Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is soon upon us so grab a mug of coffee and check out some interesting news items from the past 7 days 🙂
PS: photos were taken last weekend during an outing to the Viking grave fields of Gamla Uppsala.
- Through this link, I discovered a whole series of articles on ‘Curds and goats, lives and livelihoods- A dozen stories from northern and eastern India’ by ILRI, the International Livestock Research Institute. This particular article looked at the emerging commercial dairy value chains in eastern India. I found it to be the right mix of relevant and accessible information, and of photos that help your mind travel to far and beautiful places. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
- There are a lot of news on antimicrobial usage at the moment (finally, we seem to be heading in the right direction!), but I particularly applauded this announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals in the US will now be required to provide estimates of sales broken down by major food-producing species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys) in addition to the overall estimates. Hip Hip….
- Significant reforms to the EU’s animal breeding sector were adopted at the Farm Council meeting in Brussels this week as reported on The Cattle Site. The Union’s zootechnical legislation seeks to harmonise rules concerning the recognition of breeders’ associations and breeding organisations,
issuing of pedigree certificates, performance testing and genetic evaluation etc… I must admit that I am not 100% sure how this will promote free trade in breeding animals and their genetic material so if you know more about this than I do, do leave a comment!
- More and more is done in developed countries to tackle the stigma(s) attached to mental health. This moving article exposes some of the challenges faced by sufferers in poorer countries but also discusses how scientific evidence-based approaches can lead to better services. The following quote from Jagannath Lamichhane, the author of this article, is telling:
“In developing countries, up to 90 per cent of people lack access to treatment and whatever treatment is available is kept away from the public domain. In rich countries, mental health services are 50 times more accessible.”
- Finally, I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at the news of the Brazilian government merging the country’s science and telecommunication ministries. Fear of funding cuts and loss of independence by Brazilian research institutes are, unfortunately, likely justified…
That’s it for this week. Stay Epi-Connected!