Rash of Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens

CDC investigates Salmonella outbreaks: The Centers for Disease Control is currently investigating a rash of Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. A total of 124 people were infected with one of several strains of Salmonella between February and May of 2018, spread across 36 states. Nearly Read More …

Backyard chicken regulations need work

New research says regulations lag popularity: Backyard chickens are an increasingly popular move for anyone wanting a source of fresh eggs (or just to hang out with chickens, which are funny weird animals). According to a new paper from researchers at the Read More …

Australia’s biggest river is running dry

Parched farmers blame lax enforcement of sensible rules: The Murray-Darling river basin, which is larger than Ethiopia, gives life to Australia’s arid interior. But these days the Murray River’s main tributary, the Darling River, is reduced to a putrid standstill with Read More …

Indoor farming could improve our veggies

But power costs are a problem: There’s a budding industry that’s trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America’s supermarkets. It’s full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, short-cutting the need to Read More …

Inspectors still don’t know source of tainted lettuce

Produce industry wants to assist: Eight weeks after the first person became sick, government inspectors still haven’t pinpointed who grew and distributed pre-chopped romaine lettuce associated with a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak. Some in the fresh produce industry are blaming Read More …

Germs are good, apparently

The benefits of growing up in a rural environment: Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city Read More …

Do your marijuana brownies meet food safety regulations?

Since marijuana edibles are legal, are they safe?  As the first marijuana specialist for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment — and therefore the first marijuana specialist for a public health authority in the entire nation — she Read More …

When the Central Valley turned into a cold inland sea

They prayed for an end to the drought: In 1861, as a California drought was wearing into its fifth year, farmers on the West Coast were all asking for one thing for Christmas: Rain. And boy did they get it. For Read More …

Do you throw away a pound of food every day?

Fruits and veggies make up 39 percent of total food waste: Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study released Wednesday. The Read More …

Would you like a side of crispy grasshoppers?

Or care to try a tarantula instead? Old men fry tarantulas in chili oil. People snack on crispy grasshoppers like they would a bag of Cheetos. Buckets of crickets, grasshoppers and giant water bugs lay next to yams, cilantro and curry Read More …