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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 20, 2013

Total Figures 

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Tallying Hidden Costs Of Industrial Food

Economists and environmental scientists are adding up unseen costs connected to industrial agriculture.

December 17, 2013

It All Starts With A Seed 

A gardener holding broccoli seed pods

Film To Follow Seed Savers’ Struggle

A new documentary film has explored a global movement to stop plummeting diversity in the world's food seed stocks.

December 11, 2013

To Be Continued 

Snow covers a fallow field

Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Lawmakers decided to reconvene in January to hammer out a deal on a new five-year farm bill.

December 4, 2013

Fighting For 15 

Fast-food workers rally in a Chicago McDonalds restaurant

Fast Food Workers Plan Biggest Strike Yet

Fast food workers in 100 US cities are planning a strike this week, the largest in a year-long push for higher wages and better working conditions.

November 15, 2013

The Final Countdown  

A kernel of popcorn

Activists Cheer FDA ‘Countdown’ To Ban Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to ban harmful artificial trans fats, a move health advocates welcome.

November 11, 2013

Crop The Vote 

Peeling back the husk of an ear of corn at a farmer's market.

Gap Narrows In Washington State GMO Label Push

After an aggressive media campaign from opponents, voters in Washington state are on the brink of rejecting a proposal to require labels on GMO foods.

October 31, 2013

Label Says 

Vegetables labeled and displayed at a Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods To Launch Sustainability Index For Produce

Whole Foods Market has announced it will begin rating the sustainability of its produce and flowers in September next year.

October 28, 2013

A Taste Of The Silver Screen 

moviegoers eating in a darkened theater

Food Film Festival Puts Farms In Focus

New York and Chicago's Food Film Festival has seen a spike in submissions for documentaries that follow foods from farm to table.

October 21, 2013

Dark Times 

one chocolate truffle in its wrapper

Chocolate Shortfall Coming, But Not Extinction

Demand for cocoa is much steeper than growers can keep up with, but reports of chocolate's doom have been greatly exaggerated.

September 16, 2013

Veritable Smorgasbord 

Pigs rooting for food scraps

Could Pigs Take A Bite Out Of Food Waste?

A group in the U.K. is reviving a lost farm tradition: feeding scraps to pigs. Could it work in the U.S?

September 13, 2013

 

A man picks fresh produce from a vertical garden.

Off-The-Wall Gardening

Vertical gardens are a cool way to claim unused space in the city. One nonprofit is using them to combat hunger in urban areas.

September 12, 2013

Not Buzzed 

Bees gathering pollen

More Research Links Pesticides With Bee Disease

New research has shown for the first time a strong link between some fungicides and sick bees.

September 9, 2013

Woof! 

A government poultry inspector examines chickens on a production line.

Watchdog Cries Foul Over Poultry Inspection

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said the U.S. Department of Agriculture used bad data to justify new poultry inspection rules.

September 3, 2013

No More Nu-Salt? 

A toppled shaker spilled salt on a table.

New Salt Study Shakes Up Health Advice

New research from UC Davis suggests that our brains automatically regulate salt intake, casting doubt on calls for Americans to cut salt consumption.

August 30, 2013

Changing The Rules 

Children serving themselves local food for school lunch

Revised Regs Help School Lunches Get Farm Fresh

Revisions to federal school lunch guidelines are helping schools bring more local food into their cafeterias.

August 23, 2013

Soda Jerks 

A pack of soda cans sitting on a table

Is Soda A Jekyl-And-Hyde Formula For Kids?

New research has shown that even a small amount of soda each day could turn kindergarteners into terrors.

August 22, 2013

#ToxicBurrito 

twitter screen grab

Could Twitter Save Us From Food Poisoning?

Researchers have found a way to use Twitter for tracking and preventing those nightmare bouts of sickness from bad restaurant food.

August 15, 2013

Two (Organic) Apples A Day... 

shoppers buying produce at a farmer's market in the Bronx

New York Docs ‘Prescribe’ Fruits and Veggies

Two New York hospitals have become the latest testing ground for a project to curb diet-related diseases with fresh produce.

August 14, 2013

What'll They Think Of Next? 

A cobia caught on a line

Scientists Convert Meat-Eating Fish Into Vegans

Researchers have found the key to fish-free food for "black salmon," part of a global push for alternatives that could relieve pressure on taxed fisheries.

August 9, 2013

Frontal Cortex 

Sleepy subjects wanted junk food more than healthy snacks.

Why Do Sleepy Eaters Choose Junk Food?

New research from the UC Berkeley shows how sleep deprivation causes junk food cravings.

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