agriculture health and safety Articles

  • Determination of public health hazard potential of wastewater reuse in crop production

    The potential health hazard due to the utilisation of wastewater for vegetable cultivation in the agricultural fields of Titagarh was assessed. The mean concentrations of Pb, Ni and Cu in the irrigation water and the mean Cd content in soil were above the recommended levels. The mean Pb, Zn, Cd, Cr and Ni contents of the vegetables were found to be above the Indian safety limits. The faecal ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Faecal sludge reuse in Birendranagar, Nepal: a case study of the world health organisation's multiple barrier approach

    This case study presents an innovative initiative to facilitate safe reuse of faecal sludge (FS) by introducing the World Health Organisation's multi-barrier approach within a Farmer Field Schools framework for participatory experiential learning. A novel FS treatment process based on fermentation by ‘effective organisms’ (EM) was piloted to test the feasibility, safety and acceptability of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Moral drought: The ethics of water use

    Water has been called the berth of life as it performs basic ecological functions in every environment. Many relevant water properties are not discernible to the human senses: microbes are invisible; colour and taste often give little indication of water composition or potability. For this reason, technological deficiencies in water management are often responsible for disease, mortality and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • USDA Announces $3.8 Million Awarded in Grants for Nano Research

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on April 27, 2015, that it awarded more than $3.8 million in grants “focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental protection.”  The grants were made through NIFA’s Agriculture and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry: March towards getting Greener

    AbstractA major concern to the growth and development of fertilizer manufacturing industries all over the world is on the environmental front. Serious efforts are underway to make fertiliser technologies most environment friendly and sustainable with the help of research and development initiatives in technology as well as management of facilities. Technology plays a key role in improving ...

  • OSTP Announces Second and Third Public Engagement Sessions for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

    On February 1, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the dates and locations for the second and third public engagement sessions that will discuss the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled "Modernizing the Regulatory System ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Why are certain herbicides banned?

    Herbicides, also known as weedkillers, are chemical substances used to control and kill unwanted plants (weeds), leaving the desired plants unharmed. While these products are very useful for farmers, they are not always safe. In fact, many herbicides that were in common use around the world a few years ago are slowly being banned. In this blog post, we will look at a few herbicides that are used ...


    By NW Solutions

  • Quality Control in the Growing Cannabis Market

    As the Cannabis market grows for both medical and recreational use, so does the need for standardized quality control within the industry. When it comes to Cannabis quality control there are many things to consider, from moisture content to pesticide use. Moisture Content Cannabis flower moisture content should be tested and controlled to: minimize the risk of mold ...

  • Changing the face of poultry farming across China - Case Study

    Supporting the modernisation of China's agriculture Anhui, China China is the largest egg producer in the world, amounting to over 35% of global production. Cargill has devised a world class strategy to modernise agriculture and food safety in China. Background China’s poultry industry has grown at an average annual rate of 8.8% ...

  • USDA Eyes Bioengineered Food Standard - Case study

    On May 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed a rule to establish the first ever National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) mandated by Congress in 2016. This column discusses the proposal, what it intends to achieve, and its implications. Background On July 29, 2016, Congress enacted legislation amending the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Compost Science & Utilization: Current research

    Materials and Methods Composting To Eradicate Fusarium Graminearum From Infested Livestock FeedInvestigators: Francis J. Larney, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; T. Kelly Turkington, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Centre, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada Objectives: Fusarium head blight, caused by Fusarium graminearum, could potentially become a ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • EPA Reverses Ban on Chlorpyrifos

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is not yet ready to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops, despite growing concerns from lawmakers and members of the public regarding its safety. The chemical – which is an organophosphate insecticide – is primarily used to control foliage and soil borne insect pests on food and feed ...


    By UL - The WERCS

  • Sustainable Soil Health

    “A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. We have learned some harsh lessons about how to treat our soil. While most of us are aware of the problems of the past, some agricultural operations in the world are not heeding those lessons. We all know that healthy soil is essential to feed the ever-increasing ...

  • State Fertilizer Officials Focus on Compost

    For two years, the U.S. Composting Council’s (USCC) marketing committee has been meeting with the American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) to discuss how the two organizations could work together to create a uniform compost bill to be given to each state legislature to consider adopting into law. AAPFCO is an organization of fertilizer control officials from each state in the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Indian government still ‘flip flopping’ on GM trials

    In August, India’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stopped its legislators from accepting Monsanto sponsorship to attend a farm exhibition in the US state of Iowa. On the surface this might seem strange: attending the Farm Progress Show should be innocuous, as Monsanto routinely takes farmers, industry experts, media and MPs from various countries to visit the show and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

    With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Council on Environmental Quality issued ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • ConfoundUp

    A laboratory test performed by food activists is going viral, but its results and the allegations drawn from them are not reliable. On 15 November 2016, the natural food evangelist and alternative health guru known as the Food Babe posted a report from a natural food activist group named Food Democracy Now that alleged to demonstrate common American foods contain high levels of glyphosate, a ...

  • Troubleshooting the Compost Pile

    While composting is a biological process, we as composters must provide the microorganisms that do the work with the conditions they need to do their job. If there is a problem with the system, then look at it from the point of view of the microbe. What does that microbe need to function, and why isn’t it functioning correctly? Microorganisms need a source of energy organic feedstocks to feed on ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Research Analysis of the Market Potential For Lower Grade Composted Materials in the UK

    Executive Summary 1. Description This report presents the findings of research undertaken by WRc, under contract to the Waste andResources Action Programme (WRAP). The research analysed the market potential for low grade composted materials in the UK, taking the risks associated with their use in different applications into account. It also assessed the viability of ...


    By WRc plc

  • California agencies partner to increase compost use on roadsides

    THE California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has enormous potential to increase compost use on highway roadsides throughout California. Caltrans manages more than 230,000 acres of roadside and maintains approximately 25,000 acres of landscaping annually. In the last three years, Caltrans has increased its purchase of compost and mulch products fivefold — from 13,700 cubic yards in 2004 ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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