All farming sectors suffered losses from hurricane: Hurricane Michael caused almost $204 million in agricultural damage alone as it moved across Alabama. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Director Gary Lemme called it a devastating blow to farmers in the state’s Wiregrass region in southeast Alabama. READ MORE
You want sustainable? Try insects: In all the discussions around making agriculture more sustainable, terms such as new proteins, circularity, food waste and upcycling are often mentioned in the same context. Despite being a newcomer in food and feed, the insect-producing sector seems to be ticking all the boxes regarding these sustainability terms. READ MORE
Yahoo will pay for massive data breech: Yahoo will pay up to $85 million to settle a class action lawsuit over its massive data breach, reports the Recorder, a legal publication. That includes $50 million for compensation for up to 200 million affected users plus another $35 million for lawyers’ fees and expenses. READ MORE
Bot crackdown gets rid of nine million Twitter accounts: Twitter’s monthly user count took another hit last quarter, diving by nine million amid an ongoing crackdown meant to rid the platform of bots, spam, and other problematic accounts. The company said this morning that its monthly user base fell to 326 million from from 335 million the prior quarter, marking the second quarter in a row of declines. READ MORE
‘Made with real fruit’? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has urged the FDA to review “made with real fruit” claims, “the use of misleading images of whole fruits and vegetables when only minuscule amounts are in a serving” and terms such as “veggie sticks” and “fruit snacks” to describe products with minimal nutrition. READ MORE
Adenovirus kills seven children: A severe viral outbreak in New Jersey has left seven children dead, according to the state health department. The illness was traced to the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County. The center for “medically fragile children” serves as a nursing home, a rehab center and a pediatric center with short- and long-term care. Some 18 cases of adenovirus – a typically mild viral infection – have been confirmed at the treatment facility. READ MORE
This typhoon is tied for 2018’s most powerful storm: With sustained winds of 178 mph as its eye passed directly over the island of Tinian, Super Typhoon Yutu was the strongest storm on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more HERE and HERE.
Suicides surge in Venezuela: The patients arrive by night or in broad daylight, alive and sometimes dead. A record surge of suicides in troubled Venezuela is wearing down doctors who work at the university hospital in the Andean state of Merida. People who have tried to kill themselves arrive at an uncertain rhythm that breeds dread in the professionals who receive them. READ MORE
And some women turn to prostitution to feed families: Back in Venezuela, they were teachers, police officers and newspaper carriers, but were forced to flee in search of work and money to survive. But the women, without identity papers, often ended up working as prostitutes in sordid bars in Colombia, saving all they can to provide for their families back home. READ MORE
While bodies ‘explode’: Bodies at a morgue in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have begun exploding from rot because of the lack of electricity, an investigative report by BBC Mundo has revealed. The corpses quickly decompose as a result of sweltering heat, because there is no cooling system to keep the temperature down. READ MORE
China’s hidden camps: China is accused of locking up hundreds of thousands of Muslims without trial in its western region of Xinjiang. The government denies the claims, saying people willingly attend special “vocational schools” which combat “terrorism and religious extremism.” The facilities have come under international scrutiny, with rights activists describing them as political re-education camps holding as many as one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Read more HERE and HERE.
The migrant caravan: Little by little, sickness, fear and police harassment are whittling down the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border, with many of the 4,000 to 5,000 migrants who resumed their journey Thursday complaining of exhaustion. The group, many with children and even pushing toddlers in strollers, departed Mapastepec at dawn with more than 1,000 miles still to go before they reach the U.S. border. READ MORE