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When many of us hear the word 'arsenic,' we often pair it with 'old lace' and the two little old ladies from the play and movie who liked to poison visitors. It's understandable, then, that thoughts of arsenic--atomic number 33 on the periodic table of elements--might make us jumpy. Why on earth would something so ‘scary’ be in our food?
File this in the category of “here we go again.” After establishing the Dirty Dozen brand with questionable science on pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group released a ‘dirty dozen’ list of food additives.
Let’s see how some of the additive dirty dozen myths stand up to FACTS.
Lately, the use of the word 'natural' has become the source of much public debate, since the definition can vary by product, as opposed to terms like 'organic' that have a standardized definition. In the recent New York Times’ opinion column Room for Debate, Vani Hari, also known as The Food Babe, wrote on the use of the word natural on food products, stating, “The word natural has become polluted.” That’s a catchy sound bite, but unfortunately, Hari and others are using the term natural inaccurately, as a proxy for quality or safety.
The latest FoodInsight video, shared for World Food Day, takes us through a bit about our food, where it comes from, and everything that goes into it. I am an agriculture enthusiast, but I could count my farm days on my fingers (with room to spare!). So in honor of World Food Day learnings, I wanted to own up that even I had plenty to learn from #Farm4Thought.
Here are the three things that surprised me the most:
On Friday, the team here at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation visited Food & Friends, a DC-area nonprofit that prepares and delivers specialized meals and groceries (in conjunction with nutrition counseling) to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses.
This weekend, somewhere in between the Shia Labeouf segment and the LL Cool J segment, Jimmy Kimmel started lighting up my favorite blogs and newsfeeds. In his ever-beloved man-on-the-street segment, he introduced us to farmer's market shoppers, asking if they avoided GMOs ... and if they could say what GMOs were. (A more accurate term is "food biotechnology.")
Consumer Reports did wonders for me when I was buying my first appliances. As a kitchen newbee, it made a big difference to have a brand-impartial commentator predicting all the practical errors I was sure to run into with every toaster oven. I had so much trust in those reviews, which is why it's a little jolting for me to read the magazine's increasingly questionable coverage of food issues.