Ohio, August 13, 2004 (ENS): The University
of Arizona has been awarded a $414,340 federal grant
for the assessment of perchlorate content and risks
of food crops irrigated with Colorado River water. Perchlorate
is the primary ingredient of solid rocket propellant
that is increasingly found in soil and water. Perchlorate
interferes with iodide uptake into the thyroid gland,
and is especially harmful to child development.
The University of California, Davis has been awarded
$600,000 for a project on reducing the use of antibiotics
and the incidence of antibiotic resistance on calf ranches.
These are just two of the 19 awards to universities
and colleges totalling $12 million announced by Agriculture
Secretary Ann Veneman Thursday through the National
Integrated Food Safety Initiative.
Veneman made the announcement in Springfield where
she dedicated a National 4-H Monument and held a meeting
to encourage young people to embark on careers in food
Most of the awards are in the half million dollar range
and cover a wide range of issues from a Texas A&M
grant to develop food irradiation techniques to an Oregon
State University grant to minimize cadmium residues