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Avian Influenza: Crisis sparks biosecurity assessment

Producer Magazine | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in News

Biosecurity breaches probably caused one of the worst animal disease crises in the United States. Fast moving outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in 21 states resulted in the destruction of 50 million turkeys and chickens last year. More cases affecting 400,000 birds were reported in Indiana at the beginning of this year. The rapid spread of the disease showed increased vulnerability in the animal population, said John Clifford, chief trade adviser for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Inside the Country's Most Controversial Company

Mother Earth News | Posted onApril 23, 2016 in Agriculture News

The company doesn't seem too keen on old-school GMOs anymore. Fraley accompanied us to the biotechnology wing of the research center, the first stop on our tour. Strikingly, we didn't hear a peep about the GM wonder crops that the industry used to claim were just around the corner: corn that grows well in drought conditions, say, or thrives with minimal amounts of nitrogen fertilizer.

Companies get serious about water use | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Agriculture News

There has been a "sea change in the last five years, led by forward looking companies",particularly in the clothing, food and drink industries.

Acquiring true livestock traceability

Manitoba Cooperator | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Federal News

A new mobile tool created by a Canadian producer co-operative offers producers the ability to capture livestock data in the field with the device that is already in their pocket

US team tracks antibiotic resistant gene clusters in swine

Feed Navigator | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Agriculture News

Use of antibiotics in animal production is leading to clustering of antibiotic-resistant genes says a US research team.

The arrogance of ignorance

Brownfield | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Federal News

The issue of antibiotic resistance is very real and very serious.  By their nature, bacteria, when their existence is challenged, mutate to resist the challenge.  Antibiotics when used in human medicine or in agriculture present such a bacterial challenge so overuse in either sector leads to an increase in bacterial resistance and can render routine antimicrobial treatments ineffective.

Greening affects 90% of Florida’s citrus acreage

The Packer | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Agriculture News

As much as 90% of Florida’s citrus acres are infected with the citrus greening disease. According to a report from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences,  citrus greening, also known as HLB and huanglongbing, has also infected 80% of Florida’s citrus trees.The survey, conducted in March 2015, represents the first grower-based estimates of the level of infection in Florida and the effect it is having on the state’s citrus operations.

Boulder County commissioners' GMO decision doesn't separate fact from fiction

Times Call | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in News

When faced with the question of continuing to allow the planting of genetically engineered seed on open space agricultural land, there was an evidence-based path available to the commissioners. The county staff had gathered local data on the sustainability impacts of various cropping systems, presented to the commissioners as a white paper.

Bounty hunters could come after you from day one if you are not compliant with Vermont GMO labeling law

Food Navigator | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Food News

Food manufacturers should be aware that private litigants may also enforce Act 120 (as it is codified in a part of the Vermont code that has a private right of action), and would likely exercise less restraint than the state AG in the first few months, predicted Hahn.

“There is a bounty hunter provision that allows individuals in the state of Vermont, lawyers for example… to enforce the law. We are concerned that bounty hunters will take action as soon as Act 120 goes into effect.

Are GMOs Causing Food Allergies? Setting The Record Straight

Forbes | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Food News

There is nothing inherently different about food from GMO crops than food from conventional crops. Just the fact that a crop has been genetically modified does not make it more allergenic.