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'Delicious' new grape debuts
Researchers at the University of Florida have introduced
'Delicious', a new muscadine grape cultivar. 'Delicious' ripens early,
produces high yields, and is disease-resistant. The black fruit
features exceptional taste and texture with an edible skin, making it
well-suited for fresh fruit consumption and the potential for wine
production. The name 'Delicious' was selected based on the comments of
vineyard visitors who sampled the fruit
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:17:48 AM
Study shows how Salmonella survives in environment
Scientists at the University of
Liverpool have demonstrated how a single-celled organism, living freely
in the environment, could be a source of
transmission to animals and humans.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:14:54 AM
Review of probiotic trial research finds only Bifantis able to claim efficacy for IBS symptoms
Study adds to growing evidence of B. infantis 35624 efficacy in IBS population
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:12:26 AM
Fish consumption guidelines not environmentally sustainable
Recommendations to increase fish
consumption because of health benefits may not be environmentally
sustainable and more research is needed to clarify the benefits of
omega-3 fatty acids, write Dr. David Jenkins of St. Michael's Hospital
in Toronto and coauthors in an analysis in
Mar 17, 2009 - 8:36:44 AM
Supreme Court Decision in Wyeth v. Levine Victory for Consumers
"Today's victory for Diana Levine is really a victory for all American consumers,"
said Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron. The Supreme Court, in a
6-3 decision, rejected the premise that drug manufacturers who fail to
warn consumers of the dangers associated with their products can evade
responsibility for the harm they do to Americans.
Mar 5, 2009 - 1:28:04 PM
Congress to Tackle Junk Food in Schools
Buoyed by a President and
who have voiced
their support for healthier school foods
, health groups say this
is the year Congress should take action
Mar 5, 2009 - 12:56:27 PM
Healthy Recipes: Lemon Dijon Salmon
If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious and flavorful dinner tonight,
you’ve come to the right place. Requiring only a handful of ingredients
and taking less than 20 minutes to prepare, this lemon Dijon salmon is
the perfect alternative to quick-fix frozen dinners.
Mar 3, 2009 - 10:32:01 AM
FDA Can’t Protect Americans from Dangerous Dietary Supplements,
Add dietary supplements to the growing list of products the beleaguered Food and Drug Administration is failing to regulate.
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:44:47 PM
Antioxidants in Midwestern black raspberries influenced by production site
Black raspberries have been studied for decades by
scientists and medical researchers interested in the fruits' apparent
ability to limit the onset or severity of degenerative diseases,
Feb 26, 2009 - 2:18:01 PM
Message to Obama: Please Fix the USDA’s Organic Mess
President Obama and new USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are
being urged to take immediate action to repair the USDA’s increasingly
dysfunctional National Organic Program (NOP).
Feb 24, 2009 - 3:00:52 PM
Resistant Antibiotics Found at the Beach and in Seafood
Global warming and our
"absurd over-dependence on carbon-based fuels" is interconnected with
the looming economic and national security crises said former US Vice President
Al Gore to an overflow audience at the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago in February.
Feb 24, 2009 - 2:58:46 PM
Topps Urged to Stop Using Young Girls to Market “Baby Bottle Pop”
The Topps candy company has
signed a musical trio of twelve- and fourteen-year-old girls to sell
Baby Bottle Pop—a powdered candy sold in a miniature baby bottle, eaten
by dipping a candy nipple in a sugary powder and licking it off.
Feb 18, 2009 - 7:59:29 AM
Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own
Some say that if farmers
don’t want problems from Monsanto, the simply shouldn’t buy Monsanto’s
GMO seeds. But it isn’t quite that simple. Monsanto contaminates the
fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples, and then sues, saying
they own the crop.
Feb 17, 2009 - 4:01:56 PM
Healthy Recipes: Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes
Pancakes made from most
mixes aren’t what you’d call nutritional all-stars. They are usually
low in fiber and quite high in sodium. Topped with additional butter
and maple syrup, the fat and calories climb even higher.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:33:53 AM
New blackberry introduced
Introducing 'Natchez', the
twelfth release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive,
floricane-fruiting blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus Watson)
cultivars developed by the University of Arkansas.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:21:48 AM
Methyl bromide alternatives for California strawberry nurseries
Since around 1960, methyl bromide
(MB) has been the foundation for soilborne disease and weed control in
California strawberries. MB, classified as a Class I stratospheric
ozone-depleting chemical, has been phased out since 2005, but is still
being used in strawberry production under a critical-use exemption.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:02:11 AM
Sweet potato takes a ride on space shuttle Columbia
Because of the distinct lack of grocery stores in outer space,
scientists are looking for ways to provide food for long-term space
Feb 17, 2009 - 9:32:06 AM
Can Your Kitchen Pass the Food Safety Test?
