Another beef recall (USDA): JBS recalled 6.5 million pounds of ground beef after 57 people in 16 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning.
Florence’s CAFO effect (Environmental Working Group): A new interactive map details how much rain fell on North Carolina CAFOs and waste lagoons during Hurricane Florence.
Big Beer’s craft brand shrinks (Brewbound): Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing laid off 12 percent of its staff this week, at least 100 employees.
It’s compost, not trash can, for food scraps (Eater Austin): Starting this week, restaurants are required to turn their food scraps into compost in Austin, Texas, in the final phase of an ordinance that makes the city a zero-waste zone.
Wildlife managers are no longer law enforcers (The Hill): The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service abruptly ended a program that trained wildlife refuge managers to carry out law enforcement on federal lands and told the “dual-function” officers to stop carrying weapons. They will be replaced by a smaller number of full-time officers.
Insect allies or bioweapons? (AP): The military is funding research into possible use of insects to make plants more resilient to disease and pests by altering plant genes but some experts say it would be difficult to control the tiny agents and the project could violate international agreements on biological weapons.