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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 9, 2018

 

FEMA delivers hurricane relief supplies in Puerto Rico

FEMA In Hot Seat Over Botched Puerto Rico Relief Contract

Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into a failed $156 million FEMA contract to provide food for Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

January 26, 2018

 

Piglets root around in a pen.

Rights Groups Blast USDA Plan For Faster Pork Production

The USDA has proposed changes that would increase line speeds at pork processing plants, a move advocates say will increase worker injuries.

January 19, 2018

 

A server takes orders at a restaurant

Restaurant Industry Grapples With Sexual Assault Claims

A cascade of sexual assault and harassment allegations against chefs has sparked some soul searching in an industry long plagued with abuse against workers.

January 12, 2018

 

A sign reading

Food Stamp Fate Murky In 2018 Farm Bill

As Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal farm bill later this year, watchdogs and voters are bracing for possible cuts to the SNAP program.

January 4, 2018

 

Snow covers a farm in Iowa

Farm Bill Tops Agenda For Congress in 2018

As Congress returns from winter break, lawmakers prepare to tackle the notoriously thorny farm bill in hopes it will pass early this year.

December 22, 2017

 

Clouds frame the Capitol building in Washington, DC

White House Grabs US Food News Headlines in 2017

The change of leadership in the White House was 2017’s top driver of food news as the Trump administration started making its mark on farm and food policy.

December 8, 2017

 

A farmer applies pesticide to a field in China

China Pledges To Use Fewer Pesticides

China has announced plans to phase out at least 10 more toxic pesticides within the next five years in a bid to improve food safety and soil health.

December 1, 2017

 

A shopper browses the aisles of a grocery store in Miami, FL.

Grocery Lobby Losing Allies

A third large food company has left the Grocery Manufacturers Association as the industry grapples with changing demands from consumers.

November 17, 2017

 

A health professional measures an elderly patient's blood pressure.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Put More Adults In Danger Zone

A panel of health experts has revised the high blood pressure threshold, putting 14 percent more US adults in the category of those who need lifestyle changes.

November 10, 2017

 

A dry riverbed in Kenya demonstrates the severity of a drought in 2006.

Government Report Contradicts White House On Climate Change

A U.S. government report says human industry is “very likely” the primary cause of climate change.

November 3, 2017

 

A driver from DC Central Kitchen delivers food to the USDA Farmers Market.

Hunger Levels Remain Stubbornly High In US

A USDA survey shows that the number of Americans suffering from hunger remains well above pre-recession levels nearly a decade ago.

October 27, 2017

 

An aerial photo from Sept. 23 shows devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Congress Approves More Relief For Puerto Rico

Congress this week passed a $36.5 billion emergency package to pay for ongoing disaster relief from Puerto Rico to California.

October 13, 2017

 

Plastic litters a beach on Laysan Island in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Company Spins Beach Plastic Into Dish Soap Bottles

Proctor and Gamble Co. has announced plans to use plastic that washes up on beaches to make soap bottles to raise awareness of marine pollution.

October 6, 2017

 

Aid workers distribute water to residents in the Rio Cañas Abajo zone of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 1.

Food Aid Trickles Into Puerto Rico

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, aid is finally reaching remote areas amid criticism of the relief effort.

September 22, 2017

 

A glass of beer sits next to a bread board at a pub

Brewers Join Forces With Bakers To Curb Waste

Companies in the US ad UK have found ways to recycle grains wasted to make bread and beer.

September 15, 2017

 

Florida grapefruit displayed at a market

FDA: Do Not Eat Contaminated Produce After Irma

The FDA is warning people in flood zones to stay away from produce touched by flood waters as damage estimates in Florida take shape.

September 8, 2017

 

Scattered cotton modules in Refugio County, Texas.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Trample Harvests

Texas farmers are still tallying damage from hurricane Harvey as Irma bears down on Florida and the Caribbean.

August 31, 2017

 

Sheep stare at the camera

UK Farmers Rethink Brexit

Surveys showed that a majority of UK farmers voted to drop European Union membership in 2016, but with changes looming, many are now having second thoughts.

August 24, 2017

 

Mealworms served in Yunnan, China

Swiss Supermarket Launches Europe’s First Worm Burgers

A grocery coop in Switzerland has unleashed new burgers and balls packed with protein from mealworms.

August 10, 2017

 

Chinook salmon

Transgenic Salmon Reaches Canadian Dinner Plates

Biotech company AquaBounty has sold its first shipments of a controversial genetically modified salmon in Canada after 25 years in regulatory limbo.

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