I Want An Empire Of Chains

I want a chain of Animal-Free everything.

An empire filled with regrown cultures as animal-free, reconstituted cultures which exclude the exploitation of animals under the guidance of the 5 Principles To A Better Life. Check your prejudice at the door of discrimination and everybody benefits equally in the process, if not the result.

Awareness of the process accelerates SUCCESS.


The key to all success is discipline. I’m diving for the roots baby doll. The key to discipline is spiritual growth. The key to spiritual growth is self-knowledge. The key to self-knowledge is love. sldt


WiFi and real. Franchises, with a few twists, ALL FOOD ALL THE TIME.

PETA is a political activism wing.

PDETAS (5 principles to a better life: no prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter – one leads to the other if left unchecked, so check your prejudices at the door of discrimination and everybody benefits.) includes the human as the animal needing the most guidance.

AFC Global denies responsibility for any PETA organized event that includes violence or results in violence.

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Plant Based Can Be A Contradiction

Plant based designations give a lot of leeway in categorizing products based on ingredients. It can mean a product contains all plants or foundationally plant with some animal.

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Hey, I’m just a nobody afraid of hitch hiking.

It goes way back. Something about not getting into cars with strangers. It generalized to any type of vehicle or agenda. That’s probably why I prefer to work alone. I trust myself with myself.

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Pate Perfection


Animal-Free Hotdog Pate low fat

Who would think to use hot dogs for a pate – even if made from animal hot dogs? I’ve never been served it – at a home or a restaurant. Who needs liver when you have hot dogs – animal-free of course in this and every case. Add a little raw onion, some Kalamata olives, horseradish, sage, garlic, dry mustard, fresh ground pepper – process till smooth and there it is – Pate Perfection.

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Animal-Eaters Want The Impossible Taste In Their Animal Meat

Impossible Burger Meat tastes like everybody wishes animal meat tasted.

My guess is that in future, animal meat companies will be adding the veg blood made from the contents of the soy root nodule (cups of nitrogen-fixed bacteria) to enhance the blood taste of their animal meats. Hot dogs too, anything that has a recipe.

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Insect Goo On Your Fruits, Vegetables, Candy

Is Insect Goo An Allergen?

The insect laden wax that candy, produce and other food companies use to coat thus preserve their product may be what’s making you sick, not the sugar as so many claimed in the past, specifically scientists.

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Venice Maid Vegetarian Vegetable Soup – what’s wrong with it?

Venice Maid Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

Note the egg in the ingredient label. Who would think that a vegetatian vegetable soup would have egg in it? Eggs are not vegetables.

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CI Bartenders, Servers, Cooks, et al

– a different kind of review –

Would you wonder why a tavern would habitually over pour customers, let them get so drunk they can hardly stand? That’s where all the Confidential Informants and government assets hang out.

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Review of Junior Mints

Accidentally Vegan – a discovery

  • Shellac or lac resin is a product that is imported from India and is used in waxes for citrus fruits, apples and pears. It is a product that is derived from the secretions of the tiny lac insect. The lac insect secretes “lac-resin” from its glands onto a host tree.
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Flavonoids And Animals

Sharon’s Opinion: After searching the internet for charts showing the multitude of foods containing flavonoids one thing that stood out startlingly clear is that animals were not on the flavonoid menu. The charts either were too small to read or they were not downloadable to Word Press.

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I Love You Dad

They had more than enough time to reverse their decisions, regarding the ban of your animal-free sites.

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Late Night Toast

Yogurt Jam Toast

COVID Rash Is Not What You Think4 and 5




I can’t prove what this is, but I’ve had it for 4 months. The so-called rash has mutated several times within that time frame from circles the size of a pea or the end of a cigarette, to big red blotches, to pin point eruptions with tiny hard balls beneath the surface of the skin, and also presents itself as red blisters with water inside. The CDC is minimizing the rash they call it, that may not go away, which suggest a laboratory-designed virus that caused it – specifically the COVID vaccine.

Four months ago I got my last booster shot for COVID and not long thereafter this rash occurred. The USA government knows about it and is doing nothing, because it appears that there’s no cure, and they don’t want people not to take the vaccine.

