Dan Charles http://wrur.org en Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://wrur.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Dan Charles 7173 at http://wrur.org Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries http://wrur.org/post/breeding-battle-threatens-key-source-california-strawberries In California, a legal skirmish has erupted over strawberries — or rather, over strawberry breeding.<p>To be absolutely precise, the battle is about strawberry breeding at the University of California, Davis. This is more important than it might sound. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Dan Charles 7031 at http://wrur.org In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain http://wrur.org/post/making-megafarms-few-winners-and-many-losers It seems that everybody, going back at least to <a href="http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/quotations-agriculture">Thomas Jefferson</a>, loves small family farms.<p>Yet those beloved small farms are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Big farms are taking over.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/">latest census of American agriculture</a>, released this year, there are two million farms in America. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Dan Charles 6830 at http://wrur.org In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? http://wrur.org/post/future-clean-green-fish-farming-could-be-indoor-factories Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the United States?<p>It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported. The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Dan Charles 5942 at http://wrur.org Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey http://wrur.org/post/chickens-laying-organic-eggs-eat-imported-food-and-its-pricey The other morning, I found myself staring at something strange and unfamiliar: empty grocery shelves with the word "eggs" above them. The store, a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., blamed, in another sign, the dearth on "increased demand for organic eggs."<p>This scene is unfolding in grocery stores across the country. But Whole Foods' sign wasn't telling the whole truth. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Dan Charles 5570 at http://wrur.org Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? http://wrur.org/post/should-farmers-give-john-deere-and-monsanto-their-data Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.<p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/fieldscripts.aspx">Monsanto</a> and <a href="http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_INT/regional_home.page">John Deere</a> are offering competing versions of this service. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Dan Charles 5272 at http://wrur.org Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative http://wrur.org/post/heres-how-young-farmers-looking-land-are-getting-creative Across the country, there's a wave of interest in local food. And a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/12/143459793/who-are-the-young-farmers-of-generation-organic">new generation</a> of young farmers is trying to grow it.<p>Many of these farmers — many of whom didn't grow up on farms — would like to stay close to cities. After all, that's where the demand for local food is.<p>The problem is, that's where land is most expensive. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:07:00 +0000 Dan Charles 5065 at http://wrur.org Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses http://wrur.org/post/drug-companies-accept-fda-plan-phase-out-some-animal-antibiotic-uses If drug companies follow <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378100.htm">guidance</a> issued Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, within three years it will be illegal to use medically important antibiotics to make farm animals grow faster or use feed more efficiently.<p>The FDA's announcement wasn't a big surprise; a draft version of the strategy was released more than a year ago.<p>The bigger news is that the two biggest veterinary drug companies, <a href="http://www.elanco.us/">Elanco</a> and <a href="http://www.zoetis.com/">Zoetis</a>, said Wednesday that Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:23:00 +0000 Dan Charles 4822 at http://wrur.org Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules http://wrur.org/post/philippines-disaster-rekindles-fight-over-food-aid-reform Emergency aid, including stocks of food, started arriving this week in cyclone-devastated areas of the Philippines; more is on the way.<p>The first wave of aid — <a href="http://www.wfp.org/stories/philippines-typhoon-wfp-sends-high-energy-biscuits-survivors">high-energy biscuits</a> designed to keep people alive when food is scarce — arrived via airlift. Huge shiploads of rice will be needed in the weeks and months to come. And exactly how the U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:01:00 +0000 Dan Charles 4479 at http://wrur.org Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules What's The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us? http://wrur.org/post/whats-most-important-thing-food-labels-should-tell-us Food labels have become battlegrounds. Just last week, voters in Washington state narrowly defeated a measure that would have required food manufacturers to reveal whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients.<p>Supporters of the initiative — and similar proposals in other states — say that consumers have a right to know what they're eating.<p>But there are lots of things we might want to know about our food. So what belongs on the label?<p>I went to four deep thinkers about food and asked them what they'd most like to see labeled. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:48:00 +0000 Dan Charles 4477 at http://wrur.org What's The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us?