|Center for Food Safety Challenges Utah’s Ag Gag Law|
Food Poisoning Bulletin - 12/21/2013. By Linda Larsen - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is challenging Utah’s so-called “ag gag” law, which criminalizes undercover investigations of factory farms. Several states have finalized these laws, which makes it a crime to video animal abuse and cruelty while undercover. Other animal welfare groups and food safety advocates are joining CFS in challenging the law as a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Six states have these laws on the books.
|Manure transformed into biodegradable plastic|
The Western Producer - 12/19/2013. By Ron Lyseng - University of Idaho civil engineering professor Erik Coats has developed a method for turning dairy manure into plastic – an alternative to fossil fuels and corn. Dairy manure is the easiest to work with, he says, because of its high content of carbon and electrons. Municipal waste is the most difficult because of its many constituents and because its composition may change daily.