Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Would you pay $8.60 a gallon for tap water?

Marketed as ‘raw water’: When people in central Oregon’s Madras, Culver and Metolius turn on their taps, untreated spring water flows forth. It costs them less than a penny per gallon. A company in California buys that same water and sells it Read More …

Is your drinking water safe?

Radium in water in all 50 states: More than half of all Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed Read More …

Were we wrong about how Black Plague spread?

Lice and fleas, not rats, may have been the culprit: Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of the population succumbed to Read More …

Salmonella may have brought down the Aztec empire

Researchers find evidence in ancient remains: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years possibly Read More …

What’s making you sick?

CDC names top five food borne illness pathogens: The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka “staph,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some other germs Read More …

Supermarket price wars getting more intense

And Amazon is not the cause: The price war in the American grocery aisle is getting more intense. And believe it or not, the reason isn’t Amazon.com Inc. Amazon’s debut as a brick-and-mortar grocery chain last year sent tremors through the supermarket Read More …

Major computer chip flaws cause vulnerability

Chips need to be replaced: Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to Read More …

Could terrorists stage an attack on our food supply?

  ISIS has urged supporters to use poison: There is both good news and bad news on the terrorism front. ISIS is now being defeated on the battlefield, but the group remains dangerous. Despite that, it is important to realize that Read More …