Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Camp Fire was world’s costliest disaster

Insured losses totaled more than $12 billion: Damage from the Camp Fire was the costliest disaster in the world last year, topping out at $12.5 billion in insured losses, according to a new report by global reinsurance firm Munich RE. The Germany-based Read More …

China is interested in winning the long-term cyber war

Everybody talks about Russia, but what about China? The potential for cyber warfare between the U.S.and Russia is openly discussed, and well understood, but few people talk about China and cyberwar. The reason is simple. China is already engaged in its Read More …

Bringing the bread factory to the store

This machine eliminates supermarket mass production: The Wilkinson Baking Co. of Walla Walla, Wash., has created the BreadBot, a machine that makes bread from scratch, with a fresh loaf coming out every six minutes. Designed for grocery stores, the machine yields a Read More …

A no-deal Brexit is going to hurt

Tariffs, delays predicted: A no-deal Brexit would spell severe disruption for the UK’s farming and food industries, and hardship for small farmers in particular, says Michael Gove, the UK’s environment secretary. Tariffs of as much as 40 percent would be slapped on Read More …

Will U.S. go toe-to-toe with China?

If China invades Taiwan, maybe so: The strategic situation relative to Taiwan will likely deteriorate in 2019, as China continues to flex its military muscle. An invasion of the country by China would prove catastrophic to the world economy and Read More …

Report: Facebook shared some users’ private messages

Without their permission: According to a New York Times report, Facebook gave companies like Spotify, Netflix and Microsoft access to users’ private data, sometimes without their knowledge. The report alleged that Russian search engine Yandex and China’s Huawei also had access Read More …

Farmer bankruptcies, suicides should cause national concern

Wisconsin loses half its dairy herds: The news out of Wisconsin is discouraging for small to medium-scale dairy farmers and veterinary practices. Increased efficiency (more milk with significantly fewer cows) hasn’t necessarily improved the bottom line for dairy farmers in the Read More …

Can a lab grow Wagyu beef?

  This lab is working on it: In the foothills of a mountain in a rural part of Japan northwest of Tokyo, a farm called Toriyama painstakingly breeds and raises cattle to make Wagyu beef–delicately marbled meat that sells for around Read More …

Brexit: British supermarkets warned to keep food in stock

No-deal Brexit could slow trade through Calais: British supermarkets have been warned to keep as much stock as possible in warehouses around the country in case a Brexit deal isn’t made, Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg reports that a no-deal Brexit would cut the capacity of Read More …

Could worldwide internet communications be disrupted?

Moscow may be plotting: The U.S. and its NATO allies have warned that an uptick in Russian submarine activity near undersea fiber optic cables means Moscow may be plotting to disrupt or intercept sensitive or other critical internet communications in the Read More …