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Lucy M. Stitzer

Lucy M. Stitzer

Can I Get Sick from Animals Fed GMOs?

Can I Get Sick from Animals Fed GMOs?

If I eat meat or dairy and those animals have eaten GMO corn or soybeans, am I ingesting GMOs, too? Will I get sick? And what about the animals...is GMO feed harmful to them?

Food Safety, Health

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Can GMOs Make Me Sick?

Can GMOs Make Me Sick?

So many products at the grocery include ‘Non-GMO’ on their labels. This is leading consumers to ask, “If I eat a GMO, will I get sick?” or “Should I just avoid them altogether?”

Agricultural Technology, Food Safety, Health

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Fair Oaks Farms: Taking Responsibility

Fair Oaks Farms: Taking Responsibility

Fair Oaks Farms has come under scrutiny for inhumane treatment to its calves. Find out how the farm's CEO has taken responsibility to better the operations of the farm, as well as the industry as a whole.

Animal Welfare and Health

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GMOs are Confusing: A Recipe for Understanding

GMOs are Confusing: A Recipe for Understanding

Consumers continue to be confused by GMOs. What if we told you that enhancing your banana bread recipe with additional nutrients is similar in concept to adding a gene to a plant?

Food Ingredients, Food Technology

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Waste Not, Want Not:  Eat Beer and Drink Sandwiches!

Waste Not, Want Not: Eat Beer and Drink Sandwiches!

Beer manufacturers and breweries are turning spent grains into bread, animal feed and even energy and compost. They are also taking bread and turning it into beer! The efforts of the beer industry point to significant progress in the battle against food waste.

Food Production

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Sugar is Sugar is Sugar

Sugar is Sugar is Sugar

Each day, most of us consume two to three times more sugar than is recommended by the American Heart Association (AMA). It is often hiding in foods where you may not expect it. How is sugar processed in your body, and what does this mean for your health?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Healthy Sugar? The Sweet Taste of Tagatose

Healthy Sugar? The Sweet Taste of Tagatose

Sugar can be addictive and bad for your health. What if there was a healthier option?

Food Ingredients, Future of Food

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Animal Antibiotics: Should We Be Concerned?

Animal Antibiotics: Should We Be Concerned?

While there is a strong awareness among the food industry to use antibiotics responsibly to keep animals healthy, all meat, poultry, dairy, and fish are antibiotic free when they reach your grocery store.

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Safety

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You Are What You Eat!

You Are What You Eat!

By following a healthy diet, chronic inflammation can be reduced by up to 50%.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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Feeding the World: One Byte at a Time

Feeding the World: One Byte at a Time

The research that is underway at Cornell University's Initiative for Digital Agriculture is – and will be - revolutionary. It will touch the lives of consumers every single day. Here’s how…

Food Production, Food Technology

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CO2: The Greatest Fertilizer of All

CO2: The Greatest Fertilizer of All

More CO2 in the atmosphere means stronger, healthier plants. Yes, it is true, carbon dioxide is the perfect fertilizer for all things green. It helps the food we grow withstand drought and increases the yield per acre. Will rising CO2 put our food at risk?

Climate Change, Soil and Crop Management

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Is CO2 Putting Your Nutrition at Risk?

Is CO2 Putting Your Nutrition at Risk?

Do you count on rice and wheat as a significant source for your protein and minerals? Climate scientists have written that as CO2 increases, the nutrients in our food will decline. Is our diet at risk?

Climate Change, Food Production

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What's the Difference between GMOs & CRISPR?

What's the Difference between GMOs & CRISPR?

A quick summary to explain the difference between GMO and CRISPR technology.

Food Production, Food Technology

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Carbon Dioxide - The Dance of Life

Carbon Dioxide - The Dance of Life

Without carbon and carbon dioxide we would have unpleasantly cold temperatures, no plants to eat, and no trees to keep the earth in balance.

Climate Change

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Microbiomes at Work

Microbiomes at Work

A mini universe of microbes exists within and around each of us. As scientists begin to genetically sequence microbiota, they have discovered ways to enhance human, animal, and plant health.

Diet, Health

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How will CRISPR impact our food?

How will CRISPR impact our food?

CRISPR-Cas9 will soon surpass GMOs as the most influential gene editing technology for food production.

