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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods that look the same as naturally grown foods, but have had their genetic makeup altered in some way. Most often, this genetic engineering makes foods herbicide-tolerant or able to produce their own internal insecticide. Soybeans, for example, can be altered to make them resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. When the herbicide is sprayed on the fields, everything—except the soybean plant—is killed. Corn plants are also often injected with the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, causing the … Read More

Natural. Hormone-free. Cage-free. Pasture-raised. There are so many catch phrases on the front of meat, dairy, and egg labels that conjure up the images of happy, healthy animals being raised under idyllic farming practices. However, many of these terms are either not regulated or don’t quite mean all they seem. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for the inspection and quality standards for meat, poultry, and processed egg products. The … Read More

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 million Americans simply do not have enough to eat. Before you dismiss the phrase “50 million” as just another, incomprehensible number, consider it this way: if you add together the populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia—nearly half of the states in our Union—you would … Read More

2016 is ramping up to be quite a year for food poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne disease is defined by two or more cases of a similar illness resulting from ingesting a common food. Restaurants are one of the most common places for outbreaks and account for roughly 65 percent of incidences.1 Chipotle will undoubtedly be this year’s large restaurant chain winner with an E. coli outbreak that sickened over 50 people in … Read More

Early spring brings an abundance of lettuces. Grilling lettuce will soften their center and gently char the tips, providing a smoky, warm, yet sweet flavor. The warm lettuce will absorb the flavors from the dressing.   Key Nutrients: Vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, molybdenum   Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 3 minutes Yield: 6 servings   Ingredients 2 heads of romaine lettuce, rinsed, pat dried, and cut lengthwise 2 tablespoons of olive oil for drizzling Almost Caesar Dressing   Directions: Heat grill … Read More