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What Should You Buy Organic? Dirty Dozen Explained


We frequently get questions about which fruits and vegetables to buy organically and which ones are ok to eat without being labeled "USDA Organic." Many people asking this question are concerned about pesticides on fresh produce and have read or heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from the Environmental Working Group. Here, several experts weigh in on the impacts of pesticides on our food and, ultimately, our health.

BMO Crops?


Ever heard of BMO crops? A new study has looked at the effects of bioelectric magnetism organic (BMO) technology on okra yields. Bioelectric magnetism refers to electrical, magnetic or electromagnetic fields produced by living cells, tissues or organisms. 

Study Claims Organic Is Not More Nutritious


Do you buy organic? If so, why? A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Standford University researchers may change your mind about eating organic.

Is GM feed linked to poor fertility in farm animals?


We’ve answered questions about genetically-modified food, but recently, Best Food Facts received a question via Twitter, asking if GM feed is linked to poor fertility in farm animals, particularly poultry and waterfowl.

Does Cooking Grass-Fed Meat Destroy its Fatty Acids?


Does cooking grass-fed meat destroy fatty acids?

Many of us see grass-fed and grain-fed labels when shopping for beef. We’ve looked at the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed, and asked experts what’s more healthy, but recently we received another question about the topic from one of our readers.

Drought: What Does It Mean For Food?


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


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?


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.


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?


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?


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

Does Cage-Free = Better Hen Welfare?


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


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


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?


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.

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