Foodborne Outbreak–the Process of Epidemiology

Since we're in the middle of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak (which unfortunately means I need to toss my freshly-purchased Romaine lettuce), it seems appropriate to write about how the government solves foodborne outbreaks. As discussed in the last post, the USDA is responsible for meat and poultry safety, while the FDA regulates everything else. However, … Continue reading Foodborne Outbreak–the Process of Epidemiology

Who Decides What Food Is Safe For Us? Untangling the Food Regulatory System

Before the passage of the Food and Drugs Act and the Meat Inspection Act in 1906, there were no overarching federal laws governing the safety and quality of food in the U.S. As the above cartoon shows, this had a substantial impact on the quality of foods sold, with milk often substantially watered down prior … Continue reading Who Decides What Food Is Safe For Us? Untangling the Food Regulatory System

Probiotics: Miracle Cure, or Just Another Waste of Money?

Every so often, a new idea takes hold of the nutrition and supplements market. It is typically based on a scientific finding or traditional medicine and explodes from there. Probiotics, or the idea that some bacteria are beneficial for health and eating them can increase your health or cure certain illnesses, is one such idea. … Continue reading Probiotics: Miracle Cure, or Just Another Waste of Money?

Sustainable Agriculture–What Is It, Why Should You Care?

Guest Post by Anna Freiji Big ag. Small ag. Organic, Farmers’ Markets , and *gasp* GMOs! There is a lot of talk these days about how our food is produced and why you should (read: only if you love your children) choose one type of produce over another. There are many reasons to choose to … Continue reading Sustainable Agriculture–What Is It, Why Should You Care?