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

Animal Science:

Chickens prefer attractive people — National Geographic
Research shows that chickens can recognize and discern people based on their faces — and they apparently like beautiful humans, keying in on things like symmetry as a measure of attractiveness.

Shop around: Cattle eat more than hay — North Dakota State University
Managing feed resources is the biggest challenge when winter weather changes daily, and so do cattle feed needs. This year’s challenge for the cattle manager is finding the balance among winter demands, feed inventory and cattle inventory.

Food Safety:

Social media as a tool for food poisoning investigations — Food Quality & Safety
With blockchain systems and the Internet of Things gaining popularity, the internet as we know it, is slowly becoming both intuitive and predictive. In regards to social media, it is quickly becoming the tool of preference to investigate food poisoning outbreaks, foodborne diseases, and even food fraud—all from a remote location.

Manufacturers reveal food safety training challenges — Food Manufacture
A recent survey questioned food and drink manufacturers and processors worldwide to identify the needs, effectiveness and challenges of food safety training. More than 1,400 responses from 20 food industry sectors were recorded.

Agriculture:

What is gene editing and why should you care? — Agri-Pulse
Animal and plant breeders have powerful new tools with the potential to revolutionize agricultural practices and provide consumers with more healthy and safe food options. Their new toolbox is called gene editing, which allows the breeder to make changes at the DNA break points, and thus alter the organism’s genetic makeup.

Precision Ag could help feed hungry planet — University of Florida
As we begin 2018, there are more than 7.4 billion people on planet Earth. With so many people to feed, we’ll have to find ways to produce more nutritious food with fewer resources. Researchers say new technologies will help farmers grow the needed bumper crop and grow it more efficiently.

Toxicology:

Olympics: IOC steps up drug tests ahead of Winter Games, with special attention on Russian athletes
— The Straits Times
More than 14,000 anti-doping tests on more than 6,000 athletes have been conducted in the lead-up to the Winter Games next month. The tests represent a 70% increase on the same period in 2016. Russian athletes were particularly targeted, twice as much as those from any other country in November and December.

Offbeat:

Police in Canada ‘ticket’ car made of snow — WGME13
Police in Montreal had a good laugh after they were fooled by a car made entirely of snow. Montreal local Simon Laprise sculpted a life-sized model of the DeLorean DMC-12, the same car featured in the Back to the Future trilogy — “parking” the car in a snowplow zone.

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