Friday Notes is designed to enhance communication among various agricultural sectors, educators, students, and the public who are interested in a variety of plant, animal, food, and environmental issues. Friday Notes advocates the pursuit of credible, unbiased, science-based information. Material contained in linked articles is from the original authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the CAST organization.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is focused on answering questions consumers have about how food is grown and raised. USFRA shared insights from a recent consumer survey focused on farming, ranching, and sustainability.
Professor Marcelo Gleiser of Darmouth fears that the science process is no longer based on credible facts. "It's as if scientific issues are simply matters of opinion--and not the product of a very thorough process of consensus building among technically trained people. That's what's happening, a drive toward a subjective take on science--the polar opposite of what science stands for: A way of extracting universal truths about the natural world through a detailed process of observation and data analysis.
Note: Truthiness: the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. Coined by Stephen Colbert, it was Miriam-Webster's 2006 Word of the Year.
News and Views
Once again, water is in the news, and much of it centers on the EPA's "Waters of the United States" act.
Mick E. Mouse Weighed 1,960 Pounds: Riders mounted this prized bull 40 times at various professional levels, but not one made it to eight seconds. The legendary bull was big, agile, and fierce.
CAST Events on National Stage
Research Paper Rollout and BCCA Award Presentation
Warning: This Food Label May Cause Confusion
Rollout on Capitol Hill
On Monday, October 5, Dr. Kent Messer (University of Delaware) will present CAST's latest issue paper--Process Labeling of Food: Consumer Behavior, the Agricultural Sector, and Policy Recommendations--during three sessions in Washington, D.C.
** 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NC-FAR) Hill Seminar (U.S. Senate Briefing)
**12 noon at the NC-FAR "Lunch 'n Learn" (U.S. House Briefing)
** 4:00 p.m. presentation at the Grocery Manufacturers Association
BCCA Award Presentation during WFP Breakfast Event
On Wednesday, October 15, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and DuPont invite you to attend the 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award presentationfeaturing a keynote address by 2015 BCCA recipient Dr. Channapatna S. Prakash:Everything I Know About GMOs, I Learned on Social Media.
This session will be followed by a panel discussion regarding the Challenge of Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life hosted in conjunction with the International Food Information Council Foundation.
This morning event is part of World Food Prize week in Des Moines, Iowa. The breakfast begins at 7:00, and the program begins at 7:30. Check here for details.
Friday Notes News Categories
Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P.1 science diagram from sciblogs.co.nz.jpg, and the kid pic from pinterest.com. Animal Sec. cow pic from abeforumcom. Food Sec. meat pic from sxc.com. Plant Sec. Mr. Potato Head pic from youtube.jpg. Inter. Sec. sheep pic from timedot.com. Gen. Sec. family pic from humanewatch.org.Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Animal Agriculture and Environmental News
Nutritional Reasons and More (opinion): According to this writer, meat and milk sustain 95% of the seven billion humans alive today--and he gives seven other reasons the world needs livestock.
Probiotics as Feed Additives (video): This article looks at probiotics--how can they be beneficial to livestock producers, and what are the latest trial results?
Can robotic milking systems squirt the cat?
Do Robots Squeeze, Not Pull? (photo essay): This couple decided to try new techniques on their 50-head dairy operation, so they added anautomated milking system--robotics.
Antibiotic Stewardship: This University of Nebraska expert looks at antibiotic stewardship in relation to the guidelines set forth by the Beef Quality Assurance since its beginnings in the 1980s.
Global Egg Conference: Egg industry leaders came together at theInternational Egg Commission conference in Lisbon at a time of crisis--avian influenza was foremost on everyone's mind.
Which Cattle Dogs? (photo essay): National Dog Day occurred recently, and Drovers' CattleNetwork heard from readers about the cattle dogs they prefer.
Leasing Fair Animals (podcast available): While it isn't obvious, some of the4-H kids showing animals this year are presenting animals they don't actually own.
Better Bacon? An associate professor in the Kansas State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is exploring what level of pork belly fat saturation will result in longer shelf life and better flavor.
Fish Farm the Size of Central Park? The largest fish farm in America could be built four miles off San Diego's coast--some disagree with the proposal.
Order in the Court? (opinion): A new report from the American Association for Justice argues that the civil justice system is the most effective at getting the food industry to ensure the safety of their products.
Process Labels (opinion): Customers are more likely to purchase food products when grocers use food traceability systems to show where and how the food was produced, according to this university research.
How do you like your steak?
Pretty in Pink? (opinion): This writer says that color is a lousy indicator when it comes to meat safety. He recommends that chefs should use thermometers tomake sure meat is cooked properly.
What's on the School Menu? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asks Congress to renew and strengthen school nutrition programs set to expire at the end of this month.
Deadly Dose: The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to help prevent more deaths from the use of pure powdered caffeine.
Wooly Bully: A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland wasshorn for perhaps the first time, yielding 40 kilograms of wool--the equivalent of 30 sweaters--and shedding almost half his body weight.
Agrihoods in Canada: No longer limited to gardening boxes in a parking lot, the community agriculture trend is taking center stage in housing developments being built around the idea of community-grown local food.
Europe and Antibiotics: While clear European legislation is yet to be developed, several member states have made serious steps to further reduce antibiotic usage on pig farms.
Entrepreneurs in Iceland: These Icelandic musicians moved to a farm and created a recipe for rutabaga chips--the snacks are now available on the market.
Floating Islands: The Uro people have constructed islands in Lake Titicaca out of the totora plant for hundreds of years, forming their own homeland that sits high in the Andes straddling Peru and Bolivia.
Fish Boot Camp: These Alaskan high school students learnvaluable skills about fishing during hands-on experiences. Importance of Ag: The "My Job Depends on Ag" movement has more than just decals and a potential festival in the making. Members hope to provide scholarships for students in agriculture.
Check out CAST's page at the YouTube siteto view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.
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