FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… for notification. Earlier, central advisory committee meeting of FSSAI had proposed enforcement of legal provisions and regulations regarding meat and meat products, operations and management of slaughterhouses and animal-handling practices. Following the members of the committee were apprised of deplorable conditions of slaughter houses and the unethical practices followed in this sector, it was mentioned that there were reports of illegal slaughter activities in several states. members opined …

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly

By Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service | May 2, 2015 BOZEMAN, Mont. – Using domestic sheep rather than traditional farming equipment to manage fallow and terminate cover crops may enable farmers who grow organic crops to save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests, and reduce the risk of soil erosion, according to Montana State University and North Dakota State University faculty members. The preliminary results are from the first two years in a long-term U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

… set standards for organic certification. It also created the National Organic standards Board to oversee – in the absence of healthier alternatives – which synthetic materials could be used in the production and processing of organic food. Under USDA rules, these materials would automatically exit a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances after five years – unless, after considering public comment, two-thirds of the members of the organic standards board voted to …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… increased role of biotechnology in growing crops. “This isn’t a messaging bill, this isn’t something the House intends to do so we can say we did it,” he told reporters. “The idea is to get the Senate to move on roughly the same timeframe that we’re proceeding on.” Food safety advocates say lawmakers will ultimately balk at the bill once they discover its implications. “members of Congress are really looking for a federal solution here,” said Colin O’Neil, …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

… BeeRotor. As such, the members of the BeeRotor research team, Fabien Expert and Franck Ruffier, are of the opinion that the demonstrated abilities of their robot to orient itself spatially without resorting to standard accelerometers may provide a hypothesis to explain how insects achieve this feat using similar biologically-based feedback mechanisms, also not reliant on gravity-based sensors. Regardless of whether this hypothesis proves true, the optic flow technology realized in the research …