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It AIN’T ANIMAL-FREE if it came from the flesh and blood of animals or animal cells


RE: ANIMAL-FREE LAB CELL MEAT by Sharon Davies-Tight, the Animal-Free Chef

If it comes from an animal it’s not animal-free. They (the people using the word to call their animal product animal-free) need to ditch that name before someone takes them to court over it.

You still need to keep stables of animals to garner their cells. The rich people will get the real cow (grass fed supposedly, while giving up their cells to grow them in a laboratory separate from the body of the target animal) and the poor people will get the laboratory cell meat. IT IS NOT, NOT ANIMAL-FREE.

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Animal Rights And The Catholic Church


“Did Pope Francis really say all animals go to Heaven?”

It really doesn’t matter who says it – either with supposed authority or not. How would any animal (including the human animal) know anyway, unless they’ve already been there (to heaven) and they could call back to the rest of us – hey we made it to paradise.

This is an animal rights issue (which also means a human rights issue, since humans are animals).

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Just Egg Pancake


A pancake made out of just egg? Why not when it’s JUST EGG doing the bidding? Wow, what a product. Easy to prepare, serve and a delight to eat. It always comes out the same. No need to pan-fry (though you could), but why bother when you can just pop it in the toaster and save on calories and washing the pan too. I love this product – the best on the market today. A miracle I do declare!

Makes 4-8 Servings

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The Animal-Free Manifesto written as an historical document by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, The Animal-Free Chef

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No-Talk Cooking Shows


No Talk Cooking Shows

I’m getting hooked on Korean cooking demonstrations on YouTube.

Nobody talks.

Now when I turn to another cooking show with talking, it’s a turn off.

Why do vaudeville slapstick when cooking? Is that a thing from the past that no one can forget so it stays in fashion?

Get rid of it. In these Hollywood type shows they make the cook the focus instead of the food. It’s like the chef is saying pick me – selling themselves instead of the dish.

That’s the future. No talk cooking shows.

No faces even.

Wow. That is IT.

Only problem? I’m running out of Korean shows.

Need more of Asia no talk shows.

Classy. I’m inspired by their skills.

Maybe no talk in America can’t happen because American chefs have no skills to display.

I don’t want the chef to put on a show for me. I want the chef to demonstrate their cooking skills. Hands not faces talking.

The Animal-Free Chef

Queen Eli’s Penny Jam Sandwich

If the Queen was anti-skinning animals alive for their fur, she didn’t stop wearing them. One wonders about the conscience of such public figures, having so much influence on the masses, yet chooses to set hurtful and harmful standards as examples of appropriate behavior.

Chef Sharon’s Comment: The article made it sound like a bread sandwich. Her former chef is however making scones. Either way, it’s a strawberry jam sandwich with some form of butter.

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Impossible Foods Seeks Approval For Leghemoglobin

RE: Impossible Foods seeks EU and UK approval for its GMO “fake meat” bleeding ingredient

TAFC ClipBoard: That’s the Brits for you, always trying to stall a process, any process, until they give the okay. Supremacy at its worst. The plant is okay and the beans derived from the plant, but not the root?

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It’s Past Time To Shutter Omaha Steaks

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365 Chicken-Style Plant-Based Nuggets

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Impossible King Burger

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Gardein Ultimate Chick’n Nuggets

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“Be Prepared”


In this entire article the writer never mentions whether they contain animal products or not. 

Girl Scouts of America are still in the dark ages of abusing animals for pleasure, when they should be pioneering in all matters involving the welfare of all the animals who share the planet with the human animal.

Sadly, that has never been the case.

They’re scouts, always prepared. For what? Selling cookies?

Part of being prepared means that you know what’s in the cookie you’re selling.

Scouts know what’s going on in the world, even if it’s at a rudimentary level, they need to be taught to be aware of cultural practices that need to change in the world.

It’s not about diminishing the cookie; it’s about what the cookies contain –  enslavement, torture and slaughter practices that need to be removed.

It’s not enough that one or three contain no animal products. There’s no valid reason in the world why GIRL SCOUTS should allow any part of the dead or alive animal in any of the cookies they sell.

WAKE UP GIRL SCOUT LEADERSHIP!! You do these young minds a disservice by keeping them in a past century to appease your own tastes and values.

Where are your principles? 

In a world that is closing down the slaughter industries, ingredients need to be uppermost in the minds of those who use little girls to sell terror for profit.


