UF study: Consumers see ‘organic’ and ‘non-GM’ food labels as synonymous

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumers are confused between foods labeled as “organic” and “non-genetically modified,” according to a new study led by a University of Florida professor. In fact, researchers found that some consumers view the two labels as synonymous. When Congress approved the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard in June 2016, lawmakers allowed companies two years – until June 2018 – to label their genetically

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis alluaudi, is native to Madagascar and is already invasive in several Caribbean Islands, including Barbados, St. Lucia and Nevis, among others, said Thomas Chouvenc,

4-H youth win college scholarships for grilling flair

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The smell of cooking meat wafted through the covered patio at the UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center last Saturday as 30 youth crouched over charcoal grills, brushing on glazes and checking internal temperatures. Meanwhile, adult judges made the rounds, asking questions about everything from ingredients to food safety. At the end of the day, judges selected eight winning dishes in the second annual

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