Los Angeles Times

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

  • Feds sue garlic grower after a contractor's van crash kills 4 migrant workers

    Feds sue garlic grower after a contractor's van crash kills 4 migrant workers

    The U.S. Labor Department is accusing a garlic grower of violating worker safety and transportation laws in connection with a 2015 van crash that killed four farm laborers on a California Central Valley highway. The unusual move in U.S. District Court in Fresno is aimed at sending a sterner message...

  • California wine country says goodbye to crop-threatening moth

    California wine country says goodbye to crop-threatening moth

    A moth that sparked quarantines and expensive pest-control measures in California’s wine country has been eradicated from the state, agricultural officials said Thursday. Little-known outside the viticultural world, the European grapevine moth had threatened crops valued at $5.7 billion, including wine...

  • Bee-harming pesticides are declining at plant nurseries, report shows

    Bee-harming pesticides are declining at plant nurseries, report shows

    Retailers appear to be selling fewer ornamental plants laced with pesticides linked to bee population declines, according to a new report. Less than a quarter of the trees and flowers from stores and nurseries tested by environmental activists contained pesticides at levels that could be harmful...

  • Prince's death casts spotlight on anti-opioid addiction drug

    Prince's death casts spotlight on anti-opioid addiction drug

    It was an intervention that never happened, and it featured two stars: Prince, an adored music icon, and buprenorphine, an obscure drug hailed as a revolutionary tool to fight opioid addiction.  Prince died before the first scene, when a drug-addiction consultant, a physician and Prince's associates converged...

  • Will microbes save agriculture?

    Will microbes save agriculture?

    Right under our feet. That’s where David Perry believes the next agricultural revolution will come from – the millions of unseen microbes in soil that play a crucial but complicated role in the well-being of plants. Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something...

  • Is quinoa California farmers' new kale?

    Is quinoa California farmers' new kale?

    Bryce Lundberg is elated, which is saying a lot for a California farmer these days. "Hop on in," he says, wading into eight acres of ragged stalks, their seed tassels turning russet in the desert sun. Lundberg, 54, soon is chest-high in quinoa, a crop that is thriving in an unexpected place: on...

  • Farmworkers win court battle over access to California labor board's proceedings

    Farmworkers win court battle over access to California labor board's proceedings

    A District Court of Appeal panel has revived a constitutional case involving public access to contract mediation proceedings held by the state's farm labor watchdog. A farmworker and business owner now can air their case against the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in a Fresno County Superior...

  • Pom Wonderful case not wonderful enough, Supreme Court says

    Pom Wonderful case not wonderful enough, Supreme Court says

    The last chance to make a case for Pom Wonderful's health claims just got poured down the drain by the nation's highest court.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an appeals court decision that health claims in Pom Wonderful advertisements misled consumers. The move ends a nearly...

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