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Exploring GMOs

7/11/2014

A complex and controversial, Healthcare Triage explores the topic of GMOs. In this video, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, the Direct of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research in Indianapolis, Indiana, and his team at Healthcare Triage, breakdown the thoughts, theories, and studies behind GMOs.

Guilt-Free Healthy Eating

7/10/2014

Don’t let fear of pesticide residues keep you from enjoying the bounty of the season. All fruits and vegetables are good, regardless of whether the label reads organic or conventional.

New Potato: Less bruising and browning

6/25/2014

A potato that resists browning and will have fewer unsightly and wasteful bruises could be in supermarkets in the not too distant future. It’s called the Innate™ brand and is currently undergoing the U.S. government approval process.

What Does a GMO Look Like?

5/15/2014

We've gotten the question several times, "What is a GMO?" While we've enlisted plenty of experts who've provided insights on what they are, whether they're dangerous, why they're not labeled, how they impact the environment, why they're banned in some countries, and whether they cause allergies, we've not actually shown a picture of what they look like. Now, we've got pictures!

Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 Revisited

4/25/2014

Use sound science and nutrition basics to navigate the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 recommendations. Ready resources to fact-based information make it easier to choose wise food decisions

Are Fruits and Vegetables Sprayed with Pesticides Less Safe than Organic Produce?

10/28/2013

In all forms, fruits and vegetables are inherently nutritious, no matter whether eaten fresh, canned or frozen. In recent years, a number of marketing tactics have presented organic fruits to be safer, based on the premise that they are grown without pesticides. In truth, both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides on their crops.

Is Agriculture Killing Bees?

5/22/2013

One in every three bites of food you eat is pollinated either directly or indirectly by honey bees. Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp says there can be a balance between modern agriculture practices and a thriving honey bee population.

We’ve been hearing about honey bees in the news lately – an increase in the rate of honey bee mortality over the winter is concerning to farmers who rely on them for pollination. The devastation of American honey bee colonies is the result of many factors. A recent comprehensive federal study says that pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition and a lack of genetic diversity are contributing factors. A decline in honey bees could create significant problems for American farms that rely on the pollination to grow their products annually. And it’s not a small issue. American agricultural products are worth tens of billions of dollars a year.

To answer a few questions, we reached out to Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland.

Is Non-Organic Food Full of Chemicals?

3/20/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts launched a series of videos about GMOs, which spurred many questions. One question that seemed to be on everyone's mind was the differences between organic and non-organic food. One viewer asked, "Is non-organic food full of chemicals?"

To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University.

What Are Pesticides? Do They Harm My Kids?

1/17/2013

A recent study published in Environmental Health Journal assessed the risks to children from the cumulative exposure to chemicals and pesticides in a variety of foods. The study claims that cancer and non-cancer benchmarks were frequently exceeded by children for several food contaminants. Based on the study’s findings, the researchers suggested that new dietary guidelines be developed to minimize exposure to these contaminants.

Toxins in GMO corn?

11/19/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a comment on YouTube stating, "The worry is that there are no external differences between GM corn and non-GM corn. The problem lies within. The GM corn has been developed to produce its own pesticide, and often the crops are registered as pesticides. This cannot be washed off as they are genetically engineered to make the toxins internally. This means that target pests eat any part of the plant and die as their guts split open. Since the introduction of GM foods the incidence of allergies in children has skyrocketed."

What Should You Buy Organic? Dirty Dozen Explained

10/17/2012

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.

Study Claims Organic Is Not More Nutritious

9/4/2012

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.

How Dangerous is BPA in Food Packaging?

7/5/2012

An article in The Washington Post discussed a study about the dangers of BPA, bloggers are concerned about it, soup companies are eliminating it, moms are taking plastics out of their homes, and an article posted on the website foodconsumer.org discussed the FDA’s denial of a request to ban BPA in products manufactured in the United States. Dr. Bruce Chassy concludes that while infinitesimal amounts of BPA do enter the food or beverage, it's all about the quantity of exposure that matters.

 

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.

Top Posts of 2011

12/30/2011

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to learn more about our food system. We appreciate your comments and questions! We'd also like to thank our food system experts for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

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