GMOs Are Not New

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleIndiana Planting Almost Complete Before the Rain Gary Truitt Home News Feed GMOs Are Not New GMOs Are Not New By Gary Truitt – Jun 1, 2015 Facebook Twitter So you think GMO technology is new? Think again.  Genetic modification has been taking place for centuries. It is only when we moved it into the lab that the controversy beganSMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE: NEW REPORT SHOWS FIRST GMO IS 8,000 YEARS OLDMay 27, 2015Smithsonian Magazine reports:With the recent approval of GMO apples and potatoes by the FDA, it’s tempting to think of genetically-modified organisms as both modern and scientific. But it turns out that the first GMO was produced by another kind of scientist…nature. In fact, reports NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff, soil bacteria created the first genetically modified crop 8,000 years ago.Doucleff writes that scientist from Peru’s International Potato Center, a genebank and research institution devoted to all things potato, looked at the genes of 291 sweet potato varieties grown worldwide. They found evidence of the same set of bacterial genes in each one of them – a finding they call “rather remarkable” in the paper they published about the research.It seems like soil bacteria is behind the find. The team’s research suggests that the bacteria infected ancient plants, inserting its DNA into wild sweet potatoes that were then planted (and replanted) by ancient peoples who found them to be edible. Over time, they say, the infected potato became domesticated and widely disseminated. In fact, notes Doucleff, sweet potatoes have been declared the world’s seventh most important crop by the United Nations. And all of those, all cultivated sweet potatoes, contain the DNA.“Given that this crop has been eaten for millennia,” says the research team, “it may change the paradigm governing the ‘unnatural’ status of transgenic crops.” The study’s lead author, virologist Jan Kreuze, tells Doucleff that his work shows that “people have been eating a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it.”So will the fact that GMOs can occur naturally help to quell the argument about their safety? Not exactly. GMO expert Greg Jaffe tells Doucleff that the finding isn’t “all that surprising” given how easy it is to insert DNA into crops. He predicts that given worries about GMOs’ effects on pesticides and intellectual property, the new findings won’t do much to change the debate…or convince consumers that GMOs are safe. And another recent finding (this one in court) might prove him right. Last month, a Vermont judge cleared the way for that state’s GMO labeling law to move forward, a move that many predict will bolster GMO labeling laws (and debates) in other states. SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Supreme Court To Hear Fresh PIL Seeking Probe Into Rafale Deal After Two Weeks

