Publications

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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.

 
 
Comments from CAST - CC1989-2 - June 1989

Suspending subtherapeutic use of antibiotics would not eliminate the transfer of antibiotic-resistant intestinal bacteria from animals to humans. The main problem appears to be the disease-causing bacteria, not their resistance or nonresistance to one or more antibiotics. Authors: Virgil W. Hays, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and Charles A. Black, Iowa State University, Ames. CC1989-2, June 1989, 12 pp., $3.00.

 
 
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.

 
 
Comments from CAST - CC1989-1 - June 1989

This paper reviews the scientific literature on nitrates, concluding that there is inadequate evidence linking nitrate or nitrite ingestion to birth defects or to stomach cancer. Author: Charles A. Black, Iowa State University, Ames. CC1989-1, June 1989, 16 pp., $3.00.

 
 
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.

 
 
Task Force Reports - R109 - July 1986

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.The report discusses the appropriate uses of ionizing energy for the treatment of food products and draws conclusions based on available scientific evidence.Chairs: Edward S. Josephson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and Eugen Wierbicki (deceased), USDA, ARS. R109, July 1986, 50 pp., $10.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

 
 
Other Publications - January 1972

Dr. Borlaug was a lifelong promoter and advocate for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), beginning at its founding in 1972. He was the featured speaker at the CAST–Industry Conference, held in January 1973, at which CAST was introduced to the agribusiness community. His remarks at the conference—later published as CAST Paper #1—helped establish the new organization and set the tone for its mission and impact.

It is opportune today that the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology is being formed to bring back together, after many years of separation, the different disciplines of agricultural science into a body designed to affect overall policy of agricultural development….CAST therefore has both a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to present unbiased, scientific data on many of these issues to congressmen, policy makers, and the general public so that wise policy and legislation will be enacted. I have faith the correct decisions will be made if the facts are made known to the general public and to the national and state legislative leaders. [Excerpt from CAST Paper No. 1]