Bob’s Norton’s Food & Water Defense Blog

This bot would eliminate burger-flipping employees

About that burger bot: For the past nine years, Alex Vardakostas has been building a robot that can cook and assemble around 100 burgers an hour—keeping pace with a typical fast-food staff—with little human intervention. “Our device isn’t meant to make Read More …

McDonald’s will use paper straws in U.K. and Ireland

Change coming in U.S., too: McDonald’s says it will start using paper straws instead of plastic at all its locations across the United Kingdom and Ireland. And it plans to test sustainable alternatives to plastic straws in some restaurants in the Read More …

Rash of Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens

CDC investigates Salmonella outbreaks: The Centers for Disease Control is currently investigating a rash of Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. A total of 124 people were infected with one of several strains of Salmonella between February and May of 2018, spread across 36 states. Nearly Read More …

Is your smartphone listening to you? Well, maybe

CYBER SECURITY Why do ads coincide with conversations? A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The Read More …

Backyard chicken regulations need work

New research says regulations lag popularity: Backyard chickens are an increasingly popular move for anyone wanting a source of fresh eggs (or just to hang out with chickens, which are funny weird animals). According to a new paper from researchers at the Read More …

Canada to impose retaliatory tariffs

Tariffs will affect nearly $13 billion of U.S. goods: Canada isn’t taking President Donald Trump’s decision to hit the country with steel and aluminum tariffs lying down. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on $12.8 billion worth Read More …

Supreme Court rules in favor of Colorado baker

Christian baker refused to make same-sex wedding cake: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. By a 7-2 vote, the majority said he was a Read More …

San Francisco brewery has to stop producing cannabis beer

Company lacks proper permitting: U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is Read More …

How did romaine get infected?

Birds, wild pigs, water, air? Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. READ MORE FOOD SAFETY Read More …