Geoffrey Mohan

Writer

Geoff joined the Los Angeles Times in 2001 from Newsday, where he was a Latin American correspondent in Mexico City. He was hired as a statewide roamer, but was quickly drafted into coverage of Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Soon after returning, he was sent out to the front lines of the California wildfires, and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news team in 2003. Looking for a break from the action, he took refuge behind the editing desks in foreign and metro, serving as the environment editor and later, the state editor. He returned to reporting two years ago in Science, where he’s been writing about Ebola, African-clawed frogs and mathematicians who can predict NCAA winners. Now he’s coming full circle, back to roaming the state in search of stories about farmers, drought and innovation in agriculture and food science.

Recent Articles

  • Arizona farm accused of abusing Mexican migrant workers

    Arizona farm accused of abusing Mexican migrant workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor is accusing an Arizona farm of housing about 70 Mexican farmworkers in dangerous and unsanitary conditions and paying them illegally low wages, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week. Santiago Gonzalez, the owner of G Farms in El Mirage, Ariz., housed...

  • Judge slams fruit grower over 'bad faith' bargaining with farmworkers

    Judge slams fruit grower over 'bad faith' bargaining with farmworkers

    The state’s largest grower of peaches and other fruit bargained in bad faith with the United Farm Workers of America and wrongly tried to exclude as many as 1,500 employees from a collective bargaining agreement, a judge has ruled. The decision gives a strong boost to the UFW’s claim to represent...

  • KFC goes antibiotic-free

    KFC goes antibiotic-free

    The parent company of KFC announced it will stop buying chicken that is raised using antibiotics that are important to human medicine. The move by the giant fast-food chicken chain comes after years of pressure from food safety and consumer advocacy groups, and two years after other industry leaders...

  • Trump's EPA undoes effort to ban pesticide linked to nervous system damage in kids

    Trump's EPA undoes effort to ban pesticide linked to nervous system damage in kids

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday reversed an Obama administration recommendation to ban a pesticide linked to nervous system damage in children. Newly installed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order that would allow farmers to continue using chlorpyrifos, which is...

  • Farmworker union underpaid its own organizers, judge rules

    Farmworker union underpaid its own organizers, judge rules

    The union founded on the principle of protecting farmworkers from wage abuses will have to shell out more than $800,000 in back pay to its own organizers, a Monterey County judge ruled this week. The United Farm Workers America failed to pay two dozen of its organizers for some of the hours they...

  • Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

    Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

    Arnulfo Solorio’s desperate mission to recruit farmworkers for the Napa Valley took him far from the pastoral vineyards to a raggedy parking lot in Stockton, in the heart of the Central Valley. Carrying a fat stack of business cards for his company, Silverado Farming, Solorio approached one prospect,...

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