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Issue Papers - IP 9 - August 1998

Discussion of the feasibility of applying the medical model of prescriptions to high-risk pesticides that are being reassessed following passage by Congress of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) in 1996. Chair: Harold D. Coble, Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. IP9, August 1998, 10 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Special Publications - SP21 - June 1998

New and changing circumstances require examination of policy options by governments, agribusinesses, food producers and processors, and consumers. In response to this need, CAST sponsored a November 1997 conference to explore the complex relationships among food safety, sufficiency, and security on a global and U.S. basis. This Special Publication contains the proceedings of the conference as well as a general summary of challenges and solutions for the future. Conference Chair: Lester M. Crawford, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., SP21, ISBN 1-887383-13-1, June 1998, 78 pp., $26.00. Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.

Task Force Reports - R132 - April 1998

Many biologically derived substances exhibit antimicrobial properties in the foods in which they normally are found or may be developed for commercial use as additives to other foods requiring preservation. Chair: John N. Sofos, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. R132, ISBN 1-887383-12-3, April 1998, 103 pp., $28.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Issue Papers - IP 8 - November 1997

The scientific evidence does not support restrictions in the consumption of salted, smoked, or nitrite-preserved foods by the U.S. population. Chair: Michael W. Pariza, Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison. IP8, November 1997, 8 pp., FREE . Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Task Force Reports - R131 - October 1997

Foods derived from animals contribute significantly to total nutrients in the U.S. food supply. Moreover, the availability to humans of the nutrients in animal products is high. Chair: Donald C. Beitz, Iowa State University, Ames. R131, ISBN 1-887383-11-5, October 1997, 56 pp., $24.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R130 - September 1997

Concern for the welfare of farm animals is mounting in the United States. Although many of the issues of agricultural animal welfare probably will be resolved politically, the CAST task force recommends that scientists become involved in clarifying the issue. Chair: Stanley E. Curtis, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. R130, ISBN 1-887383-10-7, September 1997, 34 pp., $16.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R129 - December 1996

Approximately 262 million acres of public land in the western United States are grazed by domestic livestock. This report discusses and provides scientific information concerning livestock grazing on public lands in the West. Chair: William A. Laycock, University of Wyoming, Laramie. R129, ISBN 1-887383-09-3, December 1996, 70 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R128 - November 1996

A broad spectrum of integrated manure management systems are available to collect, transfer, store, treat, and efficiently utilize a great variety of sources and nutrient qualities of animal manures. Cochairs: Alan L. Sutton, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and James F. Power, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Lincoln, Nebraska. R128, ISBN 1-887383-08-5, November 1996, 87 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R127 - August 1996

Farmers irrigating in the western United States face a host of changing circumstances that will require innovations and new adaptations to ensure continued prosperity. Chair: Henry J. Vaux, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California. R127, ISBN 1-887383-07-7, August 1996, 76 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Issue Papers - IP 7 - April 1996

Foodborne bacteria cause as many as 9,000 deaths in the United States annually; yet scientifically proven safe, low doses of pasteurizing radiation can kill over 99% of most foodborne bacteria. Radiation pasteurization safely controls foodborne pathogens on beef, pork, lamb, and seafood. Long-term animal feeding studies have demonstrated that radiation pasteurized or sterilized foods are safe and nutritious for humans.The process has been endorsed by the U.S. FDA, the USDA, the World Health Organization, the health authorities of 40 countries, and many other associations.Cochairs: Donald W. Thayer, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, and Edward S. Josephson, University of Rhode Island, West Kingston. IP7, April 1996, 10 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).