Washington State University

In 2011, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Oregon killed one person and sickened more than a dozen people. The outbreak was eventually traced back to organic strawberries grown at an Oregon farm, but how E. coli had managed to contaminate the strawberries remained a mystery for some time afterward. Eventually, state health officials…

Washington State University will develop and run a $1 million pilot project to create vegetable gardens at 70 elementary schools in four states, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday.

The People’s Garden School Pilot Program will benefit an estimated 2,800 students attending schools in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas and serve …

In the negative drum roll about animal agriculture’s role in antibiotic resistance, the Washington State Dairy Federation’s commitment to promoting the judicious use of antibiotics offers a bright note of forward progress.

In an antibiotic stewardship project begun in 1999, the federation joined forces with the Pierce County Antibiotic Resistance Taskforce to evaluate the use…

Pesticides–all the insecticides, weed killers and fertilizers spread on yards and farms–aren’t the only problem contributing to the decline of the wild Pacific salmon.

It’s the people who carelessly (or unknowingly) overuse these chemicals, says Prof. John Stark, an ecotoxicologist at Washington State University who specializes in risk assessment of threatened and endangered species.

Stark, …

Washington State University researchers say they’ve found that organically grown strawberries are more nutritious, flavorful and have a longer shelf life than conventionally grown strawberries.  They also leave soil healthier.

John Reganold, WSU professor of soil science, authored the strawberry study, which was published by the Public Library of Science in its online journal, PLoS …

Seattle attorney William Marler gave a speech last Wednesday regarding foodborne illness law as a part of the Washington State University Common Reading Program.

The Common Reading Program chooses a different book each year that freshmen are required to read, and then is incorporated into their general education classes. This year’s book was The …

This month Tom Besser, professor of veterinary microbiology at Washington State University, received $1 million from the Federal Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.  This money will be used to evaluate whether previous research done on stopping E. coli O157:H7 in cattle may be more effective once different strains of the disease are considered.

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Washington State University has developed a new technology that will allow food to look, taste, and be as nutritious as the original food but with a shelf-life of more than six months.

Juming Tang, a professor in the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering, led a team of industry, university, and U.S. military scientists to …