Pecan weevil threatens New Mexico’s orchards

Quarantines enacted in four counties: A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico’s biggest cash crops. An investigation by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record found an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could derail New Read More …

Chipotle stockholders claim CDC withheld info

Documents show 14 outbreaks: Chipotle Mexican Grill stockholders allege that the company and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) withheld from the public information they knew about multiple foodborne illness outbreaks tied to the restaurant chain in 2014 and Read More …

Hundreds of Marine recruits get sick at boot camp

Recruits quarantined, dining facilities inspected: More than 300 recruits at the Marines’ boot camp in San Diego are suffering from diarrheal symptoms from an bacterial outbreak, officials disclosed on Tuesday. With most of the cases linked to Shiga toxin-causing E.coli bacteria, physicians Read More …

The great pumpkin heist

Thieves get away with more than 600 pumpkins: Whether they are extra-large, painted pink, or even inflatable, thieves are snatching pumpkins at an alarming rate. The most recent haul by sticky-fingered pilferers was the theft of more than 600 pumpkins from Read More …

Partnership will develop Cannabis-infused beverages

Beer distributor teams up with marijuana company The U.S. distributor of Corona beer is chasing a new type of buzz. Constellation Brands Inc. has agreed to take a 9.9 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian marijuana company, and plans to Read More …

Biological weapons: Another threat from North Korea

Preparation is ‘urgent and necessary’: Under the cover of farm facilities, North Korean chemists may be weaponizing some the world’s deadliest diseases—such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera—which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic were unleashed. A report Read More …

Report says some well water contains high levels of arsenic

Two million people may be exposed: More than 44 million people in the U.S. get their water from private domestic wells, which are largely unregulated. A new report estimates that about two million people who draw their water from these unregulated wells Read More …

Man’s best friend uses scent to identify pepper pest

Belgian Shepherd is this company’s worthy ally: Man’s best friend is proving to be a worthy ally in the fight against a tough greenhouse pest. Leamington, Ontario-based NatureFresh Farms is using a female Belgian Shepherd named Chili to help detect the presence of Read More …

Yes, we have no bananas

Is it the Bananapocalypse? In a hot, dry field near a place called Humpty Doo in Australia’s Northern Territory, scientists are racing to begin an experiment that could determine the future of the world’s most popular fruit, the lowly banana. Dodging the Read More …

Longer flowering season is…bad for bees?

There are fewer blooms for bees: Today in weird climate change news, it looks like a longer flowering season isn’t necessarily a better one. According to North Carolina State University scientists referencing 40 years’ worth of climate data, plants are producing Read More …