Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) - Seeing the AWA seal on meat, dairy and egg products gives consumers a way to identify products which come from humane farming systems, and it gives farmers a way to show their customers how they farm. This certification and other technical and marketing services is offered to farmers at no charge. Because AWA is not financially dependent on farmer fees, it is able to remain unbiased and transparent in its auditing and certification. Find AWA-aproved farms and products in your area.
Appetite for Profit - Michele Simon is a public health lawyer who has been researching and writing about the food industry and food politics since 1996. She specializes in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics that harm the public's health.
Avian Influenza - More avian influenza viruses have been isolated from ducks than any other species although most free-flying birds may also be infected including shorebirds, gulls and other seabirds. Waterfowl are more resistant to avian influenza than are domestic poultry. Viruses that cause no obvious disease in waterfowl can be highly pathogenic (rapidly fatal) in domestic poultry. Among domestic poultry species, turkeys are more commonly infected than are chickens. Information provided by Carol J. Cardona, Extension Poultry Veterinarian, University of California, Davis.
Avian Influenza Fact Sheet - Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The disease, which was first identified in Italy more than 100 years ago, occurs worldwide. Provided by the World Health Organization. Also see latest Disease Outbreak News from the WHO.
Behind the Brands - Assesses the social and environmental impacts of the world's largest food and beverage companies.
Bioline - Open access to peer reviewed bioscience journals containing timely research on public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security, and biodiversity
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) [World Health Organization] - Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a family of diseases of humans and animals characterized by spongy degeneration of the brain with severe and fatal neurological signs and symptoms. In animals, scrapie is a common disease in sheep and goats. Mink and North American mule deer and elk can contract TSEs. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is also a TSE, affecting a number of species (cattle, human, cats, some types of animals in 300 settings).
Center for Food Safety - A public interest and environmental advocacy organization which works to address the impacts of the food production system on human health, animal welfare and the environment. CFS works to achieve its goals through grassroots campaigns, public education, media outreach, and litigation. Also see Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Eco-labels where you learn about products that are eco-labeled compared to those that are conventionally farmed or produced, keep track of labels recently added, compare labels quickly with a shorthand report card and print easily to use while shopping.
Certified Humane Raised and Handled - An inspection, certification and labeling program for meat, poultry, egg and dairy products from animals raised to humane care standards. The program is a voluntary, user-fee based service available to producers, processors and transporters of animals raised for food. The purpose of the program is to provide independent verification that the care and handling of livestock and poultry on farms enrolled in the program meet high quality humane animal care standards.
Chef's Collaborative - A network of chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary professionals who promote sustainable cuisine by teaching children, supporting local farmers, educating each other and inspiring their customers to choose clean, healthy foods.
Civil Eats - Promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities.
Codex Alimentarius - Created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations."
Community Food Security Coalition - Membership-based national coalition of over 600 organizations and individuals that focus on food and agriculture issues. Promotes community-based solutions to hunger, poor nutrition, and the globalization of the food system.
Consumers Union: Not in My Food - Working for a food system that assures food is safe, affordable, healthful and processed in a sustainable manner. Believes everyone has a right to know what's in the food they eat. This means knowing what your meat was fed, or if the ingredients contain GMOs, or if the packaging was made with BPA.
DOW (Destroying Our World) - Dow Chemical, the company that brought us Napalm and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for approval of genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange. This campaign against Dow is a project of the Center for Food Safety.
Earth Open Source - Dedicated to assuring the sustainability, security, and safety of the global food system.
Eat Drink Politics - Research and advocacy concerning underhanded industry tactics that threaten public health.
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - Provides independent scientific advice on all matters impacting food safety. The Authority covers all stages of food production and supply, from primary production to the safety of animal feed, right through to the supply of food to consumers. It gathers information from all parts of the globe, keeping an eye on new developments in science.
FIAN - Exposes violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur.
Final Report of the Independent Counsel In Re: Alphonso Michael (Mike) Espy - The Office of Independent Counsel's (OIC) investigation into the receipt of gifts and gratuities by former Agriculture Secretary Alphonso Michael Espy revealed a pervasive pattern of improper behavior by Secretary Espy and his top aide, and by persons and companies regulated by or with business before the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The investigation disclosed that, among other offenses, companies with financially important matters pending before USDA gave Secretary Espy - either directly or via members of his family or his girlfriend - numerous gifts in an effort to garner his favor. Filed 01/30/01; published 10/25/01.
Fish Advisories (EPA) - Fish are a lean, low-calorie source of protein. However, some fish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks. When contaminant levels are unsafe, consumption advisories may recommend that people limit or avoid eating certain species of fish caught in certain places.
FishSource - A resource about the status of fish stocks and fisheries. Its aim is to provide major seafood buyers with up-to date, impartial, actionable information on the sustainability of fisheries and the improvements they need to make to become sustainable.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations - The largest specialized agency in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 180 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Food - It is FDA's job to see that the food we eat is safe and wholesome, the cosmetics we use won't hurt us, the medicines and medical devices we use are safe and effective, and that radiation-emitting products such as microwave ovens won't do us harm. This site provides information for those interested in the many products FDA regulates and in the agency's responsibilities.
Food and Water Watch - Challenges the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink. Wants food that is sustainable and local; chemical free; humanely raised; family farmed; clearly labeled.
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) - Works to improve the welfare of food producing animals. Seeks to broaden opportunities for humane farmers, and address the public health problems that come from the production of meat, milk, and eggs.
Food Code - The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the Food Code, a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a scientifically sound technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment of the industry (restaurants and grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes). Local, state, tribal, and federal regulators use the FDA Food Code as a model to develop or update their own food safety rules and to be consistent with national food regulatory policy.
