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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What makes milk organic?

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My neighbors and I love to try our hand at growing vegetables but often have wars with the local bunnies eating our delicious veggies. The conversation turned towards what does organic, local and natural mean.

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Food is About To Get Informative

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Digitization. We are hearing this word a lot lately and we’ll be hearing it even more over time. It brings to mind a number of topics: Internet-of-Things, Digital Marketing, Big Data, Analytics, 3D Printing… to name a few.

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Make the easy choice the healthy choice

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As a mother of two young girls, a full-time employee and a part-time student, I literally have no time. Each week we are running from work to dance, swimming, pilates or hockey. There are definitely those hectic days that I just need to find something quick and easy to feed my family. I’ll admit that my children know what the “golden arches“ are… When I need to choose a fast food restaurant, I actively seek out establishments that are trying to provide their customers with healthier options, like products made with healthy omega-9 oils

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Our food is produced more sustainably: Here’s how

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Sometimes it feels like an accomplishment just to get dinner on the table. We need to find something that our kiddos will want to eat (or at least make look like a smiley face to get them to try it). We want it to be quick, not leave us with a huge mess to clean up and, above all, be healthy (while not blowing our grocery budget).

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Go on, share that post

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I am an enthusiastic participant in the cult of foodie posting. If you check out my feeds, you’ll see all manner of food and drink photos, whether from favorite restaurants or right out of my own kitchen. And while I am always eager to share my food adventures, I have been reluctant to post about the synergy between food and science. Even though the science of what is on my plate has been well-documented, tested and deemed safe, I hesitate to click that ‘share’ button.

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Farmers Market Fake-outs

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I am lucky enough to live in a city with a winter’s farmers market as well so I can get my fix of fresh vegetables all year long. They are locally grown, often by small acre farmers, and picked at the peak of freshness.

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Don’t live on a farm? Me either.

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I get it. I really do. I didn’t grow up on a farm. And I really would not want to have to grow my own food. Some people have a passion for the farm life. And we owe those people a debt of gratitude. Without them, we would not have a wealth of choices in the grocery store.

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Thinking fresh and healthier to help end local hunger

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It seems that all eyes are on food these days. What’s the best choice? Is this really healthy? Should I be eating something else instead? Was this made responsibly? As scientists, we’re excited to see so many people starting to take an active interest in their food and asking questions. (After all, finding answers to our questions is what science is all about).

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GMO Perspectives: Parenthood and GMO Research

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We know GMOs are a complex topic that warrants many different perspectives. Here are a couple from our own employees we think are valuable additions to the conversation. Sometimes it helps to know what the scientists think as we work to determine what is best for us and our families.

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Navigating the world of food claims

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I’m a nutritionist. No, I’m not THAT kind of nutritionist; I’m not a dietician, anyway. Instead, I’ve spent a better part of my life finding the best way to feed animals. Originally, I wanted to be a veterinarian. If you’re a kid in the city that loves animals, “being a vet when you grow up” is all you really know; at least for me it was. It wasn’t until I went to college that the world of agriculture opened up to me.

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