Geoffrey Mohan

Writer

Geoffrey Mohan joined the Los Angeles Times in 2001 from Newsday, where he was the Latin America Bureau Chief in Mexico City. He started off here as a statewide roamer, detoured to cover the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the California wildfires in 2003. He served as an editor on the metro and foreign desks before returning to reporting on science in 2013. Now he’s coming full circle, roaming the state in search of stories about farming and food.

Recent Articles

  • 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...

  • The trigonometry of terror: why the Las Vegas shooting was so deadly

    The trigonometry of terror: why the Las Vegas shooting was so deadly

    Arthur B. Alphin is well acquainted with the trigonometry of terror. The retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and West Point graduate, who has a mechanical engineering degree and specialized in ballistics, has testified in many multiple shooting cases. What he sees so far about the Las Vegas shooter Stephen...

  • Farm worker decertification fight is nowhere near over

    Farm worker decertification fight is nowhere near over

    It could be a long time before workers at the state's largest tree-fruit processor get another chance to vote on whether the United Farm Workers can continue to represent them, after a state board nullified their 2013 election. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board ruled Friday that Gerawan Farming...

  • In sophisticated shell game, thieves hit Central Valley nut growers

    In sophisticated shell game, thieves hit Central Valley nut growers

    The truck company appeared legitimate, though the paperwork was a bit sloppy. But after a few calls, the broker told Horizon Nut Co. to load 45,000 pounds of shelled pistachios and send it to the East Coast.Hours later, the trailer was empty in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port area, and about $450,000...

  • A peek into the mysterious art of citrus flavoring

    A peek into the mysterious art of citrus flavoring

    Geoff Marshall-Hill finds the tango mandarin's scent "a bit catty." He can't even imagine a market for the Indio mandarinquat. But the rich wine and berry undertones of the sanguinelli blood orange elicits a string of superlatives. He wanders a dusty orchard in Riverside, surrounded by co-workers...

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