Monday links

Summer food, rose colored fish steak in a wine marinadeDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

Genetically Modified Salmon Approved for Sale in Canada – Food Safety Magazine
In Canada, genetically modified (GM) salmon has been approved for sale. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada, the GM salmon was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, an American biotechnology firm based in Massachusetts.

Software predicts when food suppliers cheat on ingredients –The Columbus Dispatch
In partnership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, new software has been developed to help companies catch fraud by figuring out which foods to test, and when. The program uses real-time data about a commodity’s price, the volatility of the region it comes from and the volume of the commodity being shipped around the world.

Animal Science    

Got Dairy? A Look at Dairy Consumption Trends – Ageconomists.com
I noticed the local grocery store recently remodeled. The most obvious change was increased real estate in the dairy sections, specifically cheese and yogurt. With all this attention on dairy I began wondering about consumer trends.

UN: Growing Environmental Threat From Animal-to-Man Diseases – NBC News
The most worrying environmental threats facing the world today range from the rise in diseases transmitted from animals to humans to the increasing accumulation of toxic chemicals in food crops as a result of drought and high temperatures, according to a U.N. report.

Agriculture

Helping Wisconsin farmers, one potato at a time – University of Wisconsin
The plant disease known as late blight of potato is infamous for its devastating effects on Ireland in the mid-19th century. This clever pathogen can spread like wildfire and evolve rapidly. The good news is, UW–Madison’s Plant Pathology Department is making great strides in the understanding, awareness and management of this disease.

Corn ‘dark matter’ discovery to speed plant breeding – Farm Futures
While digging through maize (corn) genes, geneticists at Cornell University and Florida State University uncovered what they call “dark matter” – 1% to 2% of the genome that turns genes on and off. These “switches” account for roughly half of observable corn traits and can substantially accelerate corn trait breeding.

Toxicology

Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them – The New York Times
While Americans are confronting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly for addictive painkillers, the reverse problem prevails in much of the world.

Offbeat

The World’s Longest Pizza Took 250 Chefs More Than Six Hours to Make – Smithsonian
No surprise, the record-holding pie was created in Naples, Italy.

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