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Pesticide safety basics: How does the EPA protect consumers from harmful chemicals?

In our blogs, we often reference Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety levels or “tolerances” when discussing [pesticide] residues. But how ...
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Zinc-fortified crops may fight diabetes, cardiovascular disease in poor countries better than supplements

The double burden of malnutrition is a rapidly growing global health problem. Many populations now face the combination of undernutrition ...
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GMO crops don’t cause infertility, systematic evidence review finds

A systematic review of published literature was conducted to determine genetically modified (GM) plants' potential impacts in infertility indices. Based ...
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Viewpoint: Media focus on COVID-19 deaths ignores lasting impact of ‘calamitous pandemic’

The media regularly reports about deaths from COVID-19 as if that is the whole story. But it's not. COVID-19 doesn't ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vax extremists bully public health officials. We can’t let them win

Since mid-April, 27 state and local health leaders across 13 states have resigned, retired, or been fired, some citing threats ...
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How GMO, gene-edited crops can keep cancer-causing heavy metals out of staple foods

One of the most pressing issues in public health is the presence of toxic elements in food, which potentially risk ...
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Coronavirus may force massive changes to restaurant industry, including customer temperature checks

Many are dreaming about what they'll do when the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. People are already imagining their first ...
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Viewpoint: Unprecedented abundance obscures the ‘profound’ public health benefits of pesticide use

Our greatest public health challenge isn’t chemicals -- it's ignorance and fear-mongering about them ...
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FDA reports 38% decline in animal antibiotic sales since 2015, easing public health concerns

For several years, an area of focus for those of us involved in farm animal care has been a commitment ...
Nutritionally enhanced GMO crops could boost public health worldwide, so why have we developed so few?

Nutritionally enhanced GMO crops could boost public health worldwide, so why have we developed so few?

The potential for using genetic modification (GM) to enhance the nutritional composition of crops .... has been recognized since the ...
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Cancer and genetics: Why smoking threatens more than just your lungs

Cigarettes smoking causes lung, throat and larynx cancers–which makes sense because those tissues come directly into contact with smoke and ...
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Viewpoint: Coffee cancer warning illustrates failure of California’s Prop 65 law

On August 29, the FDA threw its hat into California’s eternal does-or-doesn’t-coffee-cause-cancer fight. “Requiring a cancer warning on coffee, based ...
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Genetics for public health: A lost cause?

Its power for discovering rare diseases is well proven. But genetics’ impact on public and preventative health has a long ...
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Precision medicine–Next new thing or over hyped bust? (Or both?)

Precision medicine struggles to fulfill its promise as a next generation solution to disease prevention ...