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August 21, 2014
Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury
Manoa (SPX) Aug 21, 2014
New measurements from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant. Fishery stock "substitutions"-which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin-are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to new research by University of Hawai'i at Manoa scientists. "Accurate labeling of seafood is essential to allow con ... read more

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'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury: study
A compound in pesticides that replaced another banned for its harmful effects, may threaten humans and wildlife by reacting with mercury in natural water to form a toxic chemical, researchers said Tuesday. ... more
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Activists urge EU to scrap science advisor job
Nine major charities urged the European Commission on Tuesday to scrap a science advisor position it says puts too much power over sensitive policy into the hands of one person. ... more
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Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia
Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. ... more
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Trees and shrubs invading critical grasslands, diminish cattle production
Half of the Earth's land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs, are moving ... more
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Make your mobile device live up to its true potential - as a data collection tool
Leaf measurements are often critical in plant physiological and ecological studies, but traditional methods have been time consuming and sometimes destructive to plant samples. Researchers at the Un ... more
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Shipwreck yields 200-year-old bottle of drinkable booze
Divers exploring a 200-year-old shipwreck - the F53.31 shipwreck - in the Baltic Sea's Gulf of GdaƄsk, off the coast of Poland, surfaced with a sealed stoneware bottle earlier this summer. Now, scientists at J.S. Hamilton Poland, a lab testing facility, have confirmed that the bottle contains alcohol. ... more
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Statistical model predicts performance of hybrid rice
Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The me ... more
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Drought hits Central America's crops, cattle
The last raindrop fell three months ago, forcing Carlos Roman to take his cattle further and further away to find water and keep them alive in Nicaragua's northeastern farmlands. ... more
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Dhaka's residents fight back over vanishing green spaces
When a private sports club in an upmarket Dhaka neighbourhood "grabbed" a children's park for development this year, it sparked a wave of enraged protests rarely seen in impoverished Bangladesh. ... more
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Ohio lawmakers hope fertilizer licensing helps curb algae growth
Only days after a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie left some 400,000 residents of Northwest Ohio without safe tap water, policy makers and regulators are looking for ways to prevent a similar crisis in the future. ... more
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China holds six from OSI unit in food scandal: company
Chinese police investigating an expired meat scandal have detained another official from a local unit of US food supplier OSI Group, bringing the total to six, the company said. ... more
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Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes
Finland's love of milk has been traced back to 2500 BC thanks to high-tech techniques to analyse residues preserved in fragments of ancient pots. The Finns are the world's biggest milk drinker ... more
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Once Mexico's booze of 'drunks,' mezcal earns respect
Once derided as a drink for destitute drunkards, Mexico's smoky-flavored mezcal liquor has come out of the shadows to become a trendy booze in fashionable bars from Mexico City to Sydney. ... more
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Asia agribusiness giants tie up to boost China-Australia trade
Three of Asia's leading agribusinesses have joined iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest in what he described Thursday as an "unprecedented" 100-year partnership to position Australia as China's food bowl. ... more
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McDonald's Japan unveils 'tofu nuggets' after China meat scandal
McDonald's restaurants in Japan are turning to time-honoured Asian soul food - tofu - as the chain scrambles to minimise the damage from an embarrassing tainted meat scandal in China. ... more
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Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies
Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollu ... more
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The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop yields because of climate change, new research finds. The au ... more
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Generating a Genome to Feed the World
An international team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has sequenced the complete genome of African rice. The genetic information will enhance scientists' and agriculturalists' unders ... more
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New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley
New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. In Australia, annual barley production is second only to w ... more
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Why did the Peking Duck cross the country?
Where does Peking Duck come from? It is a trick question: the dish named for China's capital has its origins in Nanjing, hundreds of kilometres to the south. ... more
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McDonald's holds the beef in China meat scandal
McDonald's outlets across China have yanked their flagship burgers from the menu, the company said Monday, as the American owner of a key supplier embroiled in an expired meat scandal offered consumers a personal apology. ... more
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A 2 C increase in temperature around the world by 2050, according to one of the scenarios predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), may be advantageous to the physiology and ... more
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McDonald's Japan halts sales of Chinese chicken after scandal
McDonald's said Friday that its restaurants in Japan had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in a marked widening of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants. ... more
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Insecticides Similar to Nicotine Widespread in Midwest
Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonic ... more
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