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Letter to the Editor

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by Emily0 Comments

Dear Editor, It is time the USDA increases the budget for food safety research. Each year, 3,000 people die from food borne illness. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016) Not only are food borne illnesses devastating to one’s health, but they come with high medical costs as well if you are hospitalized. The USDA even says that food borne illnesses cause a loss of more than $15 billion in medical expenses, productivity losses, and premature death. If the USDA added $15 billion to food safety research and saved those 3,000 lives that account for all that money loss, then the money would balance out. Spend $15 billion more on research, gain approx. $15 billion back reducing food borne illness costs, it makes sense to me. This country’s “food safety system” consists of producers, processors, shippers, retailers, food preparers, and consumers. That’s a lot of areas where things could easily go wrong and mistakes could be made. Federal Regulatory programs can only do so much. The more research put into the safety of each of the specific areas, can have …

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Farmer Brothers

In # 5: Sustainability by Emily0 Comments

The company I chose to write about in this assignment is called “Farmer Brothers”. Farmer Brothers is a renowned coffee supplier and distributor, a coffee food service company based out of Northlake, Texas. This is actually the company that my dad works for. His title is “Business Development Representative-DSD Sales”. A sustainability program is something that business set in place to help better the environment. There are many goals to sustainability programs, some of which include; reduce the rate of water use, reduce solid waste generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy usage, and more. Farmer Brothers prides themselves on being one of only 65 companies in the world that has approved carbon reduction targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative. On that list, they are the only coffee company. Their goals are: to cut emissions by 48% by 2050. They are leading the way with their sustainability plan, not just talking about the fact that they care, but actually showing that they do care.  Farmer Brothers has even entered into the “Sustainable Coffee Challenge” which seeks to make coffee …

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Children’s Food Allergies

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Emily1 Comment

This article is about a case study written by the AAAA (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology) and performed by “The Health Nuts”. It’s called “Prevalence of Food Allergy in Australia remains remarkably high”. In this study, they wanted to test preschool aged children for food allergies. “The Health Nuts” study in Australia was one of the first to use a population based sampling. They used “Oral Food Challenges” and “Skin Prick Tests”. Their main goal was to find out approximately how many children from age one to four had food allergies. 11% of children had a confirmed food allergy at age one, and this was reduced to 3.8% by ago four. Peanut allergy was the most common, followed by egg allergy. Overall, 40-50% of children aged one through four had experienced symptoms of at least one food allergic reaction by the time they were four. Even though the amount of food allergies in children decreased from age one to age four, they are still quite high. The question to be asked here is why is the percentage so …

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Are Organic Foods Really that special?

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Emily0 Comments

For this assignment I made a trip to Whole Foods on O street, as it is not far from my house. The first time I ever went to Whole Foods I was truly amazed at all the different products they had. I didn’t really understand the concept of organic stuff quite yet, so I just thought it was like any other grocery store, but with non-name brand foods. Now that I understand organic foods a lot more, I have a completely different view of places like Whole Foods. I still do enjoy going though! The Whole Foods on O street even has a place where you can eat lunch. My dad and I had lunch there one day and it was delicious! But also extremely expensive for relatively small amounts of food. I have two favorite products that I like to buy from Whole Foods. (One of which you can actually get at Hyvee too.) I drink Horizon Organic chocolate milk, which I buy in the single serving containers, and I buy these tasty fruit strips by a brand called …

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Food is my life saver, literally.

In # 1: You are what you eat by Emily1 Comment

Food is one of the most important things in my life, but not for the reasons that one might think. When I was a sophomore in high school, I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a medical condition that causes unsafe drops in your blood sugar levels. There are many different warning signs that I can recognize when my blood sugar is lowering. First I get very weak, and then I get shaky and have trouble catching my breath. Usually by this time, I will realize what is happening, and I’ll go eat some food. However, going and eating some food isn’t always an option. For example when I’m at work, I can’t just stop helping a customer and walk to the employee fridge. If I don’t do anything to help myself when I start feeling this way, it just goes downhill from there. Next I start to get dizzy, lose my balance, and run into things. This is usually when other people (who are aware of my condition) begin to realize what is happening to me. If I still …