Tamika Sims's blog

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?

A Look Inside the Chicken Coop: Poultry Production Insights [INFOGRAPHIC]

Grilled chicken breast, barbecue chicken, curry chicken, chicken parmigiana— I could go on and on about all the yummy chicken options available to us (if we choose chicken as a protein source). But you may wonder about how farmers raise chickens—how they are bred, given veterinarian care and safely contribute to our food supply.

No Foul in Fowl Farming

All About Animal Welfare: From Farm to Fork

Food animal production is an important part of agriculture. Advances in farming, animal breeding, genetics and veterinary care have increased the quality, safety and quantity of animal protein available to consumers — an important source of protein in the human diet.

Farming with Finesse: Insights into Precision Agriculture

Technology can help make life easier and more efficient. Well, most of the time anyway—I hate when my cell phone GPS gives me wrong directions. Farmers have also benefited from technological innovation. Their animals and crops are jazzed about it too! Where farming and technological advances meet is often called “precision agriculture.” Ever heard of this term? If not, let’s do a little farming “tech talk.”

Newsbite: Debunking the "Raw Chicken" Craze

Some raw foods taste great and are good for you from a nutrition and food safety perspective. But from a food safety position, you should skip food fads that can put your health at risk—like eating raw chicken. Yes, eating raw chicken is trending. We thought we would set the record straight and inject some food safety and foodborne illness insights.

Spin the "Sphere of Food Safety" [INFOGRAPHIC]

Food safety starts on farms, barns, groves, ranches and science labs—basically, it begins where food productivity is established and monitored. The farmers, ranchers, agronomists, botanists, veterinarians, various other scientists and other food production specialists all work together to support the reliability of our food supply.

Your Complete Guide to Food Safety

The United States has one of the safest food systems in the world. However, there are still safety issues that can arise or you still may just want to know more about where your food comes from. Take a look at our resources that highlight the ways our food is grown, raised, regulated and also ways consumers can use food handling practices to help ensure safety as well.

Four Farming Fundamentals [INFOGRAPHIC]

Farmers don’t just wear a straw hat, but they also must constantly wear their “thinking caps” too! Productive farming relies upon integrating efficient methods to feed, house and keep animals healthy.  Also, famers have to map out effective ways of seeding, harvesting and protecting crops.

Let's Get Some Farm Insight

From animal welfare to sustainability, check out these resources to learn more about today's agriculture industry. You'll find information on the guidelines in place to make sure animals are raised properly; how farmers are using state-of-the-art technology to grow food more efficiently than ever before; information to help you understand why crops need protection from pests; and, how farmers conserve natural resources to make sure our food supply is sustainable.