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

  • Deadly citrus disease found in San Gabriel Valley

    Deadly citrus disease found in San Gabriel Valley

    A deadly bacteria that can decimate citrus has been found in the San Gabriel Valley, the second such discovery in three years, according to agricultural officials. Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, was detected last week on a kumquat tree in a residential area of San Gabriel. The bacterial...

  • Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

    Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

    Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side. They came to convince farmers that PowWow Energy's Pump Monitor software can manage irrigation via smartphone. They spotted a prospect off the side of Highway 99: a work...

  • PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law

    PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law

    An animal-rights group is suing California, charging that the state fails to enforce humane slaughter laws in poultry plants. The PETA Foundation says the California Department of Food and Agriculture wrongly defers to federal meat inspectors to monitor slaughter practices in the state's poultry...

  • Undercover video sheds light on turkey slaughter

    Undercover video sheds light on turkey slaughter

    Turkey hatchlings and embryos at a Foster Farms plant in Fresno were tossed in plastic bags to suffocate or were ground up alive, according to a new undercover video released Monday by an animal-rights group. Compassion Over Killing, a vegan advocacy group based in Washington, said its investigator...

  • Foster Farms suspends 5 workers after chicken slaughter video released

    Foster Farms suspends 5 workers after chicken slaughter video released

    A video purporting to show inhumane slaughter practices at a Foster Farms chicken plant in Fresno County has led to the suspension of five workers and a criminal investigation by the sheriff's office. Mercy for Animals released graphic video footage showing chickens that appeared to have bypassed...

  • Cal-OSHA settles farmworker suits over heat-related deaths

    Cal-OSHA settles farmworker suits over heat-related deaths

    The state's worker safety agency has agreed to refocus its enforcement of heat-related regulations covering farmworkers, audit those activities, and make complaints more accessible to the public as part of a settlement of two lawsuits. The agreement, announced Wednesday, settles suits brought on...

  • Farmer David 'Mas' Masumoto's drought insight: Less water yields more flavorful peaches

    Farmer David 'Mas' Masumoto's drought insight: Less water yields more flavorful peaches

    David "Mas" Masumoto settles on a patio chair on a cool San Joaquin Valley evening, perhaps the last one before summer converts the valley into a kiln. The author and organic farmer has just sold the last box of his "organic, ugly, fabulous" Gold Dust peaches and Rose Diamond nectarines, varieties...

  • Drought saps $2.7 billion from California economy, report says

    Drought saps $2.7 billion from California economy, report says

    The drought is on track to dry up $2.7 billion in revenue and erase more than 18,600 jobs from the California economy this year, according to a preliminary report.But that blow has been hard to detect because the agriculture sector is just 2% of the overall state economy and because farm employment...

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