Food Safety

Food Safety

by Victoria Sherrow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791092895

ISBN-13: 9780791092897

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

Between 81 and 266 million Americans suffer from food poisoning every year. Revelations about mad cow disease, bird flu, and mercury in farm-raised fish make headlines that influence the foods we choose to put on our tables. Meanwhile, the pesticides needed to grow healthy crops may pose risks to the people who are exposed to them. Government agencies such as the U.S.

Overview

Between 81 and 266 million Americans suffer from food poisoning every year. Revelations about mad cow disease, bird flu, and mercury in farm-raised fish make headlines that influence the foods we choose to put on our tables. Meanwhile, the pesticides needed to grow healthy crops may pose risks to the people who are exposed to them. Government agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and private scientific groups publish different, and sometimes conflicting, information about food safety. What are consumers to do? Food Safety examines the many factors that influence this timely debate, such as scientific research, politics, and economics, while giving equal weight to each argument in a manner both objective and engaging.

About the Author:
Victoria Sherrow is a freelance writer and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers

About the Author:
Alan Marzilli, M.A., J.D., is a program associate with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791092897
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword     6
Introduction: A Safe Food Supply?     10
Point: Using Pesticides and Other Chemicals in Food Production Poses Health Risks for Consumers     26
Counterpoint: Using Approved Chemicals Is Safe and Offers Important Benefits     44
Point: Genetically Modified Foods Can Be Dangerous for Consumers and the Environment     61
Counterpoint: Genetically Modified Foods Are Safe for Consumption and Have Other Advantages     78
Point: The Regulatory Process Does Not Protect Consumers from the Hazards of Meat and Poultry Production     92
Counterpoint: Modern Production Methods and Regulatory Procedures Provide Consumers With Quality Meats     108
Conclusion: More Debates     123
Notes     137
Resources     147
Elements of the Argument     155
Beginning Legal Research     158
Index     162

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