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 …

ISIS still inspiring followers via social media

In today’s world, loss of territory isn’t the end of terrorist groups: Just because ISIS has lost territory doesn’t mean the terrorist organization is gone. Two incidents this weekend (a car and knife attack in Canada and another knife attack in Read More …

Sonic Drive-ins may have suffered data breach

Millions of cards could be affected: Sonic Drive-In, a fast food restaurant chain with more than 3,500 locations across the United States, has apparently suffered a data breach that may have resulted in the theft of millions of payment cards. The company Read More …

‘There will be no food in Puerto Rico’

Some 80 percent of crop value wiped out: Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico last week as a Category 4 storm. Its force and fury stripped every tree of not just the leaves, but also the bark, leaving a rich Read More …

Puerto Rico: Food and water concerns looming

Power may be out for months: Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico will be a continuing story as food security and water safety issues come into focus in coming weeks. The U.S. territory may be without power for months after the island Read More …

Dirty deeds: Recent food safety crimes

Rogue’s gallery: Cantaloupe growers Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested in 2013 for being the source of a listeria outbreak that sickened 147 people and killed 33—the most deadly case of foodborne illness in the U.S, since 1925. The brothers served six Read More …

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 …

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 …