Monday links

Three HorsesDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

How do Horses Get Hurt During Transport? – The Horse
Do you worry about your horse getting injured in the trailer? If so, you’re probably not alone. But how often do these types of injuries occur? A group of Australian and New Zealand researchers recently evaluated injuries during private transport.

Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, say scientists – BBC
The idea that dogs are more intelligent than cats has been called into question as Japanese scientists say cats are as good as dogs at certain memory tests.

Food Safety

Canada’s Proposed Food Safety Rule: What It Means for You – Acheson Group
Published last month, the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) sounds very similar to the Food Safety Modernization Act. Read this article to find out what it means for importers.

China revises food, drug safety targets for 2020 – Reuters
China has revised 2020 regulatory targets for food and drug safety in a bid to crack down on illegal activity and lax regulation.

Agriculture

USDA sees declining production in major US crops – Agri Pulse
Farmers will harvest 14.065 billion bushels of corn this year, down 7% from a record 15.148 billion bushels estimated for the 2016 crop, USDA projected at its annual Outlook Forum. Soybean and wheat output is also expected to fall.

This Rooftop Farm Could Be the Future of Agriculture – NBC News
The future of farming may look like a rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s an unlikely spot for agriculture, but that’s the point.

Toxicology

25% of all overdoses are from heroin – CNN
America’s opioid epidemic continues: The latest numbers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, show that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. In 1999, just 6% of all overdoses were related to the drug.

Offbeat

A (Farm) Dog’s Purpose: New Study Follows Working Canines For a Year – Modern Farmer
A ground-breaking new research project in New Zealand hopes to learn more about lives of working farm dogs by tracking 150 canines for a year with electronic monitors.

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