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 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...

  • State launches push to accelerate drought innovation

    State launches push to accelerate drought innovation

    The Brown administration's effort to speed innovation to address the state's endemic droughts was launched to little fanfare Tuesday. No specific funding or timeline was included in the program posted to the California Energy Commission's website. A spokesman for the commission said it would begin...

  • Brontosaurus is back!

    Brontosaurus is back!

    The mighty Brontosaurus just stomped back into the halls of paleontology, throwing his 33-ton weight around to topple the longstanding organizational scheme for a family of ancient dinosaurs. A five-year effort to sort through hundreds of specimens in major museums worldwide suggests science should...

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