Published on 12/20/01

2001 in Review: Food

Whoa! Don't Spit Out Muscadine Seeds (January 10, 2001) - About the only things green on Jacob Paulk's 400-acre Irwin County vineyard are weeds and a new idea. Paulk puts ground-up muscadine grape seeds into capsules.

Food Price Increases Hold Steady for 2001 (January 24, 2001) - The Consumer Price Index for all food increased 2.3 percent in 2000 and should rise about the same amount in 2001, say University of Georgia experts. After near-record growth last year, beef and pork price increases are expected to slow. Other food items should see only small increases.

What Do You Get When You Cross a Peanut and a Chip? (January 31, 2001) - A University of Georgia researcher has found a way to combine two of the most recognizable figures of the snack world into one tasty treat. And chances are, you can't eat just one.

Clamshell Grills Cook Fast, Safe Meats (February 15, 2001) - Add "cooking safer foods" to the lists of reasons to buy a clam-style indoor electric grill. University of Georgia food scientists say their research shows they kill harmful pathogens.

Mad Cow Madness: More Fright Than Might (February 7, 2001) - A frightening report of "mad cow disease" dangers has reared its ugly head again. This time, the feared carrier is candy.

Scientists Use Bacteria to Stop E. Coli (February 23, 2001) - University of Georgia researchers are confident they've found a way to dramatically reduce E. coli, one of the nation's deadliest food-borne pathogens, where it starts.

Digital Image Helps Identify Poisonous Mushroom (August 7, 2001) - When one of Patton Smith's patients ate a poisonous mushroom, the Monroe County doctor was faced with a dilemma: How could he treat the patient when he wasn't sure what kind of mushroom he ate? The University of Georgia's Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging system was able to assist the doctor by quickly identifying the mushroom.

New Appliance to Keep Produce Fresh Longer (August 22, 2001) - You spend extra time at the supermarket selecting the perfect apples, pears, tomatoes and lettuce only to throw half of them away a few days later. But soon you'll be able to prolong the life of your produce with the help of the controlled-environment pantry.

Chocolate Class Entices Students to Learn (September 11, 2001) - A new college student may be a little leery of signing up for a biology or accounting course. But what student wouldn't warm up to a class called Chocolate Science.

Second Wave of Biotech Products on Horizon (October 11, 2001) - Vaccine shots may soon be as comforting as eating mashed potatoes, as tasty as snacking on a banana or as refreshing as eating a salad.

Pecan Prices Likely Stable for Holidays (October 30, 2001) - The U.S. supply of pecans is expected to be large this year despite an expected downturn in imports. Though prices may vary, they shouldn't be much higher or lower for the holidays, says a University of Georgia expert.

Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.