The world's population is expected to reach or surpass nine billion by 2050 and current popular opinion is that at the current rate of production, there will not be enough food to feed the world. Enough food for a larger population is only one reason behind the support for genetic modification. This got us thinking - how is genetic modification changing food?
One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!
Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program.
According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in nine people on the planet don't have enough food to live an active and healthy lifestyle. While this number has fallen by 100 million over the last decade, wouldn't it be nice if we could reduce that number to zero?
Originally posted on November 13, 2014.
There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are only eight GM crops commercially available in the United States.
Does an apple that doesn’t turn brown after taking a bite sound appealing? Such an apple has been developed with the help of biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada. After a lengthy government process, they have now been approved in the United States, though it will still be a few years before they’re available in stores. We spoke about these new fruits, called Arctic® apples, with Neal Carter, OSF’s president and founder, and reached out to Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, for some insight.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about milk. We’ve outlined six of the most prevalent misconceptions about conventional milk that you might be hearing.
To regulate the flow of traffic, road signs and stop lights are used for drivers to refer to. Regulation of traffic wouldn’t be possible without road signs leading the way. In many cases, hormones and road signs play the same role. Hormones act as regulators for growth and metabolism in plants, animals and even humans. These chemical messengers are naturally occurring throughout all cell systems. Best Food Facts recently received a question regarding the level of hormones in food. We reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald and Dr. Ann Macrina for their expertise in hormones within food and livestock production.
The USDA approved commercial planting of a potato that resists browning and has fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises. It’s called the Innate™ brand and could be coming to a supermarket near you in the not-too-distant future.
The herbicide 2,4-D has been around since the 1940s. So why is it currently causing so much controversy? We asked Dr. Wayne Parrott and Dr. William Vencill to explain more about the herbicide and its uses.
Lately, we have seen lots of consumer questions about glyphosate. Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” is an herbicide used in agriculture to kill weeds. So what’s all the buzz about glyphosate? Some resources link this herbicide to making crops more susceptible to disease, killing beneficial microorganisms, robbing plants of nutrients and more. We decided to reach out to Wayne Parrott, PhD, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, and Tony Shelton, PhD, Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, to cut through conflicting information and to get the facts from university-based experts.
The non-government organization Center for Food Safety had three store-bought infant formulas tested for evidence of DNA from a GMO crop. The company used to conduct the test detected DNA from genetically engineered soy in some infant formula. Should parents be worried? We reached out to Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Plant Innovation Program at the University of Florida, to sort through what this finding means for parents.
You’ve heard about California adventures with seven of our food blogger friends during TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food Blogger Tour from our point of view. Now, we’re bringing you the skinny from Annalise of Completely Delicious on her favorite parts of the tour and what she learned.