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Task Force Reports - R135 - July 1999

A task force of 13 scientists discusses projected demand for human food and the importance of animal agriculture in meeting these needs. Chair: Eric Bradford, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. R135, ISBN 1-887383-17-4, July 1999, 92 pp., $30.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.

Task Force Reports - R134 - June 1999

A CAST task force of 6 scientists provides recommendations to help better understand all aspects of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the world, and to decrease the Gulf hypoxic zone. Chair: John A. Downing, Department of Animal Ecology, Iowa State University, Ames. R134, ISBN 1-887383-16-6, June 1999, 44 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.

Issue Papers - IP11 - March 1999

Scientists discuss the risks associated with sudden loss of pesticides due to the implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) and suggest possible solutions. Chair: Mark E. Whalon, Center for Integrated Plant Systems, Michigan State University, East Lansing. IP11, March 1999, 14 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Task Force Reports - R133 - February 1999
Scientists offer 27 recommendations for preserving the full range of biological diversity and state that stewardship of biodiversity is an unavoidable permanent obligation of modern society. Cochairs: G. David Tilman, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and Donald N. Duvick, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames. R133, ISBN 1-887383-15-8, February 1999, 33 pp., $15.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.
Special Publications - SP22 - October 1998

Scientists offer 18 recommendations as a platform to focus and stimulate efforts toward food safety improvements. Cochairs: Peggy Foegeding, Department of Food Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and Tanya Roberts, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Food and Rural Economics Division, Washington, D.C. SP22, ISBN 1-887383-14-X, October 1998, 45 pp., $15.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.

Issue Papers - IP10 - October 1998

A panel of five members of the National Academy of Sciences formed by CAST examine the scientific merits of the Biotechnology Industry Organization response to the major conclusions reached by eleven professional scientific societies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate genes which make plants resistant to pests by means of genetic engineering under the same regulations developed for use of chemical pesticides applied to plants. Chair: Eugene Nester, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle. IP10, October 1998, 8 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

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).