Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

Before you eat that salad…

Third-party supplier’s recall ripples through supply chain: Portland, Ore.’s Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. is recalling some 916 pounds of its own branded ready-to-eat wraps and salads as well as Trader Joe’s salads because they include “a corn ingredient that may Read More …

Beware the bee thieves

Bees have become big business in California: Bees have become big business in California because they are an essential ingredient in the state’s yearly almond harvest, and three-quarters of America’s domesticated supply is trucked into the state each winter and rented out. Read More …

Add beer to the list of foods threatened by climate change

Malted barley is sensitive to high temps and drought: Beer lovers could be left with a sour taste, thanks to the latest in a series of studies mapping the effects of climate change on crops. Malted barley — a key ingredient in Read More …

Michael’s fury

Hurricane crop losses may be as high as $1 billion: While crop damage is anticipated during extreme weather events, University of Georgia agricultural economist Jeff Dorfman estimates that the damage from Hurricane Michael could be as high as $1 billion. Read More …

Chinese espionage has targeted agriculture, too

Intellectual theft continues: The arrest of a Chinese intelligence official in Belgium this week on espionage charges and subsequent extradition to the United States has raised the already fraught tensions between the U.S. and China. The suspect stands accused of stealing Read More …

Drones pose ‘escalating threat’

Devices could be used by terrorists and criminals: Civilian drones pose a “steadily escalating threat,” as the devices are likely to be used by terrorists, criminal groups or drug cartels to carry out attacks in the U.S., FBI Director Christopher Wray Read More …

Communities face lack of clean, reliable drinking water

The problem is aging infrastructure: Americans across the country, from rural Appalachia to urban areas like Flint, Mich., or Compton, Calif., are facing a lack of clean, reliable drinking water. At the heart of the problem is a water system Read More …

Millions of tons of ground beef recalled

Nearly 60 illnesses reported so far: A Brazilian-owned company based in Arizona is recalling ground beef sold around the nation after 57 people in 16 states reported getting sick after consuming the meat. JBS Tolleson has recalled 6.5 million pounds of ground Read More …

Meet Angus, the farmer of the future

Robots could conserve water, cut labor costs: Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist Read More …