Monday links

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

Food Safety

Food-Safety Rule Changes Could Help Farmers – Ag Alert
Recently released revisions to the proposed federal Food Safety Modernization Act contain significant changes that address many concerns expressed by farmers and ranchers since the original proposal was released for comment last year.

Animal Safety

New study reveals surprising details about ingredients in pet food – MLive
What’s in the food that our families eat is undoubtedly something that more of us are conscious of these days, and it’s not limited to the bipeds in the tribe: What goes into the mouths of our furry and feathered friends is of concern, too.

Agriculture

If we had to pay the bill to nature, what would food waste cost us? – Food and Agriculture
Each year, 30% of global food production is lost after harvest or wasted in shops, households and catering services. This represents 750 billion USD in terms of producer or farmgate prices, going up to almost a trillion U.S. dollars of trade value of food every year — half the GDP of Italy!

GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier – NPR
Genetically modified organisms are ancient, technologically speaking. Though some consumers may just be discovering that they’re in the food system (and getting riled up about  labeling them), farmers have had access to them since 1996. But there’s a new technology on the scene, adding a twist to the already complicated conversation about GMOs in our food: synthetic biology.

Toxicology

The FDA’s Slow-Roll on New Generic Drugs – National Review
Big Pharma backs a rule that would stifle competition from companies that make low-cost “biosimilars.”

Offbeat

Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow – Gadling
Forget crocodiles and snakes, the real animal threat in Australia is wild pigs. At least if you’re camping.

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