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Setting the Story Straight on “Human Antibiotics” in Animals: Expert Q&A

From company announcements to government reports, there’s more attention than ever on the use of antibiotics in animals, different antibiotic types, and what producers and the FDA are doing to maintain human and animal health. There are a lot of terms flying around, so we spoke to Justin G. Bergeron, BVMS at the Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Resident, University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS), to get some answers.

INFOGRAPHIC: How Did Genetic Modification Get Us to Kale?

If you're like us, you've probably come across several people who are opposed to so-called "genetically modified organisms," or GMOs. We prefer terms like "food biotechnology" or "genetically engineered" because, in reality, genetic modification has been taking place almost as long as human beings have been involved in agriculture.

War on Food Science: Part 4 - Meet the Warriors FOR Science

This month’s issue of National Geographic arrived in mailboxes (yes, those still exist) covering a pretty heated topic: The War on Science. You can dig into their feature online, which covers everything from the anti-vaccination movement to fear of “GMOs” or food biotechnology. In the spirit of the NatGeo exploration of the War on Science, we’re digging into key issues of the War on Food Science whether it's about agricultural production, ingredients, or nutrition.

War on Food Science: Part 3 – Low-Calorie Sweeteners

national-geographic-war-on-scienceThis month’s issue of National Geographic arrived in mailboxes (yes, those still exist) covering a pretty heated topic: The War on Science. You can dig into their feature online, which covers everything from the anti-vaccination movement to fear of “GMOs” or food biotechnology.

Dairy Products: The Whole Nutrient Package

dairy-processed-nutritionWith some of the recent controversy we are seeing about cheese, we are going to take this opportunity to “milk” the benefits of packaged dairy products. As our latest infographic illustrates, you can’t always judge a food by its package. Dairy products are no different.

War on Food Science: Part 2 - Bisphenol A (BPA)

national-geographic-war-on-scienceThis month’s issue of National Geographic arrived in mailboxes (yes, those still exist) covering a pretty heated topic: The War on Science. You can dig into their feature online, which covers everything from the anti-vaccination movement to fear of “GMOs” or food biotechno

Nature Study on Emulsifiers Lacks Relevance to Humans, Does Not Reflect Actual Consumption

A recent study published in Nature raising concerns about the impact of emulsifiers on obesity and metabolic disorders lacks real world application and needs to be viewed in the proper context. In addition, the findings do not provide sufficient evidence to show a causal relationship between emulsifiers and metabolic disorders.

50 Shades of Science: Navigating Science in the Media

The big screen is heating up with 50 Shades of Grey this week. I may be a bit unconventional, but it’s got me pondering the shades of gray I encounter every day. As a student of science, I find myself operating in shades of gray more often than not. The more I learn, the less I seem to know, and the more questions I have. As a religious TV watcher and news reader, I find it particularly troubling to deal with “scientific literature” presented in some media outlets.

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