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Food Safety First

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by NevadaLeave a Comment

Since 1862, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was founded to raise public awareness of adulterer food, develop standards of processing, and enforcing the Pure Food and Drugs Act. The government has been setting food safety standards, ensuring standards are met, and maintaining a strong enforcement programs. Although, each year, one in six Americans get sick from consuming contaminated food or beverages. Harmful substances, poisonous chemicals, pathogens, microbes, or other harmful substances are the root of foodborne diseases if they are presented in food. Who is responsible for these foodborne diseases that are found in food? Some point their fingers and the producers, manufactures, or preparers, while others point their fingers at the consumers. Producers and manufactures have strict guidelines that are set by the government that they must follow. These guidelines are set up to ensure that companies are producing microbiologically safe foods, but sometimes events happen that the food becomes unsafe for human consumption. This can be from the result of improper sanitization of machinery, mishandling of products, or cross-contamination. When events like these occur, the producers must take …

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Got milk?

In # 6: Sustainability by Nevada2 Comments

The legal definition of sustainable agriculture, from the USDA, is defined as the means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site specific application that will over the long-term: satisfy human food and fiber needs, enhance environmental quality, make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources, sustain economic viability of farm operations, and enhance the quality of life for society as a whole. Farms and ranches are in control of how they can improve their sustainability. An emerging trend in sustainability is the use of on-farm and local resources. Prairieland Dairy, located right here in Nebraska, is a company that is doing just that.   Prairieland Dairy is a four-family operation that focused on sustainability for their dairy farm. Their sustainability focuses range from the soil that the dairy is located on to the milk that leaves the farm. With such focus, Prairieland Dairy has won the award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.   Beginning with the soil, Prairieland starts with the compost that is made from the farm’s …

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Modern Society Seems to Need a Label on Everything

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by NevadaLeave a Comment

Evolution is defined by the dictionary as the change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. Evolution has been occurring in nature since the beginning of time. Humans have been managing the genetics of plants through selective breeding for hundreds of years to obtain ideal plants.   Human intervention in recent years has allowed producers to create ideal plants faster through the use of biotechnology. Biotechnology allows us to select the genes that already exist in another plant or animal to be put in the animal or plant of choice. This intervention is called genetic modification. Genetic modification is referred to evolution in nature and takes much longer to achieve than it takes with biotechnology. All genetically modified organisms are tested through many scientific processes and reviewed by organizations such as the FDA, USDA, and EPA – all companies that funded by the government to keep people, animals, and the environment safe. Thus, I don’t believe that products that contain GM material need to be labeled. …

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Natural Grocers

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Nevada1 Comment

This afternoon I decided to adventure to a store that I knew a friend shopped at frequently, Natural Grocers. I had never stepped inside of this store nor a store of similarity. As I walked inside Natural Grocers, I picked up on a ‘green’ feel and theme to the store. The first destination of the store I wanted to check out was the produce section. As I approached the produce section, I noticed that it was about 1/20 of the size of the produce area in Walmart or other stores. This shocked me at first, but then I realized that there are very few ‘organic’ farmers compared to the conventional farmers for produce. As I looked over the produce, it looked the same, smelled the same, and was price almost the same as the same fruits and vegetables in Walmart. My second destination of the store was the boxed grains aisle. This aisle contained Clif bars, cereal, crackers, and even cookies – about four Walmart aisles were in one aisle here. I noticed a lot of the products we talked …

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What’s your food attitude?

In # 1: You are what you eat by Nevada1 Comment

  “You live in Nebraska. How do you not like corn?” Is a common question that I’ve been asked throughout my entire lifetime. No, I do not enjoy any form of corn on the cob, canned corn, corn bread, or any other type of corn related food. Granted, my environment of living in Nebraska has had monumental influences on my eating habits and preferences. Although, my environment isn’t the only the influence on my attitudes, routines, and choices about food. I believe that in my 19 years of life, my understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of food has grown substantially. At 5 years old, my picky diet consisted of chicken, beef, pork, green beans, milk, pears, carrots, and mashed potatoes on occasion. Skipping ahead 7 years, my diet consisted of everything at 5 years, junk foods, spaghetti with sauce, dairy products, and almost every fruit found in a rural grocery store. And jumping ahead again 7 years, my diet limits junk food heavily; beef, pork, chicken; and a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products.  How did my pickiness, …

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