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July 24, 2014
Meat turns up the heat
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2014
Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. It is published by Climactic Change. Carbon dioxide is the most-prevalent gas when it comes to climate change. It is released by vehicles, industry, and forest removal and comprises the greatest portion of greenhouse gas totals. But methane and nit ... read more

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McDonald's earnings edge lower on tepid gobal sales
McDonald's Tuesday said profit slipped in the second quarter amid fairly flat global sales as it pledged to take action against any wrongdoing in an Asian food safety scare. ... more
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China meat scandal spreads to Japan in Chicken McNuggets
A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan Tuesday, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. ... more
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Scientists complete chromosome-based draft of the wheat genome
Several Kansas State University researchers were essential in helping scientists assemble a draft of a genetic blueprint of bread wheat, also known as common wheat. The food plant is grown on more t ... more
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China shuts meat producer supplying KFC and McDonald's
Shanghai has shut a factory of US food producer OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said Monday, in China's latest food safety scandal. ... more
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Effects of starvation can be passed to future generations
Evidence from human famines and animal studies suggests that starvation can affect the health of descendants of famished individuals. But how such an acquired trait might be transmitted from one gen ... more
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Britain enlists public in fight to save dwindling bees
Five steps can help stop the decline of bees and other pollinators that are vital for the human food supply, Britain urged in a public appeal on Friday. ... more
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Beef's environmental costs far outweigh poultry, pork
Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. ... more
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Genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome unveiled
The genetic blueprint is an invaluable resource to plant science researchers and breeders. For the first time, they have at their disposal a set of tools enabling them to rapidly locate specific gen ... more
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New study shows how existing cropland could feed billions more
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth's strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the ... more
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Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice: UN
Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the UN said Thursday. ... more
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Gene discovery offers better soybean varieties for northern US
Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of imp ... more
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World interest in research work on the benefits of the Okra plant
Estonian-born Katerina Alba's research at the University of Huddersfield could help to improve the quality of some of the most popular emulsion-based food products - such as butter, mayonnaise, yogh ... more
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NMSU sustainability project receives regional and national recognition
A group of New Mexico State University researchers received regional and national recognition from Western and national land-grant university directors for a sustainability project that aims to cons ... more
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Vibrations enhance efficiency of photosynthesis
Biophysics researchers at the University of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy ... more
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A-maize-ing double life of a genome
Early maize farmers selected for genes that improved the harvesting of sunlight, a new detailed study of how plants use 'doubles' of their genomes reveals. The findings could help current efforts to ... more
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First snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis
An international team, led by Arizona State University scientists, has published in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into p ... more
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Best for bees to be stay-at-homes
A world without bees would be a whole lot poorer - literally. In Denmark alone an additional 600 million to 1 billion Danish kroner are earned annually due to the work done by bees making honey and ... more
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Tamed animals tend to have floppy ears, white patches
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Perfect growing conditions for charcoal rot in soybeans
With over 100 diseases that can attack soybean crops, why would charcoal rot rise to the top of the most wanted list? University of Illinois scientists cite the earth's changing climate as one reaso ... more
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'Bee-harming' pesticides also hit bird populations: study
Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations, possibly by eliminating the insects they feed upon, a Dutch study said on Wednesday. ... more
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The long, slow march of 'biofortified' GM food
In 1992, a pair of scientists had a brainwave: how about inserting genes into rice that would boost its vitamin A content? ... more
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Internet crowd bites big into potato salad project
The transformative power of online crowd funding is being poured into a bowl or two of potato salad. ... more
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Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?
While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. ... more
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Payback time for soil carbon from pasture conversion to sugarcane production
The reduction of soil carbon stock caused by the conversion of pasture areas into sugarcane plantations - a very common change in Brazil in recent years - may be offset within two or three years of ... more
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