USDA examines a world without farm animals

Imagine a world where farmers didn’t raise animals. No cows in the pasture or pigs in their pens. No chickens laying eggs or sheep being sheared. What kind of effect would it have on society? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Virginia Tech set out to answer this question with a recent investigation.

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India’s answer to climate change: Cows that belch less

India is home to more than 280 million cows and 200 million more ruminant animals like sheep, goats, yaks and buffalo. According to analysis of satellite data, all those digestive tracts send about 13 million tons of methane into the atmosphere every year — one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

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Drones help farmers deal with natural disasters

In an effort to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change, floods and typhoons on food security, the government of the Philippines and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have started using unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands are most at risk from natural disasters and to quickly assess […]

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Food Safety

The Modern Farmer Guide to Grocery Store Eggs – Modern Farmer Cage-free. All natural. No antibiotics. What’s the difference? Egg cartons today boast a myriad of attention-grabbing yet ill-defined phrases. […]

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Animal Science

New Bird Flu Strain Found at More Indiana Farms – ABC News A new type of bird flu found at one Indiana poultry farm has been found at nine others, […]

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Food Safety

Lingering Food Safety Regulatory Issues For China In 2016 – Forbes As 2016 begins, and China continues implementing its revised Food Safety Law, two features of food safety regulation and their […]

Climate change spells trouble for some fish populations

It’s no secret there’s a lot of weird stuff going on in the oceans right now. For example, there is a monster El Nino looming in the Pacific, ocean acidification is causing stress among oyster lovers, migrating fish populations have caused tensions between countries over fishing rights, and fishermen say they’re seeing unusual patterns in […]

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Agriculture

Research into water-saving pineapple that may help feed the world – Dallas Morning News Pineapples are yummy in fruit salads, piña coladas and stir fries. In agricultural circles, they’re renowned water misers […]

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Agriculture

Researchers uncover new genetic markers for wheat improvement –Kansas State University Wheat scientists have completed the first study of a chromosome in a tertiary gene pool and have called it a breakthrough […]

Study of U.S. farm data shows loss of crop diversity

U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago a study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found. This could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve and less crop diversity impacts the general ecosystem.

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