Latest food supply Stories

2008-04-10 12:55:00

Byron Brehm-Stecher, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, has some big ideas for his work with tiny particles. His latest research project will allow him to study the potential of using silver nanoparticles to improve the safety of the world's food supply.Although the particles can't be added directly to foods, the ultimate goal of this project is to develop food-related applications such as microbe-resistant fabrics or non-biofouling surfaces. The...

2008-02-13 15:00:35

Global use of biotech crops increased again in 2007, with global biotech crop acreage reaching a historic 282 million acres in 23 countries, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Global biotech crop acreage increased nearly 12 percent from 2006, when 252 million acres of biotech crops were grown in 22 countries. "The reason for such impressive worldwide adoption rates is simple -- agricultural biotechnology delivers...

2007-11-27 09:00:53

By Gonzalez, Carmen G INTRODUCTION On September 29, 2006, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel issued its final decision (the EC- Biotech decision) in the complaint brought by the United States, Canada, and Argentina against the European Communities (EC) over the EC's alleged moratorium on the approval and marketing of agricultural and food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).1 The panel concluded that the EC had applied a de facto moratorium on...

2007-09-10 21:45:00

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- One of the great success stories of the ocean, the return of the Pacific gray whale, may have been based on a miscalculation, scientists reported Monday in a study based on whale genetics. What was assumed to be a thriving whale population actually is at times starving from a dwindling food supply, said study co-author Stephen Palumbi, a Stanford University marine sciences professor. And global warming is a chief suspect. Scientists may have underestimated the historical...

2007-04-26 18:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Several hundred of the 6,000 hogs that may have eaten contaminated pet food are believed to have entered the food supply for humans, the government said Thursday. The potential risk to human health was said to be very low. The government told the three states involved it would not allow meat from any of the hogs that ate the feed to enter the food supply. No more than 345 hogs from farms in California, New York and South Carolina are involved, according to the Agriculture...

2006-12-19 16:50:00

For nearly four years, dairy farmer Greg Wiles has poured milk from his cloned cows down the drain in compliance with a voluntary ban on food from cloned livestock. Now in financial straits, Wiles says he may be forced to sell his cloned cows for hamburger. The Food and Drug Administration says that's probably safe, but pressure from the food industry has kept the agency from actually approving it. Milk and meat marketers worry that consumers won't accept food from cloned animals. Wiles says...

2006-02-02 19:34:21

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. beef is free of materials that could spread mad cow disease, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said on Thursday, but an independent report questioned whether the assurance was iron clad. The Agriculture Department inspector general's office said a spot check of slaughterhouses found no instances of banned cattle parts entering the food supply. But the inspector general's report also questioned whether the program that tested cattle for...

2005-08-04 17:11:59

Washington, DC "“ August 4, 2005 "“ Despite the ever-present threats to the food supply posed by disease, spoilage and the specter of agroterrorism, commitment to and research in food and agricultural microbiology is on the decline, according to a report by the American Academy of Microbiology entitled Research Opportunities in Food and Agriculture Microbiology. "The constant spread and evolution of agricultural pathogens provides a continually renewed source of challenges to...

2005-07-18 04:54:36

Ever tried to defeat natural forces? Specialist ants are capable of running on slippery waxy plant surfaces in order to reach their nests and food supplies. Some Macaranga trees in South East Asia have waxy stems to protect themselves from ants and other insects. Only one specific ant is capable of running up and down the stem, in order to access its nest and food supply inside the stem. Tanja Bruening and Holger Bohn from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany are presenting their work on...

2004-12-07 08:42:40

Effort is last of four measures to head off bioterror threat HealthDayNews -- U.S. officials announced final regulations to further safeguard the nation's food supply on Monday, only three days after outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said he was greatly worried that food was easy prey to a terrorist attack. The new rule, the last in a series of four mandated under the Bioterrorist Act of 2002, requires manufacturers, distributors, and other links in the food-supply...

Latest food supply Reference Libraries

2009-04-28 21:10:26

The Plodia interpunctella or Indianmeal moth is a member of the Pyralidae family and occasionally referred to as the North American High-Flyer. The larvae are also called waxworms that feed on dry grains and cereals. The females of the species can lay any where from 60 to 400 eggs in her lifetime. She will do so where there is a good food supply for the larvae. Each egg is less than 0.02 inches in diameter and tends not adhere well to the surface on which it is laid. The eggs will...

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Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'