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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.

Why has there been an increase in food allergies?

12/15/2011

According to Dr. Stephen Taylor, no one knows the exact answer to why the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. He doubts any experts would hypothesize that chemicals used in food production play a role in the prevalence of food allergies. He explains other theories that seem much more plausible, but have not been proven, like clenliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.

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

10/17/2011

Frequently Asked Questions - GMOs

8/29/2011

We’ve read it in magazines, seen it on internet news sites, and maybe even watched a segment discussing it on afternoon television. GMOs, genetically modified organisms, biotechnology, or even ‘frankenfood,’ as some like to call it, have certainly raised a lot of questions.

You’ve shared your concerns and asked questions about GMOs with Best Food Facts, and we’ve gathered experts and resources to answer them. This post continues our series focused on GMOs for the month of August 2011. To read all related posts in the series, click here. This week, we’re focused on providing expert answers to some frequently asked questions about GMOs.

 

Sprouts and Eggs - Varying Reactions to Outbreaks in Food

6/29/2011

Comparison of reactions to the 2011 Germany E. coli outbreak in sprouts and the 2010 U.S. Salmonella outbreak in eggs.

Getting Down and Dirty with Pesticide Residues and the Dirty Dozen

6/22/2011

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

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

6/3/2011

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

Fertilizers, Fruits and Vegetables - Oh My!

2/28/2011

Dr. MacDonald discusses whether it is safe to eat produce that have been treated with fertilizers and/or herbicides.

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