Make your cookies soar through the heavens with no cruelty. Just like you did with these three flavors:

Peanut Butter Patties® | Tagalongs®

Thin Mints®

Raspberry Rally®

It takes courage to step out beyond the norms of society.

Be Brave.

Teach the courage to change one’s self by changing the world by setting the example. You don’t have to fight a war to do it. It’s a peaceful process.

No prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture, slaughter. One leads to the other if left unchecked. So check your prejudices at the door of discrimination and everyone benefits.

Expect some discomfort.

When others don’t see with your eye, keep forging ahead by setting the example of fairness for all the animals, including the human animal.

Don’t forget to be fair to yourself too!

Here are the nutritional labels for the three types of cookies that appear to be animal-free. Not easy to find, which is another problem. It’s better to put them right out front on the website, so it doesn’t appear like you’re hiding something. You should be proud of the cookies containing no animal products.

There’s no fairness involved when enslavement, torture and slaughter are on the table – any table, anywhere. Dairy farms and slaughterhouses need to be eliminated, not given equal space to exist and flourish for profit or not. The money doesn’t really matter; it’s about the cruelty – the horror, the terror inflicted for pleasure. It tastes so good is not a valid reason to kill someone.

I thought girl scouts knew how to bake. Animal-free is easy. If the bakers can’t do it, you’re using the wrong bakers. Search for new ones.

Be Prepared was the motto when I was a girl scout.

Be prepared to change your mind about old, harmful traditions.

ARTICLE: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/girl-scouts-debut-cookie-inspired-131000647.html

Buffalo Bleu Sauce


Everybody likes delicious, easy to make sauces. Basically opening jars. Versatile. Use as a dipping sauce for veggies, fries or chips, as a dressing for salads, or spoon hot or cold over A-F meats or cooked tofu cubes!

Makes approx. 1 cup

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Cattle First, says BI


Boehringer Ingelheim

Your Partner In Cattle Health

“We believe that the best way to run a beef or dairy operation is to put cattle first, and we support the veterinarians and producers who do the same. Find out how we can help you overcome your biggest herd health challenges.”

“Every successful cattle operation puts the health and well-being of cattle above all else. Because if you want to get the best out of each animal, you have to put your best into it.”

ANIMALS WE SERVE: Fostering an Unbreakable Bond

Serving Animals Through Innovation

Protecting Pets

Helping Horses

Caring For Cattle

Preserving Poultry

Sustaining Swine”

COMMENT:  Sounds like BI is serving in the animals’ best interest. Should the animals who BI claim to come first be thanking BI for their service as they’re slaughtered?

Getting cute with word usage when it involves, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter is an abomination.

Serving animals? No, that is incorrect. BI serves the profit motives of the human animals, not the animals they groom through enslavement, torture and slaughter for human usage.

This is reminiscent of the so-called happy cows whom the dairy industry grooms for profit.

So the dairy cows should be thanking the dairy industry for their service? By keeping the slaves healthy long enough to consume their milk, then their flesh after the milk is spent?

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want? Leading the animals to slaughter is what the shepherd does. 

The Lord is my shepherd? So this is what the bible teaches you? 

God is your executioner.

Burn the Bibles.

BI is a German pharmaceutical company that makes over twenty billion dollars a year claiming in the most backward of ways to serve the animals.


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New GM deregulated through the back door

TAFC Comment: It seems the issue is with CRISPR/Cas technology being used to kill male chicken embryos to make way for more female egg layers. They have the technology to kill embryos and they’re using it.

Sounds like a genetically modified abortion – this time to destroy male embryos in the shell before they reach maturity. It’s like controlling the birth rate by genetically modifying the death of an organism.

The obvious question is can this approach be used on humans or other animals – killing off a particular sex before it reaches maturity in the uterus by manipulating the genes to abort without killing the host organism?


A transgene is a gene that has been transferred naturally, or by any of a number of genetic engineering techniques, from one organism to another. The introduction of a transgene, in a process known as transgenesis, has the potential to change the phenotype of an organism. Wikipedia/


Eggs and laying hens originating from transgenic hens could be marketed in the EU without these having to undergo an approval process, and without being labelled, reports Testbiotech. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from a letter sent by the EU Commission to the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) in July 2021. The letter has been made public after a request from the German Union of Peasant Farmers (AbL).

