Don’t let fear of pesticide residues keep you from enjoying the bounty of the season. All fruits and vegetables are good, regardless of whether the label reads organic or conventional.
Technically, the answer is “yes.” It’s called cellulose and it is the basic building block of the cell walls of all plants and is considered a complex carbohydrate. But "cellulose is cellulose” whether it comes from wood pulp or celery. So should you be concerned?
Last September, Best Food Facts asked Dr. Robert Paarlberg to respond to a question, Can Organic Farming Feed the World? Dr. Paarlberg is the Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Since then, two blog posts - 6 Reasons Organics Can Feed the World and Industrial Agriculture Cannot Feed The World - have said otherwise. To follow up, we again asked Dr. Paarlberg to respond.
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.
We received the following inquiry from DeLyla regarding the white film on carrots:
"What is the scoop regarding baby carrots made from deformed carrots and then added bleach to them? Then, after a few days in your refrigerator the carrots get a white film on them? Is this chlorine and is it safe or does this cause health issues and or cancer?"
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.
In the U.S., we are privileged to have so many food choices. When buying grocerries, we can choose from products labeled as natural, organic and free-range, among others. But what do all of those labels really mean? Best Food Facts searched out definitions for a few labels from the USDA, which regulates meat, poultry and processed egg products. For simplification, we have bolded the main takeaways in the definitions, but have kept the full definition available in case you would like more specific information.
Food has gotten more and more expensive over the last several years and protein sources seem to be some of the fastest increasing items. Even one of the most affordable protein sources – eggs – has seen an increase in price. Along with the general increases across the board, there’s plenty of chatter regarding the price differences for eggs produced in different types of housing systems.
Some prefer it as their first choice, some buy it when it's on sale, and some avoid it. Where do you fit?
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?
Best Food Facts received a question from www.fooddialogues.com asking “Is it possible to feed the world’s growing population primarily on organic production methods?” We asked Dr. Robert Paarlberg, the Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, to respond.
Experts discuss GMOs and their impact on the environment.
Experts discuss GM foods and your health.
Basic descriptions of genetically modified organisms, biotechnology and specific crops that are grown using GMOs.
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.