A petition containing safety data has been filed with the US Department of Agriculture by Okanagan Specialty Fruits seeking approval for the firm's biotech Fuji apple, called the Arctic Fuji, that is designed to resist browning. Okanagan has received marketing authorization for its Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny biotech apples and says its Arctic brand apples are possibly the most well-researched apples available on the market.
Princess Cruises will add pre- and post-cruise land packages to the Diamond Princess' 2016 season in Japan, including visits to Kyoto's Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple; and Tokyo's Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji. The Diamond Princess' four- to 20-day sailings run from April to October.
Japan's apple growers are aging and not many young people are looking to take over the orchards, a trend that could create new export opportunities for U.S. growers, said Brian Sand, marketing director at Washington-based Auvil Fruit. "They expect a sudden drop in domestic supply of Fuji, and they say it could come faster than what the Japanese government or U.S. thinks -- within five years," he said.
Animal-control officials in Floyd County, Ga., answer questions about their methods of euthanizing shelter animals, including the use of gunshots. Officials say euthanasia by firearm is permitted by the state's Department of Agriculture, and is approved by AVMA in some cases, particularly when the animals pose a serious threat to humans or pets.
Parental habits, the environment and the media affect childhood eating patterns and obesity, but farm-to-school programs can help teach students about nutrition. Community members in California bring locally grown foods to school cafeterias for use in lunch menus, and high-school students can get class credit for doing farm work.