Navigation Links
Zeal to ensure clean leafy greens takes bite out of riverside habitat in California
Date:5/5/2013

Meticulous attention to food safety is a good thing. As consumers, we like to hear that produce growers and distributers go above and beyond food safety mandates to ensure that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables do not carry bacteria or viruses that can make us sick.

But in California's Salinas Valley, some more vigorous interventions are cutting into the last corners of wildlife habitat and potentially threatening water quality, without evidence of food safety benefits. These policies create tensions between wildlife preservation and food safety where none need exist, say scientists for The Nature Conservancy, writing in the Ecological Society of America's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The study will be published online ahead of print on Monday, May 6th, 2013.

"Farming practices for food safety that target wildlife are damaging valuable ecological systems despite low risk from these animals," said lead author Sasha Gennet.

Check the back of your bag of spinach or prepackaged salad greens, and you'll probably find that they came from the Salinas Valley. Salad is big business in California.

In the aftermath of a deadly 2006 Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 outbreak traced to California spinach, growers and distributers of leafy greens came together to create the California Leafy Green Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA) on best practices for the industry, enforced by third-party auditors and inspectors. The LGMA established standards for farm work hygiene, produce processing and transport, and proximity to livestock. About 99 percent of California leafy greens now come from participating farms.

But produce farmers in the Salinas Valley report pressure from some powerful buyers to take additional precautions not mandated by government or industry standards. These buyers insist that swathes of bare ground wider than a football field is long separate the leafy greens fro
'/>"/>

Contact: Liza Lester
llester@esa.org
202-833-8773 x211
Ecological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. T cells rely on rheostat to help ensure that the immune response matches the threat
2. Additional research must be done to ensure safety of pit latrines, new study says
3. Researchers propose new solution to ensure biofuel plants dont become noxious weeds
4. The effective collective: Grouping could ensure animals find their way in a changing environment
5. Solar-powered nanofilters pump in antibiotics to clean contaminated water
6. Progress in introducing cleaner cook stoves for billions of people worldwide
7. Federal Government Organization achieves cleaner and faster Clinical Study Data using Tablet PCs from TabletKiosk
8. A milestone for new carbon-dioxide capture/clean coal technology
9. Clean energy research targets idle engines
10. Key to cleaner environment may be right beneath our feet
11. Video study shows which fish clean up coral reefs, showing importance of biodiversity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. , Jan. 16, 2015  A man-made ... working memory and other mental capabilities in adults with ... a pilot study led by researchers at Wake Forest ... 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015 Research and Markets ... of the "Global Wearable Technologies Market and ... Overview, Trends and Forecast 2014-2020" report to ... are smart devices that can be worn on ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014 Research and Markets ... the "The Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 This insight ... watermarking and fingerprinting markets. Watermarking aims to control ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Nasal Spray with Insulin Equivalent Shows Promise as Treatment for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Dementia 2Nasal Spray with Insulin Equivalent Shows Promise as Treatment for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Dementia 3Global Wearable Technologies Market and Applications, Opportunities, Industry Analysis, Segmentation, Size, Growth, Share, Overview, Trends and Forecast 2014-2020 2The Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets 2
... at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a caste of ... fluke species that invades the California horn snail. The ... the Proceedings of the Royal Society B . ... killer morphs defending the colony," said Armand M. Kuris, ...
... Menachem Shoham, PhD, associate professor and researcher in ... University School of Medicine, has identified new anti-pathogenic drugs ... Aureus (MRSA) harmless by preventing the production of toxins ... a growing public health problem causing 20,000 deaths per ...
... the support of an $11.8 million, five-year federal grant, ... are developing a quick-dissolving vaginal film containing a powerful ... they plan to begin testing it locally within a ... deliver breath fresheners, could have several advantages over vaginal ...
Cached Biology News:'Warrior worms' discovered in snails; UCSB scientists see possible biomedical applications 2Case Western Reserve researcher discovers new 'anti-pathogenic' drugs to treat MRSA 2Pitt gets $11.8 million to develop microbicide films for HIV prevention 2
(Date:1/22/2015)... Protocol Networks brings independent technology consulting to ... independent consultants, Protocol Networks has recently announced its expansion ... years, his company has attracted several clients in The ... well as others. With the success of these engagements, ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 zFlo Motion , a US ... an exciting product from a new partner. STT-Systems ... the past 15 years, with offerings in the optical-motion capture, ... IMU system (inertial measurement unit), iSen, is opening eyes around ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Selexis SA, ... mammalian Research Cell Banks (RCBs) used for drug discovery ... Cell Banks will include Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) ... architecture de-risks biologic manufacturing by ensuring the integrity of ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015   Cypher Genomics, ... Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM ), the ... agreement for next generation noninvasive prenatal tests (NIPT). ... interpretation technology, called Mantis™, to advance analysis of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Protocol Networks Brings Independent Technology Consulting to the Constitution State 23D Motion Capture Just Got Easy 2Selexis Generated Research Cell Banks Now Fully Sequenced Using Next-Generation Sequencing 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 3Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 4
... 21, 2010 The Pharmaceuticals practice,at MarketsandMarkets is pleased to announce a ... , , ... Calorie/Diet Beverages Market (2010,-2015)Market Report. Early buyers will receive 10% customization of reports, ... ...
... ... today announced an agreement under which Therapure will provide manufacturing ... Israel with an executive management team based in Woburn, MA. Under ... clinical manufacturing for one of ProChon’s products, which may be used ...
... Minnesota-led researchers has cleared a major hurdle in the drive ... as high as current levels, which rarely exceed 30 percent. ... from semiconductors in solar cells can be captured and transferred ... for solar cell researchers seeking to build cheaper, more efficient ...
Cached Biology Technology:World Low Calorie/Diet Beverages Market (2010 -2015): MarketsandMarkets 2World Low Calorie/Diet Beverages Market (2010 -2015): MarketsandMarkets 3Therapure Biopharma Inc. Signs Biomanufacturing Contract with ProChon Biotech Ltd. 2University of Minnesota researchers clear major hurdle in road to high-efficiency solar cells 2
Recombinant Mouse MMP-9, CF...
Viral CMV UL146/vCXC1 Biotinylated Affinity Purified PAb...
Cyan Standard is 7-hydroxy-4-trifluoromethylcoumarin...
... High Sensitivity Freezing Point Osmometer for 10 L sample. Ideal for small volume applications, including pediatric, ... Ready to run in less than 3 minutes after turn-on. ... ... ...
Biology Products: