Steam can more effectively combat food pathogens on cantaloupes than traditional removal methods. That’s the finding of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania. Dike Ukuku and his colleagues have demonstrated that a relatively inexpensive steam cleaner (designed to remove wallpaper and clean outdoor grills) can rid cantaloupes of common pathogens more effectively than existing techniques.
President’s Note: Cows Eating Weeds
While at the National SARE Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, I moderated a session on livestock in sustainable agriculture.
One of the speakers, Kathy Voth, talked about training livestock to eat weeds.
Several points were made, but the one I’m sure most would be concerned with is the potential for weeds being toxic. You need to know if your plant is potentially toxic before training livestock to eat it.
Rather than explain how it works, I have included these links to websites outlining how it was done:
– What Should I Do About My Pasture Weeds? (On Pasture)
– Educated Cows Eat Weeds! (Livestock for Landscapes)