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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Three different websites carry three different headlines: Eurekalert announces, “New paradigm identifies gene responsible for acetaminophen-induced liver injury.” Futurity.org 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?
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ strong pre-veterinary program just got stronger — with the launch of VetPAC, the Veterinary Professions Advising Center.