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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

  • Solar is in, biomass energy is out—and farmers are struggling to dispose of woody waste

    Solar is in, biomass energy is out—and farmers are struggling to dispose of woody waste

    It should have been a good year for turning wood and waste into electrons. A record-setting drought forced growers to bulldoze thousands of acres of trees, and hardly anyone in the Central Valley has permission to light bonfires anymore. But more than trees have withered in California's sun. The...

  • Rose Parade floats contend with citrus bans

    Rose Parade floats contend with citrus bans

    There won't be any potted orange trees or fresh citrus leaves in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, which travels through a quarantine area for a citrus disease. The voluntary diet on float decoration items came after an outbreak of huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening, a disease that...

  • Reindeer name games: Is it Donder or Donner?

    Reindeer name games: Is it Donder or Donner?

    Farm agencies are not about to be outdone by U.S. air defense officials when it comes to altering policies to aid Santa and his reindeer. Both the state and federal bureaucracies that control cross-border movement of livestock issued their annual waivers Wednesday so that Santa can visit U.S. and...

  • Sonoma County flooded with water complaints

    Sonoma County flooded with water complaints

    The state Water Resources Control Board has rained a record number of complaints down on residents of Sonoma County over failure to comply with an order requesting information on their well use. The board sent 1,881 notices of violation, which could lead to fines of $2,500 apiece, to residents...

  • Wild bees are least abundant where they're most needed, study says

    Wild bees are least abundant where they're most needed, study says

    Without bees, there would be no California almonds. But the Central Valley's love affair with almonds and other orchard crops has left the area with a steep imbalance between wild bee populations and the need for the pollination services they provide, according to a study published online Monday...

  • Pesticides as bad for kids' lungs as cigarette smoke, study says

    Pesticides as bad for kids' lungs as cigarette smoke, study says

    Chronic exposure to pesticides can damage children's lung function by about as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, according to a study of farmworker children in the Salinas Valley. The long-term study of 279 children from farmworker families is the first to suggest that even being one step...

  • El Niño could be a boon or a blow to California vineyards

    El Niño could be a boon or a blow to California vineyards

    Jason Haas' plan for El Niño involves oats, sweet peas, vetch, clover, sheep, alpacas, a llama and a couple of donkeys. It's not for everyone, the organic viticulturist admits. But it works for his family's Paso Robles vineyard, where dormant vines have laid bare acre after acre of precious topsoil...

  • What does that Thanksgiving meal cost?

    What does that Thanksgiving meal cost?

    Just a smidgen more. The oft-heard phrase for second helpings at the Thanksgiving table applies equally to the cost of the meal. The tab for the feast edged up less than a dollar from last year, and has increased about $21 since Ronald Reagan was midway through his second presidential term. Don’t...

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