We received the following question from Kat:
"Many of the experts’ responses indicate that the responsibility for monitoring food safety and standards, including the effects of GM food and pesticides on human health and living conditions for animals, rests with government agencies such as the EPA, the FDA, and the USDA. Given the frequency of corporate executives in government positions, especially in the food and agriculture industries, how heavily are food policies and legislature influenced by corporate interests? To what extent is there a conflict of interest and how can we be sure that food policies and legislation are in the best interest of the consumer rather than the corporation?"
To answer the question, we engaged two experts - one with a focus on public policy and another with experience serving in Washington. Here are their responses:
Best Food Facts recently received a question from Marie asking, “It seems there were more food contamination issues in the past few years than usual. Is the problem growing?”
We’ve seen it in the news, too – Listeria outbreaks in cantaloupe, Salmonella in chicken livers and E. coli in ground beef, to name a few. To answer Marie’s question, we contacted Dr. Julie Albrecht, from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, for some insight on foodborne illness.
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Comments on the Los Angeles school district flavored milk ban with Dr. Andrea Garber and Dr. Ruth MacDonald
Expert information about the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group that lists pesticide residues in fruits and veggies.
Leading expert, Dr. John White, wades through fact and fiction on the subjects of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar.
Experts discuss the pros and cons of the USDA's new MyPlate graphic that replaces the existing Food Pyramid.
Experts discuss the differences between grass fed and grain fed beef.
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