According to Reuters, African swine fever will spread further across Asia where it has devastated herds, and no country is immune from being hit by the deadly animal virus, the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on October 30.
The disease, which has hit the world’s top pork producer China hard, originated in Africa before spreading to Europe and Asia. It has been found in 50 countries, killing hundreds of million pigs, while reshaping global meat and feed markets. The disease has spread rapidly to several countries in Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, and the Philippines and more countries are likely to be hit in the coming months.
The spread of African swine fever has not only ravaged the Asian pig population, but also sent international pork prices rocketing and hit animal feed markets such as corn and soybeans. Beijing issued a series of policies in September aimed at supporting national hog production and securing meat supplies.
African swine fever has been found on farms in eastern Europe, but its spread had been mostly contained, due mainly to tight security measures implemented in some countries.
Light to moderate drinking may preserve brain function in older age, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its annual Technology Transfer Report, which highlights agricultural innovations from scientists and researchers that are solving problems for America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and consumers; and creating opportunities for American businesses.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine suggests that foods that produce sulfuric, phosphoric, or organic acids, may increase the mortality risk of cancer survivors with a past history of smoking.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Bayer AG said it would pay up to $10.9 billion to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits with U.S. plaintiffs alleging the company’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer, a milestone in the German company’s legal battle that has been weighing down its share price for nearly two years.
A common food additive, recently banned in France but allowed in the United States and many other countries, was found to significantly alter gut microbiota in mice, causing inflammation in the colon and changes in protein expression in the liver, according to research published in Small.
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