Today’s quick hits, July 17, 2018

Pennsylvania town bans factory farms (Milk magazine): Todd Township in Huntingdon County has adopted an ordinance that bans industrial farming when the animals are not locally owned.

McDonald’s salad outbreak (NPR): More than 200 cases of cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by a microscopic food-borne parasite, were identified across the Midwest and traced to McDonald’s salads. The chain is pulling salads from 3,000 locations.

Merck makes beef (Wall Street Journal): German drug company Merck and European meat processor Bell Food Group have joined forces to invest $8.8 million in Mosa Meat, “a startup producing beef from cattle cells.”

WeWork bans meat (CNN): The New York-based startup specializing in “co-working” sites announced a company-wide ban on meat, which means no meat at company events and no reimbursement for meals that include red meat, pork, or poultry.

‘Cropmarks’ in Britain (Mother Nature News): The drought blistering England is producing dozens of “cropmarks,” telltale signs of ancient settlements and structures that show up as lines of greener foliage and stand out among yellowing fields.

Trade talk at Canadian ag parley (iPolitics): When the agriculture ministers from Canada’s provinces meet later this week in Vancouver, trade will be the top item on their agenda, and not just the Trump tariffs.

Seaweed: Animal or plant? (Washington Post): The Maine Supreme Court will decide whether seaweed is an animal or plant in a case that tangles colonial land laws with public hunting rights for a commodity that is booming in popularity.