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2010-10-08 05:46:01

Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have proposed that New Yorkers in the food stamps program should not be allowed to spend them on sugar-sweetened drinks. Bloomberg and Paterson said Thursday that they are trying to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add sugary drinks to the list of prohibited goods for city residents receiving assistance. This would be the first time an item would be banned from the federal program based solely on nutritional value. In 2008, the...

2010-10-06 19:21:55

Fish byproducts may be a new source of fish feed, thanks to research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded scientists in Hawaii. Research scientist Dong-Fang Deng and her colleagues with the Oceanic Institute in Waimanalo, Hawaii, are collaborating with USDA food technologist Peter Bechtel to develop the new fish feeds. Bechtel is with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Subarctic Agricultural Research Unit in Kodiak, Alaska. ARS is the USDA's principal intramural...

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2010-09-28 05:25:00

Bed bugs aren't the only pest invading mid-Atlantic states this year: stink bugs are now posing a serious problem, causing damage to fruit and vegetable crops that has reached critical levels, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Although they don't bite, the brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) are a hassle for homeowners "” particularly if they are stepped upon, causing the emission of a strong skunk-like odor. However, stink bugs pose no known health dangers, and even...

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2010-09-22 11:25:06

By Dennis O'Brien, ARS With the help of genetic materials from a cow's rumen, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing new ways to break down plant fibers for conversion into biofuel. To convert corn stover and switchgrass into biofuel, the plant fibers must first be broken down into sugars. But cell wall polymers are cross-linked in various ways that make them very resistant to breaking down, according to Dominic Wong, a chemist at the USDA Agricultural Research...

2010-09-18 14:33:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An enormous victory was achieved for animals this week when nearly 200 dogs and 54 cats were rescued from a North Carolina animal testing facility that closed its doors after an undercover investigation revealed apparent abuse of the animals by workers at the facility. Quick work on the part of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S. and more than a dozen animal shelters and rescues[1] succeeded...

2010-09-17 14:10:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seventeen Pennsylvania projects were recently awarded $994,725 in federal grants to increase the visibility and market share of the state's produce, nursery, horticultural and nut products, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today. The federal grants are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which was authorized under the federal Farm Bill. "Specialty crops are a significant part of...

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2010-09-15 10:10:00

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with computer manufacturer IBM and candy producer Mars Inc., have successfully mapped the genome of the cocoa-bean producing cacao tree--the first step towards sustaining and improving the world's chocolate supply. The findings, which were released on Wednesday and announced via press release, were a result of a partnership between the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS); the McLean, Virginia-based maker of Snickers bars...

2010-09-14 23:01:00

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mars, Incorporated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and IBM released the preliminary findings of their breakthrough cacao genome sequence and made it available in the public domain. This is the result of a joint research endeavor to improve the cocoa growing process and represents a successful private/public partnership for the benefit of the world's cocoa farmers, and a more sustainable world cocoa...

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2010-09-10 11:35:00

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors discovered unsanitary conditions at the Iowa farms at the center of the recent egg recall, but failed to notify health authorities, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing government officials and documents as sources. The farm in question--Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa--is one of two linked to an ongoing salmonella outbreak which has caused nearly 1,500 people in the U.S. to fall ill. The company has recalled approximately 380...

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2010-08-25 10:30:00

Possible factors: Tight budgets, lack of compliance, a la carte items With children going back to school, parents are concerned that their youngsters are staying fit and eating right, especially those who dine in a school cafeteria. New research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that children who eat school lunches that are part of the federal government's National School Lunch Program are more likely to become overweight. The same research study found, however, that children...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.