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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

  • 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...

  • Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing 'alarming' decline in bees

    Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing 'alarming' decline in bees

    An appeals court Thursday overturned federal approval of an insecticide used on a variety of crops, ruling that it could hasten an already “alarming” decline in bees. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the federal Environmental Protection Agency approved the insecticide, sulfoxaflor, based...

  • Perdue Farms gobbles up 'humane beef' brand Niman Ranch

    Perdue Farms gobbles up 'humane beef' brand Niman Ranch

    Niman Farms, a California foodie favorite noted for its humane livestock practices, has been purchased by poultry giant Perdue Farms. The purchase of Natural Food Holdings, which owns the Niman Ranch brand and other properties, enhances Purdue's position in the so-called premium protein market...

  • Sonoma County residents' battle with wineries is about more than water

    Sonoma County residents' battle with wineries is about more than water

    These days, the redwood-shaded creek by Laura and Ray Waldbaum's house is a bone-dry path of rocks and gravel, its occasional stagnant pools a somber reminder of the salmon that once thrived there. Fewer than 500 endangered coho now wend their way from a network of such creeks to the Russian River...

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