Where does N. Korea get the money to fund nuclear efforts?

Illegal tobacco generates big profits: Where does North Korea, whose gross domestic product is less than that of some American cities, get the money to fund its nuclear efforts? Kim Jong-un and his regime obtain much of their money from a 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 …

The risk of foodborne bioterrorism is real

It’s happened before: Islamic State leaders are reportedly asking followers to carry out terror attacks by poisoning food in Western supermarkets. It’s not like poisoning our food has not happened before, and we certainly have been warned. As far back as 2011, 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 …

Irma threatens $1.2 billion fresh produce production

Orange juice futures and sugar prices higher: Hurricane Irma is threatening to wreak havoc on Florida farmlands, threatening $1.2 billion worth of production in the top U.S. grower of fresh tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash and sugarcane. The storm threat has Read More …

America’s dirty little secret

Many homes in this region lack basic sanitation: Scientists in Houston have lifted the lid on one of America’s darkest and deepest secrets, says the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. “Hidden beneath fabulous wealth, the U.S. tolerates poverty-related illness at levels comparable to Read More …

This Labor Day weekend, be careful with fresh shellfish

Shellfish harvests banned on both coasts: With many people heading to their favorite beach for the final fling of the summer this holiday weekend, fresh shellfish fans will no doubt be out in force harvesting clams, oysters, mussels and other delicacies. Read More …

Water, water everywhere—except to drink

Beaumont loses running water, dam ready to overflow: A spate of unexpected disasters is gripping Texas cities nearly a week after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast. The entire city of Beaumont has no running water after both of its water Read More …

Contact with floodwaters poses infection risks

Dirty floodwaters can lead to public health disasters: In the coming weeks and even months, residents of Houston and other parts of southern Texas hit hard by Hurricane Harvey will be faced with the public health disasters that can result from Read More …