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Every Drop Counts

The use of natural resources such as water in food production is a sustainability issue that continues to be on the radar of many farmers, scientists and consumers. In many regions of the world, water scarcity is on the rise as the demand for food production increases.

Taking Sustainability to the Next Level

We talk about environmental sustainability in food production quite a bit, as we should. Using natural resources responsibly helps to ensure the reliability of our food supply and, therefore, our livelihoods.

But what about putting something back into the Earth to help support our food system? We are talking reforestation and composting, two environmental stewardship practices that help grow new life—trees, plants, food. They are also energy-savers. Read on to learn about these sustainability practices.

My Forest, Your Forest, Everybody’s Forest

The Joy of Soy Milk

The Joy of Soy Milk

Hopefully you enjoyed learning a bit more about how cow’s milk is produced and the nutritional benefits of consuming it from the first installment in our “Milk Series.” Many people like cow’s milk, many do not. And for some, there may be dietary restrictions that prohibit them from drinking cow’s milk or enjoying other dairy products. For these folks there are dairy alternatives such as soy milk, coconut milk and almond milk.

Another Fine Mess-age: Dirty Dozen 2018

Have you heard the hype about eating organic fruits and vegetables as opposed to conventionally grown ones? Well, if you have not, you’re one of the lucky ones. If it’s not an odd social media post, a nosey neighbor or an ill-informed stranger trying to spread this hype, certainly you may hear it from the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) promotion of their 2018 Dirty Dozen list.

Farming Going Up

Old McDonald might be surprised to see the way farms have evolved over the years. For decades, farmers have taken many strides to adapt to availability of natural resources, enhance sustainable practices, increase productivity and still maintain continuing to support our food supply chain.

Eco-Friendly Crop Protection

It’s likely that when you think of pesticides, your first thought is not about environmental sustainability. While farmers and crop managers do not douse their crops with pesticide chemicals, methodologies to reduce the amount of chemical residue that can remain on foods and in the environment remain a concern of the agricultural industry.

Microbes 101: Listeria

Listeria Monocytogenes

Milk Production and Nutrition Series: Cow’s Milk

You may recall hearing someone years ago tell you, “Milk does a body good.” Most of us grew up drinking milk at home, school, at summer camp and all those other places kids go. But did you ever ponder where milk comes from?

Sound Science: Time to Cheer for Corn

In previous posts we’ve highlighted the importance, safety and other positive attributes of genetically engineered (GE, Genetically Modified Organism or GMO) crops. Biotechnology's use in food production has the ability to safely decrease food waste, give multiple populations reliable and nutritious food options, and help farmers grow crops even more efficiently.

Microbes 101: Salmonella

In our last video and article, we gave you a bit of background info on bacteria—the good and the bad. We also talked about a pretty infamous potential foodborne illness-causing bacteria, E.coli. Remember, safe food handling tactics are key in minimizing your contact with bad bacteria and the threat of foodborne illness. 

That Fiendish Fella, Salmonella