Americans support GMO food labels, don’t know much about safety

Americans widely support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, which is required in a bill approved by Congress on July 14 and sent to the White House to await President Obama’s signature… William Hallman, a 2016-17 visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and professor of the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University, noted that while nearly 60 percent of Americans reported having only a fair or poor understanding of GMOs, the new labeling law might ultimately change this if consumers are willing to use QR codes to find out more about the products they buy.

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Majority of US consumers ‘lack understanding’ of GMOs – survey

Almost 60% of American consumers have "a fair or poor understanding" of GMO foods, despite generally supporting a recently approved bill to introduce mandatory labelling of GMOs in the US… William Hallman, also a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and professor of human ecology at Rutgers University, said that the bill could help consumers to improve their understanding of genetically modified foods.

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Nature Thru Nurture Program Helps New Brunswick Students Embrace Gardening

Nature Thru Nurture (NTN), a partnership program between Rutgers University and New Brunswick Public Schools, is bringing out students inner gardeners…Rutgers Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development Radha Jagannathan, and Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Professor Michael Camasso spearheaded the project, with the help of a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the city government.

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Program for Somerset County students harvests salads, and learning

This spring, the Seeds to Salads program run by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County reaped in giant salads which fed more than 300 children, teachers, and Master Gardener volunteers. Volunteers in the program worked with third-graders at Whiton Elementary School in Branchburg, and with second-, third- and fourth-graders at Pine Grove Manor Elementary School in Franklin Township.

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U.S. Congress passes mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the nation’s first federal legislation that requires mandatory disclosure of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients… William Hallman of the Rutgers University said the wording of the bill is both rather specific and ambiguous at the same time. One example is about the definition of "bioengineering" in the bill, which would exclude any genetic modifications that don’t involve so-called recombinant techniques, Hallman said.

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Food Companies And Farm Groups Win On GMO Labeling Bill

Food companies and farm groups were the victors Thursday with the passage of a federal bill establishing standards for the disclosure of genetically-modified ingredients in food products… William Hallman, chair of Human Ecology Department at Rutgers University, said the devil is in the details of the bill. It will be interesting to see how the U. S. Department of Agriculture interprets the definition of "bioengineering" used in the measure.

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Congress just passed a bill that could change the way you buy food

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would change the way companies label genetically-engineered (GE) foods sold in this country, often referred to as GMOs…In remarks emailed to Tech Insider, William Hallman, chair of the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University, noted that the bill as written only applies to particular “recombinant forms of genetic engineering, and might exclude products with genes edited using CRISPR or other methods.” He also noted that products that don’t include DNA, like sugar or olive oil, might not require labeling.

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Food Companies And Farm Groups Win On GMO Labeling Bill

Food companies and farm groups were the victors Thursday with the passage of a federal bill establishing standards for the disclosure of genetically-modified ingredients in food products… William Hallman, chair of Human Ecology Department at Rutgers University, said the devil is in the details of the bill. It will be interesting to see how the U. S. Department of Agriculture interprets the definition of “bioengineering” used in the measure.

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Moringa’s Health Benefits In Lowering Inflammation

Moringa is known throughout the world as a miracle tree. But, what exactly is moringa and why is research buzzing about the possible health benefits of this hearty plant?.. Carrie Waterman, PhD, a National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Career Development Grant recipient at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), has studied the possible anti-inflammatory effects of moringa for the past five years, beginning at Rutgers University with Ilya Raskin, PhD. Waterman and Raskin, co-inventors on the patented processing of moringa to harness isothiocyanates, are working closely with Estée Lauder to develop anti-inflammatory skincare products. The expectation is that profits gained from such products will help fund future research on moringa’s health and agricultural uses in the developing world.

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Strange contests abound at this year’s Warren County Farmers’ Fair

Summer is filled with fairs and festivals, each boasting competitions, carnival rides and famous fair food. But organizers of the Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival hope its unique events combined with classic fair favorites will distinguish it… This year, the fair is putting an emphasis on safe canning practices thanks to the rise of recent trends in buying local produce and growing at home. Home canning is a way to help preserve food as well as create new dishes with fresh produce. The fair’s canning competition is encouraging fairgoers to try canning and, with the help of the Department of Family & Community Health Sciences of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County, do so safely.

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