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 …

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 …

What will happen when the next big earthquake hits northern California?

Here’s what DHS says: What will happen when the next big earthquake hits northern California? Researchers say that if a tremor similar in magnitude to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake were to hit today, it could kill 800 people, cause more 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 …

Food and ag will be targets: Asymmetric warfare and the cyber domain

Part II: Robust defenses R.A. Norton, Ph.D. Part 1 discusses threats posed by the Russians as a potential adversary to the United States and its allies. Part 2 explores how the food and agriculture industries should plan their defenses. In Read More …

Food and agriculture will be targets

Part 1: The threat R.A. Norton, Ph.D. Ever been hacked? Russians love to hack our systems, stealing whatever they can. The Russian government claims Russian criminals did the hacking; in truth, in many cases the government and the criminals are Read More …

Attack on U.S. electric grid could cripple nation

Unprecedented wave of attacks: The U.S. electric grid has become increasingly vulnerable to what the federal government is describing as an unprecedented wave of attacks that threatens to cripple the nation, according to a new investigative report that warns the energy Read More …

Another bomb in Austin, this one possibly set off by tripwire

Bomb could have maimed anyone walking through neighborhood: For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on residents in the Texas capital. What makes this blast especially terrifying is that it was left on the side of a residential Read More …

Russians also spread hoaxes about food poisoning

An early test of how to spread digital misinformation: Before the Ruskies started influencing U.S. elections, they cut their digital teeth spreading hoaxes about American food poisoning incidents. At least that’s the story in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, Read More …