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New Shellfish Toxicity Test Could Save Thousands of Mice

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A newly approved shellfish toxicity test is quickly becoming music to the ears of fishery laboratory personnel, as well as the tens of thousands of mice whose lives the new test aims to save each year. The new test  has been designed to replace the current industry-standard mouse bioassay toxicity test, which involves blending up… Continue Reading

Beef Research Money Tied to Record Low Cattle Population

America's cattle numbers are lower than ever, but safety research hangs on

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Beef lovers, you might want to make sure you’re sitting down. In 2013, the population of cattle in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the 1950s. It might not look like it from the line at the fast-food drive-through, but America’s herd size has actually been in decline since its peak in 1975, when… Continue Reading

Destruction of the Don: Dam Project Threatens Food Security on the Mekong

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Peering into the early morning mist created by thousands of tons of Mekong water collapsing from Laos into nearby Cambodia, I was surprised when a small black shape emerged. He looked as spindly and fragile as a botanical specimen. Inching across a barely perceptible cable across what is known as the Khone Falls (Khone Phapheng),… Continue Reading

Report: Problems Posed by Animal Agriculture Have Worsened in Recent Years

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In the past five years, policies by the Obama administration and Congress have worsened the problems that animal agriculture poses to public health, the environment and animal welfare, according to a new report by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. The new report, released Tuesday, serves as an update to a 2008 report… Continue Reading

New Power Plant Threatens Agriculture and Food Security in Bangladesh

Opinion

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The government of Bangladesh is advancing plans to install a coal-based thermal power plant in the area of Rampal in the Bagerhaat district. This project is only 10 kilometers away from the Sundarbans, an environmentally critical area, and threatens its very existence. The Rampal power plant will have hazardous impacts on agriculture and food security,… Continue Reading

Taking Aim at Microbes on Farm Good Strategy for Food Safety

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Just because you can’t see something with the naked eye doesn’t mean it isn’t there. While that statement certainly doesn’t qualify as rocket science, it is, nevertheless, an important message to heed when it comes to microscopic beings such as harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make animals and people sick. In a report,… Continue Reading

Colorado Addresses Food Safety After Severe Floods

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Colorado officials are working with farmers to address potential crop and soil contamination after severe flooding hit Northeastern Colorado last month. Their biggest challenge will likely be assessing flood-affected fields before replanting and analyzing affected water before fall irrigation. So far, state officials and others are confident that only safe products from the state will… Continue Reading

As California Begins Regulating Fracking, Agricultural Concerns Arise

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Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will enforce the nation’s toughest restrictions on hydraulic fracturing, a process through which oil and natural gas is extracted from rock deposits in the earth. The technique – commonly known as “fracking” – had not been regulated in the state until the signing… Continue Reading

New Study Ties Higher Rate of MRSA Infections to Living Near Swine Operations

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Pennsylvania residents living near pig farms or fields fertilized with pig manure were up to 38 percent more likely to acquire infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, according to a new study by researchers from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research. The… Continue Reading