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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.

Top Posts of 2012

12/31/2012

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. 

 

To close 2012, here's a listing of our blog posts with the most visits.

Has Genetic Modification Changed Wheat?

12/10/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a question from Peg about genetic modification of wheat. Peg asked, “I have seen information about wheat that indicates genetic modification was taking place MANY years ago and that our current wheat crops are a result of that modification. Many sources state that there are inherent problems with this wheat. Would you please clarify?”

What is Ractopamine?

11/27/2012

Consumer Reports released results of tests conducted on pork products that raise questions on the use of a compound called ractopamine – a feed additive that enhances growth in certain food animals.

Best Food Facts talked with Dr. Donald Beermann, director of the Institutional Animal Care Program and Research Compliance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to find out whether we should avoid pork.

Thanksgiving Dinner - Where Does All the Food Come From?

11/21/2012

Have you finished planning your Thanksgiving menu and completed all of your grocery shopping? Do you ever wonder just where all of that Thanksgiving food comes from?

Genetically-Modified Foods: More Questions Answered

11/8/2012

After posting our five-part video series on genetically-modified (GM) foods, we've gotten a lot of feedback and even more questions surrounding the safety of GM foods and crops. We're addressing those questions here since YouTube limits the number of characters for comments and we want to be sure the experts have the ability to respond fully.

Dr. Oz: Expert Claims Unbalanced Discussion on GMOs

10/18/2012

The Dr. Oz Show recently discussed the issue of Genetically Modified (GM) foods and one of the scientists who appeared on the program does not feel the issue received balanced treatment. Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam specializes in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at the University of California-Davis. We spoke with her about her appearance on the Dr. Oz show and the issue of GM Food safety in general.

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.

BMO Crops?

9/12/2012

Ever heard of BMO crops? A new study has looked at the effects of bioelectric magnetism organic (BMO) technology on okra yields. Bioelectric magnetism refers to electrical, magnetic or electromagnetic fields produced by living cells, tissues or organisms. 

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.

Is GM feed linked to poor fertility in farm animals?

8/23/2012

We’ve answered questions about genetically-modified food, but recently, Best Food Facts received a question via Twitter, asking if GM feed is linked to poor fertility in farm animals, particularly poultry and waterfowl.

Does Cooking Grass-Fed Meat Destroy its Fatty Acids?

8/15/2012

Does cooking grass-fed meat destroy fatty acids?

Many of us see grass-fed and grain-fed labels when shopping for beef. We’ve looked at the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed, and asked experts what’s more healthy, but recently we received another question about the topic from one of our readers.

Drought: What Does It Mean For Food?

8/3/2012

The drought across the United States is setting records for heat, lack of rain and now, food prices. Dr. Chris Hurt from Purdue University explains how a drought leads to higher food prices.

Like Eggs? Study Says Chicken Housing is Not Just for the Birds

7/25/2012

A national study is taking a thorough look at the well-being of not only the birds housed on these farms, but also the people who care for them.

Is Resistant Bacteria in Chicken Causing UTIs?

7/13/2012

People might be questioning the safety of eating chicken in light of news reports claiming a link between the E. coli that causes human urinary tract infections and E. coli that could be found on chicken products. Dr. Randall Singer, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

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