Kick off August with the Monday links

August is starting off with a toxicology edition of the Monday links: looking at drug use and abuse, and a ban on tap water, around the world. Read on for more on that, plus need-to-know news in the food and animal safety and agriculture industries:

TOXICOLOGY

400,000 people in Toledo, Ohio warned not to drink tap water (CNN)

For the third straight day, residents in Ohio’s fourth-largest city are warned not to drink from the tap after tests from state and federal agencies alerted of too-high toxin levels. Tests are narrowing down the toxic water to two neighborhoods, but as a precaution, the mayor is banning drinking or using tap water in the entire city.

Dark net drugs adverts “double in less than a year” (BBC)

Despite the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation shutting down the original online illegal drug market, Silk Road, in 2013, statistics suggest that trade has actually increased.

So-called “legal high” users growing in Bristol (Bristol Post)

Using canisters of gas, more and more young people in the Bristol area of Britain are inhaling to get legal highs. Each canister contains nitrous oxide, perhaps more commonly known as laughing gas, and are sold legally as they are used with dispensers for propelling whipping cream. This “hippy crack” has been growing in popularity for the last five years.

 

FOOD INDUSTRY

What is making us fat: Eating too much or moving too little? (NPR)

Research from Stanford University’s School of Medicine explored health data to find how people have been eating differently—if at all—over the past two decades in order to determine the underlying cause of what might be making many overweight.

VIDEO: Bacon prices hit an all-time high (TODAY)

Why are bacon prices sky rocketing—nearly doubling in price over the past ten years? The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, also known as PEDv (learn about Neogen’s effective disinfectants for it here), coupled with a terrible drought across some of the United States.

 

ANIMAL SAFETY

Piglet survival affected by mother’s diet (The Pig Site)

Research in Denmark shows that the diet fed to sows at the end of their pregnancy affects the production of colostrums and its composition. The study from Aarhus University also says that milk yield and lactation do not appear to be influenced by nutrition during the same period.

 

AGRICULTURE

INFOGRAPHIC: The female face of farming (Food and Agriculture Organization)

Women are the backbone of the rural economy, the Food and Agriculture Organization says, which should prompt nations around the world into empowering women and investing in them.

 

OTHER ITEMS WE FOUND INTERESTING: COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Commonwealth games woes mount as athletes fail drug tests (BBC)

The 2014 Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 through August 3. But these athletic events were not without their drama, or their failed drug tests. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson says that the guidance on banned substances was clear, and the athletes should be held responsible for what they put in their bodies.

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