Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Sky-high farms: Rooftop agriculture growing in popularity – CCTV America
Building farms on rooftops is now gaining momentum across China. It provides an alternative lifestyle for city dwellers, helping people unwind after a day’s work and learn something new.

Drought Monitor: Strong Rains for Upper Mississippi Valley, Gulf Coast – AG FAX
Weather conditions from around the nation are summarized, along with what they mean for various crops.

Food Safety 

New polymer coatings for food-contact surfaces resist microbes – Food Safety News
Special new coatings being investigated by researchers are more resistant to bacteria and other microbes than food-contact surfaces used today, according to a report on a recent symposium hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Experimental treatments seek to stem rising tide of food allergies – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Researchers have been attacking food allergies by exploring treatments that attempt to desensitize the immune system to an allergen, called immunotherapy.

Animal Science

New Insight on How Surfaces Impact Horses’ Limbs – The Horse
A few years ago, French researchers developed a dynamometric horseshoe—essentially, a pressure-sensitive shoe they hoped would provide useful information about how footing affects our horses’ health. And there’s good news from those researchers: The shoe has done just that.

Good Dog, Bad Food: Foods for People That Are Bad for Your Dog – FDA
If you consider the family dog, well, family—and are apt to toss him a piece of your food now and then—proceed with caution. Some foods meant for human consumption can be dangerous, and even deadly, to your dog.

Toxicology

Emergency Medicine: Synthetic drugs make testing, treatment difficult – Columbus Dispatch
K2, a synthetic drug, is advertised as a legal and safe alternative to marijuana. However, it not only has immediate side effects, but can impair treatment from a doctor because it may not always show up on drug tests.

Offbeat

Want to avoid malaria? Just wear a chicken – Discover Magazine
Are you worried about getting malaria? Well, according to this study, you might be able to avoid it by carrying a chicken everywhere you go.

 

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