Monday links

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Food Safety

New Study Reveals Antioxidants for Meat Preservation –The Pig Site
Recently food manufacturers have moved towards using natural antioxidants such as plant extracts, herbs, spices and essential oils, instead of synthetic ones, in order to meet consumer demand for more natural products.

Researchers Seek Ways to Keep Pathogens, Pests from Traveling with Grain – Quality Assurance Magazine
A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member says new research can help grain handlers and grain inspectors find key locations for pathogens and pests along rail routes in the United States and Australia.

Agriculture

USDA grant will help beginning farmers – Farmland Trust
A new grant awarded to American Farmland Trust will jump start a nationwide Farmland for the Next Generation initiative to help beginning farmers and ranchers secure land and succeed in agriculture.

California’s Vineyards Pressed To Turn Less Water Into Wine –National Public Radio
This winery is experimenting with various methods to conserve water and the hope is that commercial wineries will follow suit.

Animal Science

High Starch Diets’ Effects on Stress Response in Horses – The Horse
Horses and high-starch diets generally don’t mix well. Not only has this type of diet been shown to disturb the composition and activity of the gut microbiota, increasing a horse’s risk of colic, but it might also affect behavior, according to the results of a recent study.

New science-based dog breeding standards to enter testing phase – Phys.org
Science-based standards developed for the care and well-being of dogs bred commercially will soon go through pilot testing among breeders as part of a two-year Purdue University research project.

Toxicology

Dietary supplements send more than 23,000 people to the ER each year – The Washington Post
Multivitamins, diet pills and energy boosters may not be the harmless substances you think they are.

Offbeat

Watch Koko the Gorilla Meet Her New Pet Kittens – Mental Floss
Koko turned 44 this year and for her birthday, she picked out two new pets from a litter of kittens. The result, which Koko’s caretakers posted just this week, was as cute as you might expect.

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