Posted on December 22, 2013 By Conan Milner, Epoch Times | December 20, 2013
Is this article correct. Or spoof? how could we miss this one comming?
In a few months regulators are poised to approve the first genetically modified apple. The new fruit is expected in grocery stores as early as 2014.
Made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the Arctic Apple comes in Golden and Granny Smith varieties, with Fuji, Gala, and others to follow. Unlike conventional apples, Arctic does not brown when sliced or bruised.
The Arctic Apple differs from other genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in a very important way: consumers will be able to identify it.
All fresh fruit will be labeled with an Arctic sticker, and processed foods containing more than 5 percent of Arctic Apples will bear the Arctic logo. Only pasteurized products such as juice and sauce will not be labeled.
As big food manufacturers and bioengineering companies spend millions to squash campaigns aimed at identifying GMOs, Okanagan wants its product to stand out in the marketplace.
In a series of videos addressing questions of safety and science, OSF owner, orchardist, and bioresource engineer Neal Carter said that unlike other GMO crops that are designed with traits that only benefit the farmer such as built-in pest control or pesticide resistance, Arctic Apples are designed with the consumer in mind.
Flavr Savr a Failure
OSF is not the first to try this business model. The Flavr Savr tomato, introduced in 1994, was the first commercialized GMO. Initially popular, the tomato was never profitable.
This is good for public to start this discussion. It is good that media is willing to publish stories on the topic even if the general talk of the article is negative on the idea.
I want to re-state my opinion.... The current secession talk is red vs blue. I understand this. People can discuss on this merit if they wish. This is not why I would like to see the discussion on the split up of the country into various smaller countries.
My position, long b4 the red vs blue discussion, that countries are like businesses and at some point become too big and monopolistic in nature. With this monopolistic bend comes corruption and leaders leading not in the peoples best interest. It allows for too much power to be controlled by too few.
In my view, todays America power structure benefits the elite class and military industrial complex. Is this what we want? Our constitution is a wonder but requires some level of virtue as its backbone. The size and power of our country today leads to something less than virtue.
I can see no down side to dividing up and allowing for states to form separate countries. Can we get some constructive why and why not conversation on the subject.. trying to stay away from red vs blue. I know this red vs blue is polarizing and the temptation would be to bring this into the conversation.
note: I moved to Nebraska 12 years ago. This state is different from all others i have lived. They have a Unicameral, Term limits, pay is 14,000 per year for the senators, no party affiliation and they only serve 60 to 90 days per year.... i like this.. are there other states like this?
I have two books open at this time. After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre and Super Fuel by Richard Martin.
Some of you might appreciate both but because fuel/energy is a hot topic today the book Super Fuel; Thorium, The Green Energy Source For The Future is good news for discussion.
Short note from the book to start the discussion; "The more I learn about the lost history of thorium.......the more astonished and outraged I became. Here was an inexpensive, safe, abundant energy source that could power every city on earth, with enough left over for hundreds of millions of electric vehicles, for several millennia. And we are sitting on it, essentially doing nothing."
I have another book shows mineral deposits of North America and there are rich deposits of thorium all over the USA.
Here is a list of many failed or near failed green energy companies that have received tax payer dollars the past several years. Today, green energy supplies less than 1/2% of the total power used by the United States... maybe we should have built a Thorium Reactor instead. China is in the process of building the first.
Did the Federal Reserve really help the economy, especially main street, when they announced QE3? No, but they certainly helped Wall Street.
Everybody is getting all excited about the Federal Reserve's declaration of QE3. My reaction of the announcement was, it won't help much and it's more trickle down policy with the money going to the 1% while the 99% hope to get trickled on. Let's see why it was good for Wall St., but not so much for Main St. below the fold.
If you are like me, the news coverage on the EU/Greek Debt crisis leaves one cross eyed. I found this piece that I think explains the issues and outcomes very clearly. And yes, it is important we all understand how this is playing out as we will all eventually be effected and without a deep knowledge we might not know how to appropriately react.
This is slightly off topic but blogs are to be fun... right? Currency is a big topic today throughout the world... here is another twist
What's a Bitcoin?
It's the state-of-the-art in money. It's a new form of electronic money. It's already become "the gold standard" of digital currency.
Ya know how email changed old-fashioned mail forever? Well, Bitcoin is changing money forever.
Based on some old technologies, and some new technologies... Bitcoin is the result of combining... the very state of the art in cryptographic security + the idea of a limited quantity commodity similar to gold and silver (where there's only so much of it) and using it as money + the idea of massive numbers of computers connected by the internet... forming a strong, resilient, indestructible peer-to-peer network. It's called a cryptocurrency.
Since the invention of Bitcoin... Money will never be the same.