Olga Padilla-Zakour (Food)

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Professor of Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Director of the Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship at Cornell University Research program focused on applied research in support of her extension program to add value and safety to agricultural commodities. Emphasis on developing new products/processes, improving or retaining quality in…

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$1M expands food safety capabilities at Geneva campus

Building on its capacity as a center for food safety innovation, Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, is poised to expand its food development and technology commercialization capabilities with $1 million in new state funding. Announced Sept. 16 by state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-54th…

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MOOC explores the Science and Politics of the GMO

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have transformed the way we produce and consume food, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea. You can explore the controversy in Cornell’s free, five-week introductory course, The Science and Politics of the GMO, launching Sept. 13 as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)…

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Eating dirt: what about it?

In most African markets you can buy earth intended for human consumption (Credit: Sera Young)

In most African markets you can buy earth intended for human consumption (Credit: Sera Young)

Eating dirt can even become an addiction, an impulsive act hidden from others. “With geophagy, the language of substance abuse is really common,” says Sera Young, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Nutrition in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

It’s easy to dismiss geophagy as a disgusting habit of children, a wacky pregnancy craving, or an exotic behaviour from far-away lands, but none of these approaches really do it justice. Moreover, such characterisations risk alienating people who find it difficult to explain their ‘unnatural’ desires.

To fully grasp this phenomenon, and understand whether its effects are positive, negative or a subtle mix of the two, researchers need to undertake hypothesis-driven tests that take both biomedical and cultural factors into account.

“I’m not saying ‘everyone should be eating three spoonfuls of earth a day,’” says Young. “But we certainly don’t know enough yet to write this behaviour off entirely.”

This summary was adapted from an article published by the BBC. Read the full article here.

Expanding Horizons Journal: Zack

My name is Zachary Dvornicky-Raymond, I am a member of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s class of 2019. As far back as I can remember, I have dreamed of working with wildlife and making an impact on conservation worldwide. Now that I am in vet school, it is…

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Cornell to launch new Master of Public Health program

By Krishna Ramanujan Originally posted in the Cornell Chronicle on June 21, 2016 Outbreaks of Zika and Ebola, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, foodborne diseases and chronic illnesses are constantly in the news, making comprehensive public health assessment, planning and action crucial to the future of the planet. Starting in the fall 2017 semester, Cornell…

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College Researchers Finding Novel Ways to Fight Foodborne Outbreaks

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that about 17% of Americans get sick from foodborne diseases each year. The CDC estimates that 59% of these illnesses are caused by viruses and 39% are caused by bacteria. The some of the most commons pathogens are Norovirus, Salmonella,…

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Bradley Rickard (Food)

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Ruth and William Morgan Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Management at the Charles H. Dyson School Expertise in Agricultural Economics, International Trade and Public Policy Analysis Rickard’s teaching and research focus is on the economic implications of policies, innovation, and industry-led initiatives in food and beverage markets. In addition…

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