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Salmonella Outbreak Highlights Need For More Oversight of Slaughterhouses – October 17, 2013

USDA plans to speed up processing lines, reduce trained inspectors a risk to public health, worker safety

Last week, more than 300 people in 20 US states and Puerto Rico fell sick from a “multi-drug resistant” salmonella outbreak traced to three California poultry plants owned Foster Farms. This is the second time this year that the big poultry company has been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. Back in July, 134 people in 13 states became sick after eating Foster Farm chicken.

chicken slaughterhouse Photo courtesy USDAUSDA inspectors examine chickens at a poultry slaughterhouse in Texas. The agency's proposed new rules would allow processing time to be increased to up to 175 chickens per minute, which means employees will have… more

by: Jacob Shea

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Eco-Friendly Lawn Mowers – October 11, 2013

Public agencies and homeowners are finding that goats are a great solution to overgrown properties

Picture a landscape covered in dry shrubs, brambles, and tall, brown grass. To firefighters, the scene is a disaster waiting to happen.

Enter the goat. To city dwellers, goats are smile-inducing, an animal with an adorable demeanor and an inquisitiveness to rival puppies. To hobby gardeners who are unvigilant, they can be a nightmare: goats can reduce a garden to little more than stalks in less than a day.

Goat Girlby hello-julie, on Flickr

But their insatiable appetite is also an asset. They’ll eat almost anything, even poison oak, blackberry, and thistles. And because of that, they make the… more

by: Jacob Shea

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