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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?

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.”