GettyImages519476052smallCopyWhether it’s the backdrop to family memories, a path to healthy living, or simply sustenance for our bodies, food is something we all share. But with today’s complex food choices, it can be difficult to sort reality from hype. That’s what this blog is all about – common sense, straight talk about the food on our tables and where it comes from. We invite you into our discussion and look forward to a lively dialogue.

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The 411 on Food Allergies


Not only is there a rise in conversation about allergies in today’s society, but there’s a rise food allergies in general. According to specialist Dr. Kari Nadeau, who is the director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University, the food allergy trend is doubling every ten years.

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How are GMOs made: Selective breeding edition


Genetic engineering techniques are used to insert genetic material (DNA) from one plant type to another to enhance the foods we eat almost every day, but making a GMO plant is a process not taken lightly.

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Food deserts: Why crisp lettuce isn’t on everyone’s dinner table


The concept of filling the kitchen cupboards and refrigerators with proper nutritious foods is not an option for everyone. For people living in food deserts, a lack of fresh produce is common in their households. Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk and other foods that make up a full range of a healthy diet.

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GMOs: The Biggest Mistake Scientists Made


As biologists, we failed to properly educate the public about genetically modified organisms. So when the seeds of doubt were introduced, they were more powerful than the strong scientific arguments that support GMOs.

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What is a GMO? Different definitions create confusion


Most people have an opinion about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Nonetheless, surveys continue to indicate that the terminology remains confusing for a lot of people. While the biotechnology area goes through an extraordinary phase of rapid technological progress, the understanding of the basics among the broader public is definitely not keeping pace.

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What do GMOs look like?


What do genetic modified organisms (GMOs) look like? This seems like an easy question to answer, but a GMO product’s appearance is based off many things. One is how you define “GMO”.

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Five foods to increase your antioxidant intake


The first time I heard the word “antioxidants” was approximately 10 years ago. Two of my best friends gave me what they thought was the best birthday present ever — a book called “The Super Antioxidants".

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An Integrated Approach to Protecting Our Food Supply


Not all bugs are created equal. Growing up in Indiana on a row crop and hog farm, I never got an extensive look as to why growers had a love/hate relationship with bugs. Then, I moved to Southeast Florida as a crop protection sales representative for Dow AgroSciences. I quickly picked up on the importance of beneficial insects and why growers must control harmful pests.

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5 (EASY) Tips for Tackling Food Waste


It’s peak produce season. Produce is in pristine condition and our gardens are growing mounds of fruits and veggies. It’s so easy to take advantage of all the ripe and colorful options and overbuy or over-pick, storing fresh food until it’s no longer recognizable.

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I really don’t want to eat cyanocobalamin


Or do I? There are many people who will tell you that ‘if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.’ But I like to get information from a variety of sources to get to the facts. As I heard more chatter in the media, particularly social media, saying that all these bad things were in my food, I decided to do a little digging.

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