Chow Line: Sunscreen interferes with vitamin D (for the week of 5/4/08)
April 25, 2008 I know the body makes its own vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight, but I've heard that sunscreens prevent that from happening. Is that true? Yes, it is true. And experts offer conflicting guidance on the topic, depending on ...
Chow Line: Promising research on peanut allergies (for 4/5/09)
March 26, 2009 As a new mother, is there anything I can do to reduce the risk that my child will develop a peanut allergy? Should I avoid eating peanuts while breastfeeding? Right now, there's no evidence to suggest that anything you eat, either duri ...
Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Hypothetical Groundhog/Whistlepig Food-snarfing and/or Projectile-projecting (for the Week of March 23, 2008)
March 23, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: If, in fact, a Marmota monax could ingest and/or lob the secondary xylem of trees and shrubs, how much of the secondary xylem of trees and shrubs could a Marmota monax, in fact, ingest and/or lob? A. Ummm... what? Wait. No. Gi ...
Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Eating (Low-fat, High-carb) (Gag) Slugs (for the Week of May 11, 2008)
May 11, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: What eats slugs? Do you eat slugs? I don't eat slugs. A. Eating slugs? The thought makes most of the humans I know gag. But actually there are recipes. I found one, for instance, for, yum, slug fritters. And check this out ...
Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Food Trash and Climate Change, or Don't Flump Muffin Stumps in Dumps (for the Week of June 15, 2008)
June 13, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: Where do the burnt black French fries that I throw out at a restaurant go? A. Probably into a hole in the ground. Here's their trip, in a nutshell: The trash in the can gets dumped with a flump in the back end of a garbage ...
Ohio State Faculty Member Honored as Fellow of Food Systems Leadership Institute
February 20, 2009 COLUMBUS, Ohio-- An Ohio State University professor was one of 20 fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute honored at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in Chica ...
Resources for 2009 H1N1 Information
April 30, 2009 It can be hard to sort through all the information about the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak, also called the "swine flu." Here are some reliable resources from Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Developmen ...
Sept. 2 OSU Organic Farming Field Day: Grains, Vegetables, Eco Design
August 18, 2010 WOOSTER, Ohio — A free public program on Thursday, Sept. 2, will feature Ohio State University's latest research on organic farming. The Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program Field Day takes place from 1-5 ...
Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: 'Rik!' Sting! Yow! (for the Week of July 22, 2007)
July 19, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: You said some fish make sounds. Well, last night my dad took me fishing. I caught a bullhead catfish. And you know what it did? It made sounds! "Rik-rik-rik!" Like that! A. Bullhead catfish indeed can make sounds. And ...