Food security

October 3, 2019
On September 20, 2019, the Japanese government said it will shift its policy and allow the vaccination of domestic pigs to try to curve the spread of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) in the country. The virus re-emerged in September 2018 after 26 years of the country being considered free of the disease.
August 29, 2019
Water is the world’s most valuable resource, but 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water. On August 26, The United Nations announced that by 2025, nearly two billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and average supply of water per person will drop by a third in the next two decades.
June 28, 2019
The emergence of new genomic technologies such as CRISPR, which allows targeted gene editing to a level never before possible, and the recent successes of companies such as Impossible and Beyond Meat, which have pushed the boundaries of what is acceptable and possible in the marketplace and to the consumer, indicates food production and consumption could be in the midst of a revolution.
May 7, 2019
The University of Minnesota and Dave Wright, DVM, produced a series of short videos to assist veterinarians and producers to identify and prepare for the possible introduction of Foreign Animal Disease (FAD). The goal of the videos are to supplement material provided by the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) website.
April 9, 2019
Since the Missouri legislature banned lab-grown products from using “meat” in their labels, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Wyoming have all followed suit. Montana will likely join if the governor signs the “Real Meat Act.”
February 28, 2019
Biodiversity is the variety of life at genetic, species and ecosystem levels. In terms of agriculture, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, biodiversity “includes the domesticated plants and animals that are part of crop, livestock, forest or aquaculture systems, harvested forest and aquatic species, the wild relatives of domesticated species, and other wild species harvested for food and other products." It also encompasses what is known as “associated biodiversity,” the vast range of organisms that live in and around food and agricultural production systems, sustaining them and contributing to their output.
January 22, 2019
A recent study found that a bacteria-derived compound might provide a novel option in protecting against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison examined a bacterium called Xenorhabdus budapestensis that lives inside roundworms.
January 10, 2019
As the government shutdown continues into its third week with no end in sight, there is growing concern over the dangers and risks of the shutdown to public health.
June 26, 2018
Delta Air Lines announced that it will be banning “pit bull type” dogs as service dogs and support animals on its flights starting July 10. It will also limit each customer to one support animal per flight.