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Risk of lead poisoning from urban gardening is low, new study finds

04-Feb-2016

Using compost is the single best thing you can do to protect your family from any danger associated with lead in urban soils. Good compost will also guarantee that you will have plenty of vegetables to harvest. The University of Washington-led study looked at potential risks associated with ...

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FIU scientists discover how arsenic builds up in plant seeds

24-Dec-2015

Researchers from FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Barry P. Rosen and Jian Chen, both from the Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, are part of an international team that has identified how arsenic gets into the seeds of plants such as rice. The discovery holds the promise of ...

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New research sheds light on mercury pollution in estuaries, food chain

09-Dec-2015

Two studies by Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues shed new light on mercury pollution in the waters of the northeastern United States. Mercury, which is transformed into methylmercury in water, is a global pollutant that damages human health. Most people are exposed to mercury by eating ...

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Fries with a side of acrylamide

04-Dec-2015

French fry lovers, beware! You may be exposed to a chemical more commonly associated with heavy industry than crispy fried potatoes. Fortunately, researchers are finding ways to reduce that exposure. French fries contain acrylamide. The chemical poses a risk for several types of cancer in ...

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Cargill and Evolva Start Engineering Work on Production Facility for Next-Gen Stevia Sweeteners

12-May-2015

Evolva and Cargill have agreed to begin the engineering phase for converting an existing Cargill manufacturing facility to produce next-generation stevia sweeteners (steviol glycosides). The ingredients are expected to be commercially available in 2016. Stevia-based sweeteners are highly ...

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Speeding food safety tests to deliver fresher products

05-Jun-2014

A research team led by food scientist Sam Nugen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to improve food safety by developing faster methods for detecting and ...

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Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat

06-May-2014

Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Using films made of pullulan -- an edible, mostly tasteless, ...

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Top 12 ways the world can eliminate agriculture's climate footprint

Impact of eating less red meat, more efficient production and use of fertilizer calculated; emissions can be cut while boosting food production globally

28-Apr-2014

Annual carbon emissions from global agriculture can be reduced by as much as 50 to 90 percent by 2030—the equivalent of removing all the cars in the world—according to a comprehensive new report released by Climate Focus and California Environmental Associates. The study highlights twelve key ...

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Tiny particles could help verify goods

15-Apr-2014

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks and cost governments and private companies ...

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Origin of cold-adapted yeasts that make cold beer

10-Apr-2014

As one of the most widely consumed and commercially important beverages on the planet, one would expect the experts to know everything there is to know about lager beer. But it was just a few years ago that scientists identified the South American yeast that, hundreds of years ago, somehow ...

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