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USDA Claims Authority to Combat Bird Flu, Trains APHIS with FEMA Protocols

H5N1 fears are ramping up as the USDA seeks to give FEMA training to the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The notice appeared in the federal register and stated, “APHIS is assuming responsibility for providing certain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-related training to APHIS employees. The training consists of courses such as IntroductionContinue reading USDA Claims Authority to Combat Bird Flu, Trains APHIS with FEMA Protocols

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Senate hearing examines ‘available evidence’ on the origins of COVID-19

The Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs committee held a hearing and debate Tuesday morning regarding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing included two scientists who believe a zoonotic origin is the most likely explanation and two scientists who believe the virus was generated in a lab before leaking to the public. Gregory KoblentzContinue reading Senate hearing examines ‘available evidence’ on the origins of COVID-19

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USDA Claims Authority to Combat Bird Flu, Trains APHIS with FEMA Protocols

H5N1 fears are ramping up as the USDA seeks to give FEMA training to the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The notice appeared in the federal register and stated, “APHIS is assuming responsibility for providing certain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-related training to APHIS employees. The training consists of courses such as IntroductionContinue reading USDA Claims Authority to Combat Bird Flu, Trains APHIS with FEMA Protocols

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The CDC Recommends Everyone 6 Months and Older Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine This Fall

Despite low risk of severe COVID-19 infection for children and younger age groups, the CDC says children should get the vaccine. The CDC has released new guidance encouraging everyone over six months old to receive the latest COVID-19 and flu vaccines this fall to prepare for the winter season. This applies to everyone, whether orContinue reading The CDC Recommends Everyone 6 Months and Older Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine This Fall

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USDA Reopens Comment Period for Deregulation of Gene-Edited Plants

The deregulation of gene-edited plants is on the USDA agenda, and the public comment period has been extended by 21 days. The comment page has yet to be posted on the Federal Register. CRISPR is a new technology that is being used in agriculture to modify plants. “New Gene Technologies” or NGTs are how big agricultural companies like Bayer areContinue reading USDA Reopens Comment Period for Deregulation of Gene-Edited Plants

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Bayer Pushes for Liability Shield Against Glyphosate Lawsuits Amid Controversy and Lobbying Efforts

Bayer/Monsanto continues their push to create a liability shield against lawsuits for harm caused by Roundup and the primary chemical gglyphosate. The House Agriculture Committee approved language in the farm bill that would provide pesticide and herbicide manufacturers with complete immunity from charges. Bayer’s lobbying efforts at the state level failed in various states, includingContinue reading Bayer Pushes for Liability Shield Against Glyphosate Lawsuits Amid Controversy and Lobbying Efforts

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USDA Claims Authority to Combat Bird Flu, Trains APHIS with FEMA Protocols

H5N1 fears are ramping up as the USDA seeks to give FEMA training to the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The notice appeared in the federal register and stated, “APHIS is assuming responsibility for providing certain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-related training to APHIS employees. The training consists of courses such as IntroductionContinue reading USDA Claims Authority to Combat Bird Flu, Trains APHIS with FEMA Protocols

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