Environmental Issues: Food and Agriculture

All Documents in Food and Agriculture

Where's the Better Beef?
NRDC Grazingland Stewardship Initiative

Overview
When it comes to the environmental and social impacts of our food choices, some beef stands apart as "better" at each phase of the supply chain.
Saving Antibiotics
Food, Farm Animals, and Drugs

Overview
Antibiotics are not necessary for livestock production but they are essential to modern medicine. Find out why they are used on farms, the problems they pose and what you can do to keep you and your family healthy.
Pharming Chickens
It’s Time For The U.S. Poultry Industry to Demonstrate Antibiotic Stewardship

Issue Brief
The widespread use of antibiotics in poultry production is breeding drug-resistant bacteria that threaten human health.
Generally Recognized as Secret
Chemicals Added to Food in the United States

Report
Based on a law passed in 1958, chemical manufacturers routinely take advantage of the "GRAS exemption", a loophole meant for obvious situations in which a chemical's use was "generally recognized as safe." The industry uses the exemption to make their own decisions that their newest chemicals are safe, often without so much as notifying the FDA -- and putting consumers' health at risk.
Foster Farms Spread Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria around the Nation, Sickening Hundreds
Fact Sheet
In 2013, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked Foster Farms, the sixth largest chicken producer in the country and the largest chicken company in the Western U.S. to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg. According to the CDC, 524 people from 25 states and Puerto Rico have become ill since March 2013.
Playing Chicken with Antibiotics
Previously Undisclosed FDA Documents Show Antibiotic Feed Additives Don't Meet the Agency's Own Safety Standards

Issue Brief
Between 2001 and 2010, the FDA quietly reviewed the safety of 30 penicillin and tetracycline antibiotic feed additives approved for "nontherapeutic use". FDA's scientific reviewers' findings show that none of these products would likely be approvable as new additives for nontherapeutic livestock use if submitted today, under current FDA guidelines.
Calling on Foster Farms to Demonstrate Antibiotic Stewardship in Chicken Operations
Overview
NRDC and more than 30 leading advocates for health, environment, animal welfare and consumer protection asked the chicken giant to disclose its use of antibiotics and pledge to avoid routine use of these drugs to raise its chickens -- a practice that is known to breed antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Did Foster Farms Chicken Make you Sick?
Tell us your story and help NRDC stop the spread of drug resistant bacteria.

Overview
Earlier this year, Foster Farms chicken was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of people. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also reported that several outbreak strains were resistant to antibiotics, increasing the chance of complications or treatment failure. Did Foster Farms chicken make you sick? Tell us your story and help NRDC stop the spread of drug resistant bacteria.
The Dating Game
How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America

Report
The current system of expiration dates misleads consumers to believe they must discard food in order to protect their own safety. In fact, the dates are only suggestions by the manufacturer for when the food is at its peak quality, not when it is unsafe to eat.
Food is simply too good to waste.
Overview
Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten.
Crop Shrink
Drivers of Fruit and Vegetable Loss at Production

Issue Brief
Many different aspects of the current food system prevent fruit and vegetables from getting to market, including crop shrink, a term used for the difference between the volume of edible crop available for harvest and the volume entered into commerce for human consumption.
How Clean is Your Kitchen?
Overview
Do you know the facts on food safety and food handling? Are you taking the right steps in your kitchen to protect your family from antibiotic-resistant superbugs? Take this quiz to find out how you would score if a health inspector paid a visit to your kitchen.
Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill
Issue Paper
Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. Reducing food losses by just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food.

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