Who’s buying organic foods?

The year 2017 marked continued strength in the organic food market. According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), U.S. sales surpassed $45 billion over the course of the year, more than doubling in size from a decade ago. OTA notes that the 2017 figures represent a 6.4% increase from the previous year — significant, considering […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

States killing the most animals for food – USA Today The United States consumes the most meat per capita of any nation in the world. As of 2009, Americans consumed an […]

Farmers debate value of proposed organic checkoffs

According to the article “Organic Checkoff: Is it What’s for Dinner?” The United States Department of Agriculture is currently proposing a redirection of funds from general checkoff programs to instead be used for promotion and research in organic foods.

Checkoffs are defined as a percentage of farmer’s income that is then used by the USDA […]

Safety matters: Vegetables

Myth: Foodborne pathogens are only of concern when dealing with raw meat products.

Fact: Foodborne pathogens are of concern with any raw product, including vegetables. These are all pathogens we know, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes … the list goes on and on. These foods are healthy, and we’re encouraged to eat a lot […]