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Geoffrey Mohan

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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

  • 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...

  • What would a recreational marijuana market in California look like?

    What would a recreational marijuana market in California look like?

    Cannabis will be taxed more than tobacco, marketed like wine, funded like the riskiest of start-ups and grown under bank-like security. That’s the emerging vision of what California’s consumer market for marijuana, expected to be worth $6 billion by 2020, is going to look like after voters on Tuesday...

  • Here's why pot growers are paying millions for old greenhouses in the Salinas Valley

    Here's why pot growers are paying millions for old greenhouses in the Salinas Valley

    Buying and selling greenhouses in the Salinas Valley was never going to be the stuff of a reality TV show. But it was a good, quiet living for commercial Realtor Chuck Allen. Then marijuana came to the valley. Now, agricultural real estate is booming. The largely empty greenhouses where flowers...

  • She built a career on killing bugs without poison

    She built a career on killing bugs without poison

    The gig: Pam Marrone, 60, heads Marrone Bio Innovations in Davis, Calif., a leader among start-ups competing for a slice of the market in natural pesticides. Unlikely start: Feeding worms was Pam Marrone’s first job at U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. That may seem like an inglorious assignment for...

  • Chicken giant Tyson Foods buys a stake in vegan start-up Beyond Meat

    Chicken giant Tyson Foods buys a stake in vegan start-up Beyond Meat

    Beyond Meat sells plant protein that “looks, feels, tastes and acts like chicken without the cluck,” as the product packaging for its faux poultry reads. That was good enough for poultry giant Tyson Foods Inc., which acquired a 5% stake in the El Segundo-based vegan start-up Monday. For Beyond...

  • The egg industry launched a secret two-year war against a vegan mayonnaise competitor

    The egg industry launched a secret two-year war against a vegan mayonnaise competitor

    With its egg-free recipe, Just Mayo had become a darling of vegans, a hot investment for Silicon Valley venture capitalists and an avatar for alternatives to industrial agriculture. But to the nation’s $7-billion egg industry, Just Mayo posed an existential crisis so serious that a federally supervised...

  • Bayer won't fight EPA ban on pesticide

    Bayer won't fight EPA ban on pesticide

    Bayer CropScience will give up its fight with federal regulators over their ban of a pesticide commonly used on almonds, alfalfa, tomatoes and other California crops. The company said in a statement Wednesday that it was too risky to take its case to a federal appeals court or to reapply for approval...

  • Think you're lactose intolerant? This dairy wants to prove you wrong

    Think you're lactose intolerant? This dairy wants to prove you wrong

    Blake Waltrip wants just five minutes with every California consumer who dumped milk for almond, soy or other dairy substitutes. That bloating and distress that used to send you sprinting to the bathroom? It might not be what you think it is, he says. Waltrip, the U.S. CEO of the Australia-based...

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