Monday links

familywithfoodDon’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

USDA offers advice for holiday food safety – FOX
While Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The USDA is encouraging people to keep their holiday season healthy.

Donating to a food drive? Keep quality, food safety in mind – LaCrosse Tribune
This is the time of year when local community groups often host food drives to fill local food pantry shelves. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of the food donations you make.

Agriculture

Tastier Winter Tomatoes, Thanks To A Boom In Greenhouse Growing – NPR
It may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato — especially if you happen to live in a cold climate. But increasingly, farmers from West Virginia to Maine and through the Midwest are going indoors to produce tomatoes and other veggies in demand during the winter months.

It Can Take More Than 10 Years of Work to Get a Christmas Tree Ready for Market – Smithsonian
Helicopters can speed along the harvest, however.

Animal Science

‘Miracle’ cow survives being carried 15 miles in flood – CNN
When an entire herd of dairy cattle was swept away by violent floods in northeast England, the cows were later found in various nearby towns, farms and fields along the River Eden — including one who ended up on a putting green at a golf course… 15 miles away.

Alternatives to antibiotics to keep food animals healthy – Drovers Cattle Network
In response to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance, veterinarians and producers are moving toward more judicious antibiotic use in food animals, while keeping them healthy and ensuring that our food supply remains safe.

Toxicology

Experiment looks at effect of pharmaceuticals on fish – MPR News
An experiment that started last month in St. Cloud State University’s Aquatic Toxicology Lab expands upon 2012 studies that determined fish might be affected by pharmaceuticals entering rivers and lakes through waste water treatment plant effluents.

Offbeat

America’s favorite science teacher Bill Nye explains how your dreams work – Upworthy
When you turn off your alarm clock in the morning, your day is just beginning. You’re groggy. You’re tired. You hit snooze like a million times (if you’re me). But you’re awake. Your brain, on the other hand, never went to sleep. It was busy working the overnight shift.

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