Confluence | Mar 15, 2019 | 0
3 Stories You Should Read 3/11/2019: Juan Guaido, R. Kelly, Lab-Grown Meat
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In the category of: It’s getting really ugly.
Seventeen people have died in Venezuela’s massive power outage, “murdered” by the government of President Nicolas Maduro, opposition leader Juan Guaido alleged Sunday.
Guaido, Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, said Sunday that 16 states continued to be completely without power, while six had partial power. He said the private sector had lost at least $400 million from power outages.
Electricity was cut to 70% of the South American nation late last week, and officials warned that hospitals were at risk.
In the category of: Not really fixable.
It Seems Like He’s Ready: R. Kelly Announces Ingenious Plan to ‘Straighten All This Stuff Out’ After Being Released from Jail… Again
R. Kelly has been released from jail for the second time in two weeks after a payment for the $161,000 in back child support he owed was made anonymously on his behalf.
The 52-year-old singer was seen walking out of Chicago’s Cook County Jail on Saturday, accompanied by his attorney, Steve Greenberg.
Cook County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari tells PEOPLE that Kelly was released from custody after the full $161,633 was paid on Saturday morning, but that it’s not immediately clear who paid the sum.
In the category: Where’s the meat?
Taking cell-based meat products to market will require a regulatory framework. The FDA and USDA just announced one.
But that’s exactly what happened Thursday, March 7, when the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they’d established a framework for regulating cell-based meat and poultry. The companies working on those products were thrilled.
Why? Well, cell-based meat companies have been arguing for years that their product is meat and should be regulated like meat from slaughterhouses. And they’ve pointed out that, for America’s “clean meat” industry to remain competitive with the clean meat industries in Israel, China, Singapore, the Netherlands, Japan, and other countries, companies need assurance that their product will be responsibly regulated by the USDA and the FDA.
Proponents believe cell-based meat has the potential to solve a bunch of the world’s biggest problems in one shot. They hope it can end animal cruelty on factory farms, combat climate change, reduce the use of antibiotics to keep animals alive in cramped conditions, and make it possible to feed a growing, increasingly wealthy global population.
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