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CEFS launches campaign to build North Carolina’s local food economy

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has launched a new statewide effort to build North Carolina’s local food economy. The 10% Campaign encourages consumers to spend 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers and related businesses. Doing so will create jobs, boost the viability of North Carolina farms and fisheries and promote healthy communities statewide.

Media Advisory: Interior design and hunger prevention projects highlight State 4-H Congress

State 4-H Congress, held this week at North Carolina State University and around Raleigh, will include a youth version of “Trading Spaces,” where teams create a room design, and the kickoff of 4-H’s Hungry to Help project.

Extension works to lower farmworkers’ pesticide exposure

Pesticide Safety Education Kit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s latest tool to help farmers, farmworkers and their families lower their risks of injury, illness and death is a kit of easy-to-use materials to teach pesticide safety to Spanish-speaking agricultural workers with limited formal educations.

Educator provides food-safety facts for those who need to know

Dr. Ben Chapman

N.C. State University’s Dr. Ben Chapman focuses on finding the best ways to communicate food safety risk to the people who need to know. He is interested in how social media like Facebook and rapid communication technologies like Twitter might improve public safety around the issue of food risk.

Microbiologist traces contaminants in soil, water and food

Alexandria Graves

What’s causing health-harming pollution isn’t always readily apparent. Finding a fecal contaminant in a river, for example, doesn’t tell you if you have a problem with your city wastewater treatment system, septic tanks, animal agriculture or wildlife. That’s why soil scientist Dr. Alexandria Graves uses antibiotic resistance and genetic markers to trace the sources of […]

Geneticist’s mice studies yield human health solutions


Three different websites carry three different headlines: Eurekalert announces, “New paradigm identifies gene responsible for acetaminophen-induced liver injury.” covers the discovery of a “potent target for stopping colon cancer.” And Scientific American says, “To better study disease, mice that reflect human DNA diversity.” Aside from their focus on human health, what do these headlines have in common?

VetPAC is the go-to guide for pre-veterinary students

Dr. Shweta Trivedi, VetPAC director (right), speaks with James Tyndall, a CALS senior in animal science. Tyndall recently was elected 2010-11 national president of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ strong pre-veterinary program just got stronger — with the launch of VetPAC, the Veterinary Professions Advising Center.

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