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 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 …

Trace amounts of pesticide in many foods, FDA emails show

Glyphosate found in granola, crackers: U.S. government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show. The Food and Drug Administration has been testing food samples for Read More …

When the Central Valley turned into a cold inland sea

They prayed for an end to the drought: In 1861, as a California drought was wearing into its fifth year, farmers on the West Coast were all asking for one thing for Christmas: Rain. And boy did they get it. For Read More …

‘Sorghum armada’ forced to come home

New tariffs imposed by China have immediate consequences: U.S. ships carrying cargoes of sorghum had to change course after Beijing imposed hefty anti-dumping deposits on U.S. imports of the grain. Sorghum is an animal feed and one of the billions of dollars Read More …

Do you throw away a pound of food every day?

Fruits and veggies make up 39 percent of total food waste: Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study released Wednesday. The Read More …

California wildfires bad for humans, good for flowers

  Scarred fields ‘explode’ with wildflowers: Vast swaths of the California Wine Country landscape were torched by raging wildfires in October and then soaked with rain in early spring, creating the perfect conditions for a spectacular floral display. In recent weeks, flowers Read More …