The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that it has approved two varieties of apples that will produce much lower levels of an enzyme that ordinarily causes the fruit to turn an unappealing shade of brown after it is sliced.
It's hard to see headlines about vaccinations and not think about another promising technology for humans: biotechnology. But the analogies only go so far.
First there was news about cases of mumps among NHL hockey players. Then came word of measles outbreaks traced to Disneyland. These stories spread almost as fast as the diseases themselves, touching off a heated national debate about parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
There's an old watch that I bought who knows how many years ago that I absolutely love. With its chunky, bubble-like crystal and shiny, substantial bezel, it easily spans my entire wrist. The protruding, pea-sized stem is milled, making it easy for even the fumble-fingered to adjust the time. It has a beefy leather band with white stitching, the thickness of which seems more at home on a baseball than a timepiece. This is the Big Ben of wristwear, and it's certainly not for the faint of heart.
By the very nature of science, new research and new discoveries can complicate the quest for what might be considered a definitive “truth.” This is especially important when it comes to food and nutrition, because the best scientific evidence is what is supposed to drive updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years—by extension, positively impacting our collective health and well-being.
The way some bloggers and commentators talk about food and the ingredients that go into it, I sometimes start to hear the theme from "Jaws" in my head. News reports literally warn of the dangers "lurking" in our food, like a mugger crouched behind a dumpster. The rhetoric is almost always alarmist, inaccurate, and lacking in context.
The Fourth of July is upon us, which for our American readers means Independence Day: fireworks, John Philip Sousa, and of course, cookouts. (To our friends north of the border, we hope you had a happy Canada Day earlier this week.)
Amber Pankonin, a board certified pediatric dietitian, has written one of the few pieces anywhere to cast a critical, skeptical eye on the recent documentary "Fed Up." (Another such exception, of course, can be found here.) The vast majority of stories in the media about the movie are basically stenography masquerading as journalism.
He might be the most powerful man on Earth and ultimately responsible for America's food safety regulators, but even President Barack Obama can make a food safety faux pas.
As seen in the June 23 photo above, the president visited a restaurant where he leaned over the "sneeze guard" to choose toppings for his burrito, a fact the news media and Twitterverse were quick to point out.