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Organic vegetables at the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, Goleta, Calif. Citizen of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Organic food has become mainstream but still has room to grow

Four out of five Americans regularly buy some kind of organic food. An expert on the industry says more federal support could greatly expand organic farming and its environmental benefits.
Traders leave their cabbages after the County Governor ordered the closure of the main open air market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kisumu, Kenya. CASMIR ODUOR/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID-19 measures have affected food safety in East Africa

Lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 had various effects on food as it went from farms to plates.
Volunteers prepare boxes at the Greater Boston Food Bank on Oct. 1, 2020. Iaritza Menjivar, The Washington Post via Getty Images

Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That’s been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.
Workers collected crabs caught by fishermen in Indramayu, West Java, Indonesia, 9 September 2020. ANTARA FOTO/Dedhez Anggara/wsj

Could frozen food transmit COVID-19?

Almost all food safety authority from most countries in the world agreed that no strong scientific proof that SARS-CoV-2 is transferable through food chain.
Masks and social distancing can help protect shoppers from the coronavirus, but gloves aren’t recommended. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Here’s how to stay safe while buying groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic

Should I wear a mask and gloves in the grocery story? Sanitize my food? A food virologist takes on the top questions people are asking as they shop for food amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Smoked salmon has been named as the likely source of the recent listeria infections. from www.shutterstock.com

What is listeria and how does it spread in smoked salmon?

Food safety is in the news again, this tiime after reported deaths from listeria after eating smoked salmon. Here’s what we know so far and what you can do to cut your chance of getting sick.
If it’s been out longer than four hours, it’s best to throw it away. By Merrimon Crawford

Health Check: when should you throw away leftovers?

Did you forget to put the leftovers away? If it’s only an hour or two, that’s OK, but as the temperature drops under 60 degrees, the risk of bacterial growth – and food poisoning – increases.
It looks good, but where did this pork come from? Artem Shadrin

Blockchain systems are tracking food safety and origins

Food suppliers and sellers around the world are using blockchain technologies to ensure that what consumers buy is labeled clearly and accurately.

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