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My Nightmare Meal: A Personal Reflection of Our Food System

My Nightmare Meal: A Personal Reflection of Our Food System

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently cautioned Americans not to fear their food. That’s an amazing thing for any public official to do, let alone the Secretary of Agriculture. Have we really come to the point that people must be told by a cabinet-level government official that their food supply is okay to eat?

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is an unscientific scam

Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is an unscientific scam

We should reject the kind of fear-mongering that is associated with the EWG’s yearly dirty dozen list and just make sure that our shopping lists include lots of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Food Production, Food Safety

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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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Keep Salmonella Away From Your Thanksgiving Table!

Keep Salmonella Away From Your Thanksgiving Table!

Thanksgiving is a time to cherish traditions and family recipes! Don't give salmonella a seat at the Thanksgiving table: properly handle and cook your turkey.

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In the News: Glyphosate (again)

In the News: Glyphosate (again)

The science tells us that glyphosate is safe to use as directed. Farmers use it because it enables them to use less herbicide and practice no-till farming, which is beneficial for soil health. Why is it still making headlines as a "toxin" in our food?

Conservation, Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety, Soil and Crop Management

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Is Glyphosate Safe?

Is Glyphosate Safe?

Glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the world. Between a recent jury award to a groundskeeper who regularly used Roundup and headlines claiming glyphosate residues in our food, what is going on?

Food Production, Food Safety, Soil and Crop Management

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The FDA’s Role in Solving a Foodborne Illness Outbreak

The FDA’s Role in Solving a Foodborne Illness Outbreak

The United States has one of the safest food systems in the world— the CDC and FDA are here to make sure of that! We’ve examined the role of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, now we will

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How Does the CDC Detect Foodborne Illnesses, like E. coli in Romaine lettuce?

How Does the CDC Detect Foodborne Illnesses, like E. coli in Romaine lettuce?

The U.S. recently experienced a multi-state E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce. Five people died and hundreds became sick from eating the contaminated lettuce. Though the infected romaine is no longer for sale

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There Is No Such Thing As A Dirty Vegetable

There Is No Such Thing As A Dirty Vegetable

Have you heard the buzz about the dirty dozen? These fruits and veggies have gotten a bad reputation and consumers are being told to buy them only when organically grown. But is this fear justified?

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Toxins and Toxicants - how much is too much?

Toxins and Toxicants - how much is too much?

We often hear that things that are considered “toxic” are always bad for you, while any food or product that is good for you is completely non-toxic,

Food Ingredients, Food Safety

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D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

D2D in the Kitchen: Prepping a Clean Turkey

Gobble Gobble. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Here is how to properly clean, prepare, and cook your turkey for a delicious and safe Thanksgiving meal.

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Grilling Season: Food Safety Best Practices

Grilling Season: Food Safety Best Practices

Before you fire up the grill, let’s review safe food storage, handling, and preparation to help you protect yourself, your families, and your guests from food-borne illnesses.

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Food Safety at Farmers' Markets

Food Safety at Farmers' Markets

Soon farmers’ markets will be bustling as consumers flock to buy fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meat from local farmers. What food safety regulation applies to the food there? The same as or different than the fruits and vegetables we buy at the grocery store?

Food Production, Food Safety

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When is

When is "Science" Truly Science?

The phrase "new research shows…” might not always give the most dependable health information. How do we distinguish science from pseudo-science?

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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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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What is RoundUp?

What is RoundUp?

Glyphosate, or "Roundup" as it is more commonly called, is used around home gardens and agriculture, and specifically is the herbicide used on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Food Production, Food Safety, Soil and Crop Management

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NYT: Reporting Based on Science?

NYT: Reporting Based on Science?

The New York Times recently published an article claiming that genetically modified (GM) or engineered (GE) crops have not lived up to their most basic promises that they increased crop yields and reduced overall chemical pesticide usage. Dirt-to-Dinner summarizes the reaction to the article by respected researchers and scientists.

Agricultural Technology, Food Ingredients, Food Production, Food Safety

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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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How Safe is Our Food?

How Safe is Our Food?

What is being done by the food industry and government agencies to keep you healthy and trust the food you buy?

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Let The Hens Out! Cage Free Eggs

Let The Hens Out! Cage Free Eggs

By 2025, the US egg supply will be predominantly cage free. How are chicken producers responding to consumer demand for transparency? What does this mean for the welfare of the chicken?

Animal Welfare and Health, Food Production, Food Safety

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Is There a Nutritional Difference between Organic and Conventional Produce?

Is There a Nutritional Difference between Organic and Conventional Produce?

Is organically grown produce more nutritious than produce that is grown conventionally?

Food Production, Food Safety

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