Monday links

Three HorsesLong weekend? 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

Researchers Study Horses’ Fearfulness and Learning Ability –The Horse
Researchers know that a horse’s personality traits can explain some of the differences we see in horses’ behavior and learning. Of these traits, fearfulness seems to be the most significant, and that, a French research team said, isn’t such a bad thing.

Consumer Trends: Trends in antibiotics – Drover’s Cattle Network
Between 2010 and 2030, the global consumption of antibiotics will increase by 67%, according to a new study. Chicken and pork production will be responsible for most of that increase.

Food Safety

Ask Well: Guidelines for When Food Goes Bad – New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate expiration dates except on baby formula. Many dates are there for the benefit of the store, not the consumer.

CDC: 181 People in 40 States Infected With Salmonella From Contact With Live Poultry – Food Safety News
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry.


Floods, Drought May Reduce World Wheat Production – The Progressive Farmer
Questions about what the world wheat harvest will be in 2015 are prominent going into the Northern Hemisphere midsummer. On an individual nation basis, issues may not mean disaster; but, taken in total, the global wheat pile may look a little smaller after everyone’s harvest.

A Farmer’s Best (Virtual) Friend – Modern Farmer
The new way for neophytes to download sage advice.


The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex – BBC
HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment — PrEP — be given to people so they avoid catching the disease?


Fingerprints Change Over the Course of a Person’s Life – Discover
Fingerprints may not be the permanent biological signatures we’ve built them up to be.

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