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.

Food Safety

Beyond drug-resistant bacteria – Journal of Environmental Quality
Manure management is serious business for a meat-hungry world. A single cow, depending on its size, can generate between 43 and 120 pounds of manure a day.  While cow manure can be a low-cost fertilizer for farmers’ crops it can also host antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

UK Businesses With Food Safety Violations Now Getting Mapped – Food Safety News
The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has come up with a response to all those who say that publishing restaurant inspections is just a “moment in time” report — it is mapping the entire rap sheet for businesses successfully prosecuted for any food standard, food hygiene or food safety-related violations.

Agriculture

New White House mitigation standard opens market opportunities for farmers and ranchers – Environmental Defense Fund
President Obama recently announced a plan to safeguard America’s land, water and wildlife by establishing a “no net loss” standard for mitigating impacts on natural resources and encouraging related private investment to deliver better outcomes for the environment.

What does “organic” actually mean? – Grist
The word “organic” has at least two distinct meanings. It arose as the name for a movement with a particular belief system. Later, it also became a formal regulatory label governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, most of us just want to know if organic means “better.”

Animal Science

American Pharoah Stud Fee Will Be $200,000 Per Live Foal – Bleacher Report
Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup winner American Pharoah’s stud fee has been set at $200,000 per live foal, meaning the 3-year-old colt could be worth up to $40 million during his first year away from the race track.

Farms hit with bird flu begin restocking – The Columbus Dispatch
Most commercial chicken and turkey farms that were infected by the bird flu have been cleared to restock, agriculture officials said on last week, but scientists will keep a close eye on migrating birds and test thousands to see whether the virus is present.

Toxicology

Endurance expert: Drugs could help ‘lazy’ people exercise – Science Daily
In what has been described as “doping for lazy people” an endurance expert advocates psychoactive drugs to encourage sedentary people to exercise.

Offbeat

Science Explains How To Make The Perfect Grilled Cheese –Delish
Not all curds are created equal.

 

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