Best Food Facts reader Nora had a couple questions about antibiotics and probiotics in food animals. We contacted Dr. Paul Ebner and Dr. Stuart Price to answer her questions.
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.
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 clenliness, c-section births and avoidance of specific foods.
We’ve read it in magazines, seen it on internet news sites, and maybe even watched a segment discussing it on afternoon television. GMOs, genetically modified organisms, biotechnology, or even ‘frankenfood,’ as some like to call it, have certainly raised a lot of questions.
You’ve shared your concerns and asked questions about GMOs with Best Food Facts, and we’ve gathered experts and resources to answer them. This post continues our series focused on GMOs for the month of August 2011. To read all related posts in the series, click here. This week, we’re focused on providing expert answers to some frequently asked questions about GMOs.
Comparison of reactions to the 2011 Germany E. coli outbreak in sprouts and the 2010 U.S. Salmonella outbreak in eggs.
Expert information about the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group that lists pesticide residues in fruits and veggies.
Dr. Scott Hurd, Iowa State, discusses the E. coli outbreak in Europe and how it affects Americans
Dr. MacDonald discusses whether it is safe to eat produce that have been treated with fertilizers and/or herbicides.