Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Too much wine in Napa Valley?

Some fear wine-making region is victim of its own success: A growing coalition of wine-industry veterans and longtime residents fear that California’s Napa Valley, famed for its vineyards and wineries, has become a victim of its own success, pointing to the Read More …

Chili’s hit with credit card breach

CYBER SECURITY Malware harvested payment card details: Malware has harvested payment card details from some Chili’s restaurants, Brinker International, the company behind the restaurant chain announced on Friday. Brinker says it detected the malware on Friday, May 11, the same day it Read More …

WHO gears up to fight Ebola outbreak in Congo

PUBLIC HEALTH Is the U.S. prepared?  The World Health Organization has deployed 4,000 doses of vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo to control an outbreak of Ebola, which is suspected to have infected 39 Read More …

Indoor farming could improve our veggies

But power costs are a problem: There’s a budding industry that’s trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America’s supermarkets. It’s full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, short-cutting the need to Read More …

Do you really know where your lettuce comes from?

E. coli outbreak highlights traceability problems: The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak highlights problems with traceability in the American food chain. A plastic container or bag of mixed lettuce, for example, could contain lettuce from all over the country, with no Read More …

Inspectors still don’t know source of tainted lettuce

Produce industry wants to assist: Eight weeks after the first person became sick, government inspectors still haven’t pinpointed who grew and distributed pre-chopped romaine lettuce associated with a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak. Some in the fresh produce industry are blaming Read More …

Germs are good, apparently

The benefits of growing up in a rural environment: Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city Read More …

Do your marijuana brownies meet food safety regulations?

Since marijuana edibles are legal, are they safe?  As the first marijuana specialist for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment — and therefore the first marijuana specialist for a public health authority in the entire nation — she Read More …

First death reported in romaine lettuce outbreak

A total of 121 people sick in 25 states: The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Federal health officials say California reported the death, but they did not provide other details. The government now Read More …

China testing extensive weather modification system

Fuel-burning chambers would ‘seed’ clouds to make rain: China is testing cutting-edge defense technology to develop a powerful yet relatively low-cost weather modification system to bring substantially more rain to the Tibetan plateau, Asia’s biggest freshwater reserve. The system, which involves an Read More …