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Drought: What Does It Mean For Food?

8/3/2012

The drought across the United States is setting records for heat, lack of rain and now, food prices. Dr. Chris Hurt from Purdue University explains how a drought leads to higher food prices.

Like Eggs? Study Says Chicken Housing is Not Just for the Birds

7/25/2012

A national study is taking a thorough look at the well-being of not only the birds housed on these farms, but also the people who care for them.

Is Resistant Bacteria in Chicken Causing UTIs?

7/13/2012

People might be questioning the safety of eating chicken in light of news reports claiming a link between the E. coli that causes human urinary tract infections and E. coli that could be found on chicken products. Dr. Randall Singer, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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