UPDATE: Trader Joe’s has confirmed that their orange juice is not sourced from Brazil. I first wrote about the presence of carbendazim in shipments of orange juice to the United States earlier this month, and recommended that consumers purchase only… Read More ›
Month: January 2012
Buying Seasonal Produce: A Guide
Yesterday, following my own advice, I picked up two fruits that I don’t routinely buy. The first was a bag of bright orange, organic Minneolas. My second purchase was an Asian pear, an apple-shaped, light brown fruit. Minneolas are a cross between grapefruits… Read More ›
What’s In Your Orange Juice?
Early this month, the FDA announced that shipments of Brazilian-sourced orange juice contain carbendazim, a fungicide that has been linked to infertility, testicular damage, and birth defects. Carbendazim is not approved for use as a fungicide in the United States. In… Read More ›
Improved Sutures & Prosthetic Limbs
If the poor reputation of genetic engineering is leaving you depressed, you have to read this: Notre Dame professor Malcolm Fraser’s team of researchers is using their transgenically-engineered silkworms to produce silk that is strong enough for “sutures, artificial limbs and parachutes.” That’s the… Read More ›
Does Your Body Know You’re Eating Genetically-Modified Foods?
Yes, according to a new study that could have enormous impact on studies of cross-species communication, predator-prey relationships, and co-evolution. First, let’s take a trip down memory lane for a brief refresher in high school biology. Since 1958, molecular biologists… Read More ›
Why The PepsiCo Mouse Story Is Scare-Tactic Journalism
If you have a weak stomach, feel free to skip this story. In November of 2009, Ronald Ball of Wisconsin purchased a can of Mountain Dew from a vending machine. Ball claims he took a swig from the can, felt… Read More ›
Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks: Would You Drink Flame Retardant?
If you drink soft drinks or sports drinks, such as Mountain Dew or Gatorade, keep reading. Since the Environmental Health News published this story last month, it has been picked up by Gizmodo (you can read that story here), The Huffington Post (you can read that story here), Scientific American, and… Read More ›
Sodium: The Scapegoat
Cardiologists and chefs don’t always agree, so Michael Fenster, who is both a professional chef and an interventional cardiologist, offers a unique perspective in his article, “Don’t Hold The Salt: Attempts to Curb Sodium Intake Are Misguided,” published today on The… Read More ›
Who Loses Weight and Keeps It Off?
I have long been a fan of Tara Parker-Pope’s writing, but her recent article, “The Fat Trap,” published in last week’s edition of The New York Times Magazine, was particularly intriguing. In the days since it’s publication, almost every newspaper and magazine… Read More ›