Monday links

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Animal Science

States killing the most animals for food – USA Today
The United States consumes the most meat per capita of any nation in the world. As of 2009, Americans consumed an average of 265 pounds of meat per person annually, dwarfing the global average of 92 pounds per person.

New California Water Restrictions’ Impact on Horses – The Horse
New California water restrictions are intended to help battle persistent drought conditions in that state, but some say the new restrictions shouldn’t have much of an impact on drought-weary horse owners residing there.

Food Safety

Preventative Measures Against Food Fraud – Food Quality and Safety
Food fraud is the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging for economic gain and it is a growing problem in the U.S. Although it has been around for thousands of years, it has only recently gained academic and regulatory interest.

As Online Sales of Breast Milk Rise, Experts Warn of Dangers – Food Safety News
With information abounding on the health benefits of breast milk for infants, a growing number of under-producing mothers are eschewing formula and instead turning to online marketplaces to buy breast milk directly from other moms. Business may be booming for sellers, but experts are loudly warning that the risks far outweigh the benefits.


Shipping Great Lakes water? That’s California dreaming – Detroit Free Press
Amid rising water supply crises, could the parched American Southwest ever get its hands on the world’s most abundant and valuable liquid fresh water supply — our Great Lakes?

Consumers buying more organic products despite high prices – Associated Press
The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn’t seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11% last year, an industry report says.


Oxycodone-related deaths drop 25% after implementation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – News Medical
Oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25% after Florida implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in late 2011 as part of its response to the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. The drop in fatalities could stem from the number of health care providers who used the program’s database to monitor controlled substance prescriptions.

Scientists Explain Why We Can’t Resist Puppy Dog Eyes – IFLScience
Oxytocin, or the love hormone, helps reinforce the bond between a parent and a child. And now, researchers working with man’s best friend reveal that dogs have tapped into—or hijacked, some might say—this same instinctual bonding mechanism.

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