April 27, 2015

3:43 AM | The Anti-Pigeonhole Conjecture
A conjecture about faculty behavior “Dr. Kibzwang” source Colin Potts is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Georgia Tech. His job includes being a member of the President’s Cabinet—our president, not the real one—and he is charged with academic policies and changes to such policies. He is also a College of Computing colleague and fellow […]

April 24, 2015

8:21 PM | On Leaving The Anti-GMO Movement
In this week’s NYT Sunday Review, British author, journalist, and environmental activist Mark Lynas recounts how he was converted to genetically modified food.Read more...
2:45 PM | Election 2015: what are the parties from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saying about cancer?
We've been looking at the party manifestos from the devolved nations - here's what's being said about cancer, health and research.

April 22, 2015

11:59 PM | ‘Absurd you could be fined €800,000 for sending spam email and not for deliberately adding rubbish to food’ Netherlands increases fines
The maximum fines which Dutch food safety inspectors can levy on companies caught meddling with food has been increased from €4,500 to €810,000 following a vote in parliament on Tuesday evening. ‘It was absurd that you could be fined €800,000 … Continue reading →
3:43 PM | Earth Day spotlight: A survey of the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
“Today (April 22nd) is Earth Day, and marks the 45th anniversary of what many credit with launching the modern environmental movement in the U.S. in 1970. The idea for Earth Day apparently came to the founder, Gaylord Nelson, then a … Continue reading →

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8:00 AM | Forensic Science in the General Election 2015
With only a few weeks to go until the General Election 2015 in the UK, I thought I would look at the major party manifestos and see if there were any hints […]
1:21 AM | The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo: op-ed from UC Berkeley’s Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen
This op-ed was originally published on the National Geographic energy blog In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loan­ing money for new coal energy projects[1], unless no finan­cially fea­si­ble alter­na­tives exist. Pres­i­dent Obama has said the same for the United States, “Today, I’m call­ing for an end of pub­lic financ­ing for new coal plants […]
12:13 AM | Duh files: Doctors don’t always ask about pet-related health risks
According to NPR, if you’re being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you. Ditto if you’re pregnant, elderly or have small children at home. Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren’t … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities
I like to simplify what constitutes urban nature in a given area. I therefore thought it might be interesting to provide an overview and to ask whether anything is missing, or erroneously included. This article expresses my view of the variety of forms that could be included under the “nature of cities” banner. On planning … Continue reading A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities →

April 21, 2015

9:49 PM | Beef industry not sold on E. coli vaccine
The beef industry has been slow to adopt an E. coli vaccine that could keep people from getting sick. Meat companies have been trying to clean up their E. coli problem. Infections are down 30 percent from the late 90s. Still, most … Continue reading →

April 20, 2015

8:41 PM | What is a novel food safety technology? University of Maine researcher gets $5 million to find out
A University of Maine researcher has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the novel approach of using non-thermal technologies to control microbial contamination of low-moisture … Continue reading →
5:19 PM | Episode 81 – Ends of the Earth for Bird Conservation with Dr. Alex Bond
Dr. Alex Bond, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, joins us again to talk about his work at opposite ends of the earth helping protect and raise awareness for at-risk bird populations. From giant mice eating albatross chicks, to mercury poisoning in ivory gulls, we discuss all the depressing(...)

April 18, 2015

6:10 PM | Former student does CanadaGAP
While Heather Gale, executive director for CanadaGAP, earned recognition for her work at the annual Safe Food Canada Symposium earlier this year, it’s technical manager Amber Bailey (the one holding the certificate, nee Luedtke ) that got my attention. Amber did … Continue reading →
1:33 AM | Food safety nonsense from leading Toronto hospital
In 2008, Listeria in Maple Leaf cold-cuts killed 23 Canadians and sickened another 55. An outbreak of listeria in cheese in Quebec in fall 2008 led to 38 hospitalizations, of which 13 were pregnant and gave birth prematurely. Two adults … Continue reading →

April 17, 2015

2:54 PM | Landslide Setbacks Perspective
In doing some work related research associated with some policy/policy implementation I came across an email within a public document from Jon Koloski. I have been working to purge the concept of standard buffers from landslide hazard regulations or what I prefer to call setbacks so as not to confuse landslides with wetland buffers. It was nice to see another like minded geologist on the matter."There is not any definitive science that supports a prescriptive buffer of any dimension […]
2:28 PM | Election 2015: what are the parties saying about cancer?
We open up the various political party manifestos and see what they are saying about cancer and research.

