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Coping with Water Scarcity

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Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing structures, expanded rebate programs and implemented other means to encourage their customers to reduce consumption. Some of those policies have greatly reduced per capita consumption, while others have produced mixed results.

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Expert Explains the Hows and Whys of Pesticides

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UF/IFAS Researcher Continues Quest for Peanut That Won’t Cause Allergic Reaction

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A University of Florida food scientist has removed 80 percent of allergens from whole peanuts, moving him a step closer to eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens.

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Don’t Drink the (Warm) Water, Study Says

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There's an old saying: "Don't drink the water." But a UF/IFAS scientist warns Americans not to drink water from plastic bottles if it's been sitting in a warm environment for a long time. Lena Ma led a research team in China that examined 16 bottled water brands at 158 degrees for four weeks.

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Crowdsourcing Could Lead to Better Water in Rural India

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A three-continent research consortium is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for assessing water quality in India. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

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Veterinary Pharmacologist Warns That Eggs From Backyard Chickens May Pose Consumption Problems

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A pharmacologist warns that if you are raising chickens in your backyard, don't consume their eggs if the animals have been taking medication.

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Gas Leaks From Faulty Wells Linked to Contamination in Some Groundwater

A study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing, and it’s not the source many people may have feared.

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UNH Scientists Available to Discuss Closure of Massachusetts Oyster Farms

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So…Do You Know What’s in Your Water, Ask Virginia Tech Engineers?

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Andrea Dietrich and Amanda Sain of Virginia Tech’s Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering estimated that 50 percent of the population taste threshold for manganese II in water, the simplest ionic manganese oxide, to be more than 1000 times the current EPA allowable level. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, and they are now looking into possible secondary pollution issues with the release of manganese in air through its use in humidifiers.

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Global Food Traceability Center Submits Comments to Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud

To offer solutions to pressing food fraud issues, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) today submitted written and oral comments to the Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOAA-NMFS-0214-0090).

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