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What are farmers and ranchers doing to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use?


Will Reducing Meat Consumption Help the Environment?


We all want to do our part to help save the planet, right? Since farm animals create carbon emissions, will eating less meat create a cleaner environment?

Part Three: Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?


Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer wrap up the final post in our three week hen housing series by discussing the webcam of JS West's enriched colony barn, as well as their final thoughts on hen housing and the future of egg production.

Part Two: Eggs – Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?


Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer discuss behaviors of egg laying hens as well as current production practices. This is the second in a three-week series.

Part One: Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?


Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Patricia Hester define some common terms found on egg cartons at the grocery store - as well as the advantages and disadvantages to the housing systems for hens laying those eggs.

Getting Down and Dirty with Pesticide Residues and the Dirty Dozen


Expert information about the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group that lists pesticide residues in fruits and veggies.

What does the new MyPlate icon from USDA mean for consumers?


Experts discuss the pros and cons of the USDA's new MyPlate graphic that replaces the existing Food Pyramid.

Deadly European E. Coli Outbreak: Should U.S Consumers Worry?


Dr. Scott Hurd, Iowa State, discusses the E. coli outbreak in Europe and how it affects Americans

Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls?


Experts discuss the question of the association between hormones in dairy products and early puberty in girls.

Grass-fed versus Corn-fed Beef: What’s the Difference?


What's the Difference between grass-fed and corn-fed beef?

Omnivore's Dilemma - An Expert's Objection to One Perspective


Dr. Ruth MacDonald objects to The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Antibiotics: Are They being Over-Used in Food Animals?


The amount of antibiotics given to animals raised for food is a concern to many. Are they being over-used? Is this overuse creating antibiotic resistant superbugs in our families?

What’s your vote? Rising food prices


Readers answer a poll on food prices.

Natural or Fortified Foods - What are the Facts?


Connie Diekman, R.D., answers the question, "Is there a difference between consuming naturally occurring nutrients from food and food fortified with the same amount of nutrients?”

Small vs. Large Farms - Are Animals Treated Differently?


Three experts, Dr. Patricia Hester, Dr. Ed Pajor and Dr. Emily Patterson-Kane, answer the question, "Is the well-being of farm animals on larger operations disregarded in the pursuit of higher profits?"

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