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

  • EPA bans a pesticide often used on almonds and other California crops

    EPA bans a pesticide often used on almonds and other California crops

    Federal regulators said Tuesday they will ban a pesticide widely used on California crops such as almonds and alfalfa, saying it imperils aquatic insects that are the food source of fish. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday filed an intent to cancel registration of all products...

  • Looting prompts closures at mining sites in Joshua Tree

    Looting prompts closures at mining sites in Joshua Tree

    Two areas of Joshua Tree National Park noted for their mining artifacts have been closed indefinitely because of looting, according to the park's superintendent. The areas include Carey's Castle and El Sid Mine, in the Eagle Mountains range in the southeast area of the park. The areas will be closed...

  • Hampton Creek, creator of egg-free Just Mayo, gains a victory in the food wars

    Hampton Creek, creator of egg-free Just Mayo, gains a victory in the food wars

    Hampton Creek, a San Francisco food-tech company, was surprised when its arch-adversary, Unilever, recently announced an egg-free spread under its Hellmann's label. After all, the food conglomerate had sued Hampton Creek over its egg-free Just Mayo, arguing that you can't make mayonnaise without...

  • Farm worker union activities are trespassing, rights group charges

    Farm worker union activities are trespassing, rights group charges

    A proposal by the state's farm labor watchdog to go out into fields to tell farmworkers about their rights is running into strong opposition from growers, who fear that the agency is about to mix policing with education.The Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative land rights group, fired a shot...

  • A father, son and lessons from Mt. Baldy's deadly weekend

    A father, son and lessons from Mt. Baldy's deadly weekend

    Let's not go that way. Let's just use other people's steps.It wasn't meant to be some heavy-handed father-son advice, but it rings that way now.My 15-year-old son and I don't talk like the people in after-school TV specials. When my wife asks what we talk about on what she pictures as father-son...

  • Salinas hopes to turn farm workers' children into computer scientists

    Salinas hopes to turn farm workers' children into computer scientists

    Dario Molina's alternative life scrolls by on both sides of Highway 101 north: acre upon acre of lettuce, spinach, heartbreak. Not me, he thinks. Not anymore. "Sometimes I reminisce," Molina says. "Damn, I remember working in that field. I remember that heat ... that song. Now I'm just thinking,...

  • Why your Super Bowl vegetable platter might cost more this year

    Why your Super Bowl vegetable platter might cost more this year

    Produce seller Rich Uchida is sitting pretty for the Super Bowl right about now. Because it turns out California not only has the 50th edition of the game, it has the Buffalo wings and veggie platters cornered, too. Uchida's employer, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, is the king of celery sticks, and isn't...

  • Modesto farmer has blossomed into a tulip peddler

    Modesto farmer has blossomed into a tulip peddler

    The gig: John "Farmer John" Bos, 44, is owner-operator of Dutch Hollow Farms, an agri-tourism business on 65 acres on the northern edge of Modesto, across from a Best Buy and a Home Depot. He runs a popular pumpkin patch in the fall. In spring, he defies the scorching heat of the Central Valley...

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