Noisy conditions can affect plants


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Where do kids eat their healthiest meals? A new study says at school. Researchers, looking at the diets of more than 21-thousand kids from 2003 to 2018. They found the percentage of food eaten at schools that were of poor nutritional quality declined from 55-percent to 24-percent over that period. And they say the percentage was healthier than the meals from the grocery store and restaurants. One of the study’s authors points out only nine percent of calories kids eat come from schools. He says the decrease mainly happened after 2010 when the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” was passed.

Noisy conditions may not be good for plants. Researchers from California studying pinyon pines in New Mexico. finding that noise pollution can affect seedling dissemination and germination. They say that’s because the animals that feed upon and then disperse the plant’s seeds tended to stay away from the noise saying the pinyon seedlings were found less in noisy areas and the saplings were also less abundant in a persistently loud environment.

If you love bacon, I-Hop wants to hear from you. The restaurant chain, unveiling with it calls “The New Bacon Obsession Menu.” It features seven new items including candied bacon pancakes, a steakhouse premium bacon burger, and a maple bacon milkshake. The items will be on the menu starting Monday for a limited time.

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