Monday links

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

Agriculture

Researchers uncover new genetic markers for wheat improvement –Kansas State University
Wheat scientists have completed the first study of a chromosome in a tertiary gene pool and have called it a breakthrough in exploring wheat wild relatives for future crop improvement.

USDA and EPA Announce First-Ever Plan To Reduce Food Waste – Modern Farmer
Food waste is a huge problem in this country (and others). It’s a major contributor to landfills, to methane emissions, to climate change, and eventually to the budget of Americans. For the first time, a federal agency is creating a program to combat it.

Food Safety

LEDs Can Control Food Contamination without Chemicals – Food Safety Magazine
In what promises to be an alternative food preservation technology, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have proven their potential in killing foodborne pathogens, without the need for any chemicals.

EU has a ‘Tolerated’ Trade in Insects as a Protein Source – Food Safety Magazine
Earlier this year, Belgium’s Federal Agency for Safety of the Food Chain stated that insects for human consumption “appear to offer great potential” as an alternative protein source. Now the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is getting involved by studying the potential risks from production, processing, and consumption of insect protein.

Animal Science

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses – The Horse
As temperatures drop, horse owners should begin to make changes in their horse’s feeding program in preparation for winter. But what alterations are needed? Here are some points to consider when preparing to adjust a nutrition program for the colder weather.

California Adopts Strict Limits on Livestock Antibiotics – Wall Street Journal
California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth.

Toxicology

Extremely Active Rats Become Lazy when They Artificially Receive “Runners’ High” – University of Missouri
Research could lead to treatments for addicts who seek similar pleasure-center activation.

Offbeat

The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake – IFL Science
In a 1906 edition of the journal Nature, a mathematician explained the optimal, scientific way to cut a cake to ensure it doesn’t dry out. Now, a new video proposes a series of straight cuts across the entire cake so that no surfaces are exposed to the air for a prolonged period of time.

 

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