Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Florida is having a 10-month streak of toxic ‘red tide’

Can clay particles, phages, or ozone stop the bloom? In southwest Florida, a nearly unprecedented 10-month-long “red tide” has killed hordes of marine animals. Red tides occur worldwide and are caused by a variety of algal species. The culprit behind Florida’s outbreak Read More …

Mountain of debt, need for foreign currency cause unintended consequences for supposedly ‘unstoppable’ Chinese economy

Tariffs exacerbating cracks in economy: The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to heat up. China’s debt and need for a constant inflow of foreign currency (largely U.S. dollars) continues to cause unanticipated consequences to the Chinese economy. The Read More …

Could a diet including crickets improve metabolism?

One study says ‘yes’: Forget Activia. Crickets may soon become the next probiotic trend. According to a study published in Scientific Reports in July — the first clinical trial of its kind — crickets may actually increase enzymes in the stomach that aid Read More …

Welcome to the snail farm

The business is complicated because snails are ‘pests’: On weekdays, Ric Brewer lives in Seattle and works as a communications manager for a disaster-relief nonprofit. But most weekends, he heads to his five-acre spread in Quilcene, among the foothills leading to Read More …

Chinese leadership faces backlash because of trade dispute

The current trade war is painful, will hurt China more: China touts an image of unity, when in fact the country is far more fractured than its government would ever admit. The current trade war is painful to the U.S. but Read More …

Global supply chains easy to snap

U.K. readies for Brexit disruptions: The U.K. government is making plans to stockpile food and medicine in case a no-deal Brexit, where the U.K. exits the EU next March without any arrangement in place, causes regulatory and customs chaos. The government’s Read More …

The coming earthworm apocalypse

Modern farming practices are to blame: You can’t avoid the zombie apocalypse in popular culture. But you may not have heard about the real one going on right beneath your feet: A worm apocalypse has been transforming farmland around the world. Why Read More …

Three North Carolina hog farms owe neighbors millions

Jury awards $473.5 million: A federal jury decided Friday that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks. The jury found Read More …