Monday links

Corn_Sweetcorn_resizedDon’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.


Why Farmers Aren’t Cheering This Year’s Monster Harvest – National Public Radio
U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But for many farmers, that may be too much of a good thing.

Grain corn plentiful in supply but also high in mycotoxin threat – Wisconsin State Farmer
Corn growers in the United States are gradually harvesting a crop predicted to set a record high yield of about 14.5 billion bushels but some of that corn will have a downside — the presence of mycotoxins that would be a threat to livestock health.

Food Safety

U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans – Food Safety Magazine
A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amount of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Stickers to show how food outlets fare in inspections – Khaleej Times
Diners in Dubai will soon be able to choose eateries that have passed food safety checks as the Dubai Municipality plans to put stickers indicating how food outlets fared in their inspections.

Animal Science

Breeders’ Cup to Employ National Medication Reforms – The Horse
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held for the first time under reforms included in the National Uniform Medication Program.

Finnish Study Finds Good Pig Welfare Brings Economic Benefits – The Pig Site
A new study from the University of Helsinki shows that improving animal welfare can have a beneficial impact on sow productivity through an increase in piglets born alive and a shorter farrowing interval.


Scientists Develop Drug to Replace Antibiotics – Time
Scientists have created the first antibiotic-free drug to treat bacterial infections in a major development in combating drug-resistance.


The science of autumn colors – The Week
What’s the story with all that red and gold? Biochemistry has the answer.

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