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ESPN2011, Not Sports but Poultry!

18th European Symposium On Poultry Nutrition This week wraps up the 18th European Symposium On Poultry Nutrition in Çeşme - İzmir - Turkey. The scientific symposium covers everything from animal nutrition needs to poultry immunology and regulations.
"To define practical nutritional solutions for optimal chick production, links between nutrition, reproduction, maternal nutrient transfer, and how they all change with hen age need to be better understood,", Robert Renema, Poultry Research Centre of the University of Alberta, Keynote Speaker
Information on the symposium is at ESPN2011.org, and contains details on the scientific posters sessions and the list of invited speakers.

Dr. Gordon Spronk is the 2011 Allen D. Leman 'Science In Practice' award winner

Allen D. Leman Science In Practice award
Audio via SwineCast.com

Dr. Gordon Spronk shares his gratitude and thanks for receiving the 2011 Allen D. Leman 'Science In Practice' award at the recent Leman Conference in St. Paul. Also included is the roll call of the new 'Ten Under Forty' Swine Vet Award program recipients by Pfizer's Dr. Steve Sornsen.

What is Data Driven Farming?

Being able to mentally manage multiple plots of land, their associated soil properties, and the weather is no longer possible. However, the availability of computing power in multiple consumable sizes makes gathering, organizing, and using farm data much easier.

"I don't want to do this. My eyes will get bad," said Mr. Shinpuku, the 58-year-old president of his commercial farm Shinpuku Seika, which is comprised of 300 different plots of land. "I put up with it, because the benefits are obvious. Without this computer, I can't do my job."

Technology provides faster analysis and presentation of multiple forms of data. This allows Mr. Shinpuku to adjust in a timely fashion. This approach will help grow more food at less cost.

The Japanese technology firm Fujitsu Ltd helped put in the field remote sensors, provide cloud based analysis tools, and simplify access to information through smartphones.

Is Media's View of GMOs Fair?

Science in the media can be very hard to explain. This is especially true when the topic, like genetically modified organisms (GMO), is very technical, not very sexy, or controversial. In the case of GMOs, some media outlets cater to the confusion and aim to be sensational. Unfortunately, this approach distorts the facts and may cause consumers to make inaccurate statements about what they eat, buy, or recommend.

On December 7, 2010, Dr. Pamela Ronald, a distinguished plant scientist at the University of California – Davis, appeared as guest expert on the nationally-syndicated “Dr. Oz Show” to discuss the benefits of GMOs.

Unfortunately, what “played out” was way past disappointing. There was unbelievable bias in how the segment was edited to produce the “final” version that overshadowed the sound scientific facts about GMOs. I found it remarkable that much of what Dr. Ronald presented during the filming of the segment was edited “out” of the final version of the show!

It is important to understand how media uses fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) to derail constructive conversations about complicated subjects. Learn more from Dr. Terry Etherton and his response to the producers of the Dr. Oz Show.

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