What comes to mind when you think of a clean kitchen? Shiny waxed
floors? Gleaming stainless steel sinks? Spotless counters and neatly
Feb 13, 2009 - 10:44:55 AM
Pros and Cons of Commercial Irradiation of Fresh Iceberg Lettuce and Fresh Spinach: A Literature Review - Part V. Conclusions
As this multi-part series on FDA’s new rule approving commercial
irradiation of fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach comes to its
conclusion, it is important to ask if and how this movement by the
regulatory agency can be translated into action by industry and
consumers to promote public health. I embarked on this literature
review to help answer these questions, and to gain a better
understanding of the pros (advantages) and cons (limitations) of
implementing commercial irradiation of lettuce/spinach. Follow these
links to read the entire series.
Feb 8, 2009 - 6:27:58 PM
Bush Handed DuPont Goodbye Gift Over Toxic Teflon Chemical
The Charleston Gazette
reports today that in the last weeks of the Bush administration, the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly handed DuPont Co. a
three-year extension to complete tests on a toxic DuPont product
mandated by a 2005 legal settlement.
Feb 8, 2009 - 4:27:48 PM
Arginine discovery could help fight human obesity
A Texas AgriLife Research scientist and fellow
researchers have discovered that arginine, an amino acid, reduces fat
mass in diet-induced obese rats and could help fight human obesity.
Feb 4, 2009 - 12:14:08 PM
Are There Antibiotics in Your Food?
Routine dosing of farm
animals with cephalosporin antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth
would be prohibited effective October 1, 2008.
Feb 4, 2009 - 9:05:27 AM
Healthy Recipes: Spinach Pesto Pasta
This week’s spinach pesto
packs extra nutrition and an intense flavor into every bite. Combining
spinach with the fresh basil adds a rich source of vitamins A, C and K,
as well as folate and potassium. Some higher-fat ingredients – grated
cheese, nuts and oil – are also featured in this pesto. Although these
are calorie-dense choices, they provide heart-healthy fat that is part
of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation.
Feb 3, 2009 - 9:36:35 AM
UCLA study: U.S. Women at Greater Risk from Teflon Chemical
A major new study published yesterday in Human Reproduction, a
European reproductive medicine journal, has found that pregnant women and
women of child-bearing age in the United States are at greater risk than
previously thought for infertility and reproductive problems as result of
exposure to the toxic Teflon chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
Jan 31, 2009 - 1:22:08 PM
Queen's chemist sheds light on health benefits of garlic
have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin – which gives
garlic its aroma and flavour – acts as the world's most powerful
antioxidant. But until now it hasn't been clear how allicin works, or
how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E
and coenzyme Q10, which stop the damaging effects of radicals.
Jan 30, 2009 - 9:27:50 AM
AHA stands by advice to include omega-6 PUFAs in heart-healthy diet
A new Science Advisory report from the
American Heart Association recommends
that omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), as found in vegetable
oils, nuts and seeds, are beneficial when part of a heart-healthy
eating plan.(1) Consumers should aim for at least 5-10% of energy
(calories) from omega-6 PUFAs, and will derive most benefit when
omega-6 PUFAs replace saturated or trans fats in the diet. Precise
recommended daily servings will depend on physical activity level, age
and gender, but range between 12 and 22 grams per day
Jan 30, 2009 - 8:45:37 AM
FDA: No labeling needed for meat or fish from genetically engineered animals
Consumer Union reported
Jan 15, 2009 that the FDA had announced that it would not require labeling on
meat or fish from genetically engineered animals.
Jan 29, 2009 - 3:58:23 PM
Common Toxic Chemicals May Delay Pregnancy
used in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and
personal care products among others may delay pregnancy, a new study in
the Jan. 29 online edition of Human Reproduction suggests.
Jan 29, 2009 - 9:24:34 AM
USDA Secretary Nominee Causes Dustup in Organic Industry
While former Iowa Governor
Tom Vilsack testified before Congress during confirmation hearings, a
controversy was bubbling in the organic food and farming industry
concerning his appointment.
Jan 29, 2009 - 9:09:20 AM
USDA reopens public comment period on proposed rule for biotechnology regulations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be extending
the public comment period for another 60 days on a proposed rule to
revise existing regulations regarding the importation, interstate
movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered
Jan 28, 2009 - 9:21:05 PM