Signs of Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphid noxia) on winter wheat. Photo by Mary Burrows, Montana State University, via Bugwood.org.

Signs of Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphid noxia) on winter wheat. Photo by Mary Burrows, Montana State University, via Bugwood.org.

Crop losses to insects may increase: A warmer world likely means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates, a new study suggests. Insects now consume about 10 percent of the globe’s food, but that will increase to 15 to 20 percent by the end of the century if climate change isn’t stopped, said study lead author Curtis Deutsch, a University of Washington climate scientist. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Publix recalls ground meat: Eighteen people, mostly in Florida, have been confirmed with E. coli O26 infections, spurring Publix Super Markets Inc. to recall an undetermined amount of eight different ground beef products. The supplier of the products has not yet been determined. Symptoms may develop two to eight days after eating beef contaminated with the bacteria. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Detroit schools shutting off drinking water: Detroit’s city school district is shutting off drinking water to all of its schools after test results found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 of 24 schools recently tested. Water at 18 schools previously had been shut off because of high levels of the heavy metals. READ MORE

State law protected dry cleaners, allowed residents to drink tainted water: The state of Kansas allowed hundreds of residents in two Wichita-area neighborhoods to drink contaminated water for years without telling them, despite warning signs of contamination close to water wells used for drinking, washing and bathing. In 2011, while investigating the possible expansion of a Kwik Shop, the state discovered dry cleaning chemicals had contaminated groundwater  in Haysville. The state’s Department of Health and Environment didn’t act for more than six years. READ MORE

TARIFFS

Ag trade surplus projected to shrink: Agriculture, one of the few areas of the U.S. economy that sells more abroad than it buys, will see its trade surplus shrink next year as shipments to China collapse amid a trade war between the two nations, according to a government forecast. The U.S., the world’s biggest agricultural exporter, will see a surplus of $18 billion in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, down 7.7 percent from the current year, the USDA said Wednesday in a quarterly forecast. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

What is ‘meat’? The manufacturer of the plant-based Tofurky brand along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Good Food Institute are suing the state of Missouri in federal court over the Missouri Legislature’s passing of a law that limits the use of the word “meat.” The plaintiffs say the first-in-the-country Missouri statute violates their commercial speech rights, which are protected by the U.S. Constitution. READ MORE