Since the definitions of what constitutes a genetically modified organism vary, these new technologies are not subject to current regulations that have been established in the United States regarding GMOs. Proponents of the new technologies claim that these methods are different that conventional GMOs. Opponents are against the technologies, since they still modify the genes of the organisms.
The new technologies are prohibited under the organic standards, established by the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), as voted in November. The board clearly defined a GMO as any organisms that has had its genetic material altered by biotechnology - as it should be. However, according to biotechnology and policy expert Micheal Rodemeyer, federal law defines GMOs as the product of using DNA from different organisms, and that could not be found in nature.
Calyxt, a Minnesota-based biotechnology company, has adopted the new technology, Talen, in an effort to remove a gene from soybean oil to have less trans fat. Calyxt has also been able to remove a gene in potatoes that regulates the degradation of sugar, providing the potato with a longer shelf life. While Calyxt anticipates to begin selling its seeds to farmers, other manufacturers using the technologies have already placed these food-like products on the market.
The FDA has not regulated food crops produced using these new technologies. The Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization that verifies and labels non-GMO foods in America, considers foods produced using these new technologies as GMOs.
MacIsaac, T. (2017). GMO 2.0: A New Kind of Modified Food Escapes Regulation. The Epoch Times. Retrieved 20 May 2017, from http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2245656-gmo-2-0-a-new-kind-of-modified-food-escapes-regulation/
Emergency declared by the Department of Energy as Hanford, America's largest nuclear waste site, storing roughly 56 million gallons of nuclear waste located along the Columbia River in Washington state, caved in over a portion of a tunnel containing rail cars containing nuclear waste on May 9, 2017.
Just a few hours upriver from Portland, Hanford was one of the original Manhattan Project sites, containing radioactive waste sitting in underground tanks for more than 20 years. The waste, composed of nine nuclear reactors irradiated uranium fuel rods and plutonium, which was extracted with chemicals, processed and shipped to weapons factories, as yet to be treated before the incident.
Latest information, as per the U.S. Department of Energy:
10 May 2017
11:24 PM --Crews at the Hanford Site have filled the hole in the tunnel near the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant (PUREX) with soil. Approximately 53 truckloads of soil, or approximately 550 cubic yards of soil, were used by crews to fill the hole.
Before allowing uncontrolled access to the area where the partial tunnel collapse occurred, officials plan to take additional near-term actions to ensure the safety of the workforce and the public. These actions may include placing a cover over the entire tunnel, which is approximately 360 feet long. Officials will also identify and implement longer-term actions. No radiological contamination was detected as a result of the collapse or while the hole was being filled. However, until additional actions can be taken to ensure safety, access to portions of the Hanford Site’s 200 East Area will continue to be restricted.
Truthstream Media presents the first episode of The Cold Noir: "Something in the Air" - an investigative series inquiring into revelations discussed in a book titled, The Use of LSD in Psychotherapy and Alcoholism, written by CIA mind-control researcher Harold A. Abramson in 1967. The episode explores the ramifications of Project MKUltra, an illegal CIA mind control program experimented on humans (without their knowledge or consent) using numerous methodologies to manipulate people's mental states and alter brain functions, including but not limited to the administration of drugs (e.g., LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as other forms of psychological torture, in an effort to weaken the individual to force confessions. Further investigation, based on declassified documents, uncovers the intentional aerosolized spraying of LSD among a population of people to evaluate how people would react to psychoactive substances.
In the video clip above, Patrick Moore, a founder of environmental consultancy company Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., was interviewed by French investigative journalist Paul Moreira as part of a six-month-long investigation for the documentary "Bientôt dans vos assiettes" (Soon on your plate). The documentary discusses the damage done in Argentina over the past decade by the increasing use of pesticides on GMO soy farms, noting the prevalence of illnesses, including cancer, among those living in the vicinity of the Roundup Ready crop. As seen in the interview, in which Moore was asked to speak about efficacy of golden rice, and eventually, on the safety of the pesticide, glyphosate, Moore claims that one "can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you."
Moore: Do not believe that glyphosate in Argentina is causing increases in cancer. You can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you.
Interviewer: You want to drink some? We have some here.
Moore: I'd be happy to actually... Not, not really, but...
Interviewer: Not really?
Moore: I know it wouldn't hurt me.
Interviewer: If you say so, I have some glyphosate.
Moore: No, I'm not stupid.
Effective: January 13, 2017
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), has proposed that the extract of CBD hemp oil, that is ‘‘an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.’’ Cannabis extracts, including cannabidiol (CBD), will continue to be treated as Schedule I controlled substances.
According to the DEA, "Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,"
Interest in the potential therapeutic effects of CBD has been growing rapidly, partially in response to media attention surrounding the use of CBD oil in young children with intractable seizure disorders including Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In addition to epilepsy, the therapeutic potential of CBD is currently being explored for a number of indications including anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, cancer, pain, inflammatory diseases and others.
Researchers have evaluated that CBD has a wide range of therapeutic effects, including but not limited to, anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety properties.
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