Adventure Trek to Childs Glacier on Alaska’s Copper River

Adventure Trek to Childs Glacier on Alaska’s Copper River

One of the top tourist sites in Alaska, the Childs Glacier is now only accessible by boat. The 56 mile Copper River Highway that leads from Cordova to the Million Dollar Bridge is no longer passable beyond mile 36.

Produce Safety and Preventive Controls: FDA To Lay Down Law on Food Pathogens

Produce Safety and Preventive Controls: FDA To Lay Down Law on Food Pathogens

In my previous post, I skimmed the surface of the massive regulations which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to reduce human exposure to pathogenic organisms originating from fresh fruits and vegetables. The draft Produce Safety and Preventive Controls (for handling facilities) regulations are the first steps towards implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA) of 2010.

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

The Produce Rule in the new Food Modernization Safety Act applies to fruits and vegetables that are normally consumed raw.

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: A Broad Overview

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: A Broad Overview

After years of stalemate between public health, consumer, agricultural and food service interests on Capitol Hill, Congress approved the FSMA’s sweeping expansion of federal oversight in 2010. This post and the two to follow will provide basic background for answering key questions leading into a discussion of the merits of our increasingly centralized and standardized food production and handling systems.

Protecting the Viability of Organics from the Purists

Protecting the Viability of Organics from the Purists

This post delves deeper into how one false impression in particular is fueling the sense of loss behind organic’s mid-life crisis. Specifically, we’ll examine how the exclusion of synthetic materials, which some within the organic community would elevate to a cardinal principle, actually threatens to drive farmers out of certification, if not out of business entirely.