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Antibiotic Resistance Part II: Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

1/14/2016

While we know that the discovery and use of antibiotics represents one of the greatest human and veterinary medical advances in history, recent concerns about overuse have people wondering about the impact on human health of use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. For answers on antibiotic use in livestock production, Alice Choi visited with Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, DACVPM, with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota.

Farm-Raised Chickens: Answers on Antibiotics, Hormones and More

12/21/2015

Consumers have a lot of questions about how chickens are raised these days. Are chickens fed additional hormones? How about antibiotics? And what does the label farm-raised chickens really mean?

Egg Labels Got You Scrambled?

11/23/2015

A consumer recently saw local eggs being sold as "cage free, antibiotic free and hormone free" and had some questions about all those labels. How can eggs be produced without hormones? What's the difference between farm fresh eggs and those sold in the grocery store? We reached out to experts to help unscramble the mystery of egg labels.

How Technology Helps Crops Grow

10/15/2015

Ever wonder why some crops only grow in certain areas of the country? Have any advances in technology made it possible for these growing regions to expand? We asked experts Wayne Parrot, PhD, Crop and Soil Scientist at the University of Georgia, and Stephen Baenziger, PhD, Agronomy and Horticulture Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for some thoughts on how technology has helped agriculture production.

Why Oranges Don't Grow in Montana

10/13/2015

Ever wonder why some crops are only raised in certain areas of the country? Sure, the weather has something to do with it, but are there other factors that determine where certain crops are grown? We harvested the answers from experts!

Choosing the "Best" Eggs? Let Us "Egg" Splain

9/14/2015

A reader recently asked about housing conditions for egg-laying hens, wondering which housing system is most humane. The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply recently studied this very topic, so we looked to their research results for insight.

The Mystery of the Albino Squash!

9/10/2015

The newest member of the Best Food Facts team, Susan, brought us something unusual – an albino squash that grew in her garden! Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, helps to explain this mysterious veggie. 

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!

Organic versus Conventional Foods: Is There a Nutritional Difference?

7/31/2015

Originally posted November 15, 2010.

Organic foods have gained popularity due to the perception that organic foods are safe, wholesome and all around better for you. To find out if this is true, we reached out to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Why Has There Been an Increase in Food Allergies?

6/29/2015

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 cleanliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.

Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farm Living

6/24/2015

From a place known for its 10,000 lakes, you might not think of agriculture when you hear Minnesota. Meet Wanda from Minnesota Farming Living who hopes to change that.

How Cosmic-Ray Probes and Drones Help Grow Food

6/23/2015

The use of technology in farming is nothing new. In fact, farmers are innovators. And with a global population expected to increase by 3+ billion people by 2050, technology will play a critical role in meeting the demand for food. One of the ways in which farmers are utilizing technology on the farm is for water conservation. For more information on ways farmers conserve this precious resource, we reached out to Dr. Derek Heeren with the University of Nebraska.

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!

Let Us Eggsplain

4/23/2015

Do you feel like buying eggs has become more complicated? You're not alone. Words like "organic," "cage-free" and "all-natural" are now found on egg cartons to the befuddlement of many consumers. We'd like to make your trip to the egg case a little simpler, so we've provided an infographic explaining the differences among three of the main laying hen housing systems used to produce eggs: conventional cage, cage-free aviary and enriched colony. We've also broken down the pros and cons of each housing system from a research study conducted by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply.

What do Guacamole and Oysters Have in Common?

3/20/2015

Guacamole and oysters - not a very likely food combination. But even though they may not go well together, they do have something in common. We recently received a question about high pressure pasteurization and whether there are any health concerns associated with this technology. To find some answers, we reached out to Diane Barrett, PhD, Fruit & Vegetable Products Specialist in the Department of Food Science & Technology and Site Director for the Center for Advanced Processing & Packaging at the University of California-Davis.

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