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Sustainable Agriculture and the 1995 Farm Bill
April, 1995

Summary of a January 1995 conference sponsored by CAST. Topics include legislative, environmental, conservation, rural […]

Public Perceptions of Agrichemicals
January, 1995

Understanding public perceptions, risk perception, and the public, risk acceptability and pesticides, and consumer perceptions […]

Challenges Confronting Agricultural Research at Land Grant Universities
November, 1994

Agricultural, corporate, scientific, political, environmental, and social communities are asking the agricultural research system to identify and pursue a broadened range of research priorities.

Foodborne Pathogens: Risks and Consequences
September, 1994

Better data on microbial risks are needed to make the U.S. food supply safer. Cochairs: Peggy M. Foegeding, Department of Food Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and Tanya Roberts, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Labeling of Food-Plant Biotechnology Products
July, 1994

Review of scientific evidence in response to proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy for labeling of foods from new plant varieties.

Risks and Benefits of Selenium in Agriculture
June, 1994

Scientists found no evidence that supplemental selenium use for farm animals and poultry, including feedlot concentrations, was involved in any environmental problems.

Pesticides in Surface and Ground Water
April, 1994

Introduction; the issue; pesticide varieties, uses, and resulting pollution potential; relating concentrations in water resources to human and ecosystem risk; and risk mitigation.

Wetland Policy Issues
February, 1994

Definition of wetlands, functions and values, agricultural conflicts, socioeconomic issues, conservation concepts, conclusions.

How Much Land Can Ten Billion People Spare for Nature?
February, 1994

Advances in farming technology combined with changing values and diets could ensure that the world’s population will use existing cropland more economically and thus save more land for natural or wilderness use in the next 50 years.

Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children: Scientists’ Review
August, 1993

The five members of a CAST task force who reviewed the National Research Council (NRC) report agree that the report is a thorough, balanced, and objective summary of available information on the subject.