Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Can a lab grow Wagyu beef?

  This lab is working on it: In the foothills of a mountain in a rural part of Japan northwest of Tokyo, a farm called Toriyama painstakingly breeds and raises cattle to make Wagyu beef–delicately marbled meat that sells for around Read More …

Brexit: British supermarkets warned to keep food in stock

No-deal Brexit could slow trade through Calais: British supermarkets have been warned to keep as much stock as possible in warehouses around the country in case a Brexit deal isn’t made, Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg reports that a no-deal Brexit would cut the capacity of Read More …

Could worldwide internet communications be disrupted?

Moscow may be plotting: The U.S. and its NATO allies have warned that an uptick in Russian submarine activity near undersea fiber optic cables means Moscow may be plotting to disrupt or intercept sensitive or other critical internet communications in the Read More …

Dirty drinking water: Rural America’s ‘dirty little secret’

There are thousands of towns like Enterprise, La.: Virginia Tech engineering professor Marc Edwards calls it America’s “dirty little secret.” Tiny towns like Enterprise, La.—population 250— are stuck with aging infrastructure that they can’t fix, leaving few options for them to Read More …

French riots bear close watching

They could eventually impact world economy: The situation in France bears close attention. Fuel tax rises which have led to weeks of violent protests in France have now been postponed for six months, but new data just in shows that in 2017 France Read More …

JBS ground beef recall now exceeds 6,000 tons of meat

The concern is Salmonella: Following an expanded recall issued this week, JBS Tolleson Inc. has now recalled about more than 6,000 tons of non-intact raw beef products over concerns of contamination by Salmonella Newport. The initial recall of nearly 7 million Read More …

There’s still a ways to go to make our food safe

Traceability and water quality are key areas: Empty produce shelves greeting consumers at grocery stores after the recent romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak show how much work lies ahead to modernize the nation’s food safety laws. In retrospect, passing the Food Safety Read More …

Source of tainted romaine narrowed to six counties

Illnesses correspond with romaine growing season: FDA has released a list of the California Central Coast counties it has targeted as the potential origin of E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce. Monterey, San Benito, San Lis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura counties Read More …

Report says changing climate will disrupt U.S. agriculture

Yields from major crops may drop: Rising heat, drought, wildfires and heavy downpours are expected to increasingly disrupt agricultural productivity in the U.S., according to a National Climate Assessment report released Friday. While some northern regions may be able to expand Read More …

Aging population will bring food changes

Americans seeking fresher, healthier foods: Significant shifts in U.S. demographics will by necessity cause changes in food marketing and product development. Americans on the whole are looking for fresher, healthier food products. Baby boomers are frequently willing to pay premium prices Read More …