April 16, 2015

8:22 PM | Me being a good Australian citizen: Queensland Health should make investigations into food poisoning outbreaks public
In The (Brisbane) Courier-Mail this morning: In 2013, at least 50 people, mainly children, became ill with E coli O157 at the Ekka. Follow-up in the form of a publicly released formal report following an investigation? Nothing. Queensland Health has … Continue reading →
1:34 PM | Illegal Chinese meat imports in Holland
Police and food safety inspectors have raided two business premises and two private homes in Zuid-Holland province in an investigation into illegal meat imports from China. There has been an EU-wide ban on importing most types of meat from China … Continue reading →

April 15, 2015

10:29 PM | Meat (and science) mythologies
My latest for Texas A&M’s Center for Food Safety: On September 11, 1998, the journal Science published a paper by Cornell and U.S. Department of Agriculture science-thingies that concluded the key to reducing E. coli O157 in cattle was to … Continue reading →
7:50 PM | ESA Policy News April 15: California orders new water restrictions, EPA moves to protect pollinators, NOAA initiates algal bloom ‘early warning system’
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]

April 14, 2015

10:15 PM | Poorer health, shorter lives and lower incomes: ‘We don’t really appreciate the magnitude of the problem’
Low income and poor health tend to go hand in hand — that’s not a particularly surprising or new statement. However, according to family medicine doctor Steven Woolf, we have yet to truly grasp the extent to which income shapes a person’s health and opportunity to live a long life. And if we don’t confront the widening income inequality gap, he says things will only get worse.
7:00 AM | Can competition improve management quality in the NHS?
Chris Sampson reports on a discussion paper produced by the Centre for Economic Performance, which looks at the impact of competition on management quality in hospitals. The post Can competition improve management quality in the NHS? appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
4:25 AM | Top-10 kingpin in borders of your hometown: Canada has world-class food safety system?
It’s been 10 years since I left Canada. And the longer I’m away, the cuter it becomes: I want to send the country a fruit basket. Stuart Smyth, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s bioresource policy, business and economics … Continue reading →
3:55 AM | German survey shows Salmonella falling but no drop in Campylobacter
A survey of foodborne pathogens in poultry meat in Germany and the incidence of illness has shown that the number of cases of Salmonella poisoning are falling but there is no decrease in the number of cases of poisoning from … Continue reading →

April 13, 2015

7:26 PM | Yeah for whistleblowers: Canadian meat processor expected to plead guilty in E. coli case
Pitt Meadows Meats is expected to plead guilty on Monday to at least one count of selling E. coli-tainted meat in 2010, CBC News has learned. One of British Columbia’s largest meat processing plants, which now calls itself Meadow Valley Meats, was … Continue reading →
1:32 PM | ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election
This year, I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on... -- Read more on
8:53 AM | Rich Holley says: Food irradiation adds cost but makes sense
Canada was an early adopter of food irradiation, but its status in Canada has remained unchanged for almost 50 years. This article explores reasons for maintenance of the status quo and offers a glimpse of how irradiation can be strategically … Continue reading →

April 10, 2015

9:12 AM | Inspections and audits are never enough: Blue Bell Listeria-in-ice-cream version
Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a “great job,” according to a … Continue reading →
4:00 AM | Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
By Marc Goodman Synopsis: One of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and […]

April 09, 2015

9:21 PM | Money where your mouth is: A shortage of funds for US food safety
The N.Y. Times writes in an editorial that a farsighted food safety law enacted in 2011 has faced obstacles to meaningful enforcement ever since, including delays in issuing necessary rules and a shortage of money. Now, in what may become … Continue reading →
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