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View Resource Union of Concerned Scientists: Food and Environment

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969, and is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. There "Food and Agriculture" section of their website provides a trove of valuable information on sustainable food production and research. This section is divided into two...

View Resource Five Keys to Safer Food Manual

The World Health Organization has crafted many public health publications for use in countries all over the world, and this food safety manual complements their existing work quite nicely. The 30-page report focuses on five essential steps to keeping food safe, and it is meant to be used for training those who work or prepare food. The sections of the report will be quite familiar to anyone who...

View Resource Putting Meat On The Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America

Most people have probably heard about the recent troubles with mad cow disease, but they might not know much about the broader changes that have occurred with meat production over the past fifty years. This compelling 124-page report, released in April 2008, takes a close look into the nature of industrial meat production in America. The report was funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts...

View Resource Do You Really Know What You're Eating?: Genetically Modified Foods

This case study uses the example of genetically modified corn to examine concepts of modern molecular genetics and microbiology. Students will read a fictional news report about consumers having an allergic reaction to tainted genetically modified corn. The lesson is intended for high school and lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF...

View Resource An Eye on Food

This C and E News cover story from July 2005 introduces readers to the concept of quality control in food analysis for food safety with an emphasis on the application of near-infrared (NIR) and encoded photometric infrared (EP-IR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT ICR MS), and microchip analysis. This article would be of potential use to faculty...

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