In response, AbL and Testbiotech have sent a joint letter to the EU Commission, in which they point out that marketing the eggs without risk assessment or labelling would constitute a breach of EU regulations. Together they are warning against a deregulation of the controversial CRISPR/Cas technology through the back door, as this would have serious consequences for consumers, food producers and retailers.

“The way in which the EU Commission is handling this case is a cause of deep concern: The published letter could be understood as allowing the direct marketing of laying hens and their eggs in the EU without these undergoing an approval process, and without labelling. The introduction of the eggs into the food market could go completely unnoticed,” says Annemarie Volling for the AbL. “The Commission would be completely invalidating the enforcement of GMO regulation and the precautionary principle. Were such a paradigm change to happen, the Commission would also be seriously exceeding its competence.”

Researchers in Israel have used CRISPR/Cas to alter hens so that no male offspring are able to hatch. A deadly gene is passed on to any male offspring, this is intended to kill the male embryos in the egg before they hatch. At the same time, the female offspring will supposedly develop normally so that they can be used as laying hens for egg production.

A patent for the process and the resulting hens has already been filed, and could in due course be marketed in cooperation with a US company. The patent applicants claim that their technology is 100 percent safe and there are no transgenes in the genome of the laying hens. These statements seem to be sufficient for the EU Commission to exempt the laying hens and the eggs from the mandatory approval process and labelling. However, there is no legal basis for such a decision.

EU laws require that all organisms produced from genetic engineering (GE) processes must undergo an approval process; they also have to be traceable and labelled. Recent findings in basic research highlight how important it is to also apply these requirements to the offspring of GE animals: The findings provide evidence that if animals are engineered with CRISPR/Cas technology, their offspring may in turn suffer from unintended genetic changes associated with specific risks.

The attempt to deregulate the CRISPR/Cas eggs is not an isolated case. Despite several publications showing that new and specific risks are associated with CRISPR/Cas technology, the EU Commission still vehemently refutes these findings. While the Commission acknowledges that the processes of new GM can trigger unintended genetic changes, they also claim that there is no need to examine them.

The case of the CRISPR/Cas laying hens seems to indicate that the unjustified position of the EU Commission is being driven by political considerations and interests in international trading, and thus causing deregulation of new GM through the backdoor.

Further information

The joint letter to the EU Commission

The letter from the EU Commission to German BVL

The patent application on CRISPR/Cas chicken

Source of commentary: Testbiotech

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Cannabis Allergy

TAFC Commentary:

If the only legal weed is going to be the equivalent of pharmaceutical/medical grade pot products get ready for an onslaught of allergy symptoms, not easily controlled if at all, caused by medical grade cannabis/marijuana.

The ongoing dance the developers keep trying to avoid is making a hypoallergenic weed product.

Until then, and until the medicinal prices come down drastically, street weed will be required to fill the void of servicing the poor.


Bring back the seeds in the marijuana. Seeds contain the highest pollen concentration and don’t get actually smoked when using street weed, unless they’re ground. When the designers decided to make seed puffs out of seeds, how does the consumer know that all that pollen that now burns

Seeds weren’t meant to be smoked. However, making seed puffs out of seeds for the sole purpose of keeping the buyers from planting them and growing their own weed is corrupt and could be injurious to the health of the consumer of the cannabis. How else does it benefit the cannabis industry, except to limit the consumer’s options?

The medical grade marijuana companies found a way to disable the ability for seeds to grow by turning them into seed puffs that crush like the rest of the plant when pressure is applied. That manipulation process may also contribute to the weed allergy.

If people are going to be taking weed long term to treat a condition, and not just on an occasional, recreational basis, then the allergen issue needs to be resolved. Nobody should be punished by enduring a lifetime of hives to treat a marijuana allergy.

The article is correct in saying nobody talks about it. They don’t because it’s still federally illegal to smoke it, while in many states legal to buy it. Legalize pot and get the funds to reduce the side effects. Apply for grants with that purpose in mind.

Stop manipulating the marijuana/hemp/weed like you manipulate pharmaceuticals. The manipulation is creating too many side effects that can be as uncomfortable as the problems it’s designed to treat.

If anything, decrease the amount of histamine to acceptable levels for most people.