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court To Hear Fresh PIL Seeking Probe Into Rafale Deal After Two Weeks LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 April 2021 12:56 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list after two weeks a PIL seeking inquiry into the Rafale deal in the light of recent reports in a French news portal alleging payment of bribe by Dassault Aviation to an Indian middleman.Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, who filed by petition, mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde today.Without mentioning what the case was about,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list after two weeks a PIL seeking inquiry into the Rafale deal in the light of recent reports in a French news portal alleging payment of bribe by Dassault Aviation to an Indian middleman.Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, who filed by petition, mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde today.Without mentioning what the case was about, Sharma said that he was making a request for the listing of a new petition filed by him before the retirement of CJI Bobde on April 23.”I am going to miss one of the finest Chief Justices this week. I have one request to make a last appearance before my lord. Please allow a diary number to be listed”, Sharma said.He then mentioned the dairy number of his case, 9444/2021, which relates to his writ petition filed on April 6 against the Rafale deal.The CJI said that while he was thankful to the praise made by Sharma, the circulation of the matter cannot be allowed on that ground.”I can say thank you. But this cannot be a ground to allow circulation”, the CJI said.Sharma then said that he was being “harassed badly” and pressed for an early listing of the matter.CJI then said that normally listings are allowed after two weeks and the same can be done with respect to Sharma’s PIL as well. The bench then agreed to list the matter after two weeks.In his fresh petition , Sharma seeks directions to quash the deal to procure 36 fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation as  an “outcome of corruption and violation of Articles 13, 21, and 253 of the Constitution of India”.Sharma has further prayed for an investigation to be conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after registration of an FIR against the Respondent Nos. 1 and 2, which includes current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under PC Act of 1988, read with Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of IPC and Section 3 of the Official Secret Act, 1923. He has sought for the report to be filed before the Apex Court. The plea is an outcome of an investigation report by France’s anti-corruption agency, Agence Française Anticorruption (AGA), wherein it was declared that Dassault had paid a bribe of 1 million Euros to middlemen in India. “Due to political pressure, prosecution upon AFA’s report has been suspended/stayed. It’s a serious offence under Secret Act, 1923, injuries financial and defence to the country. It’s violated Art. 21 and 13 of the Constitution of India”, submits the plea and calls for the investigation report to be brought before the Court. Delineating the sequence of events, the plea raises the questions as to whether the impugned agreement, being an “outcome of bribe and stolen secret papers of jet fighters from Defence Ministry is liable to be quashed or not”, whether the Respondents are to be prosecuted under Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act, read with Sections 420, 120B and 409 of IPC and the PC Act, and whether the impugned agreement can be treated as a treaty between the two countries or a valid international agreement within Article 102 of the UN Charter. Contending that the contract was procured by fraud and corruption, and is therefore void ab-initio, the plea seeks quashing of the same. Sharma had filed a writ petition in 2018 seeking enquiry into the Rafale deal, which was dismissed in December 2018.Later, in November 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed review petitions that had been filed against the December 14, 2018 judgement which declined to order probe into the corruption allegations regarding the deal to procure 36 Rafale jets by Indian Government from the French company Dassault Aviation. A Bench comprising of then CJI Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had observed that the review petition filed by Advocate Prashant Bhushan, former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie lacked merits. The review pleas had been filed on the ground that certain documents had been leaked by the media which showcased that the Government had suppressed material information from the Court. Click Hear To Download/Read PetitionSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Energy Saving Pioneer Resumes Operations in Brattleboro

first_imgEnergy Saving Pioneer Resumes OperationsBrattleboro, Vermont – November 10, 2008 – Window Quilt, the company that developed movable window insulation 30 years ago, is now shipping high performance insulated shades from their new Brattleboro factory. The company, whose products dramatically reduce energy losses through windows, was founded in Brattleboro. A local entrepreneur recently acquired the business, which had been moved to Seattle, Washington several years ago by its last corporate ownership, and returned it to Brattleboro under the direction of experienced management.The company reports tremendous response from users, energy auditors and dealers, all of whom had been very disappointed by the previous owner’s decision to close the operation. “I have never seen interest this high in my 15 years’ on and off experience with Window Quilt,” says Bryan Wittler, the company’s General Manager. “Thanks to excellent support from Brattleboro Development Credit Corp and enthusiastic pro bono assistance from several former managers, we have made great progress in preparing to meet the strong demand we anticipate in coming years. And our location in Brattleboro Development’s Book Press building is ideal, because there is almost unlimited room for future expansion.”Over a half million Window Quilts have been installed in residences, schools, national parks, and public buildings of all kinds. Window Quilt’s seasonal peak employment reached over 120 individuals during the energy conscious early 1980’s. “The need for energy saving products is greater than ever today and Window Quilts are still the most cost effective and easily deployed solution bar none,” says Larry Digney, the new owner. “The marketing possibilities for this product are immense. Our job is to make the newcomers to the field aware that 30% or more of the energy required to heat a building can be saved with our well-designed movable window insulation. Window Quilt ought to be a growing business for years to come.”Window Quilts, though simple in appearance, are highly engineered to address all the mechanisms that contribute to heat loss from the building envelope and discomfort in the interior space. The product incorporates a full perimeter seal and five-layer fabric with vapor barrier to provide insulation, block convection currents, and eliminate outside air infiltration. The company reports that in addition to the potential 30% reduction in energy consumption, rooms are more comfortable at lower thermostat settings because the shades block the radiation of body heat to the window and eliminate drafts caused by convection currents and infiltration of outside air.Window Quilts are available through specialty dealers who perform measurement and installation services, and are also available for direct purchase on the web to accommodate areas that don’t yet have a local dealer. Complete information is found at the company’s web site,.last_img read more

