Welcome to the Alliance for Food and Farming

U.S. farmers produce the safest, most abundant food supply in the world under the strictest government and consumer standards anywhere.

Here you will find information on a host of issues that often appear in the news and call into question the safety of the U.S. food supply. What is the real story? Who can you turn to for expert advice? The Alliance for Food and Farming answers those questions by providing insight into how U.S. farmers produce our nation's food supply, offering scientific information and facts on important food safety issues and supplying resources where you can learn more.

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What's New

  • 8/3/2012 - For More Information
    For Additional Information on:

    California Quality, Packing and Food Safety Standards
    Karen Ross, Secretary
    California Department of Food and Agriculture
    (916) 654-0433

    Microbial Pathogens, Food Safety Research
    Dr. Trevor Suslow, Extension Specialist
    University of California, Davis

    Cantaloupe Production in California, Cantaloupe Food Safety Standards
    Stephen Patricio, Chairman
    California Cantaloupe Advisory Board
    (559) 659-3025

    Regional Produce Industry Information
    Western Growers Association
    (949) 863-1000

    General Produce Industry Information
    Produce Marketing Association
    (302) 738-7100
  • 2/9/2012 - Canadian Report Finds Weakest Links in Food Safety Lie with Food Service and Households
    A recent report issued by the Conference Board of Canada for use in the development of its 2013 Canadian Food Strategy, has found very similar results to an Alliance for Food and Farming report issued in 2010.

    The Canadian report demonstrates the vast majority of foodborne illnesses are associated with mistakes in the final preparation and handling of food products. According to principal research associate Daniel Munro, "It is commonly assumed that farms and food processing companies hold the most responsibility for ensuring safe food, and their role is critical. But most food-borne illnesses are associated with the preparation and storage practices of restaurants, food service operations and consumers themselves."

    The Alliance report, which focuses solely on foodborne illness outbreaks associated with produce, found very similar statistics and,like its Canadian counterpart, stresses that while food safety begins on the farm, everyone throughout the food chain shares a responsibility,

    Read both reports here:
    Improving Food Safety in Canada: Toward a More Risk Responsive System
    Analysis of Produce Related Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
  • 9/14/2011 - Apple Juice and Arsenic: FDA Says Dr. Oz Show Report is Irresponsible
    Despite a strong warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Dr. Oz Show has aired a new report sensationalizing the alleged dangers of arsenic in fruit juice. According to Dr. Don Link, senior science advisor with the FDA, tests results cited on the Dr. Oz Show "do not indicate apple juice has unsafe amounts of arsenic." Click above to see the entire FDA response. For more information, please also see this FDA fact sheet.
  • 9/13/2011 - Pesticide Use Trends in California Agriculture
    A new report examining pesticide use trends in California provides clear indication that farmers are reducing their use of older, more stringently regulated pesticides in exchange for newer, environmentally-friendly methods to control pests. The report, issued by the Alliance for Food and Farming, analyzes California Department of Pesticide Regulations Pesticide Use Report data, which shows that application of older, broad-based pesticides has declined 66 percent over the past 12 years.

    Click above to view the full report authored by Jim Wells of Environmental Solutions Group and former Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
  • 6/30/2011 - Safe Food Families Campaign
    A great campaign is now running to teach consumers what they can do to prevent foodborne illnesses. An Alliance for Food and Farming analysis of the US Centers for Disease Control database shows that just 2 percent of all foodborne illness outbreaks can be traced to a produce farm or processing facility, while 10 percent were associated with produce contaminated after leaving the farm. Because many produce items are eaten in a raw state, it is very important to practice good handling. The new campaign can be found at www.foodsafety.gov and includes some excellent information and a series of television ads. Our favorite is the one focusing on the need to SEPARATE foods -- particularly being careful not to let raw meat come in contact with produce -- as cross contamination is one of the primary means that produce can make people sick. Take a look at the campaign and pass it on others.
  • 6/13/2011 - Alliance Responds to Dirty Dozen List Release
    Once again the Environmental Working Group has issued its "dirty dozen" list which a panel of scientists and even the EWG itself say is not based on risk. To see for yourself just how low pesticide residues that may be present on your food really are, please check out the new pesticide residue calculator at www.safefruitsandveggies.com.
  • 6/8/2011 - How Safe it Half My Plate?
    Conflicting media reports about fruit and vegetable "super foods" mixed with dirty produce lists and emerging foodborne illness outbreaks may have consumers wondering just how safe their food really is. With the new USDA recommendation to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, the Alliance for Food and Farming wanted to assure consumers that fruits and vegetables are not only the healthiest food on your plate, but they are also the safest. Click on the title above to download a copy of the recent press release issued on this topic. For more information, please look around this site, or visit our sister site at www.safefruitsandveggies.com
  • 5/25/2011 - USDA Releases 2009 Pesticide Data Program Annual Report
    The United States Department of Agriculture has posted data from its 2009 Pesticide Data Program which monitors pesticide residues in food. The report is long and somewhat cumbersome, but shows that only 0.3 percent of the samples tested have residues that exceed safety limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the stringent system for regulating pesticides in the United States. The findings are similar to recent years and clearly show the safety of food sold in the U.S. when it comes to pesticide residues. To help put the issue into perspective for consumers who may be concerned about consuming fruits and vegetables because of pesticide residues, the Alliance for Food and Farming reached out to Dr. Robert Krieger, a toxicologist from the University of California, Riverside. Working with Dr. Krieger, the Alliance has created a Pesticide Residue Calculator which demonstrates how small the pesticides residues found on fruits and vegetables really are by calculating the huge number of servings that can be eaten without any health effects at all. Government agencies also remind consumers that washing fruits and vegetables before eating is a healthy practice.
  • 4/25/2011 - Alliance Responds to Report on Pesticides and Lower IQ
    The Alliance for Food and Farming and our members take seriously any report on the safety of pesticide use. For this reason, we reached out to experts in toxicology and risk assessment for input on a study by the University of California Berkeley on Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-year-old Children. Attached is information in response to that study. It is important to remember that there is no conclusion about how people in these studies were exposed to pesticides and the authors of the study themselves urge pregnant women not to discontinue their consumption of fruits and vegetables. For more information on the safety of pesticide residues on food, please visit SafeFruitsandVeggies.com