Why should people have to deal with side effects of a plant that can be engineered out? It’s best not to socially engineer for profit – keeping in the negatives to keep the user from wanting too much. It should be nobody’s job to insert adverse side effects. The job needs to be to decrease them. You’re not trying hard enough.

What’s with all the flavors? Why did anyone assume that customers wanted flavored draws? If they cause allergies, then keep them out. Stop trying to disguise the smell of weed. Weed smells. So does cabbage, but you haven’t heard of anyone weeding out the cabbage smell from the plant. Then we’d have to deal with side effects from the cabbage.

Those seed puffs increase the bulk size when the vacant seeds crush like the rest of the flower.

Another reason growers render the seeds in medicinal weed ungrowable is so the independent user won’t grow their own plants when marijuana becomes available to everyone. The pot sellers can then sell the seeds separately. Ten seeds for seventy-five dollars is the rate across the street – for what use to be included in the pot as the total package.

Cannabis Allergy


The Stash/Health & Science/ Yes, You Can You Be Allergic to Weed

Is sativa giving you the sniffles?

by Dianna Benjamin

 Reviewer Binoj Joseph Matthew, MD, MHA– August 13, 2019

Health & Science

If you’ve recently tried weed for the first time expecting medicinal relief but instead found yourself swelling, sneezing, or rubbing itchy eyes, you may have a weed allergy. 


The symptoms of a cannabis allergy are similar to the seasonal allergies and include the following: 

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  • runny nose 
  • sneezing 
  • itching 
  • swelling
  • watery eyes
  • rashes
  • hives 

In severe cases, anaphylaxis can develop. This acute allergic response to cannabis most typically occurs after the ingestion of hemp seeds. So what exactly is anaphylaxis? It can result in swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, and passing out.

If not treated immediately, anaphylaxis can be fatal. If you suspect that you may have an allergy to cannabis, talk to your doctor about carrying an epinephrine injection in case you go into anaphylactic shock. 


Because of marijuana’s legally gray status (it is federally prohibited but legalized in most states), and complicated and diverse biochemical architecture, finding a clinic that will test might be tricky.

People who suspect that they have an allergy may be able to take a skin prick or blood test. Leaves, buds, and flowers from the C. sativa plant may be used in a skin prick test. Blood tests are less common, less reliable, and more cost prohibitive. 


The lack of research on cannabis immunotherapy makes it difficult to prescribe a standard treatment plan. This will likely remain the case until federal cannabis prohibition is lifted—it is nearly impossible for researchers to access cannabis for the scientific discovery needed to develop this kind of therapy.

Consequently, the best way to treat a cannabis allergy is to avoid coming into contact with it if you suspect you may be allergic. If you do experience an allergic reaction, contact your doctor. Depending on the severity of the reaction, your doctor will likely prescribe an antihistamine to assist in managing the symptoms.

Allergic reactions should resolve on their own within weeks once cannabis exposure is eliminated. 

If you work in a cannabis processing or producing facility or you otherwise cannot avoid coming into contact with the plant, the use of antihistamines, gloves, facemasks, and inhalers may reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Because of the small likelihood of developing anaphylaxis, it is important to consult with your doctor about risk management.   

Cannabis is an Allergen

Cannabis sativa, like all other plants, contains pollen, an extremely pervasive and irritating allergen subtype. It also contains proteins common to other plants that have been implicated in the development of food allergies. Recent studies show that Can s 3, the nsLTP (non-specific lipid transfer protein) of Cannabis sativa constitutes an important allergen because Can s 3-based diagnostics displays the best performance. 

Consequently, sensitization to the allergen Can s 3, the ns‐LTP from Cannabis sativa, could lead to a broad variety of cross‐reactions. This essentially means the possibility of cross‐reactivity with tobacco, natural latex and plant‐food‐derived alcoholic beverages.

In a 2019 report, Canadian researchers describe possible allergens responsible for cannabis allergy include THC, 4 nonspecific lipid transfer protein (Can s 3),5, 6 and others. 

An interesting preliminary study in 2018 demonstrated that marijuana use is associated with sensitization to specific allergens, including molds, dust mites, plants, and cat dander. In lay terms, use of marijuana can create sensitivities to the above allergens that did not otherwise exist in the user. 

