Kristofor Husted

Before joining KBIA in July 2012, Kristofor Husted reported for the science desk at NPR in Washington. There, he covered health, food and environmental issues. His work has appeared on NPR’s health and food blogs, as well as with WNYC, WBEZ and KPCC, among other member stations. As a multimedia journalist, he's covered topics ranging from the King salmon collapse in Northern California to the shutdown of a pollution-spewing coal plant in Virginia. His short documentary, “Angela’s Garden,” was nominated for a NATAS Student Achievement Award by the Television Academy.

Husted was born in Napa, Calif., and received his B.S. in cell biology from UC Davis, where he also played NCAA water polo. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, where he was honored as a Comer scholar for environmental journalism. 

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Nutrition guidelines for school lunches remain a sticking point in Congress.

Some schools say nutrition standards pushed by Michelle Obama are too expensive and that they’re unpopular.

A new Senate measure makes some compromises. Under the bipartisan bill, whole grain requirements would be scaled back and schools gain an extra two years to meet reduced sodium levels in meals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Kevin Concannon says the goals are meant to fight the national obesity epidemic.

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Schools in Kansas spent nearly $2 million on local food during the 2013-14 school year. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to make sure small farmers are getting their slice.

The USDA’s Kevin Concannon says historically, the agency has been focused on commodities like corn and soybeans. But increasingly it’s putting millions in grants toward school programs that buy fruits and vegetables the kinds you’d see at small farmers markets.

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A group of scientists and environmentalists are calling for an independent review of the chemicals found in the popular herbicide Roundup.

Agriculture giant Monsanto first started selling glyphosate, the major chemical in Round Up, in the 1970s--but it remains controversial.

A band of environment and public health advocates say the chemical mixed with other ingredients could contribute to the risk of cancer and is due for modern tests.

Fred vom Saal is one of them. He is a professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri.

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The U.S. symbolically signed on to the biggest global trade partnership in history Thursday morning local time in New Zealand. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports on next steps.

The Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is expected to open up new markets for American agricultural exports, especially soybeans and beef. But it’s controversial.

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New federal guidelines for healthy eating announced Thursday delivers a big win to Midwest meat farmers and ranchers.

Initial recommendations by scientific advisors suggested Americans could be more environmentally friendly by cutting back on meat. Although the final recommendations propose teenage and adult men reduce their intake of protein, there is no specific request to eat less meat.

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The average American eats hundreds of pounds of meat every year. But after years of putting more and more meat on our plates, it seems we’re starting to see a slow-down.

For Harvest Public Media’s series "Choice Cuts: Meat In America," Kristofor Husted reports on how changing dietary recommendations are trickling down to the farm.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal announced this week could mean more exports from the Midwest. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, the agreement could be worth billions for U.S. farmers.

The TPP is expected to give U.S. farmers easier access to markets in countries like Japan and Australia by reducing tariffs on products like beef and rice.

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The Obama administration announced Wednesday a nationwide goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. 

The average family of four in the U.S. tosses out nearly $1500 a year in food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency hope to get the help of food retailers, charity groups and local governments to reduce that waste.

Dana Gunders, a staff scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says the aggressive goal will take a lot of work from the farmer to the consumer.

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Some Midwest farmers are cheering a legal ruling that delays new water pollution rules. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, the regulations had been slated to go into effect on Friday.

The rules give the EPA power to regulate some streams and tributaries under the Clean Water Act. A federal judge issued an injunction, which will put the rules on pause in thirteen states…including Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter regulations for pesticide applicators. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports the proposed rules impact farms of all sizes.

Workers who spray some of the most hazardous pesticides would need to be at least 18 years old, renew their certifications every three years and take specialized training for certain chemicals.

Margaret Reeves with the Pesticide Action Network says the proposed guidelines will guard public and environmental health, and will largely protect farmworkers tending to specialty crops.