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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

Int’l Day of Women and Girls in Science 2018

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Many kids grow up fascinated with science. This can start with a love of animals, bugs or flowers. As a kid, I was obsessed with digging for earthworms and beetles! Even if you didn’t want to be a scientist while growing up, chances are science has impacted your life in a positive way. Ever eaten a salad? That’s food science, toxicology, chemistry, entomology and ecology at their finest. Ever taken cold medicine? If so, you can thank pharmaceutical science, epidemiology, physiology and biotechnology.

Brush Up on Bacteria: A New Video Series

What do you know about bacteria? Your first thought is likely something like “yuck” and that may be fair. Still, we should point out that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Bacteria are all around us, but not all bacteria are harmful. For example, you have a community of bacteria that live in and on your body, and they can support your health — these are good bacteria. There are also bacteria in some foods that are beneficial to health, such as those found in cultured foods like yogurt or sauerkraut. These bacteria can support digestion and your immune system.

Food Safety Sprouting Up

You may have heard of the recent Salmonella food safety incident brought on by the consumption of clover sprouts on sandwiches. People in several states have contracted foodborne illness and have reported being very sick.

One of Our Food System’s Helping Hands: GMOs

Many of us have heard the term “GMOs,” but how many of us know what they are as well as their benefits to the food supply and the environment? GMO (genetically modified organism) technology uses specific scientific innovation to genetically alter plants and promote desired characteristics.

One Health, More Than One Resistance to Consider

Ever heard the term “One Health”? It is used to describe a wellness concept that focuses on the health of our planet and its inhabitants. With this comprehensive focus, various health- and wellness-related organizations (i.e. government agencies, scientific groups and universities) aim to create awareness, drive best practices and offer guidance on how to keep us, animals and the Earth healthy.

A Closer Look at Naturally Occurring Pesticides

We talk quite a bit about the safety of pesticides and their federally regulated use by farmers to grow both conventional and organic produce.

Picking Up The Missing Pieces: IARC Glyphosate Review Update

Eating food to survive is not a choice, it is a necessity. Thus, food safety is of the highest importance to all of us. How can food safety be upheld? How can our food supply be protected?