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News

Debunking ‘Sugar Is Toxic’ & Other Myths

Published May. 30, 2012

Each year, the Experimental Biology conference draws members of the scientific community together—including those from the health and nutrition sector—to explore the latest and greatest findings in the name of science...

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Aug. 1, 2011

Visit here for the latest updates, current news and upcoming meetings and events of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

E. coli decline in ground beef

Published Aug. 1, 2011

A new report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service shows that Escherichia coli O157:H7 in ground beef samples has had a significant decline since 2000. The new data shows that E. coli O157:H7 is found in less than one quarter or 1% of ground beef samples...

FYI

What is the Ethical Choice? (Video)

Published Oct. 24, 2011

Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity, discusses Ethical Choice and how you can make a difference for people, animals and the planet.

Is chocolate milk ban-worthy?

Published Aug. 30, 2011

Chocolate milk in school lunches continues to garner attention. Last week Santa Monica-Malibu schools in California decided to buck the current trend...

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Did You Know

  • Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, is one of the fastest growing segments within agriculture.
  • Forty-four percent of Ohio farm operators work 200 days or more off the farm they operate.
  • Approximately 84 percent of Ohio farm operators live on the farms they operate.
  • One acre equals 43,560 square feet - or roughly the size of a football field.
  • According to the 2007 USDA Economic Research Service, the average size of an Ohio farm was 184 acres.
  • There are many things to consider before adopting a pet - time commitment, expense and determining the primary care provider are just a few.
  • As Ohio’s top industry, agriculture provides jobs for one out of every six workers in Ohio.
  • Besides proteins, Ohio farmers also produce other foods that are part of a balanced, healthy diet such as fruits, vegetables, beans and grains.
  • Meats such as beef, pork, chicken, turkey and lamb are excellent sources of protein. So are eggs and dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
  • All livestock products are inspected and graded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to ensure the food farmers provide is safe and good for you.
  • Ohio livestock farmers care for 68 million animals.
  • Livestock animals get regular check-ups and vaccinations to prevent health problems, protect the animals from disease, and ensure food safety.
  • Ohio ranks ninth in total dairy cows and ninth in ice cream production nationwide.
  • Ohio is among the top 10 states in the country in pork production.
  • Ohio is the second largest egg producing state in the nation. Darke and Mercer counties are the top two egg producing counties in the country.
  • In order to adopt an animal from an Ohio Animal Shelter you will need a driver's license or photo ID and must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Never leave food out for more than 2 hours. (1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F). Bacteria that cause food borne illness grow rapidly at room temperature.
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other food.
  • No connection has been found between antibiotic use in cattle and antibiotic-resistant foodborne or other pathogens.
  • The average U.S. farmer raises enough food to feed 129 other people. In 1940, that number was 19.

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