Monday links

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Food Safety

Japan to help farmers obtain food safety certificates for 2020 Games – The Japan News
The government will boost efforts to help domestic farmers obtain food safety certificates needed for providing food to the Olympics and Paralympics, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games. The move is designed to highlight the attractions of Japanese food when the country is in the international spotlight.

Thousands Sign Petition for 16 Major Restaurants to Reduce Antibiotic Levels in Food – Fortune
Sixteen fast food chains that earned an ‘F’ in an outside assessment related to their misuse of medically important antibiotics each received a petition with 125,000 signatures today that was organized by consumer health and food safety groups.

Animal Science

Bird flu found in North Yorkshire backyard – The Guardian
Bird flu has been found in a small flock in a backyard in North Yorkshire, the UK’s chief veterinary officer said, warning that people who kept chickens and ducks in their gardens needed to be vigilant.

Cow facial recognition: It is really happening – Dairy Global
Just like humans, cows have their own set of unique facial features and these characteristics can now be read as usable data by technology to identify that specific animal.

Agriculture

Problems facing agriculture – Star Beacon
As we move into 2017, we all have questions about what the future may hold. Farmers are no exception to that question.

Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton – Science Daily
Researchers know that the variation in leaf shapes can mean big differences in a farmer’s bottom line. Now, a new discovery gives plant breeders key genetic information they need to develop crop varieties that make the most of these leaf-shape differences.

Toxicology

Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis – The New York Times
The opioid epidemic killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. Here are stories of the national affliction that has swept the country, from cities on the West Coast to bedroom communities in the Northeast.

Offbeat

A Simple Trick for Defrosting Your Windshield in Less Than 60 Seconds – Mental Floss
As beautiful as a winter snowfall can be, the white stuff is certainly not without its irritations—especially if you have to get into your car and go somewhere. As if shoveling a path to the driver’s door wasn’t enough, then you’ve got a frozen windshield with which to contend.

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