Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Grazing horses on better pastures — American Society of Agronomy
When you picture a horse, you may imagine it grazing contentedly in a grassy pasture. Grazing lets horses move around naturally outdoors and socialize with other horses. Horses in less temperate zones may get some extra grazing. A new study shows warm-season annual grasses have good potential for use in horse pastures.

Food Safety:

A better way to wash apples — American Chemical Society
Polishing an apple with your shirt might remove some dust and dirt, but getting rid of pesticide residues could take a little more work. Researchers report that washing apples with a certain common household product could do the trick for residues on the surfaces of the fruit.

Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents — US Food and Drug Administration
Halloween is much beloved by children and adults alike. What could be more fun than trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, or costume parties? To make sure treats are safe for children, follow these simple steps.

Agriculture:

Robots and AI and drones, oh my — North Carolina State University
Tech-powered precision agriculture is a big part of how many growers are strategizing to survive in an increasingly competitive global market, where they’re expected to produce more food even as land is lost to urbanization and time is lost to paperwork.

If it looks like a pumpkin, call it a pumpkin — Associated Press
Look into the world of botanical classification and you find what most of us might call “pumpkins” actually fall into any of four different species. Each of these species also embraces one or more kinds of squashes.

Toxicology:

California’s opioid death rate is among the nation’s lowest. Experts aren’t sure why — Los Angeles Times
Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The drugs now kill more people each year than car crashes. But in California, the opioid crisis, though still bleak, has been less severe.

Offbeat:

5-year-old Dresses Up to Help Homeless Cats — BoredPanda
We all need a hero, and cats, especially street cats, are no exception. Enter 5-year-old Shon Griffin from Philadelphia. “We call him Catman,” said his aunt.

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