Dale Herbert

first_imgDale Stephen “Too Short” Herbert, age 68 of Osgood, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  The son of Vincent and Mary (Kirshbaum) Herbert was born on June 4, 1950 in Greensburg.Dale retired in 2014 from Batesville Casket Company where he had worked for the past 44 years.He was an avid sports fan of the Cincinnati Reds and UC Bearcats, but Dale was a big Bengals fan.  He enjoyed a variety of hobbies like bowling, going fishing and doing some flea marketing.  He always liked family get togethers and of course most of all, just being with his family.He is survived by his wife Vicki (Moulton) Herbert; daughter, Martina Herbert of Osgood, and step daughter, April Wooten (David Fields) of North Vernon; step son, Estel Smith (Carol) of Franklin; sisters, Lydia Smith of New Point, Virginia Bedel of Batesville, and Donalene Holman of Greensburg; and brothers, Vincent Herbert of North Vernon, David Herbert of Milan along with many grandchildren and nieces and newphews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Francis Herbert.Visitation will be Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11am-1pm followed by 1pm funeral services all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Mark Vice officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rossburg Cemetery.Memorials may be given to the family c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

Teen Dies After Mom Crashes into Trees While Fleeing from FHP

first_imgA 15-year-old Georgia girl is dead and her sister and mother are recovering, after their car crashed into trees along I-75 in north Florida on Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.An FHP trooper clocked the vehicle, which was being driven by 34-year-old Cinceria Cooke of Atlanta, at 103 mph as it headed north on the highway near White Springs. The trooper began following the vehicle, which was passing cars on the shoulder and driving recklessly.The incident report states that Cooke abruptly exited the interstate, before returning onto it. She refused to stop for either of the marked patrol cars and tried to leave the highway again, but lost control and slammed into several pine trees that line the shoulder of the road.Cooke’s daughter, Aniyah Bynes, died at the scene. Her other daughter, 17-year-old Clexia Bynes, suffered minor injuries, while Cooke was taken to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville in serious condition.It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor, as the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

June Mar Fajardo has no ill will toward Spider-Man-clad PBA crasher

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo became the unfortunate victim when an intruder dressed up as Spider-Man rushed to the court during Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum,The crasher, who was later identified as Paolo Felizarta, collided with Fajardo with 3:06 left in the game, momentarily knocking down the 6-foot-10 giant.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Felizarta was detained at Quezon Police District Station 7 and the earliest he can post for bail is on Tuesday.Fajardo, who finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds in San Miguel’s 88-86 loss, eventually called for peace and that everyone should just leave Felizarta alone.“I hope he learned a lesson from this, he got mugged because of it. I hope he’s okay and I think he doesn’t have any intention of hurting anyone,” said Fajardo. “To the fans, please support your teams, win or lose, because that’s what they want and need from you.”“Us players, we’re doing this because we want to win and please respect the players because we also respect the fans. And to the fans, please don’t patronize what happened. I hope that doesn’t happen again.”ADVERTISEMENT Araneta’s security personnel immediately apprehended Felizarta who also received retaliatory hits from Fajardo’s San Miguel teammates Christian Standhardinger, Chris Ross, and Ronald Tubid.Fajardo, who still finished the game, said that even though he was apparently hurt in the collision he wishes no ill will toward Felizarta, who ran to the court waving a sign that reads “VOTE! LOVE!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was shocked with what happened, I totally didn’t expect it, I think everyone didn’t expect it,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “It’s a good thing this isn’t serious, I only got dizzy because I was hit in the jaw.”“There’s no problem, for me, with what happened. His way of sending a message was wrong and I think he just wants to be noticed it’s just that his way of doing things is wrong.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid On cusp of UAAP title, UST has no time to celebrate just yet Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more