Burger King tries out meatless patty: Vegetarian burgers may finally be getting the recognition they need to go mainstream. On Monday Burger King and Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods announced the rollout of the Impossible Whopper in 59 stores in and around St. Louis, Missouri. READ MORE.
Farm bankruptcies shed light on Big Ag perils: Across industries, the U.S. has become a country of monopolies. In agriculture, four companies control 66% of U.S. hogs slaughtered in 2015, 85% of the steer, and half the chickens, according to the Department of Agriculture. Some economists say this concentration of market power is gumming up the economy and is largely to blame for decades of flat wages and weak productivity growth. READ MORE
Cow toilets in Netherlands claim to cut ‘e-moo-ssions’: Teaching cows to use the toilet is not the easiest task, but a Dutch inventor is banking on a new bovine urinal to help cut emissions that cause environmental damage. Tests have started on a farm in the Netherlands on the device which collects some of the 15 to 20 litres of urine that the average cow produces a day. READ MORE
Cat food recalled as potential choking hazard: The popular pet food brand Purina has issued a recall for one of its cat food products after customers complained of finding rubber pieces in the can. While Nestle Purina PetCare said no animals have been affected so far, it is advising consumers to throw out already purchased three-ounce cans of Muse wet cat food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy. READ MORE.
Migrants overwhelm Texas city: Along the Texas border with Mexico – from El Paso to Eagle Pass to the Rio Grande Valley – masses of migrants have been crossing the border in unprecedented numbers, overwhelming federal holding facilities and sending local leaders and volunteers scrambling to deal with the relentless waves of people. READ MORE.
Unaccompanied children stuck in Tijuana: Some migrant children who traveled by themselves up to the U.S. border have not been allowed to request asylum despite assurances from federal immigration officials that they prioritize unaccompanied minors. As a result, a backlog of children waiting to ask the U.S. for help has formed in Tijuana with many saying that they were turned away from ports of entry by U.S. and Mexican officials working together. READ MORE
Trump cuts aid to Central American countries: The U.S. government cut aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on Saturday after President Donald Trump blasted the Central American countries for sending migrants to the United States and threatened to shutter the U.S.-Mexico border. READ MORE
Measles cases already higher this year than in 2018: U.S. health officials report that the number of measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018. There have been 387 cases through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. There were 372 last year. It’s the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. READ MORE.
Walmart quietly closing stores: The stores include one Walmart Supercenter in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Arizona, California, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. The closing date for most of the affected stores is April 19, according to employees of those stores, who confirmed the closings to Business Insider. READ MORE
Venezuela returns to Middle Ages during power outages: Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it’s like being thrown back to life centuries ago. READ MORE
Trump adviser warns Russia about military presence in Venezuela: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned Russia on Friday about its military presence in Venezuela, saying any move to establish or expand operations there would be considered a “direct threat” to international peace. “We strongly caution actors external to the Western Hemisphere against deploying military assets to Venezuela, or elsewhere in the Hemisphere, with the intent of establishing or expanding military operations,” White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement. READ MORE