How private companies retaliate against hackers

Hacking back: The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The victim could just as easily have been a global food company. The legal option—waiting for law Read More …

How important is milk production to the Sheikdom of Qatar?

By Dr. Stephanie Ostrowski, DVM When cows fly: In the United States, we are fortunate to have a large dairy industry with milk surpluses, as well as an efficient distribution network. Taken together, these allow Americans to enjoy significant food security Read More …

Florida dairies are back to milking—just in time

By Stephanie Ostrowski, DVM What you didn’t know about milk cows: Most people are vaguely aware that cows typically get milked twice a day. They are less likely to understand how and why it is important that dairy cows not miss Read More …

How do you feed so many people?

The food and water challenges posed by megacities: This century will be defined by two trends: how we manage climate change and how we manage the rise of megacities. Over the next 20 years, the global urban population will grow from Read More …

Harvey’s torrential rains hit farmers hard

Flooding will disrupt wheat shipments: Torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on the largest U.S. cotton producer, hitting Texas at a time when many farmers are storing excess supplies on fields following a bumper harvest. The cotton that was not Read More …

That will be $2,500 for a pound of meat, thank you

But hopeful investors include Cargill, Bill Gates: Memphis Meats Inc. – a company that has developed beef, chicken, and duck protein from animal cells – has completed a new round of financing that includes as investors Cargill Inc. and Microsoft founder Read More …

Be careful if you’ve got backyard chickens

You (or more likely your child) might get Salmonella as well as fresh eggs: The Centers for Disease Control and multiple states are investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. Since Read More …

Cyber attack cost company more than $200 million

The high cost of cyber crime: The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world’s biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. Maersk Read More …

Why is Europe running out of butter?

Another example of the complex food system that keeps us well-fed: A sharp increase in global demand has caused the wholesale price of butter to nearly double in Europe. Consumers are paying more too: retail prices jumped nearly 20 percent in Read More …

Hackers go after ‘Game of Thrones’ scripts

They’re demanding millions of dollars: Hackers claiming to have breached HBO were demanding millions of dollars in ransom payments from the television group, while threatening to release more files from what is claimed to be a massive data breach. The website Databreaches.net Read More …