The US FDA has finally approved the first genetically engineered animals for human consumption. The fast-growing salmon has been assessed as safe by the FDA. After 60 days of public comment, the FDA may issue a final assessment and approval, at which time the company AquaBounty, of Maynard, Massachusetts, can start selling the fish.
Some new diagnostic tests for foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli hinder the ability of public health officials to detect outbreaks. The problem is related to the inability to trace the contamination to its source.
In Boulder, Colorado, local cattle have developed immunity against the poisonous larkspur flowers that grow amongst the more edible grasses, making decisions to sell cattle a tough one. A rancher culling a herd he can’t afford to feed faces a problem restocking once economics improve, the replacements may die if they binge on the larkspur.
A Japanese company has developed a kind of cellophane, named Aura Pack, that helps keep fruits and vegetables fresh. The freshness-preserving effect is achieved by controlling the evaporation of water and excess respiration.
Scientifically unfounded assertions about transgenic foods and animals are widely circulating in the American zeitgeist. Claims that transgenic foods are responsible for the rise of autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes are seen in different media, from documentaries to the news.
The World Health Organization recommends five servings of fruits and vegetable every day to keep the human body healthy, but how much is needed to keep your mind happy? That’s the question that researchers pursued in a new study.
While climate models can forecast temperature changes and precipitation, they struggle to indicate how climate change will affect the factors that make Earth habitable, such as the availability of water and food.