Category Archives: Agriculture and Food

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Food Animals (podcast)

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a growing global health threat, sickening an estimated 2 million people each year in the United States alone. Evidence suggests that antibiotic use in food animals (cattle, poultry, and swine) causes some of this antibiotic resistance. Although … Continue reading

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Meet the Beetles

Long before John, Paul, George, and Ringo hit our shores on this day, February 7, in 1964, the American Burying Beetle was already present in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. However, in 1989, these beetles were listed … Continue reading

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What Do Quagga Mussels, Pythons, and Hydrilla Have in Common?   

They’re all aquatic invasive species—and federal agencies are trying to do something about them. When nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms live in new aquatic habitats, they can damage ecosystems and threaten commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities. Today’s WatchBlog explores what … Continue reading

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Worker Safety at Meat and Poultry Plants

Buying meat for your summer cookout is certainly faster than hunting for it. But that doesn’t mean that getting all of those burgers, wings, and hot dogs from the farm to the grill is easy. Today’s WatchBlog takes a look … Continue reading

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Expanding Drinking Water Options

Providing clean and fresh water is one of the most essential municipal services. Recent reports about lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan and ongoing drought in several parts of the nation, highlight the importance of ensuring the public has a … Continue reading

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Genetically Engineered Crops (podcast)

Genetically engineered crops, while controversial in some circles, have become commonplace in commercial agriculture. USDA and industry groups estimate that 90% of major commercial crops such as corn and soybeans are genetically engineered varieties. But as demand for organic and … Continue reading

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Bee Health (podcast)

Bees are critical to our food supply by pollinating crops that are worth billions of dollars to U.S. agriculture. Commercial beekeepers manage about 2 million honey bee colonies, and many beekeepers transport their hives around the country to pollinate crops … Continue reading

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Veterinarians: Front-line Responders to Animal Disease Outbreaks

The federal government plays an important role in planning the nation’s response to outbreaks of animal diseases that could significantly impact our food and agriculture sectors. If a contagious animal disease were to enter the United States, the nation would … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey on Food Safety

The U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that each year roughly: 48 million Americans (1 in 6) get sick from foodborne diseases, 128,000 are hospitalized, … Continue reading

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The Effects of Technology on Food Stamp Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the federal Food Stamp Program, helps low-income individuals and households obtain more nutritious food. In fiscal year 2013, SNAP provided about 47 million people with $76 billion in benefits. The program has long … Continue reading

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