‘Clean food’ at what cost?

Food safety risks, costs, waste likely to increase in ‘clean’ era: Two veteran food science and human nutrition experts at Iowa State University are worried about food safety eroding and food waste piling up because of millennials’ demands for “clean food.” ISU Professors Read More …

Will terrorist attacks be the ‘new normal’ in U.S.?

NYC success shows U.S. not a safe island: The 29-year old Uzbek immigrant charged for Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City was found to have thousands of ISIS-related photos and videos on his phone. Welcome to the new normal, experts at Read More …

A super-volcano would be catastrophic to agriculture

Volcanologists study the possibilities: A major eruption of a super volcano would cause catastrophic effects on agriculture, as the ash plume would stay high in the atmosphere, blocking the sun and thereby plunging the world in to prolong periods of cold Read More …

Puerto Rico ag industry struggling after Maria

Farm income was growing: Puerto Rico’s agriculture industry has been devastated by Hurricane Maria, and that’s a problem because statistics from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello show that as of late 2016, roughly 7,000 people worked in agriculture. Farm income was Read More …

End of an era in farming?

Family-owned farms continue to struggle: Small family farms have been slowly disappearing for decades, and this will likely be the case of Minor’s Farm in Bristol. Founded in 1864, the 30-acre parcel on Chippens Hill is operated by Paul C. 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 do you feed so many people?

The food and water challenges posed by megacities: This century will be defined by two trends: how we manage climate change and how we manage the rise of megacities. Over the next 20 years, the global urban population will grow from 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 …

Harvey’s torrential rains hit farmers hard

Flooding will disrupt wheat shipments: Torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on the largest U.S. cotton producer, hitting Texas at a time when many farmers are storing excess supplies on fields following a bumper harvest. The cotton that was not Read More …