Monday links

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Food Safety

White House rejects petitions for mandatory GE labeling – Feedstuffs
The Food and Drug Administration rejected petitions to the White House for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms. The move was welcomed by agricultural groups who said it allows science to dictate what is on consumer packaging.

Food safety tips for Thanksgiving leftovers – WTOP
A lot of thought goes into the Thanksgiving meal — from how to cook the turkey to who will make the pies. But when it is all over a new challenge presents itself: what to do with all the leftovers.

Agriculture

The second ‘Golden Age of Agriculture’ – Journal Advocate
Looking back on the recent run of high commodity prices, many agriculturalists have determined that the time period of 2007-2014 marked the “Second Golden Age of Agriculture.” As with the first age, the second saw high commodity prices relative to costs and increasing farmland values (138% increase from 2004-2014).

Japan’s farming crisis worsens as one in five workers abandoned roots in past five years – Japan Times
Government figures show a sharp and continuous fall-off in the number of farmers over the past five years that potentially threatens the landscape as its stewards leave the sector and are not replaced.

Animal Science

USDA Plans to Begin Catfish Inspections in March 2016 – Food Safety News
Long-awaited U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections, mandated by Farm Bills since 2008, will begin next March, according to a final rule establishing an inspection program for fish in the order Siluriformes, including catfish.

Top Winter Hoof Care Tips – The Horse
Despite the fact that horse owners across the country might be willing it away, winter will be here before we know it. That means it’s time to start planning and preparing for cold and snow. And during planning, it’s important to remember the structures that will stand between your horse and the snowy and icy ground: its hooves.

Toxicology

Women drink almost as much as men, study finds – Medical News Today
Women may be just as likely as men to be feeling the aftereffects of too much alcohol over Thanksgiving; a new study from the National Institutes of Health finds that, while men still drink more than women, the gap is closing.

Offbeat

This Image Can Trick Your Brain And Make You See It In Color – IFL Science
Perception is a fickle thing. As good as our senses are at keeping us alive, they can often mislead and deceive us. Here’s a great example of that which you can try at home, featured in the new BBC Four series, Color: The Spectrum of Science.

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