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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.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Processed Foods

4/18/2012

When you think of processed foods, what definition do you use?

Genetically-Engineered Sweet Corn – Is It Safe?

4/16/2012

A recent blog post from Food & Water Watch in the The Huffington Post raised concerns about genetically-engineered (GE) sweet corn. Previously, we posted information from experts regarding the effect of GE foods on human health. We asked those experts to weigh in on the GE sweet corn issue.

Does Technology Help Grow Healthier Food?

4/12/2012

Merriam-Webster defines technology as, "A manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge." We're used to technology with the latest mobile phones, music players and cars, for example, but what about technology in food production? We received a question from www.FoodDialogues.com asking about technology in food.

What production practices or technologies have researchers found that help grow healthier food?

Hormones in Beef? Reader Question Answered

4/2/2012

Recently, Best Food Facts received a question from Maddee asking, "What is the hormone level (estrogen) in beef compared to that of other animal protein products? With that, how does an animal that has been implanted with synthetic hormones (estrogen) excrete those hormones?”

To answer Maddee's question, Best Food Facts contacted Dr. Ann Macrina from Penn State.

Without Pink Slime - Now What?

3/28/2012

Lean finely textured beef, also known as "pink slime," has made headlines around the world. From Jamie Oliver's YouTube video to stories from ABC News, you've probably heard all sides of the story by now. Many grocery stores have stopped selling ground beef that also contains lean finely textured beef. And schools can opt-out of receiving it, too.

Antibiotics and Probiotics in Meat

3/26/2012

Best Food Facts reader Nora had a couple questions about antibiotics and probiotics in food animals. We contacted Dr. Paul Ebner and Dr. Stuart Price to answer her questions.

Does Size Matter in Sustainable Food?

3/21/2012

When asked whether there is a correlation between the size of a farm and whether it sustainably produces food, food experts say it all comes down to management.

The Truth About “Pink Slime”

3/20/2012

Recent news reports have claimed ground beef is treated with ammonia and other chemicals. With many people wondering if their beef is safe, we spoke to Dr. James Dickson, Iowa State University, about this “pink slime” and its implications.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: "Pink Slime"

3/19/2012

“Pink slime.” It’s everywhere, being talked about by everyone – from this mom blogger who is also a meat scientist, and this news report from an Albany, N.Y. TV station, to this food editor’s taste test and this science journal’s take on the matter. We’re curious about what you think! Vote in our poll below or tell us how you feel about lean finely textured beef/”pink slime” in your own words in our comments section.

Do Fatty Foods Cause Brain Damage?

3/15/2012

When we asked Dr. Melinda Sothern about new studies linking fatty foods to brain damage, she indicated there is a lot of truth to these studies. She said adults and children alike should be aware of what this means, and provided best practices (beyond avoiding fatty foods) to avoid unwanted changes to the brain.

Consumer questions: White goo on chicken - what is it?

3/6/2012

 

We received this inquiry from Best Food Facts reader Kathleen:

“Can anything be done on how we raise our chickens? The breasts are huge. Way too big. Then they put some solution in them which leaks out white goo while they’re cooking. On top, they have no taste. We can’t afford to buy Bell and Evens. There’s got to be a better way.”

Antibiotics For Animals: Dangerous for Humans?

2/29/2012

 

With all the buzz over questions about whether antibiotics fed to animals raised for food cause human antibiotic resistance, it seems apparent that this issue is at the forefront of consumer concerns. As well, we received the questions, “Why are antibiotics fed to livestock inside CAFOs or feedlots? Is this dangerous to humans?” from http://www.fooddialogues.com/. To address the topic, and as a follow up to our previous posts on the subject, we asked experts Dr. Peter Davies and Dr. H. Scott Hurd to respond.

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