According to the USDA, there are approximately 8,500 farmers markets in the US. While most of them sell fresh fruits and vegetables, 40% sell prepared foods, 66% meat and poultry, and 15% seafood, all of which could pose a food safety risk. Penn State took a look at the farmers markets in Pennsylvania and some … Read More

Wait on any line and you are probably tempted to buy chips, candy, cookies or ice cream. The supermarket is the worst where you are often sandwiched between two opposing counters brimming with treats. Supermarket checkouts provide a unique opportunity to prompt purchases as all customers pass through them to pay and often spent considerable … Read More

Buy fresh, unprocessed foods whenever you can. The more a food is processed the more likely it will be higher in salt, sugar and fat. Make label reading a habit. You will be amazed at what you will learn. Don’t let sugar fool you. It comes by many names – dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, cane … Read More

Advocates of ethical consumption want people to consider the costs to humans and the environment when they purchase products. But only 1 in 4 people are willing to spend more on ethical products. Why are some committed to this idea and others are not? Ahir Gopaldas, a researcher at Fordham University, wanted to understand what motivated … Read More

Highly processed foods – cookies, chips, candy, prepared meals, pizza, and seasoned and sauced vegetables – make up more than 60% of the calories we buy and these foods usually have more fat, sugar and salt than fresh foods. Buy instead, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, dried beans, and fresh meat, fish … Read More

If you are sitting in a meeting at work and wondering if there is milk and bread at home, you are not alone. WorkPlace Impact found that over 84% of working women say they regularly or occasionally add groceries to their shopping list at work. And, 46% of women regularly purchase groceries on their way to … Read More

Faced with stiff competition, small profit margins, numerous food scandals, massive meat recalls, and health violations for unsafe practices the industry is reeling. The landscape of the American food shopping experience is changing and supermarkets chains are not changing fast enough to keep pace. From the 1930’s through the 1980’s the American supermarket was the … Read More

According to the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) the cost of feeding an average family of 4 is up more than 30% in the last 10 years. The USDA estimates it costs $239 a week for a moderate food plan and $191 for a low-cost meal plan. A liberal food plan comes close to $300 a week. … Read More

Grocery store, pharmacy, cleaners, post office and library, home — what’s wrong with this trip? Keeping food in a hot, stuffy car unrefrigerated for more than an hour promotes the growth of harmful bacteria and reduces the freshness. Hit the grocery store last and head home to stash your food in the fridge. … Read More