The authors propose to use the sIgE hemp assay (crude extract using an ImmunoCAP technique) where there’s a suspicion of a cannabis allergy as a negative result makes a cannabis allergy unlikely.  However, a positive sIgE hemp always needs additional diagnostic work-up with a Can s 3 based diagnostic.

Clearly, more research needs to be done to establish IgE reactivity profile in Cannabis sativa.

Are Cannabis Allergies Becoming More Common? 

With the rapid growth of the legal cannabis industry comes increased opportunity for exposure. In addition to the cannabis used for medicinal purposes, hemp (a non-psychoactive variety of the Cannabis sativa plant) is used in thousands of products. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), this makes exposure and subsequent sensitization to cannabis extremely common.

People may develop a sensitivity to cannabis by consuming or touching cannabis products.  The AAAAI predicts that reports of cannabis allergies will become increasingly prevalent as the industry expands.

Notwithstanding the medically-based utilization of cannabis the augmented interest for highly nutritious foods has increased the widespread availability and use of hemp seeds ( a super-food high in protein)in the food industry, which can contribute to the frequency of hemp seed allergy and possibly cannabis cross-reactivity. 

In addition to hempseed and hempseed oil, derivatives of dried flowers or resinous extract can be incorporated in food and ingested. Since both hemp and cannabis can induce clinically relevant allergic cross-reactivity one can get a hemp allergy without being exposed to hemp which can in turn manifest as severe anaphylaxis or other lesser symptoms.

Why you don’t hear about cannabis allergies

A 2016 Photodetection in Flow Cytometry review determined that the prevalence of cannabis allergies is likely underreported due to the plant’s illegality in some states and in federal law. The authors explained that far more people than the public may be conscious of are at risk of developing cannabis sensitivity. Those groups include but aren’t limited to:

  • Police officers who seize illegal pot
  • Recreational users who inhale or ingest cannabis products
  • Cannabis growers
  • Laboratory scientists who test the plant

Others could inhale cannabis allergens while walking the street or come into contact with pot when in proximity to someone actively using cannabis products.

Skin-to-cannabis contact may result in urticaria (rash) or contact dermatitis, inhaling cannabis may result in season allergy-like respiratory irritation, and ingesting cannabis may lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, swelling, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis. 

If You are Allergic to These Things, You May be Allergic to Cannabis 

A 2017 Revue de Pneumologie Clinique review found that cannabis allergies may be triggered by foods that have a similar chemical composition to weed. This phenomenon is known as cross-allergy or cross-reactivity. It occurs when the body has an allergic reaction to one food, but then becomes sensitive to other foods or plants that contain similar proteins to the original allergy inducing plant.

If you have a history of allergies, you can use your knowledge about your food sensitivities to make an educated guess about the likelihood of developing a cannabis allergy. Certain foods contain a molecular composition similar to marijuana. If you have an allergy to any of the following foods, you may be sensitive to cannabis as well: 

  • tomatoes 
  • nuts
  • apple
  • peaches
  • bananas
  • grapefruit
  • orange
  • chestnuts
  • eggplant  

GM WATCH COI, animals, potatoes, CRISPR, inert pesticides and more

100% of members of UK government’s GMO advisory body ACRE have potential or actual conflicts of interest

Today the UK Parliament’s Delegated Legislation Committee debated the government’s statutory instrument that lays the groundwork for deregulating the planting of GM crops for non-commercial purposes. Daniel Zeichner, the Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries, voiced concerns about the instrument. He mentioned that several members of the government’s GMO advisory body, the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), have conflicts of interest with the biotechnology industry – the same industry that stands to benefit from the government’s plan to weaken the rules around agricultural GMOs. His assessment is backed by the startling results of our own analysis. They show that 100% of the members of ACRE have potential or actual conflicts of interest that may enable them to benefit from any weakening of the regulations around GMOs. In addition, in spite of ACRE’s role in regulating environmental releases of GMOs, only one member of the ACRE panel has expertise in ecology and none appear to have expertise in environmental toxicology. GMWatch

GM contamination update: Animals

Researchers have found escaped GM ornamental aquarium zebrafish (Glofish) multiplying in streams in Brazil. This is the world’s first ecosystem contamination from a GM fish. Two food system contamination incidents from experimental GM pigs have already occurred in Canada. Escape and contamination incidents with GM crop plants have been observed in Canada – with GM canola, flax, and wheat. GM contamination is an ongoing concern, including because a GM Atlantic salmon now being produced in an on-land facility in Prince Edward Island. CBAN

