GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Food safety is near the top of most Floridians’ concerns, behind only the economy and health care, a survey released today by the University of Florida shows.
The survey covered several food-related issues, including public perceptions about food safety, food insecurity and genetically modified foods. It also found knowledge gaps among Floridians, especially in the area of food safety, and detected conflicted feelings among the public about genetically modified foods. (more …)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People who live in the southeastern United States should begin to prepare for more drastically changing weather conditions – everything from heat waves to poorer air quality – caused by climate change, according to a new book, edited by a University of Florida researcher.
The book, which UF’s Keith Ingram helped write, is titled “Climate Change of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts and Vulnerability.” Ingram was the book’s lead editor.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Caleb Cheng, an 18-year-old 4-H member from Palm Beach County, has been selected to serve on the National 4-H Board of Trustees, which governs the National 4-H Council, a panel that supports national and state 4-H programs with a focus on fundraising, brand management, communications and legal and fiduciary services.
The teenager is going to Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, for his official three-year appointment to the board.
“I am extremely excited to serve on the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees,” Caleb said in an email. “Service is undoubtedly a characteristic I hold dear and view with utmost importance in making the best better in the world around me.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adults generally don’t know how many calories they should consume daily to maintain their current weight, according to a new University of Florida survey, but that may not be a bad thing.
That’s because knowing one’s calorie needs can be a double-edged sword, said Cassie Rowe, who worked on the survey as a graduate student and is now a study coordinator at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
“On one hand, it may allow people to balance energy intake with physical activity to manage their weight,” Rowe said. “On the other hand, I think most Americans get bogged down by the numbers. In this respect, knowing your calorie needs may lead to unnecessary stress surrounding counting calories.”
GAINESVILLE – Emotionally unstable elderly people tend to accept financial assistance more readily than their more stable peers, a new University of Florida study shows.
Martie Gillen, an assistant professor in family, youth and community sciences at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, studied how personality traits play a role in whether elderly people are willing to accept financial assistance from others and in what form.
Gillen said the study has implications for public assistance programs, including food stamps. It may be that such programs should be better marketed to older adults, she said.
“Many elderly people are eligible for food stamps, but will not sign up for the benefits,” she said.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A number of people were honored for their contributions to UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the annual Dinner of Distinction, held at the UF Hilton Conference Center the evening of Friday, Oct. 4.
This was the second year of the awards banquet established to recognize individuals and organizations that support and advance the UF/IFAS Mission. It is held on the same weekend as the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ TailGATOR event, which serves as both a celebration of alumni achievements and an opportunity for students to learn more about CALS while networking with alumni.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the time for Florida growers to plant strawberries right around the corner, it won’t be long before Florida-grown strawberries appear in grocery aisles.
And for some of the best-tasting strawberries on the market according to multiple taste panels and tests, shoppers can simply look for those grown in the Sunshine State, thanks to work by the University of Florida.
Researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have continued to improve the quality and flavor of Florida-grown strawberries, as evident in their latest releases of the cultivars Winterstar and Florida Sensation.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has experts for back-to-school news stories on head lice, lunchbox germs & more.
1. HEAD LICE: Head lice, an easily transferable pest, are often found in children due to their play activity and close contact. Early detection can help prevent advanced infestations. With September being National Head Lice Prevention month, Rebecca Baldwin, an assistant professor in the UF/IFAS entomology and nematology department, can help explain ways to prevent head lice as well as ways to inspect and treat them. Phone: 352-273-3974; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. LUNCHBOX HYGIENE: Food Safety expert Keith Schneider can help you be confident your child’s lunchbox isn’t a germy mess. Schneider, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, is at email@example.com or 352-392-1991, ext. 309
3. MAKING SCHOOL LUNCHES FUN AND NUTRITIOUS: It’s almost time to put away the barbecue grill and break out the school lunch bags again, and a University of Florida nutrition expert has ideas for making those sandwiches and snacks almost as much fun as summer vacation. Karla Shelnutt, an assistant professor of foods and nutrition, says a nutritious lunch helps your kid do his or her best. When kids eat well, they’re ready to learn and do better in class. She’s got specific tips for how to make nutritious lunches your kids will actually want to eat. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-392-1778, ext. 240
4. FRESHMAN 15: Many have heard about the dreaded “Freshman 15” – the extra pounds some students gain during their first year in college. However, help avoiding the extra pounds can come from healthy eating choices. Julie England, a family and consumer sciences agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County, can share some easy ideas for healthy eating for college students as well as some techniques to keep meals inexpensive and simple. Phone: 352-343-4101; email: email@example.com
5. TOO MANY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?: How many after school activities is too many? Researchers found that moderate involvement in activities appeared to be beneficial and was linked to improved school performance. However, at very high levels of involvement — more than 14 hours a week — teens’ academic well-being did decline. UF/IFAS assistant professor Bryan Terry can talk about the value of extracurricular activities for young people. Phone: 352-273-3539, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Standing in the dairy aisle, hand on a gallon of milk, a consumer might wonder why reports of falling dairy prices aren’t reflected in a lower price on the milk he’s eyeing in his neighborhood grocery.
And in part, that consumer would be right: A new University of Florida study that examines 100 food commodities shows that price changes can take several months to be reflected at the consumer level.
But overall, the study showed that price-change signals are accurate, and more important, are not arbitrary, said Ronald Ward, an emeritus professor in agricultural marketing with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In malaria-ridden parts of Africa, mosquito netting protects people from being infected while they sleep; now, a University of Florida entomologist wants to improve the netting by coating it with insecticide toxic only to mosquitoes.
The insecticide would work by interfering with an enzyme found in the nervous systems of mosquitoes and many other organisms, called acetylcholinesterase. Existing insecticides target the enzyme but affect a broad range of species, said entomologist Jeff Bloomquist, a professor in UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and its Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Acetylcholinesterase helps regulate nervous system activity by stopping electrical signaling in nerve cells. If the enzyme can’t do its job, the mosquito begins convulsing and dies. The research team’s goal is to develop compounds perfectly matched to the acetylcholinesterase molecules in malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, he said.
“A simple analogy would be that we’re trying to make a key that fits perfectly into a lock,” Bloomquist said. “We want to shut down the enzyme, but only in target species.”