Do a little light reading with the Monday links

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

Food safety

Groundbreaking study into peanut allergy – Food Standards Agency

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency is recruiting participants in a study that will look at the factors that affect peanut allergy.

Four main culprits found for serious childhood diarrhea – Nature

Four pathogens are responsible for most serious cases of diarrhea in children – E. coliShigellaCryptosporidium and rotavirus. Diarrhea is the second biggest killer of children globally.

Eat more bugs, they’re good for you! – The Social Silo

The United Nations recently released a report about the potential benefits of eating bugs as a way to combat global hunger. You can find it here.

E. coli outbreak reported in northeast Georgia – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Officials still are tracking the source of the outbreak.

Animal safety

USDA confirms porcine epidemic diarrhea virus – The Pig Site

The virus is not zoonotic and doesn’t affect food safety.

Egg and broiler prices to bounce back from bird flu – The Poultry Site

As the number of H7N9 avian flu cases continues to decline, the Chinese government has announced a subsidy to help get China’s poultry industry back on its feet.

Tips for guarding against heat stress in horses – The Horse

With high temperatures come increased risk of heat stress, which can be characterized by fast heart rate, rapid breathing and excessive sweating.

Flaxseed: The next superfood for cattle and beef? – NPR’s The Salt

Some ranchers are turning to flaxseed to improve their cattle’s diet and the omega-3 content of their meat.

Dog Bite Prevention Week –AVMA

May 19-25 marks Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a whole page with educational resources.


Why humans took up farming: They like to own stuff – NPR’s The Salt

New research indicates early farming and the development of the idea of private property are linked.

Cambridge-based scientists develop “superwheat” – BBC

By combining modern wheat with an ancient variety, scientists in the U.K. have raised wheat that is heartier and bigger than modern strains.

Farm equipment that runs on oats – The New York Times

This fascinating profile looks at one of 400,000 farms in the U.S. that still uses draft horses for work.

Michigan apple orchards blossom after a devastating year – NPR’s The Salt

After last year’s massive apple losses due to a spring frost, Michigan’s orchards are poised for a comeback.

U.S. corn crop seen reaching record even with slow planting – Bloomberg

Although rainy weather has slowed planting, the U.S. still is on track for a record year.

Plant diagnostics

U.K. tree expert issues “unknown” pest threat warning – BBC

After recent outbreaks of serious tree diseases in the U.K., a leading expert has warned the next big threat to trees may come from an unknown disease.

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