Monday links

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

Animal Science

The Equine DNA Roadmap – The Horse
The equine genome takes us on a journey from prehistoric times to a future of identifying and manipulating individual genes.

Outbreak: Bird flu epidemic is bad and getting worse – CNBC
The costly effects of a virulent H5 strain of avian influenza keeps getting worse. Layoffs have begun in the poultry industry as thousands more birds are being slaughtered.

Food Safety

Coffee, Tea, or Diarrhea? How to Handle Food on Flights – Food Safety News
Airplane food has been under scrutiny for food safety breaches. But even the best prepared food can become a vector of disease when it is consumed using contaminated hands.

FDA Suggests Reductions in Fluoride Added to Bottled Water – Food Safety and Quality
A new FDA recommendation advises reductions in the amount of fluoride added to bottled water and is based on the recent U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) update of its 1962 Drinking Water Standards.


These Charts Show Every Genetically Modified Food People Already Eat in the U.S. – Time
Since GMOs were approved for commercial use, and then first planted into U.S. soil in 1996, their production has increased dramatically. See all the GMOs you may already be eating.

U.S. Approves Drone for Spraying Crops – Wall Street Journal
A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the U.S., officials said recently.


Breaking the drinking glass ceiling –CNN
Whether quaffing artisanal cocktails at hipster bars or knocking back no-name beers on the couch, more Americans are drinking heavily – and engaging in episodes of binge-drinking, concludes a major study of alcohol use.


Watch: Cigarette Butts, World’s #1 Litter, Recycled as Park Benches – National Geographic
A growing movement targets cigarette waste as a solvable problem.

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