Los Angeles Times

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

  • How much pollution did VW's emissions cheating create?

    How much pollution did VW's emissions cheating create?

    Volkswagen has admitted equipping half a million diesel cars in the U.S. with software to cheat on emissions tests — and then, in normal driving, to spew between 10 and 40 times the allowable levels of nitrogen oxides. But how much pollution have the cars created since 2009, when VW first installed...

  • Marijuana growers are new drought target

    Marijuana growers are new drought target

    Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they will have to follow the same rules as the rest of the agriculture industry in protecting the state's drought-stricken water supply. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued an order Friday that will require...

  • McDonald's move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

    McDonald's move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

    Will the next egg you crack come from a chicken raised in a roomier barn? Foodies and farmers are in unusual agreement on the answer: If not now, then soon enough. Both say McDonald's recent decision to transition to "cage free" eggs for its McMuffins and other menu items was a tipping point in...

  • Farm worker pesticide rules tightened

    Farm worker pesticide rules tightened

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday established the first minimum-age requirement -- 18 -- for farm workers applying pesticides to fields. The change is part of a revision of pesticide rules by the agency, which acknowledged that previous regulation was not enough to prevent an estimated...

  • As House speaker, Kevin McCarthy would be well-positioned to fight water regulations

    As House speaker, Kevin McCarthy would be well-positioned to fight water regulations

    The resignation of House Speaker John A. Boehner could bring a strong proponent of California agriculture to the speaker position. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), who as House majority leader is the top candidate to replace Boehner, has pushed back at environmental regulations governing the...

  • California food processor sued over disability allegations

    A Central Valley food dehydrating company discriminated against employees taking leaves for surgery, cancer treatments and other ailments, according to federal employment officials. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class-action suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento,...

  • UFW wins key ruling in decades-long fight with grower

    UFW wins key ruling in decades-long fight with grower

    An administrative law judge dealt the state's largest grower of peaches and nectarines a key labor setback, ruling that a worker vote that sought to decertify the United Farm Workers union should be nullified.The judge, Mark Soble, found that Gerawan Farms unduly influenced the 2013 decertification...

  • On antibiotics fast-food report card, Panera, Chipotle get an A grade

    On antibiotics fast-food report card, Panera, Chipotle get an A grade

    Panera Bread and Chipotle Grill top the list of companies eliminating antibiotics from the meat they serve, while Starbucks and Subway were among the fast-food purveyors drawing failing grades in a report card issued Tuesday by a handful of advocacy groups. Having a clear public policy with timelines and...

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