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.

Agriculture

Report: Condition of North Carolina’s corn worst in nation – Triangle Business Journal
North Carolina’s corn crop is suffering under the worst conditions in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Crop Progress report. Experts think the poor yield this year may drive up the cost of meat production in the state.

How America’s Most Useless Crop Also Became Its Most Commonly Grown One – io9
Contrary to what you may think (and what your food labels may suggest) corn is not the most grown crop in America. The most grown crop is something no one is eating, no one is asking for, and no one is quite sure what to do with. It’s your lawn.

Food Safety

Food safety at the fair – WHIZ News
Keeping food up to standards at county fairs can give vendors a challenge and keep health inspectors busy this time of year. 

What does natural and sustainable pet food mean? – All About Feed
Many people believe that natural is healthy, making the adjective an effective marketing tool for pet food. The European Petfood Industry Federation (FEDIAF) states that natural pet foods should only contain components to which nothing has been added and have undergone only processing that maintains their natural composition.

Animal Science

U.S. expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu – High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.

Protein in cow diets: Not as simple as it seems – All About Feed
The efficiency with which protein is captured in milk by the dairy cow is staggeringly low. Optimizing the dairy cow’s use of dietary protein would decrease associated cost for producers and minimize the environmental impact of dairy farms.

Toxicology

Narcotic Drugs Can Be Coaxed From Yeast – New York Times
In a widely expected advance that has opened a fierce debate about “home-brewed heroin,” scientists at Stanford have created strains of yeast that can produce narcotic drugs.

Offbeat

The Barely Legal History of the Ice Cream Sundae – Yahoo
That seemingly-innocent ice cream sundae you’re enjoying on a hot summer day? It may have been invented to skirt the law.

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