Author Archives: Jennifer Weeks

Stopping foodborne illness in its tracks

Stopping foodborne illness in its tracks

A comprehensive new gene cataloging project, says IBM research scientist James Kaufman, could help food producers prevent contamination on a massive scale. James Kaufman James H. Kaufman believes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to food safety. That’s why he’s excited to be one of the leaders of

Fast tracking foodborne illness

Microbiologist Robert Brackett predicts that more precise gene-based tools will help pinpoint the source of outbreaks in record time. Robert Brackett Today, the risk is stark: Forty-eight million Americans—one out of every six people—suffer from a foodborne illness every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Within that group 128,000

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Fighting obesity on a grand scale

Government, food industry need to aggressively push consumers toward healthier diets, says global nutrition and obesity expert Barry Popkin. Health advocates cheered in November 2014 when Berkeley, Calif., adopted a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. It was the first soda tax enacted in the United States after more than 30 failed attempts by other states

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The well-connected kitchen

GE industrial designer Lou Lenzi believes interactive kitchens can help support healthier lifestyles. Take a good look at your kitchen—because it’s about to become unrecognizable. Lou Lenzi Within a decade, says General Electric (GE) industrial designer Lou Lenzi, digital communications and sensors will dramatically alter many aspects of how the home kitchen looks and works,

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Breeding a healthier livestock industry

Improving animal welfare is crucial to long-term sustainability, says livestock expert Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin Animal scientist Temple Grandin is renowned for both her autism activism and her work to protect animal welfare in the livestock industry. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she has authored or coauthored more than 30 books

Peanut butter that saves lives

Pediatrician Mark Manary sees more widespread uses for his pioneering peanut butter supplement that treats severe malnutrition in children

Sowing seeds for more abundant rice crops

Genetic engineering and ecologically responsible growing practices needn’t be strange bedfellows, says plant geneticist Pamela Ronald.