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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.

Is Pork Safe? New Antibiotic Concerns from Consumer Reports

11/28/2012

Test results on pork products released by Consumer Reports raise questions on food safety and the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. We talked about it with Dr. Richard Raymond, a former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety about some of the claims made in the report. 

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.

Bacon Shortage? Should You Stockpile Now?

10/24/2012

When the National Pig Association of the United Kingdom sent out a press release warning of a worldwide pork and bacon shortages (porkpocolypse) in an effort to prepare consumers in the UK for higher pork prices, the story spread quickly on social media in the U.S. prompting dramatic media reports of an impending bacon shortage.

Are Eggs as Bad as Cigarettes?

8/24/2012

 

Recently, a Best Food Facts reader asked us to review an article that said eating eggs is just as bad for your arteries as smoking, wondering if this is true. Considering that, on average, the American consumer eats 248 eggs each year, we thought this was a very good question.

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.

National Lasagna Day

7/29/2012

Celebrate National Lasagna Day with one of these dishes - classic lasagna, eggplant parmesan lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, apple dessert.

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.

FOOD FIGHT POLL: Why do you skip breakfast?

7/15/2012

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.

Mad Cow Disease - How Do We Know We're NOT At Risk? Reader Questions Answered.

6/25/2012

As a follow-up to our previous post on the California dairy cow with “mad cow disease”/BSE, there were a few reader questions. We talked to Dr. James Roth, from Iowa State University, to provide some clarity. 

Does Cage-Free = Better Hen Welfare?

6/15/2012

When you're shopping for eggs, do you look at the labels and wonder about the welfare of the hens? For example, The Mother Fitness blog examined the differences, while One Mom's World toured a modern egg farm. In thinking about the chickens who lay those eggs, which housing system does the best job of caring for the chickens?

Hormone Confusion: Cow milk vs. Human breast milk

6/13/2012

The Best Food Facts post about hormones is one of the most visited pages on our site. It seems many readers want more information on the topic. Our experts have answered Are hormones in my milk and meat making my kids bigger? and What could be causing early puberty in girls?

Farm Size: Environmental Impacts

6/8/2012

We talked to Dr. Hongwei Xin regarding the environmental impacts of different types and sizes of farms. He said that it's all about managing the manure - no matter the system.

GMO Labeling: What You Need to Know

6/6/2012

Food made from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a top-of-mind issue for some consumers, and the subject has been the focus of television programs like The Doctors, which recently featured a segment on GMOs and GMO labeling. We asked Dr. Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, to provide his opinion on the subject of labeling genetically modified foods.

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