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  • The EPA Doesn’t Know How to Deal With 300 Million Tons of Animal Poop

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

    Rene Miller grew up on a seven-acre slip of Duplin County, N.C., where her mother, Daisy, raised corn, chickens, and hogs. Now, what was a neighbor’s tobacco farm across the narrow two-lane road is a field where a giant sprinkler sprays waste from an industrial hog-raising operation onto whatever happens to be planted there—corn, hay, soybeans. The [...]

  • Research Model Shows Hazardous Antibiotic Levels in Environment

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

    GERMANY – Several antibiotics could be present in hazardous levels in the environment after manure spreading, new research from sustainability scientists at Leuphana University of Lueneburg shows.
    The researchers, led by Jakob Menz, devised a simple computational predicting procedure for region-specific environmental risks caused by veterinary antibiotics.
    This procedure makes use of utilisation patterns of antibiotics in animal [...]

  • Environmental laws pressurise Chinese pig industry

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

    The data were recently released by the Chinese Agriculture Department. Total amount of live pigs produced in professional pig slaughterhouses in June was 15,899,100 head.
    Shortage of live pigs
    The figures fit in a longer trend. Total pig numbers offered for slaughter have been low since January, which can be explained by a shortage of live pigs, causing pig prices [...]

  • How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production

    Friday, June 12th, 2015

    To achieve the balance of food and livestock production and their environmental impact, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has established a mechanism for assessing and establishing sustainable production practices. The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model, GLEAM, provides detailed data on animal numbers, production and emissions, a comprehensive life cycle assessment of [...]

  • Smithfield Foods tops table in water management report

    Thursday, May 14th, 2015

    Not-for profit organisation Ceres awarded Smithfield 33 out of a possible 100 points in four categories – governance andmanagement, direct operations, manufacturing supply chain, and agriculture supply chain – with the next meat industrycompetitor, JBS, gaining only 12 points. Hormel Foods Corp (3rd) scored 11, Perdue Farms Inc (4th) achieved nine points,Tyson Foods (5th) scored [...]

  • USDA Funding to Help Clean Waterways in Mississippi River Basin

    Friday, April 10th, 2015

    Targeted conservation work in the Mississippi River basin will unite the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers and local organizations to help clean waterways that flow into the nation’s largest river. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $10 million this year in 27 new high-priority watersheds and 13 existing projects that will [...]

  • Over 97% of Foods in EU Contain Pesticide Residues within Legal Limits

    Friday, March 13th, 2015

    More than 97% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) contain pesticide residue levels that fall within legal limits, with just under 55% of samples free of detectable traces of these chemicals. The findings are part of EFSA’s 2013 annual report on pesticide residues in food, which includes the results for [...]

  • At risk: The next generation of scientists

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

    Many young scientists, facing the decline in research funding, have been leaving the academic workforce, placing the future of science at risk, according to a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Ronald J. Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University. Not only has there been a decline in inflation-adjusted federal spending [...]

  • Should you Tweet about your research?

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

    If the answer to the above question is no, perhaps you should consider using social media as a mechanism to call greater attention to your work. In a recent article in Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, Emily Darling, David Shiffman, Isabelle Cote and Joshua Drew discuss “The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication.”
    In [...]

  • Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment, according to new research from scientists at the University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School, looking at the river Thames.
    The study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water [...]