations of commonly used pesticides can create toxic cocktails that increase health risks.

February 18, 2016

 

Currant tomatoes, a wild variety of the cultivated version, hang on a vine.

Study Finds Wild Tomatoes Are More Resistant To Pests

A new study has found that commercial tomatoes lack pest-repelling traits still found in wild varieties.

February 18, 2016

 

A sign in a store announces SNAP payments are accepted.

USDA Pushes More Healthy Options For SNAP Customers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to force stores that accept food stamps to offer healthier foods.

February 12, 2016

 

New Hampshire's Statehouse

GMO Label Law Falls Short In New Hampshire

New Hampshire's House voted down a GMO labeling law this week, while a House committee in Rhode Island held a hearing on similar measures.

February 11, 2016

 

Domestic turkeys mill about in a holding pen

USDA Slammed For Slow Suffocation In Bird Flu Culls

In a bird flu outbreak in Indiana last month, some of the 400,000 euthanized birds were killed by “ventilation shutdown,” a method the USDA approved last year.

February 4, 2016

 

KFC and McDonald's signs are displayed over a road in Xiamen, China.

U.S. Company Disputes China Court Ruling On Meat Scandal

A U.S. food company has rejected the decision of a Chinese court saying the company broke food safety laws.

February 4, 2016

 

Salmon swimming upstream

U.S. Temporarily Bans Import Of GE Salmon

The FDA has blocked the import of genetically modified salmon until the agency publishes final label guidelines.

January 29, 2016

 

A pile of snow adorns the home of Maine's state legislature

Maine Mulls Standalone GMO Label Law

Lawmakers in Maine want to remove a provision in the state's GMO label law that makes it dependent on passage of similar laws in other states.

January 22, 2016

 

Fishermen unloading buckets of fish from their boats in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Report: Not So Many Fish In The Sea

A new study indicates that global fishing operations have depleted stocks by much more than officially reported.

January 14, 2016

 

Fish are raised in coastal net pens off the coast of Maine.

U.S. Approves Industrial Offshore Fish Farms

New rules clear the way for industrial fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico, a move environmental groups say would threaten an ecosystem already under siege.

January 11, 2016

 

New York Salt Warning

Salt Battle In New York Threatens To Spill Over

A court battle over salty food warnings is heating up in New York and could set the tone for other food label initiatives across the country.

January 7, 2016

 

A customer shops for packaged meat at a supermarket

Consumer Groups Vow To Fight Meat Label Repeal

Consumer groups are rearing for a fight in 2016 after Congress repealed a law that required an animal's country of origin on packages of meat.

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