Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

NASA can see Carolina rivers spilling into ocean from space

Eight trillion gallons of water fell on the state: A NASA satellite is tracking flooding in the Carolinas following Hurricane Florence, and its images show dark, polluted water flowing from rivers into the Atlantic Ocean. One image captured on Sept. 19 shows Read More …

How 9/11 changed farming

Complacency breeds peril: The world changed for everyone on 9/11, including for farmers. Bob Norton says farmers must not replace due diligence with a belief that the federal or state government will stop all adversaries, since no agency has the resources Read More …

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink

North Carolinians face shortage of drinking water: According to Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Maggie Sauerhage, North Carolina has reported 21 community water systems operating with restrictions and 16 that have completely shut down in addition to several publicly owned treatments plants Read More …

Sad stories illustrate dangers of allergens in food

Cadbury will change cookie packaging because of allergen death: Confectionery giant Cadbury has vowed to make changes to its packaging, following Australian website Ten News’ investigation into its food labeling practices in the wake of a 9-year-old girl’s death. Isabel Marrero went Read More …

‘Strawberry sabotage akin to terrorism’

Australian PM calls for tougher penalties: The tainting of supermarket strawberries with sewing needles is comparable to “terrorism,” Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday, as he demanded tougher sentencing in response to a nationwide scare. At least 20 berries have been found Read More …

Chickens perish, waste lagoons collapse, flooding continues

Sanderson Farms reports loss of broilers: Sanderson Farms, one of the country’s largest poultry producers, said in a notice to investors Monday that at least 1.7 million of its chickens had perished in North Carolina after dozens of broiler houses and Read More …

Needles found in Australian strawberries

Contaminated fruit found in six states and territories: Australia has ordered an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles hidden in strawberries, amid growing alarm over scares across the country. Contaminated fruit containers have now been reported in six states and territories. Read More …

Trade associations unite, initiate campaign opposing tariffs

Farmers, retailers, manufacturers join forces: Trade associations representing farmers, retailers and manufacturers and other industries are joining forces in a new multimillion-dollar campaign to oppose President Donald Trump’s tariffs, in the latest attempt by U.S. business to stop an escalating trade Read More …

Hurricane Florence may disrupt supply chains

Freight market may be washed out: Hurricane Florence is expected to disrupt freight markets, possibly disrupting supply chains and throwing the market off balance. According to FreightWaves, the storm could wreak havoc on spot rates and capacity in the market. Hurricanes increase Read More …

Florence could overwhelm toxic waste pits, manure lagoons

North Carolina is major producer of poultry and hogs: Hurricane Florence’s potential for destruction includes increased risks for the environment and public health, as torrential rains could overwhelm the pits where toxic waste from power plants is stored. Animal-manure lagoons are Read More …