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

  • Back wage measure for farm workers challenged

    Back wage measure for farm workers challenged

    A law that would have settled disputes between growers and farmworkers over lost wages could come unraveled, after two fruit growers persuaded a federal court to review whether it is constitutional. Gerawan Farming Inc. and Fowler Packing Co. contend that state legislators deliberately crafted provisions...

  • On Trump's short list to run the SEC: an ex-U.S. attorney who's an L.A. native

    On Trump's short list to run the SEC: an ex-U.S. attorney who's an L.A. native

    For half a decade, U.S. Atty. Debra Wong Yang was the last person corporations would want to hear from if they were operating at the edge of the law. Now, she’s the first person they might call to defend that kind of accusation, as top crisis manager for one of the premiere corporate litigation...

  • Medfly quarantine expands in San Fernando Valley

    Medfly quarantine expands in San Fernando Valley

    Agricultural officials have imposed a 101-square-mile quarantine that will restrict the movement of fruit, produce and ornamental plants in the San Fernando Valley, after Mediterranean fruit flies were detected near Panorama City. Properties within 657 feet of the site will be treated with Spinosad,...

  • Two convicted in elaborate scheme to counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drink

    Two convicted in elaborate scheme to counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drink

    A federal jury has convicted a San Diego-area couple on conspiracy charges in connection with an elaborate scheme to sell millions of bottles of counterfeit 5-Hour Energy shots in the U.S., prosecutors announced.  Joseph and Adriana Shayota of El Cajon contracted with the distributors of the energy...

  • The price of your Thanksgiving dinner — and where it came from

    The price of your Thanksgiving dinner — and where it came from

    The cost of a basic Thanksgiving meal for 10 people dropped 24 cents, to $49.87, thanks to the first annual deflation in food prices in nearly half a century, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The consumer price index for supermarket food was down...

  • Court's rejection of a lawsuit over pesticides in seed coatings is a setback to beekeepers

    Court's rejection of a lawsuit over pesticides in seed coatings is a setback to beekeepers

    A federal court on Tuesday dealt a setback to efforts by beekeepers and consumer groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate insecticide coatings on crop seeds. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said it was well within the discretion of the...

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg offers plan to counter fake news sites

    Facebook's Zuckerberg offers plan to counter fake news sites

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a seven-point plan to combat fake news sites that played a role in the recent election. The social media site will attempt to hit the fake news purveyors where it hurts, by interrupting the way these users generate revenue through advertising. In addition,...

  • Live octopus? Animal activists want it off the menu

    Live octopus? Animal activists want it off the menu

    Writhing octopus, prawns and other seafood have been plated at Los Angeles restaurants for many years. The Japanese and Korean dishes are openly advertised, reviewed by food critics and patrons, and posted on YouTube. Animal rights activists say it’s time to take the dish off the table. People...

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