Salmonella may have brought down the Aztec empire

Researchers find evidence in ancient remains: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years possibly Read More …

Is there too much arsenic in infant rice cereals?

Rice absorbs arsenic from soil and water: Infant rice cereals are popular with parents because they are affordable, easy to digest, and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Infants typically begin eating cereals when they are between four and six months old. But, Read More …

Why are American farmers killing themselves?

Farmers’ suicide rate far surpasses that of veterans: Dr. Mike Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, is a psychologist and one of the nation’s leading farmer behavioral health experts. He often answers phone calls from those in crisis. And for 40 years, he Read More …

Contaminated infant formula, water for babies with mold

This isn’t the first time: French health authorities on Saturday ordered the recall of infant formula products that were possibly contaminated by Salmonella, while 20 babies aged under six months have been infected by Salmonella in eight different regions of France. During Read More …

Is North Korea a food defense threat?

Yes, North Korea could do significant damage to the regional or world food supply: The rhetoric is not yet white hot but certainly heating up. North Korea wants nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles. The U.S. is determined this will not happen. The potential Read More …

Frozen raspberries spread norovirus: Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016. The Twin Cities and Quebec outbreaks Read More …

‘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 …