Monday links

Acorns_blogAfter your holiday weekend it’s time to catch up on the latest news and information in the food safety, animal science and agriculture industries with Monday links!

Animal Science

Ranchers need to be alert for acorn poisoning in cattle – Drovers
Autumn’s generous acorn crop may be great for deer, but could be deadly for cattle, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

European Pig Farmers Urged to Prepare for Winter –The Pig Site
As the chilly temperatures spread across Europe, pig producers are urged to be vigilant with regard to biosecurity during the cold winter months in order to keep disease at bay.

Food Safety

FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling for Restaurants, Vending Machines – Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has finalized its two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations.

New App Shows Health Inspection Records for Nearby Restaurants – Food Safety News
As a trained chef, Matthew Eierman doesn’t have a lot of forgiveness for health inspection violations at restaurants. As a diner, he’d prefer to avoid establishments with poor health records and that is why he and his colleagues released an iPhone app that shows health inspection scores for restaurants and other food establishments on a map.

Agriculture

Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth – Food and Agriculture Organization (infographic)
Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector.  Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development.

Toxicology

Hype Around Cannabis As A Treatment For Cancer Is Undeserved – IFL Science
Cannabis has long been touted as containing chemicals that might work against cancer. A recent study suggested that two chemicals found in cannabis, could act on an aggressive brain tumor called glioma, where only 10% of people live for five years after diagnosis.

Offbeat

Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate – NPR
Many people dream of understanding what their dogs are thinking and feeling. Technology even lets us strap a camera on a dog’s head to see what it sees. Soon, we may be able to talk to our dogs — but not exactly with our voices.

You Can Now Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online – Time
Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

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