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Database ≠ Science

Database ≠ Science

#Farm4Thought: What a City Girl Learned on World Food Day

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:


Community Spotlight: 4 Unexpected Learnings from Packing a Paper Bag

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.

The Latest Revelations in Science Communications Came from Jimmy Kimmel

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.")

Stay in Your Lane: The Issue with Non-Transferable Expertise

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.

12 Steps for Spotting Bad Science

The volume of science that's out there on food and nutrition is staggering, and living in a Google-based world is a blessing and a curse. Every time I've had a question about food, I've instantly been able to find dozens of sources...all saying conflicting things. They're constantly telling me 'Ten Cups of Coffee Could Save Your Life!' or (below) that becoming tangled in my bedsheets is impacting skiing revenue (ok, those guys were being ironic, but there are definitely real-life reporting parallels!) 

Worried about your coffee habit?

Been hearing some crazy news about caffeine lately? So have we! That's why we were keen to check out this infographic by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK. It shows just how much coffee, water, and alcohol would be 'potentially toxic' at high doses – and it's pretty surprising! It really puts caffeine concerns into perspective to see that, in high quantities, water could do us in before caffeine!


3 Things We Learned about Nutrition from the NFL

When I sit down to watch the Packers and Seahawks tonight, I’m betting I won’t be a model of nutritional excellence. In fact, during football season, Sundays rank at the top of my (mostly sensible) splurge days. But in the new NFL, food isn’t just a big part of my watchingit’s a big part of the habits of the guys on the field. Here are three things that this NFL preseason taught me about nutrition:

The Art of Science: Emmys Celebrate Fascination with Science Fact and Fiction

Last night, the TV-lovers among us celebrated some of the more popular potrayals of science on the small screen:

More Than Quackery

Last week, Cliff Weathers at Alternet gave us a tutorial on 4 of the Biggest Quacks Plaguing America with False Claims About Science. “In short,” Weathers says, “quackery is dangerous. It promotes fear, devalues legitimate science and can destroy lives.”