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Understanding Genetically Engineered Salmon

4/29/2016

Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AquaBounty Technologies' application for AquAdvantage salmon. Even though the FDA determined theis salmon is as safe to eat as other types of salmon, many consumers still have questions about it. We reached out to an expert for some insight. 

Word of the Week: Genetically Modified

3/30/2016

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have been debated for quite some time. What does genetically modified mean?

The Spice of Life

3/28/2016

An announcement from a major spice company led to some questions from blogger Krista from The Farmer's Wifee. The company announced it was labeling organic and non-GMO spices and flavorings. Does this announcement mean that spices are changing?

How Now Brown...Apple?

3/8/2016

Last year we reported on a new variety of apple, the Arctic Apple, that was developed through biotechnology or genetic modification to not turn brown after being sliced. The apple, created by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada, has had a lengthy government approval process, but has now been approved in the U.S. While the apples are currently in the growing phase, they are expected to be available on the market in 2017.

OSF sent us a few of the Golden Delicious variety of Arctic Apple for us to try. To find out if there was a difference in taste between the GMO apple and a traditional apple you can currently find at the grocery store, we put the apples to the test with our Best Food Facts team. Here's what they said:

 

 

2015: The Year in Review

12/31/2015

Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

Top Posts in July

8/4/2015

Thanks for making July a great month here at Best Food Facts! We noticed you showed a little bit of extra love for a few posts, too! If you haven't yet - check out the top Best Food Facts posts from July. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

How Is Genetic Modification Changing Food?

7/8/2015

The world's population is expected to reach or surpass nine billion by 2050 and current popular opinion is that at the current rate of production, there will not be enough food to feed the world. Enough food for a larger population is only one reason behind the support for genetic modification. This got us thinking - how is genetic modification changing food?

Spittin' Seeds? Not with Seedless Watermelons

6/19/2015

One of our favorite summer treats is watermelon, but have you ever wondered why some watermelons are seedless? We asked an expert to explain. Spoiler alert: It's not genetic modification!

Best Food Facts & Blogger Friends Head to California to Kick Off TASTE

6/16/2015

Best Food Facts and blogger friends experienced strawberry patches, wineries, honey tastings and more in California during the kickoff event for TASTE: Unearthing the Art and Science of Food blogger program. 

Can Veganism Solve World Hunger?

5/21/2015

According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in nine people on the planet don't have enough food to live an active and healthy lifestyle. While this number has fallen by 100 million over the last decade, wouldn't it be nice if we could reduce that number to zero?

What Foods are Genetically Modified?

5/15/2015

Originally posted on November 13, 2014.

There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are only eight GM crops commercially available in the United States.

 

Developers Hope New Fruit Becomes the Apple of Consumers’ Eye

2/13/2015

Does an apple that doesn’t turn brown after taking a bite sound appealing? Such an apple has been developed with the help of biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of British Columbia, Canada. After a lengthy government process, they have now been approved in the United States, though it will still be a few years before they’re available in stores. We spoke about these new fruits, called Arctic® apples, with Neal Carter, OSF’s president and founder, and reached out to Dr. Herbert Aldwinckle, professor emeritus at Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, for some insight.

6 Things You’ve Heard about Milk that are Wrong

12/22/2014

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about milk. We’ve outlined six of the most prevalent misconceptions about conventional milk that you might be hearing.

What Foods Have the Highest Hormone Levels?

12/16/2014

To regulate the flow of traffic, road signs and stop lights are used for drivers to refer to. Regulation of traffic wouldn’t be possible without road signs leading the way. In many cases, hormones and road signs play the same role. Hormones act as regulators for growth and metabolism in plants, animals and even humans. These chemical messengers are naturally occurring throughout all cell systems. Best Food Facts recently received a question regarding the level of hormones in food. We reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald and Dr. Ann Macrina for their expertise in hormones within food and livestock production.

The Role of the Mighty Insect

11/12/2014

Some may see insects and arachnids as being a pest in their home, a nuisance at their family barbeque or even something they are deathly afraid of; but do we ever consider the POSITIVE impact that these little critters make on our everyday lives? If you can look past the bee stings and the spider bites, you will see that simple things such as the growth of the vegetables you feed your family and the population control of all those pesky flies and gnats buzzing around your head on a hot summer day would be inhibited with the loss of the mighty insect.
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