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Bovine Bellies Yield Clues For New Biofuels

Researchers looking for better ways to make biofuels turned to experts at breaking down grass – cattle – and found more than a dozen new compounds in their guts that might help make new, cheap sources of energy. They used new genetic sequencing techniques to find microbes that make enzymes that in turn can break

Fast-Food Restaurants Target U.S. Kids, Study Shows

Fast-food restaurants are stepping up efforts to market unhealthy food products to children and toddlers, according to a study by Yale University. It said efforts by the industry to regulate itself have failed and urged government to declare children a protected group and stop marketing efforts that are fuelling child obesity. “What we found in

Milk-, Wheat-Free Diet May Not Help Autism

Apopular diet that eliminates wheat and milk protein does not appear to help children with autism, but early behavioural treatments do, researchers reported May 19. The findings are sure to disappoint many parents who have been trying to manage autism. “It would have been wonderful for children with autism and their families if we found

Fluorescent Light Keeps Spinach Strong To The Finish

Supermarket lights help keep spinach fresh and producing new vitamins, U. S. government researchers reported Mar. 3. The surprising findings should apply to other fresh vegetables and may offer insights into how to keep produce fresher longer, the researchers reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. They may also suggest ways to boost

FDA Tries To Get Ahead Of Food Recalls

Not a single person was diagnosed with food poisoning, but the U. S. Food and Drug Administration made the move anyway – on March 31 it announced a nationwide recall of pistachios after salmonella was found in one producer’s 2008 crop. Since then, recall announcements have come daily, for a total of 290 so far.

Climate warming means food shortages: study

The warming climate is likely to put stress on crops and livestock alike and could cause serious food shortages for half the world’s population, U. S. researchers predicted Jan. 8. The worst effects will be in the regions where the poorest people already live – the tropics and subtropics, the researchers wrote in the journal