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 …

That will be $2,500 for a pound of meat, thank you

But hopeful investors include Cargill, Bill Gates: Memphis Meats Inc. – a company that has developed beef, chicken, and duck protein from animal cells – has completed a new round of financing that includes as investors Cargill Inc. and Microsoft founder Read More …

Be careful if you’ve got backyard chickens

You (or more likely your child) might get Salmonella as well as fresh eggs: The Centers for Disease Control and multiple states are investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. Since Read More …

Terrorists once again strike popular restaurant

Restaurants are popular targets: Crowded restaurants are a popular target for terrorists worldwide. Most recently, 20 people were killed in an attack on a popular tourist restaurant in the west African country of Burkina Faso. At least eight foreigners and seven Read More …

Why is Europe running out of butter?

Another example of the complex food system that keeps us well-fed: A sharp increase in global demand has caused the wholesale price of butter to nearly double in Europe. Consumers are paying more too: retail prices jumped nearly 20 percent in Read More …

The ‘new normal’: Water, hay, dairies and the intricate, complex food system that keeps Americans well-fed

U.S. dairies produce more than 20 billion gallons of milk a year, milk that is pasteurized and sold or else turned into cheese, butter, cream, ice cream, and and other dairy products, including infant formula. All those cows that produce Read More …