Food safety, nutrition, and health

Food Desert Receives Help Through FVSU’s 4-H Program’s Healthy Living Agri-STEM Community Garden

The rural, poverty-stricken community of Sylvester, Georgia, with a population of less than 6,200, is bridging arts and agriculture to create the world’s largest sculpture that feeds people. Agricultural researchers and 4-H extension staff at Fort Valley State University combine aeroponic technology with a bee farm, banana farm, and integrated black plastic research to grow traditional crops that feed more than 1,000 households annually for free.

Tackling Listeria: New Study Reveals Hypervirulent Strains and Emerging Clones

Listeria monocytogenes is a major cause of severe foodborne illness in the United States. But recent research at NC State indicates that not all strains of the bacteria are equally virulent.

Toximap: Predicting the Incidence of Mycotoxins in US Crop Fields

Researchers at the University of South Carolina (USC) are developing a novel approach to predict the presence of aflatoxin in US crop fields before harvest.

Students Trained in Seafood Safety

Specially trained seafood handlers will eliminate risk of contamination or hazards that could cause illness.

Dewing Right for Food Storage

​$10,000 a year. That’s the amount of money Chris Callahan, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension agricultural engineer, predicts his invention could save artisanal cheese and meat producers.

Beneficial Gut Bacteria Metabolize Fiber to Improve Heart Health in Mice

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison showed that mice that harbored a particular bacteria and that also ate a high-fiber diet suffered from less atherosclerosis and had reduced inflammation compared to mice without the bacteria.

Food Safety in Puerto Rico

Crops and agroenvironmental sciences researchers at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez assessed food safety risks in the fruit, vegetable, and leafy greens of Puerto Rico’s agricultural system.

Market Match Means More Money, Healthful Food on the Table

Market Match offers a dollar-for-dollar match (up to, on average, $10) to shoppers who participate in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

How Food Systems Affect Health

Researchers and extension specialists involved in the NIFA-funded Multistate Research Fund project are engaging communities and facilitating institutional, family, and individual changes that improve health and wellbeing. One such project has investigated how food systems affect human health.

Making Vitamin K More Affordable

An innovative study promises to reduce production costs for the most potent form of Vitamin K — Menaquinone-7. Penn State researchers have developed a novel method to enhance the fermentation process that creates the supplement by agitated liquid fermentation in a biofilm reactor.