Monday links

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

Animal Science

Size matters – Drover’s Cattle Network
According to a study by Kansas State University, not all corn is created equal when it comes to how particle size affects feedlot cattle’s ability to digest corn and use it for energy and growth.

FDA releases biannual progress report on judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals – Bovine Veterinarian
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its second progress report on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals.

Food Safety

How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic – NPR
When it comes to organic certification, food producers must follow strict guidelines and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish. Several consumer groups, though, say the recommended rules don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.

Ebola Virus Disease: Important Aspects for the Food Science and Technology Community – Food Safety Magazine
Ebola is regarded as a foodborne disease in those countries with bush meat traditions. It is important that the risk of wildlife-to-human transmission from contact with infected fruit bats or non-human primates and/or consumption of their raw or undercooked meat is reduced.

Agriculture

Fighting Crime on the Farm – AgWeb
Sadly, crimes perpetuated against farmers and farm animals is nothing new. It’s also way more prevalent than you might imagine.

The Future Of Agriculture? Smart Farming – Forbes
The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050. One way is using sensing technology to make farms more “intelligent” and more connected through the so-called “precision agriculture” also known as “smart farming”.

Toxicology

New study finds that a fetus exposed to tobacco smoke faces diabetes risk in adulthood – News Medical
A fetus exposed to tobacco smoke may be at increased risk for diabetes in adulthood, a new study of adult daughters finds.

Offbeat

Why Science Supports the Fist Bump – Discover
A fist bump might not be as professional as a handshake, but at least it’s cleaner.

 

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