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

Use of insects in animal feed seen as favorable by farmers, sector and consumers – PHYS.org
The attitudes towards the use of insects in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally favorable, recent scientific research shown.

Bird flu outbreak could set U.S. record – Drovers Cattle Network
The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa’s agriculture department said last week.

Food Safety

Revised Food Safety Law In China Signals Many Changes And Some Surprises – Forbes
On April 24, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPC) passed significant revisions to the Food Safety Law that have the potential to materially strengthen regulation of food companies in China.

Russia to completely ban import of GMO products – AllAboutFeed
Russia has adopted the first draft law which completely prohibits the import and cultivation of any agricultural products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Agriculture

Agriculture is thriving in bone-dry California, and that’s not a good thing – NPR
California’s severe drought shows no signs of easing and Governor Jerry Brown has imposed unprecedented water restrictions for both business and residential use across the state. That means the end is near for California’s water-hungry agriculture industry — right? Maybe not.

U.S. agriculture secretary calls on farmers to address climate change – MLive
The program, “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, consists of 10 aspects. Many of the changes are voluntary and come from the Farm Bill, signed into law last year. If farmers follow the suggestions, there are incentives such as grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance.

Toxicology

Increasingly Popular Synthetic Drug Behind Bizarre Crimes – Associated Press
One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

Offbeat

What Happens When You Taste Wasabi and Sriracha? – The Slate
Inside your tongue’s panicked, excited reaction.

 

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