Task Force Reports

Task Force Reports - R122 - 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. R122, September 1994, 87 pp.

Task Force Reports - R121 - 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. Author: Paul E. Waggoner, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven. R121, February 1994, 64 pp., $15.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R120 - December 1992

This report discusses modern agriculture's impacts on the environment, especially surface and ground water. This report increases the understanding of the science, risks, benefits, and realities of agricultural production and water quality protection. Chair: Frank J. Humenik, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. R120, December 1992, 103 pp. OUT OF PRINT, Available as download only.

Task Force Reports - R119 - June 1992

Covers all aspects of the subject, emphasizing adaptation to changes, emission of greenhouse gases, the impact of climate change. Chair: Paul Waggoner, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven. R119, June 1992, 96 pp., $15.00; Interpretive Summary, 6 pp., free.

Task Force Reports - R118 - December 1991

This CAST report supports dietary recommendations to decrease food fat consumption from the present national average of 37% to less than 30% of the total caloric intake. The agricultural and food industries are responding by redesigning fresh and processed foods so that consumers can more readily meet these recommendations. Chair: Donald C. Beitz, Iowa State University, Ames. R118, December 1991, 96 pp. OUT OF PRINT, Available as download only.

Task Force Reports - R117 - September 1990

Addresses the ecological implications of several programs established in the 1985 Food Security Act, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Sodbuster, Swampbuster, Conservation Compliance, and Acreage Reduction Program (ARP). The authors include persons with expertise in many disciplines. Chair: John R. Abernathy, Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, Lubbock. R117, September 1990, 28 pp., $6.00.

Task Force Reports - R116 - December 1989

This report stresses the importance of the economic and health risks of naturally occurring fungal toxins known as mycotoxins. These diverse toxins potentially occur in foods and feeds and can cause a wide range of injury when consumed by humans and animals. Contents: Animal health, human health, occurrence, economic impacts, control and management, and research needs. Chairs: John L. Richard, USDA, ARS, and Richard J. Cole, USDA ARS. R116, December 1989, 99 pp. OUT OF PRINT, Available as download only.

Task Force Reports - R115 - June 1989

NOTE:A number of years ago, CAST published two reports dealing with the irradiation of foods:Report 109, July 1986 and Report 115, June 1989.The Food Science and Agricultural Technology Work Group of the CAST Board of Directors believes that these documents contain a great deal of useful information that is not found easily elsewhere.Therefore, they have recommended that these reports be made available through the CAST website.Readers should be cautious, however, in using information that is obviously dated.Food irradiation can eliminate disease-causing bacterias. High doses produce sterile meat products that can be stored at room temperature in sealed containers without spoilage. Cochairs: Edward S. Josephson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and Eugen Wierbicki (deceased), USDA, ARS. R115, June 1989, 98 pp. OUT OF PRINT, Available as download only.

Task Force Reports - R113 - June 1988

This report provides a comprehensive description of irrigation in the U.S. and basic principles of irrigation management, addressing many significant problems with the use of water in irrigated agriculture. Chair: Marvin E. Jensen, Colorado Institute for Irrigation Management, Fort Collins. R113, June 1988, 64 pp., $5.00.

Task Force Reports - R114 - June 1988

What is the future of American agriculture? This report examines the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of the agricultural sector. Chair: Luther G. Tweeten, The Ohio State University, Columbus. R114, June 1988, 48 pp., $4.00.