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Does Size Matter in Sustainable Food?

3/21/2012

When asked whether there is a correlation between the size of a farm and whether it sustainably produces food, food experts say it all comes down to management.

Consumer questions: White goo on chicken - what is it?

3/6/2012

 

We received this inquiry from Best Food Facts reader Kathleen:

“Can anything be done on how we raise our chickens? The breasts are huge. Way too big. Then they put some solution in them which leaks out white goo while they’re cooking. On top, they have no taste. We can’t afford to buy Bell and Evens. There’s got to be a better way.”

Antibiotics For Animals: Dangerous for Humans?

2/29/2012

 

With all the buzz over questions about whether antibiotics fed to animals raised for food cause human antibiotic resistance, it seems apparent that this issue is at the forefront of consumer concerns. As well, we received the questions, “Why are antibiotics fed to livestock inside CAFOs or feedlots? Is this dangerous to humans?” from http://www.fooddialogues.com/. To address the topic, and as a follow up to our previous posts on the subject, we asked experts Dr. Peter Davies and Dr. H. Scott Hurd to respond.

Top Posts of 2011

12/30/2011

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.

What are farmers and ranchers doing to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use?

10/17/2011

Will Reducing Meat Consumption Help the Environment?

9/28/2011

We all want to do our part to help save the planet, right? Since farm animals create carbon emissions, will eating less meat create a cleaner environment?

Part Three: Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/30/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer wrap up the final post in our three week hen housing series by discussing the webcam of JS West's enriched colony barn, as well as their final thoughts on hen housing and the future of egg production.

Part Two: Eggs – Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/28/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer discuss behaviors of egg laying hens as well as current production practices. This is the second in a three-week series.

Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/19/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Patricia Hester define some common terms found on egg cartons at the grocery store - as well as the advantages and disadvantages to the housing systems for hens laying those eggs.

Getting Down and Dirty with Pesticide Residues and the Dirty Dozen

6/22/2011

Expert information about the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group that lists pesticide residues in fruits and veggies.

What does the new MyPlate icon from USDA mean for consumers?

6/13/2011

Experts discuss the pros and cons of the USDA's new MyPlate graphic that replaces the existing Food Pyramid.

Deadly European E. Coli Outbreak: Should U.S Consumers Worry?

6/3/2011

Dr. Scott Hurd, Iowa State, discusses the E. coli outbreak in Europe and how it affects Americans

Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls?

6/1/2011

Experts discuss the question of the association between hormones in dairy products and early puberty in girls.

Grass-fed versus Corn-fed Beef: What’s the Difference?

5/25/2011

What's the Difference between grass-fed and corn-fed beef?

Omnivore's Dilemma - An Expert's Objection to One Perspective

5/17/2011

Dr. Ruth MacDonald objects to The Omnivore's Dilemma.

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