Today’s quick hits, July 16, 2018

Portier v. glyphosate (Politico Europe): A semi-retired carcinogenicity expert, Christian Portier, is a stalwart defender of the WHO cancer agency’s conclusion that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, and he’s challenging the contrary views of safety agencies worldwide.

Little water, lots of soda (New York Times): San Cristobal de las Casas sits in one of the rainiest regions of Mexico, yet the public water supply is unreliable and residents drink, on average, more than a half gallon of soda a day. “The effects on public health have been devastating.”

Dog food and heart disease (Food Safety News): Pet foods whose main ingredients include peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes may be linked to cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy, according to an FDA alert to pet owners.

How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm? (Thomson Reuters Foundation): In urbanizing Africa, a motorbike and a strong internet connection are key to keeping young farmers on the land.

Forest fire death near Yosemite (San Francisco Chronicle): A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighter, Braden Varney, died when his bulldozer rolled over while he was building a fire break in rugged terrain west of Yosemite National Park. The Ferguson Fire has burned 1,000 acres in the Sierra National Forest.

Japan okays U.S. sheep, goat meat (USDA): Ending a 14-year ban, Japan agreed to regulations that allow sale of U.S. sheep and goat meat to consumers.