Monday links

March 05, 2018

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Surprising new study redraws family tree of domesticated and ‘wild’ horses — University of Kansas
There are no such things as wild horses anymore, researchers are saying after publishing a study that says the last wild horse species on earth, which lives in the Eurasian steppes, isn’t quite wild after all.

A growing ‘teacup’ pig problem — Farm Journal’s Pork
As teacup pigs become increasingly popular pets, animal shelters are taking in more and more of these animals as owners struggle with natural pig behaviors.

Food Safety:

How brands sabotage themselves where food safety is concerned — Food Quality & Safety
The food industry has defined expectations for today’s brands that reach beyond what was once expected by consumers and third-party organizations. Food safety must be at the forefront of each brand’s priorities, but it must also be demonstrated in more ways than might be expected.

Disease detectives blame raw, wild boar meat for outbreak — Food Safety News
A new report on an outbreak of foodborne parasite infections in California in early 2017 describes how raw, wild boar meat served at a private event resulted in life-threatening illnesses for several people.


Storing mycotoxin-affected grain — Crop Protection Network
The fungi that cause several corn ear rot diseases produce mycotoxins, chemical substances that can be dangerous to humans and livestock. If you have corn affected by ear rot, there are important management steps to take to limit your losses.

Can the digital revolution transform agriculture? — Brookings
The world talks a lot about the digital revolution, but few connect it to the coming agriculture revolution, especially in Africa. Digital solutions have huge potential for helping farmers boost productivity and connect to financial tools and markets around the world.


Drug-drivers caught 25,000 times within three years — BBC News
Almost 25,000 motorists in England and Wales tested positive for drug-driving within three years, figures have revealed. Data from 40 forces showed 8,336 drivers tested positive for cannabis and 3,064 for cocaine between March 2015 and January 2018.


Video: Rescued baby chimpanzee ‘helps’ fly plane to safety — National Geographic
Baby chimpanzee Mussa was rescued from poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and transported to safety in a small aircraft. The baby primate enjoyed the flight so much, she took it upon herself to adjust the throttle.

Category: Food Safety