Mini-Digest: Food stamps, belly cramps, and more
And make it snappy: USDA puts a new face on food stamps which, if you didn't know, are actually more like debit cards these days. Hence, it isn't the Food Stamp Program anymore; it's the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka SNAP. (USDA)
Slaughterhouse ills? Scientists find that chickens and cattle, not wild animals, are the biggest source of No.1 gut-ache bacterium Campylobacter jejuni, at least in one location. (PLoS Genetics, EurekaAlert)
Sustainable methods measure up: OK, the studies are mostly about growing cotton (which is famously ruinous of soil), not food, but after farming the same plots for 110 years, scientists find sustainable methods work just fine, thanks to nitrogen-fixing cover crops. (Agronomy Journal, Am. Society of Agronomy)
More antibiotics, please: The Sustainable Agriculture Coalition reports that animal antibiotics pushers got to parade their statements before a House Ag subcommittee last week. Nobody was invited to talk about the dangers of excess antibiotics, though. (SAC newsletter, Ag Committee speakers listing)
Food preservation: We aren't talking canning; we're talking...petrification, perhaps? See a 12-year-old hamburger, still looking edible. Well, as edible as it ever did originally. (BoingBoing)
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