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Mad Cow Disease - How Do We Know We're NOT At Risk? Reader Questions Answered.

6/25/2012

As a follow-up to our previous post on the California dairy cow with “mad cow disease”/BSE, there were a few reader questions. We talked to Dr. James Roth, from Iowa State University, to provide some clarity. 

Are Superweeds Taking Over Our Fields?

6/20/2012

Recent blog posts and articles claiming that "superweeds" are getting stronger because of herbicide resistance have raised concerns amongst our readers. To help dig into the subject, we’ve enlisted the help of Dr. David Shaw from Mississippi State University.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: How do you define "local" food?

6/19/2012

When you think of local food, what definition do you use? Take our poll!

Does Cage-Free = Better Hen Welfare?

6/15/2012

When you're shopping for eggs, do you look at the labels and wonder about the welfare of the hens? For example, The Mother Fitness blog examined the differences, while One Mom's World toured a modern egg farm. In thinking about the chickens who lay those eggs, which housing system does the best job of caring for the chickens?

Hormone Confusion: Cow milk vs. Human breast milk

6/13/2012

The Best Food Facts post about hormones is one of the most visited pages on our site. It seems many readers want more information on the topic. Our experts have answered Are hormones in my milk and meat making my kids bigger? and What could be causing early puberty in girls?

Farm Size: Environmental Impacts

6/8/2012

We talked to Dr. Hongwei Xin regarding the environmental impacts of different types and sizes of farms. He said that it's all about managing the manure - no matter the system.

GMO Labeling: What You Need to Know

6/6/2012

Food made from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a top-of-mind issue for some consumers, and the subject has been the focus of television programs like The Doctors, which recently featured a segment on GMOs and GMO labeling. We asked Dr. Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, to provide his opinion on the subject of labeling genetically modified foods.

Agave - Healthier Than Sugar?

6/1/2012

Direct from health expert Joy Bauer, via Twitter (@JoyBauer) - a fun video that discusses the pros and cons of using Agave as an alternative sweetener and answers the question, "Is agave healthier than sugar?"

What is Your Summer Food I.Q.?

5/23/2012

Want to be sure you're summer food preparation, cooking and storage skills are in tact? Take this quiz, developed by food expert Alice Henneman from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and let us know how you did! Do you have questions that the quiz didn't address? Let us know and we'll get our experts to respond!

It's My Right: Genetically-Modified Labeling

5/17/2012

States like Connecticut, Washington and California are taking a hard look at labeling food products with genetically modified ingredients, with advocates saying consumers have the right to know. Best Food Facts expert Dr. Peggy Lemaux was interviewed on the subject for a recent NPR story focused on the California initiative.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: How do you define "real" food?

5/16/2012

When you think of "real" food, what definition do you use? Please comment below!

Animal Care on Large Farms - Oxymoron?

5/3/2012

Given that the vast majority of us are entrusting someone else to grow/raise our food, it's common to want to know who is producing it and what methods are used to ensure it is being done in a manner that meets our preferences. Based on an inquiry from http://www.fooddialogues.com/, we sought out the help of Dr. Dan Thomson, Kansas State University, and Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, to better understand how farmers care for their animals. In a nutshell, we learned that what matters most isn't the size of the farm, but the management practices that farmers use, to ensure good animal care.

Enough Land to Feed U.S. Residents?

4/30/2012

At the beginning of 2012, the world population exceeded 7 billion people and is projected to increase to over 9 billion people by 2050. That means, to feed this fast-growing population, we need to figure out how to double our food production in the 38 years that remain between now and then. Thinking a bit more specific, and looking just at the United States' ability to produce food for U.S. residents, we received a question from http://www.fooddialogues.com/ and enlisted Dr. Tom Tomich from the University of California, Davis.

Expert provides follow-up response: Can organic farming feed the world?

4/26/2012

Last September, Best Food Facts asked Dr. Robert Paarlberg to respond to a question, Can Organic Farming Feed the World? Dr. Paarlberg is the Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Since then, two blog posts - 6 Reasons Organics Can Feed the World and Industrial Agriculture Cannot Feed The World - have said otherwise. To follow up, we again asked Dr. Paarlberg to respond.

Mad Cow in California: Is Beef Safe?

4/24/2012

On April 24, 2012, a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - better known as "mad cow disease" - was confirmed. The animal infected was a dairy cow in central California. Here are the details you need to know to stay safe.

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