Food Democracy Now! - Members believe in recreating regional food systems, supporting the growth of humane, natural and organic farms, and protecting the environment. To accompish this they organize both through online campaigns and in-person actions across the country.
Food Ethics Council - Established as a result of widespread public concern over developments in the agricultural and food industries, some of which infringe widely held ethical principles. Council members are concerned that the emphasis on profit evident in much present day agribusiness often means that insufficient attention is paid to adverse effects on the health and safety of consumers, farm animal welfare, the livelihood of many farmers, preservation of the natural environment and, not least, the well-being of the less privileged in developing countries.
Food Integrity Now - Believes the integrity of world's food source is in jeopardy due to laws that have been passed lowering the standards of what is considered safe for consumption, that definitions have been changed and harmful chemical additives are permitted to go unlisted as ingredients, that plants containing animal and human genes are allowed to be sold without any such labeling. Advocates truth and transparency in food labeling, informing and edcucating the public, promoting companies with integrity.
Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) - The FQPA of 1996 amended the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). These amendments fundamentally changed the way EPA regulates pesticides. The requirements included a new safety standard-reasonable certainty of no harm-that must be applied to all pesticides used on foods. This web site provides background information on FQPA's provisions and discusses some of the specific issues raised by FQPA, as well as status of implementation of this law.
Food Safety - There are a multitude of possible food contaminants, including bacteria, viruses, chemicals and parasites. The symptoms of this contamination can range from mild discomfort to potentially life threatening. Learn how to handle, store, and prepare your meals. Also points to additional resources for food allergies, food safety for kids, and restaurant food safety.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) - Includes Inspection of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products (Import/Export; National Advisory Committee); Policy Documents (Labeling, Additives, etc.) and Regulations Pages; Strategic Planning and National Partnership for Reinventing Government.
Food Safety News - A daily Web-based newspaper dedicated to reporting on issues surrounding food safety provided by the Marler Clark law firm.
Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) - This U.S. Department of Agriculture website provides detailed information on food safety research projects, spending, and accomplishments by U.S. Federal agencies, along with links to other food safety research information.
FSTA - A food science resource, an intelligence service constantly monitoring research and developments in the areas of food science, food technology and nutrition, from farm to fork and beyond.
Glass or Plastic? Home Food Storage and Safety Basics - As you explore your options for home food storage, consider the benefits and risks of various materials to determine what you wish to use to keep food fresh. You may decide that glass would be an improvement over plastic storage containers.
Got Mercury? - This online tool takes the mystery out of which seafood is safe to eat with regard to the presence of mercury in certain species of seafood and allows consumers to make informed choices about eating seafood. Gauge your mercury exposure from eating seafood with this easy-to-use tool.
GRAIN - An international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.
Home Food Safety - The American Dietetic Association and the ConAgra Foundation have joined in a consumer education program, Home Food Safety...It's in Your Hands to communicate information to consumers on safe ways to prepare foods.
International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - A non-profit association of food safety professionals. Members kept informed of the latest scientific, technical, and practical developments in food safety and sanitation. The Association provides members with information through two scientific journals: Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation and Journal of Food Protection.
Just Food - A non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to New Yorkers.
Just Label It - Calling for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. It has petitioned the FDA to require that genetically engineered (GE), often referred to as genetically modified or GMO, foods be labeled. Makes the argument that Americans have a basic right to know what they're eating and the right to make informed choices about what they eat.
just-food - Food news, features, and research for food professionals.
Local Harvest - The freshest, healthiest, most flavorful organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Make Our Food Safe - The Make Our Food Safe coalition includes public health and consumer advocacy organizations, as well as groups representing the families of victims of foodborne illness. The coalition pressed for enactment of historic food safety legislation that provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with improved authorities to oversee the safety of the nation's food supply, and will advocate for full implementation and funding of the law.
New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition - Feed the Future serves as the principal vehicle through which the United States contributes to the New Alliance. 'In line with the foundational principles of Feed the Future, the New Alliance supports country-driven approaches to development with input and collaboration from local organizations and leaders to ensure lasting results for smallholder farmers and their families.' The scheme, 'launched by the G8 governments along with the biggest global food and agriculture companies, has little to do with feeding undernourished people.' See Ecologist article by Miriam Ross.
Not by Bread Alone - America's culinary heritage. This Cornell Library exhibition exhibition highlights rare books, photographs, menus, and other early documents that trace the history of gastronomy in America.
Ohioline, Food - From College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University: General nutrition, food preservation, food safety and storage, food science and technology, human nutrition and food management, meat science, fact sheets, and more.
Prions (.pdf, 56 pp.) - Text of the Nobel Lecture presented by Stanley B. Prusiner on 08 Dec 97. Prusiner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1997 for his discovery of Prions - a new biological principle of infection. Prions exist normally as innocuous cellular proteins, however, prions possess an innate capacity to convert their structures into highly stabile conformations that ultimately result in the formation of harmful particles, the causative agents of several deadly brain diseases of the dementia type in humans and animals. Prion diseases may be inherited, laterally transmitted, or occur spontaneously. Regions within diseased brains have a characteristic porous and spongy appearance, evidence of extensive nerve cell death, and affected individuals exhibit neurological symptoms including impaired muscle control, loss of mental acuity, memory loss and insomnia.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. Also see:
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) - A management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. Also see Wikipedia.
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center - Little known outside the world of big agriculture, the center has one overarching mission: helping producers of beef, pork and lamb turn a higher profit as diets shift toward poultry, fish and produce. See NYT article for more.
U.S. Right to Know - Exposing what the food industry doesn't want you to know. Provides research and communications on the failures of the corporate food system.
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