Tamika Sims's blog

Caution with Cyclospora

Recently, you may have stopped to wonder if something hazardous is lurking in your salad. Many of us love eating fresh vegetables as a way to reach MyPlate goals, but none of us want to get queasy in the process. While we aim to keep our prepared and ready-to-eat foods safe for consumption, there are times when microbial contaminants can slip past our “food safety defenses” and cause illness. Case in point: an infamous microbial fiend that has been influencing our food system lately.

Searching for Sustainability Seals

The IFIC Foundation’s 2018 Food and Health Survey indicates that many consumers want to purchase environmentally sustainable food and beverage products. But how can we find these “enviro-friendly” goods in our local markets and grocery stores? One way is to be on the lookout for sustainability labels.

Are Consumers Food Safety Savvy in 2018?

Food safety is often top-of-mind for consumers when making food purchases in stores and restaurants. Some of us are even proactive in our safety efforts by following news of food recalls and diligently using safe food-handling practices. But beyond those basics, our IFIC Foundation research team wanted to drill down into what people really think about the safety of our food supply.

Coconut Milk, Our Tropical Treat

For the last installment in our milk series, we thought it would be a good idea to dive into coconut milk. Plus, you might want to get an early start on celebrating World Coconut Day (Sept. 2).

Seeing Sustainability Soar in 2018

What makes you pick one type of cereal, juice, bread or milk over another while you are shopping? Purchases we make can be influenced by a variety of factors, with some having more influence than others.

MRLs: What You Need to Know

Ever notice how fruit and vegetable stands or freezer aisles in grocery stores can be such a “mixed bag?” Many of us can buy everything from apples and avocados to yams and zucchini all year long. In warmer months, many of us also see an increase in the availability and variety of many fresh fruit and vegetables. Some are grown here in the U.S., but many are imported from other parts of the world.

One Little Nut, One Great Drink

We hope that you’ve been able to “milk” our new resources about how cow’s milk and soy milk are produced. The next installment in our series is almond milk, a notable crowd-pleaser as a non-dairy milk alternative. While you may enjoy almond milk in your cereal, oatmeal or alongside a plate of cookies, have you ever contemplated how it is made?

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.