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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

May 17, 2019

 

Cage-Free Egg Bills Reveal Industry Influence

Washington has followed California’s example with a law to phase out eggs from caged hens, but the legislation uses egg industry definitions for “cage-free.”

May 3, 2019

 

Supreme Court Mulling Transparency On SNAP Retail Sales

The US Supreme Court this session is set to consider whether to make sales data on SNAP purchases from big food retailers public.

April 25, 2019

 

Parents Grapple With Increasing Debt For School Lunches

A growing number of low-income families that do not qualify for free school lunches are going into deeper debt, as school districts crack down on outstanding payments.

March 28, 2019

 

EPA Mulls Plans To Override States On Pesticide Rules

The EPA announced last week that the agency is considering changes that would allow them to veto state restriction on pesticides that are more strict than federal rules.

March 21, 2019

 

US Farmers Struck By Trade War Still Waiting For Promised Relief

An upcoming trial will determine whether the term "fire cider" can remain in public use, or will remain trademarked in commerce by a single company.

March 1, 2019

 

Arkansas Lawmakers Vote to Roll Back Restrictions On Volatile Herbicide

Regulators in Arkansas voted to allow some use of the herbicide dicamba that was previously banned after complaints that it causes damage to nearby crops.

February 21, 2019

 

Report Shows Schools Are Serving More Breakfasts

An annual report on school breakfasts shows steadily increasing participation rates as many schools begin serving meals to all students free of charge.

February 14, 2019

 

Study Warns Of Global Insect Collapse

A new study warns that more than 40 percent of the world’s insect species are at risk of extinction, and a third are endangered.

February 8, 2019

 

Report Sheds Light On Agribusiness Influence On Research

As public funds for agriculture research shrink, companies and industry groups have filled the gap with conditional support.

February 1, 2019

 

General Mills Recalls Flour After Salmonella Test

General Mills has recalled all 5-pound bags of Gold Medal unbleached flour after detecting Salmonella in a sample.

January 17, 2019

 

African Scientists Upgrade Key Staple Crop

Nigerian researchers are developing better strains of the starchy staple called cassava to help boost food security in Africa and Asia.

January 11, 2019

 

Iowa Court Strikes Down ‘Ag Gag’ Rule

A federal court rules that a so-called "ag-gag" statute is unconstitutional and violates free speech protections.

January 3, 2019

 

Animal Welfare Gains Little Ground In 2018 Livestock Regs

Suggested teaser: Last year ushered in several new rules to improve animal welfare, and the meat industry is digging in its heels for new battles in the year ahead.

December 20, 2018

 

China Strives To Industrialize Farms Amid Trade War

China has doubled down on a campaign to modernize farms as tariffs from the U.S. drives up the cost of staple food crops.

December 7, 2018

 

New Cache of Food Industry Documents Reveals Decades of Health Policy Influence

More than 32,000 of food industry documents have been collected into a searchable public archive at the University of California at San Francisco.

November 29, 2018

 

Mega Dairies Churn Out Milk Powder For China

As the US dairy industry jockeys for a spot in the global milk powder game, critics say the scaled-up operations cause disruption and environmental damage.

November 8, 2018

 

EPA Wants To Stop Reporting Toxic Stink From Animal Farms

The EPA has floated a new rule that would let industrial farms off the hook from reporting toxic airborne emissions from concentrated animal waste. Animal waste from massive industrial farms gives off toxic gasses like ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulfide. Under a rule called the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, farms have to report […]

November 2, 2018

 

SNAP, Farm Bill Hangs In Midterm Balance

Heavier food stamp restrictions and a host of other contentious farm bill proposals are up in the air as midterms bear down on an uncertain Congress.

October 26, 2018

 

Dairy Farmers and Immigrants Build Bridge Out Of Cheese

A project in the heart of dairy country seeks to build trust and respect between farmers and migrant workers.

October 11, 2018

 

Researchers Fight Malnutrition With Fortified Wheat

A USDA program is developing wheat that draws more nutrients from the soil as it grows to improve global health.

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