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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

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.

December 22, 2015


A City Harvest volunteer in New York rescues vegetables from garbage bins.

New App Rescues Wasted Food To Fight Hunger

A new food pantry database is connecting about two thousand food banks and partner agencies to ensure food donations end up getting used.

December 18, 2015


Eggs with packaging labeled

Watchdog Shows Cracks In Organic Egg Labeling

A consumer advocacy group reports that many farms that produce ‘organic’ eggs differ little from traditional industrial egg farms.

December 13, 2015


Ears of corn hang on stalks

Chinese Company Eyes US GMO Market

With restrictions on GMO crops in China, a Beijing biotech firm is looking to test products for market in the United States.

December 3, 2015


Cat food displayed on a grocery store shelf

Nestlé Acknowledges Slave Labor Used in Supply Chain

Following media reports on slavery in Thailand’s fishing industry, Nestlé commissioned a report that found abuses were likely in its own supply chain.

November 24, 2015


Workers collect 500 pounds of Thanksgiving donations at a Navy food bank in Norco, CA in 2011.

Food Banks In Need Despite Decline In Hunger

Hunger in the U.S. is at a 7-year low, but food banks are seeing greater demand during the holiday season this year.

November 17, 2015


Young domesticated turkeys explore an enclosure

Did Bird Flu Steal Thanksgiving?

The average price of turkey has increased 20 percent this year after the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.

November 16, 2015


Cans of fruit cocktail line shelves in a store

Should Schools Include Canned Food In ‘Fresh’ Snack Program?

A group of U.S. Senators want to expand a "fresh food" school snack program to include frozen, canned, dried and pureed fruits and vegetables.

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