Liz Sanders's blog

Growing Food and a “Thirst” for Innovation

dr-wayne-parrot-plant-breederWater is kind of a big deal. Without it, there would be no farms, no food, no anything (except rocks).The earth would basically be a more temperate version of Mars. This World Water Week, we’re taking a moment to reflect on how technology is helping us to conserve this precious resource in food production.

Undercover Food Safety Hero: An Open Letter to Ariana Grande. From America.

Thank you, Ariana Grande, stalwart guardian of the food supply, exposer of foods left … exposed.

Your courageous actions highlighted an egregious food safety faux pas. If it weren't for your vigilante food safety justice, that doughnut shop may have continued to leave its doughnuts uncovered, exposing its customers to a range of dangerous pathogens.

Or worse: Stale doughnuts from the surrounding air.

As an undercover food safety crusader, you opened yourself up to public scrutiny and derision. For this sacrifice, we are grateful.

EFSA Spotlight: Is ALL Caffeine Created Equal?

A lot of caffeine conversations have focused on coffee, but many people turn to energy drinks for a quick caffeine boost. Are energy drinks different? Do other typical ingredients in energy drinks (such as taurine and D-glucurono-γ-lactone) affect the way your body responds to caffeine?


EFSA Spotlight: What is a ‘Moderate Amount’ of Caffeine, Anyway?

What does the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have to say about your favorite morning ritual? Well, your latte (or second latte) is fine by them.

Answers about Avian Flu

Bird flu, or avian influenza, is once again in the headlines. It’s bad news for birds, but what does this mean for the safety of the poultry and eggs on your family’s table? We’ve answered some questions that you may have about avian flu and what it means for the safety of the food supply.


I read about the fast-moving avian flu virus. Is poultry safe to eat right now?

Yes, you can still safely enjoy some delicious chicken! 

Are Organic Foods Naturally Safer? Not So Fast …

Organic and conventionally produced foods. They may seem like “apples and oranges,” but they have a lot more similarities than you may think. That’s especially true when it comes to food safety.

New Study Finds No Evidence of Aspartame Sensitivity

“Aspartame Sensitivity? A Double Blind Randomised Crossover Study,” published in the journal PLOS One, is the latest in a long line of studies that confirm the safety of aspartame.

Although some people have reported adverse reactions to aspartame (such as headaches, anxiety, or seizures), labeled as “aspartame sensitivity,” these experiences have not been validated by credible scientific research.

Better Know a Dietitian: Meet Liz


Every day, we at FoodInsight are working hard to bring you great content by qualified experts. But who are these experts toiling away? In our new series, "Better Know a Dietitian," we introduce you to the smart folks who make sure that you've got the very best information in food safety and nutrition. 

4 Reasons to Love a Farmer: The Bachelor Edition

love-a-farmerIf you’ve gasped or swooned in the last month, chances are it had had something to do with season 19 of ABC’s The Bachelor. This season has been delivering the usual dose of romance, drama, and controversy. But the main reason for tuning in is the Bachelor himself. Aside from his looks and charms his physique, Bachelor Chris Soules has another major swoon-worthy credential: he’s a farmer.

Bill Gates on the Benefits of Biotech: It Does Compute

“To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, find a solution, and deliver impact.”- Bill Gates