Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Where is your food’s food coming from?

Study predicts PBDEs in salmon: Persistent organic pollutants—or POPs—skulk around the environment threatening human health through direct contact, inhalation, and most commonly, eating contaminated food. As people are becoming more aware of their food’s origin, new research at the University of Read More …

In northern hemisphere, temperature records broken

Roofs and roads going runny: This summer, temperature records are being stretched and scorched from Canada to Armenia, with roofs and roads going runny—and people dying. The former Soviet Union hit a record high on June 28, and northern Siberia, along with the coast Read More …

Newly arrived invasive tick raises concerns

Non-native longhorn tick recently found in four states: The presence of the longhorned tick, a non-native species dangerous to livestock, pets and humans, has been confirmed in six West Virginia counties, according to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department Read More …

Producers vs. manufacturers: How to label GMO products?

The issue is transparency: The world’s top food companies and farmers of crops such as beet sugar are pitted against each other as they lobby the U.S. government over plans to label genetically engineered ingredients. At the heart of the issue is Read More …

The rural South’s invisible public health crisis

Basic sewage and water infrastructure lacking: Many communities from the Black Belt to Appalachia lack basic sewage and water infrastructure. In economically distressed regions like Lowndes County in Alabama, this lack has led to a surge in poverty-related tropical diseases often found Read More …

Coffee may boost longevity

Boost shown with instant, ground and decaffeinated: Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a Read More …

Vintners keeping an eye on climate change

Some gravitate to Oregon: When an Oregon valley famed for its wine heats up under the afternoon sun, Pacific Ocean winds rush through a dip in the mountains, cooling the grapes in Jeff Havlin’s vineyards. The Van Duzer Corridor, the lowest point Read More …

How would hard-left Mexican regime affect us?

AMLO is leading in polling: The upcoming presidential election this Sunday in Mexico bears close watching by U.S. food corporations.  Avowed leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly referred to as AMLO, is leading in polling and felt by many to be Read More …

Seafood-sector trade deficit keeps growing

We imported more than six billion pounds: The United States imported more seafood last year than at any point in its history, and the nation’s trade deficit in the sector is growing, federal data show. The U.S. imported more than six billion Read More …