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No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Clive Phillips, The University of Queensland and Matti Wilks, The University of Queensland Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years. IVM was first investigated in the early years of this century and since then criticisms of …

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Farming in cities? Urban growth gets scientific

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

  Guest article by Mary Beth Faller with ASU Now. As Phoenix continues to sprawl toward Tucson, urban planners are working to prevent the entire 100-mile corridor between Arizona’s largest metro areas from becoming nothing but concrete and asphalt. Unfettered development, experts say, can strain resources and increase temperatures and pollution, setting off a chain reaction of problems for the region …

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The U.S. is making traceability a part of the seafood supply chain

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Sarah Geren

When you eat fish, are you absolutely sure you know what you’re eating? Perhaps surprisingly, as we discussed on CRIS Bits previously, lack of transparency in the seafood supply chain means that illegally caught or mislabeled seafood can enter the U.S. supply chain unnoticed and eventually end up on our dinner plates. The good news is that you’ll soon be …

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GMOs: Unjustified Fear or Actual Danger? (Part 1)

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Irene Park

Author: Irene Park, PhD Candidate in Department of Human Genetics, Wilson/Glover Labs, University of Michigan Medical School It seems like “Non-GMO Project Verified” labels have been popping up on more and more food packages. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are on the public’s mind, and food manufacturers, restaurants, and the government are reacting. For example, the restaurant chain Chipotle recently promised to ban genetically modified ingredients, naming …

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For Antibacterial Soaps, Context Matters

In All, Consumer products, Environment, General, Guest Article, Research Brief by Guest Author

Guest authors Sarah Ades, Pennsylvania State University and Kenneth Keiler, Pennsylvania State University An FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit. About 40 percent of soaps use at least one of these chemicals, and the chemicals …

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GM food labeling: risk communication researcher finds that consumers desire transparency and input in decision making

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition, Research Brief by Guest Author

Guest article by Katherine McComas, Professor of Communication, Cornell University; Graham Dixon, Assistant Professor of Science and Risk Communication, Washington State University, and John Besley, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Michigan State University The fast-approaching July 1, 2016, deadline for Vermont’s new labeling law – and a new federal proposal that would set a national system for disclosure – for …

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Are vegetarian diets really more harmful to the environment?

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Andrew Maynard

Carnegie Mellon University had an eye-catching headline on its news feed this morning: The teaser linked to a press release that stated VEGETARIAN AND “HEALTHY” DIETS COULD BE MORE HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT The press release was based on research just published by Michelle Tom and colleagues in the journal Environment, Systems and Decisions. It explained how, contrary to what you …