Mysterious illness afflicts long-time pot users

This syndrome may not be rare: Mrs. X knew something was wrong when she burned herself in the bath for the third time. The Australian woman—whose experience was documented anonymously in a published case study—had experienced sudden and severe episodes of illness for nine Read More …

Does your pot supplier have a HACCP plan?

Safety concerns include aflatoxins, chemical residues: As many U.S. States and Canadian provinces approach legalization of cannabis, the question of regulatory oversight has become a pressing issue. Should cannabis be treated as a drug or a food product when it comes Read More …

Will pockets of humanity have to rely on the sea for water?

The U.S. South, too, could experience more hot, dry days: If current projections hold, Cape Town, South Africa, a city of four million, will run out of water on May 11 after three long years of severe drought. The coastal city is Read More …

Now there’s a looming tequila crisis

A shortage of agave is caused by demand: In the heartland of the tequila industry, in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, a worsening shortage of agave caused by mounting demand for the liquor from New York to Tokyo has many producers Read More …

Is your drinking water safe?

Radium in water in all 50 states: More than half of all Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed Read More …

Were we wrong about how Black Plague spread?

Lice and fleas, not rats, may have been the culprit: Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of the population succumbed to Read More …

Small farmers file suit over withdrawal of Obama-era rules

They say they are exploited by big companies: An organization representing the interests of small farmers across rural America fired a legal salvo Thursday aimed at the Trump administration. The lawsuit was filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets —a small-farmers think 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 …