Publications

Whether you’re a policymaker, a member of the media, or just someone seeking well-researched, trusted, and non-partisan scientific information, CAST offers a wealth of publications on a wide range of agricultural science topics.

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Foodborne Pathogens: Risks and Consequences
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.

Labeling of Food-Plant Biotechnology Products
July, 1994

Review of scientific evidence in response to proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy for labeling of foods from new plant varieties.

Risks and Benefits of Selenium in Agriculture
June, 1994

Scientists found no evidence that supplemental selenium use for farm animals and poultry, including feedlot concentrations, was involved in any environmental problems.

Pesticides in Surface and Ground Water
April, 1994

Introduction; the issue; pesticide varieties, uses, and resulting pollution potential; relating concentrations in water resources to human and ecosystem risk; and risk mitigation.

Wetland Policy Issues
February, 1994

Definition of wetlands, functions and values, agricultural conflicts, socioeconomic issues, conservation concepts, conclusions.

How Much Land Can Ten Billion People Spare for Nature?
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.

Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children: Scientists’ Review
August, 1993

The five members of a CAST task force who reviewed the National Research Council (NRC) report agree that the report is a thorough, balanced, and objective summary of available information on the subject.

Admissible Scientific Evidence in Court
July, 1993

Concurs with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court related to guidelines for determining what scientific evidence is admissible in a court of law.

U.S. Agriculture and the North American Free Trade Agreement
July, 1993

The members of a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology task force believe many of the fears of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not well founded. There generally would be a gain to U.S. producers of grain, oilseeds, livestock, and possibly dairy, and losses for producers who compete with Mexican fruits and vegetables.

Water Quality: Agriculture’s Role
December, 1992

This report discusses modern agriculture’s impacts on the environment, especially surface and groundwater. This report increases the understanding of the science, risks, benefits, and realities of agricultural production and water quality protection.