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April 21, 2011 Nanotechnology: "The Next Big Controversy in Food"

Source: Miami New Times

What is nanotechnology? Michael Passoff, a senior strategist with shareholder activist group As You Sow, recently wrote an article about nanotechnology and its use in food manufacturing. "Nanotech is already used in vitamins,...

April 6, 2011 Why Radiation and Contamination Is Like Comparing Apples and Oranges

Source: Mi2g

Why does it make no sense to compare in-flight radiation exposure and ingesting radioactive isotopes? It is wrong to compare internal emitters with external emitters, ie, ingesting radioactive isotopes versus in-flight exposure...

April 1, 2011 Food safety: Should canned foods come with a warning label?

Source: LA Times

Although smokers may not like reading the warning labels on cigarettes, at least they know that they're consuming a product that comes with health risks. Should consumers of canned goods also get the benefit of a warning label?...

March 16, 2011 What a Massive Spinach Recall Teaches Us About Food Safety

Source: Time

Over the past two weeks, grocery stores in every region of the United States and Canada have been taking frozen organic spinach—and a host of products ranging from frozen dinners to spinach dip—off their shelves. All the spinach...

March 14, 2011 The Complex Origins of Food Safety Rules—Yes, You Are Overcooking Your Food

Source: Scientific America

Scientific research on foodborne pathogens provides the foundation for all food safety rules. Generally speaking, two kinds of research inform us about issues of food safety. The first is laboratory experimentation: for example,...

March 7, 2011 Plastic's New Frontier: No Scary Chemicals

Source: National Public Radio

Some businessmen and scientists in Austin, Texas, are trying to change the way consumers think about plastic. They say it's not enough to buy a water bottle or sandwich bag that's free of BPA, the chemical consumer groups have...

February 23, 2011 If I Had a Magic Wand for Food Safety

Source: Food Safety News

I was recently asked what I would do if I had a food safety magic wand. For me, that's a loaded question, and it honestly took my breath away. I often dream of having such a magic wand so that I can do the one thing I've never...

February 14, 2011 Man versus nature

Source: Times of India

No water, no future; no food, no future; no energy, no future; no environment, degraded future. Thus might one with a penchant for the pithy explain the nexus between these essentials and the gravity of the emergent global...

February 9, 2011 Five food safety myths — debunked!

Source: PBS

Does the threat of being felled by a carnitas burrito at your local taquería or sidelined by the potato salad at your annual church picnic keep you up at night? Nope? Me neither! But, according to President Obama, the U.S. food...

February 8, 2011 Will Climate Chane Cause a Collapse of Our Food System?


Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and Princeton professor, has an interesting opinion piece tiled Droughts, Floods, and Food in the February 6 edition of the New York Times. In the article, Krugman posits that...

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