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

There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up – Grist
The farming technique known as push-pull — which involves planting grasses with special properties to protect crops — started out as a rudimentary defense against stem borer insects. But it just keeps getting more sophisticated.

Chinese economic downturn could hurt U.S. agriculture – Avalanche-Journal
Because China purchases so many imported agricultural goods when its economy is healthy, a not-so-healthy Chinese economy is bad news for the global market, Darren Hudson said.

Food Safety

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say – Food Safety News
Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg.

FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens – Yahoo
Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases.

Animal Science

How to Prevent Heat Stress in Outdoor Pig Herds – The Pig Site
Heat stress is caused when a pig’s body temperature rises above certain limits, and is a particular problem for outdoor-reared pigs, so what can producers do to help their animals stay cool?

Risk Factors for Epistaxis in Jump Racehorses Examined – The Horse
Preventing a horse health problem can go from challenging to nearly impossible if veterinarians don’t know why it develops or what makes a horse more or less likely to be affected. Take epistaxis (a fancy name for bleeding from the nose), for instance. Although this condition isn’t uncommon in racehorses, scientists still don’t fully understand why it develops.

Toxicology

Drinking water doesn’t prevent a hangover, study says – BBC
Raiding the fridge or downing glasses of water after a night of heavy drinking won’t improve your sore head the next day, Dutch research suggests. Instead, a study concluded, the only way to prevent a hangover is to drink less alcohol.

Offbeat

The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon – National Geographic
Ancient Hebrew texts and Egyptian tomb paintings reveal the origins of our favorite summertime fruit.

 

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