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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

  • 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...

  • Foster Farms to shift away from using antibiotics in its poultry

    Foster Farms to shift away from using antibiotics in its poultry

    California poultry giant Foster Farms has joined the flock of meat companies eschewing the use of antibiotics, pledging to eliminate all those used to combat infection in humans. The company's promise comes ahead of Tuesday's White House forum on the use of antibiotics, and amid rising concern...

  • Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

    Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

    In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing. The State Water Resources Control...

  • White House has a plan to save bees and other crop pollinators

    White House has a plan to save bees and other crop pollinators

    The federal government will boost research and preserve 7 million acres of habitat for bees, monarch butterflies and other insects as part of a wide-ranging strategy to bolster the population of pollinators that are vital to the nation's food crops. The long-anticipated national strategy from a...

  • Honeybee losses are buzz kill for crops

    Honeybee losses are buzz kill for crops

    Managed honeybee colonies suffered annual losses of 42%, with summer declines outstripping winter losses for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday.The declines are less steep than those associated with the mysterious widespread collapse of bee colonies, first recognized...

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