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Technology

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China, Soybeans, Pork and the American Farmer

China, Soybeans, Pork and the American Farmer

Recently the U.S. and China have locked horns in a battle of words over trade that has resulted in both countries threatening increased tariffs.

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade

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What is NAFTA?

What is NAFTA?

NAFTA is a free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. How does it impact price and availability of food?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade

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Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

Too much sugar causes obesity, which is linked to a variety of health problems. How much sugar can you safely eat every day?

Diet, Food Ingredients, Health

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What is Inflammation?

What is Inflammation?

Are you inflamed? Chronic inflammation is believed to be the underlying cause of many long-term illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and even brain diseases...

Diet, Health

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CTRL+ALT+P...here comes your dinner!

CTRL+ALT+P...here comes your dinner!

Today, culinary experts are exploring how food can be... printed! Is it possible to print food that is fresh and tasty? What are some of the applications for 3-d printed food?

Future of Food

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Trading Beef

Trading Beef

The United States is the largest beef producer and the largest beef importer. How does beef trade around the world, and how do global trade agreements and tariffs affect the price of beef on your dinner plate?

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Trade

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Farming from the Thermosphere

Farming from the Thermosphere

With the advancement of drone and satellite technology, “precision farming” is taking on a whole new dimension. These technologies help farmers monitor their crops, track animal health, protect the environment, and save resources, like money and time.

Agricultural Technology, Conservation, Food Production, Food Safety, Soil and Crop Management

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Fat: Our New Friend!

Fat: Our New Friend!

Fat is shaking off its bad reputation, but fats are not all equal; you need to consider what type of fat you are eating.

Diet, Health

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CRISPR: An Innovative Technology in Ag

CRISPR: An Innovative Technology in Ag

The possibilities are endless with CRISPR/Cas9. Let’s see how CRISPR is beginning to affect and enhance our agricultural food supply system.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production, Food Technology

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A "New" Burger

The protein staple that often occupies 50% of your dinner plate has turned from traditional beef, pork, or chicken to vegetable-based proteins and cultured meat. How is food technology influencing our protein options?

Food Ingredients, Food Technology, Future of Food

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What's the Catch?

What's the Catch?

The fish on our plate often comes from all over the world, but we really have no knowledge of exactly where the fish spawned, swam, and was processed. Has the fish on your plate been caught or farmed sustainably? Was it fed a healthy diet before it was harvested?

Food Ingredients, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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A Sustainable Shrimp's Tail

A Sustainable Shrimp's Tail

Shrimp is the most popular American seafood. But have you ever given any thought as to how it is farmed or caught?

Food Ingredients, Food Production

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Insects: A New Protein Source

Insects: A New Protein Source

Looking for a new protein option? Here is what you need to know about insects as a new protein source!

Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Technology, Future of Food, Health

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Grass or Grain, Beef is Beef

Grass or Grain, Beef is Beef

Whether your meat was fed a grain based meal or foraged for grass, it is still a nutritious source of protein, B-complex vitamins, zinc, iron and phosphorus.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Production, Health

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Your Second Brain: Gut Microbiota

Your Second Brain: Gut Microbiota

The “right” gut bacteria may burn fat, fight cancer, and even treat depression. What should you know about microbiota?

Diet, Health

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Supplements: Natural or Synthetic?

Supplements: Natural or Synthetic?

With a few exceptions—such as vitamin E, natural beta-carotene, and vitamin B12—all of the vitamins used in dietary supplements are synthetic.

Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Regulations and Policy, Health

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Why Take a Vitamin?

Why Take a Vitamin?

It can be next to impossible to get all the micronutrients you need in your daily diet. Supplements are important to ensure you reach the daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals.

Diet, Health

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GMO Labeling: What's the Point?

GMO Labeling: What's the Point?

Vermont legislation has announced that effective July 1, the state will require all foods that are made with GMOs to be labeled as such. You might be thinking, “So? What is all the fuss about? Isn’t transparency a good thing?” While that reasoning sounds logical, in this case it does not make sense.

Agricultural Technology, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Technology

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Wild vs. Farmed Salmon

Wild vs. Farmed Salmon

You will be making a healthy choice whether you choose wild salmon or farmed salmon. Just look for the ASC or MSC labelling to make sure you are eating fish that has been raised, or caught, with the safest and healthiest sustainable practices.

Animal Welfare and Health, Diet, Food Production, Health

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