Potato farmers conquer a devastating worm — with paper made from bananas

Potato cyst nematodes are a clever pest. These microscopic worms wriggle through the soil, homing in the roots of young potato plants and cutting harvests by up to 70%. They are challenging to get rid of, too: The eggs are protected inside the mother’s body, which toughens after death into a cyst that can survive in the soil for years. Now, researchers have shown a simple pouch made of paper created from banana tree fibres disrupts the hatching of cyst nematodes and prevents them from finding the potato roots. The new technique has boosted yields fivefold in trials with small-scale farmers in Kenya, where the pest has recently invaded, and could dramatically reduce the need for pesticides. The strategy may benefit other crops as well. Science

CRISPR’s Nobel Prize winners defeated in key patent claim for genome editor

Patent rulings and scientific honours don’t always mesh, as the team that won the Nobel Prize for creating the genome editor CRISPR learned. After a 7-year patent battle, a US court rejected its intellectual property claim to a key use of CRISPR, potentially costing it millions in licensing fees. According to a ruling by an appeal board of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a different group, led by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, made the “actual reduction to practice” of CRISPR’s ability to edit eukaryotic cells, including humans. This means companies developing CRISPR-based medicines must now negotiate with Broad and its partners, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for the use of the editor. The losing team — the so-called CVC group — includes the two researchers who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their pioneering CRISPR work, Jennifer Doudna of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology. “This borders on a total loss for the CVC,” says Jacob Sherkow, a patent attorney. Science

“Inert” pesticide ingredients are understudied and potentially dangerous to bees

A review on the effects of “inert” pesticide ingredients (co-formulants) on bees finds major areas with no research and several alarming results. Scientists searched all the academic literature on the topic of “inert” ingredients and bees, and found just 19 papers, a vanishingly small amount over the 50 years they’ve been researched. Worse still, just three of those papers were on a bee species other than honeybees. So for the vast majority of bees, we know nothing about how “inert” ingredients impact them. Some of the more worrying results include: Spiking a pond with an “inert” ingredient can cause considerable honeybee drownings for 60 days (very long-lasting effect); a co-formulant in fungicides damages bumblebee guts; and co-formulants can make bee diseases worse, killing larvae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

COVID origin conspiracy?

A string of unearthed emails is making it seem increasingly likely that there was a conspiracy to suppress the notion that the SARS-CoV-2 virus had emerged from research funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), headed by Anthony Fauci, writes Nicholas Wade. The latest emails don’t prove such a conspiracy, but they make it more plausible, for two reasons: because the expert virologists therein present such a strong case for thinking that the virus had lab-made features and because of the wholly political reaction to this bombshell on the part of Francis Collins, then-director of the National Institutes of Health.

Paul Thacker: Scientific corruption and conflicts in covering COVID (podcast)

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson interviews investigative reporter Paul Thacker about Anthony Fauci’s and Peter Daszak’s conflicted roles in suppressing discussion of the lab leak theory of COVID origins at the same time as funding dangerous gain-of-function research with coronaviruses in China. Thacker also offers insights on why and how science writers have silenced public debate on this topic.

COVID-19: A short history of laboratory leaks and gain-of-function studies

Research shows that the escape of viruses from laboratories and supposedly contained experiments is a common occurrence. In addition, many pandemics have arisen from lab escapes and almost all have not been directly zoonotic (arising from a natural spillover from animals to humans). Even when viruses do ultimately originate in animals and make the jump into humans, they mostly fester in a separated community of human beings for many years – centuries or millennia – before spreading during abnormal movements of people due to wars and famines, writes Professor Paul R. Goddard. Prof Goddard’s overview of the history of lab leaks and gain-of-function studies shows that claims by Anthony Fauci and Peter Daszak about the origins of COVID-19 are false.

Science writers promote corporate interests

In a wide-ranging article, Paul D. Thacker challenges “science writers” who in their articles and on social media “promote a ‘pro science’ message that can drift outside the universe of factual reality while repeating corporate PR”, often Monsanto’s! He also criticises Facebook’s censorship of factual reporting on pandemic issues.

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