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CD Collections - August 2004

Publications Included:
R136 Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in the United States (October 2000, 36 pp.)
IP16 Estrogenicity and Endocrine Disruption (July 2000, 16 pp.)
SP22 Foodborne Pathogens:Review of Recommendations (October 1998, 45 pp.)
SP21 Food Safety, Sufficiency, and Security (June 1998, 78 pp.)
R132 Naturally Occurring Antimicrobials in Food (April 1998, 103 pp.)
IP8 Examination of Dietary Recommendations for Salt-Cured, Smoked, and Nitrite-Preserved Foods (November 1997, 8 pp.)
R131 Contribution of Animal Products to Healthful Diets (October 1997, 56 pp.)
IP7 Radiation Pasteurization of Food (April 1996, 10 pp.)
R123 Public Perceptions of Agrichemicals (January 1995, 35 pp.)
R122 Foodborne Pathogens:Risks and Consequences (September 1994, 87 pp.)
IP4 Labeling of Food-Plant Biotechnology Products (July 1994, 8 pp.)
IP2 Pesticides in Surface and Ground Water (April 1994, 8 pp.)

CD Collections - August 2004

Publications Included:
IP15 Relevance of Soil Testing to Agriculture and the Environment (June 2000, 12 pp.)
IP14 Storing Carbon in Agricultural Soils to Help Mitigate Global Warming (April 2000, 8 pp.)
IP13 Invasive Plant Species (February 2000, 18 pp.)
IP12 Applications of Biotechnology to Crops:Benefits and Risks (December 1999, 8 pp.)
IP10 The Proposed EPA Plant Pesticide Rule (October 1998, 8 pp.)
R129 Grazing on Public Lands (December 1996, 70 pp.)
R127 Future of Irrigated Agriculture (August 1996, 76 pp.)
IP6 Diversifying U.S. Crop Production (February 1996, 12 pp.)
R126 Quality of U.S. Agricultural Products (January 1996, 25 pp.)
R124 Waste Management and Utilization in Food Production and Processing (October 1995, 125 pp.)
SP19 Conservation Reserve: A Survey of Research and Interest Groups (July 1995, 44 pp.)
IP4 Labeling of Food-Plant Biotechnology Products (July 1994, 8 pp.)
R121 How Much Land Can Ten Billion People Spare for Nature? (February 1994, 64 pp.)

Issue Papers - IP26 - June 2004

PART 2, "ANIMAL AGRICULTURE'S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY."This issue paper examines current and future concerns and benefits for using animals as organ and tissue donors (xenotransplantation).The authors provide a careful review of the procedure's history and development, as well as an outline of possible applications for the future as xenotransplantation impacts human health.Cochairs: Jeffrey L. Platt, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and Randall S. Prather, University of Missouri, Columbia.IP 26, June 2004, 8 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Special Publications - SP24 - June 2004
The April 2003 CAST-convened symposium on pest resistance management (PRM) was the first such U.S.-based multidisciplinary stakeholder meeting in nearly a decade. Major objectives included identifying common issues related to PRM across disciplines, considering ways to remove barriers to effective preventive resistance management, describing research activities in PRM, and disseminating this information to a wide audience of stakeholders. Fifty-two presentations are collected in this proceedings. Barry J. Jacobsen, Montana State University, Symposium Chair, and Sharlene R. Matten, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Proceedings Chair. SP24, June 2004. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.
Special Publications - SP25 - May 2004

Following a 2-day workshop sponsored jointly by CAST and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an 11-member task force undertook the writing of this publication to present in summarized form the contributions made by the diverse group of workshop participants, as well as those who submitted comments before and after the formal meetings. Major sections include: principles supporting ecological risk assessment and regulatory decision making; background information on perennial grasses; gene migration and weed management of biotechnology-derived (BD) perennial grasses; criteria for evaluating BD grasses; and a summary of workshop responses and public comments. Cochairs: Michael Kenna, U.S. Golf Association, and William K. Hallman, Rutgers University. SP25, May 2004. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.

Task Force Reports - R141 - May 2004
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are of increasing concern because of their potential role in promoting rapid and undesirable change in climate. Agriculture ironically serves as both a source and a sink for this increase in GHGs. This report analyzes agriculture's complex, pivotal role in this vitally important issue by considering policy options, implementation, and future monitoring and verification of GHG mitigation. The report outlines seven potential methods for agricultural mitigation of GHG concentrations. Cochairs: Keith Paustian, Colorado State University, and Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University. R141, May 2004, ISBN 1-887383-26-3, 120 pp., $50.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.
Issue Papers - IP25 - January 2004

Prepared by a task force of thirteen scientists, this issue paper provides a timely consideration of critical issues:microbiological safety of foods of animal origin during production; food processing strategies for manufactured foods of animal origin, both ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat; food safety initiatives in retailing; consumer interventions to enhance food safety; challenges to applying food safety controls uniformly across all sectors of the food service industry; and recommendations for development and application of new intervention strategies to decrease human illnesses attributed to foods derived from animals.Chair:Michael P. Doyle, University of Georgia.IP25, January 2004, 24 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

CAST Commentaries - QTA2003-1 - December 2003

In response to heightened concern about the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables following recent outbreaks of food-related illness, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is releasing a commentary on the subject.The article briefly describes steps the fresh-produce processing industry is taking to decrease microbial contamination on products, and lists actions consumers can take to enhance the safety of fresh produce they eat at home. QTA2003-1, 2 pp., December 2003. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.

Issue Papers - IP24 - October 2003

Authored by a task force of six scientists, this issue paper identifies existing and emerging issues in the development and use of nutraceuticals' food compounds with health-promoting, disease-preventive, or medical properties.The paper sheds light on consumer questions, key regulations, and safety issues, and provides recommendations on research and policy needs.Chair:Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine.IP24, October 2003, 16 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Task Force Reports - R140 - June 2003
This comprehensive report offers an insightful, up-to-date analysis of the issues involved in pest control. The report is designed to offer policymakers, opinion makers, and educators an informed overview of the changing nature of these choices in the twenty-first century. The authors identify seven key issues that future IPM strategies must address: impact of biotechnology on agriculture; genetic diversity and pest adaptability; ecology-based management systems; increased understanding of microflora/fauna in the environment; training and technology transfer; government policies and regulations; and need for continuous assessment of strategy. Chair: Kenneth R. Barker, North Carolina State University. R140, June 2003, ISBN 1-887383-23-9, 246 pp., $50.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.