FDA approves "Eat Just", a new kind of chicken
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April 3, 2023
Topics: EVs, VW, Mercedes, CBD, Congress, Farm Bill 2023, Eat Just, plant-based, vegan, Tech, OpenAI, GPT-4
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🔋VW has $27K EV The peoples car, aka, "Volkswagen" is a legacy automobile manufacturer which was established in Germany in 1937. It has been laying the groundwork for its EV transition, slower than most would prefer. Last week, VW premiered an EV called ID.2all, which it said would sell below €25,000 (or USD$27,000). It will launch in 2026 in the European market first and will make its way to the Americas.
Volkswagen has some EVs already on European roads, such as the e-Golf, ID.3 and ID.4. When released, the ID.2all will have 226 horsepower and a range of up to 280 miles. Volkswagen is targeting an EV share of 80% in Europe.VW will produce future EVs to sell below €20,000 (USD$22,000). Sounding like a green race where the Earth wins!
💰Mercedes invests billions in EVs Mercedes invests billions in EVs Mercedes Benz revealed its EV Vision EQXX nearly a year ago. The revelation showed that Mercedes was ready to start its journey from fossil fuel to electrification. The luxury carmaker has announced further plans that involve investing billions of dollars in upgrading its car plants in China, Germany (Rastatt), and Hungary (Kecskemet) to enable its EV switch.
The renovation will start at its German plant later this year, where it plans to make the first model of the compact vehicle platform MMA in 2024. Other plans by Mercedes Benz involve modernizing its painting systems at its plants in Germany and expanding its factory in the United States.
🏛️CBD bill in Congress Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to enact rules to regulate the marketing of hemp derivatives for almost five years since its legalization, the United States Congress has stepped up to do it. Recently, Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Angie Craig (D-MN) introduced their bills, the CBD Products Safety and Standardization Acts and the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2023.
The bills will make hemp and its derivatives, such as CBD and THC, lawful for you as a dietary supplement and will also direct the FDA to establish some regulatory standards for CBD. If the bills are passed in the House of Reps, they move to the Senate. Send your input to the Committee using this easy link: Your Input on the Farm Bill 2023.
🍳Eat Just gets FDA approval The debate between vegans and meat-eaters or between the plant-based and the animal-based industries has existed for decades, with each side presenting justifiable concerns. Animal protein is more readily acquired than plant-based protein, but concerns about climate change and animal mistreatment are problems that we cannot overlook.
Eat Just was Hampton Creek, a vegan company founded in 2011. The company rebranded in 2017 to Eat Just and evolved to grow meats in a laboratory using cells derived from living animals. The company was first approved for lab grown chicken in Singapore in 2020 and has been selling out in Singapore since.
Eat Just received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell its “no-kill” meat in the USA, which is tremendous news. It is currently the only company worldwide with the approval to sell cultured meats anywhere. Before the end of the year, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) will also have to inspect and approve them. They already have approval for Just Eggs, their plant-based eggs.
Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just said in a written statement. “I am so proud to bring this new way of making meat to my country and to do it with a hero of mine, Chef José Andrés.” World-renown Chef André is a board member and Eat Just will be on the menu at his Washington, D.C. restaurant, Jaleo.
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😨AI trends In this generation where technology powers and drives most things, it won't be wrong to say that AI will decide our fates in the coming years. We have seen the best of them flood our space within the last few months. ChatGPT, a natural language processing tool driven by AI technology launched on November 30, can compose essays, describe art in great detail, create AI art prompts, have philosophical conversations, and even code.
There is now another one from OpenAI called GPT-4, and companies such as Google and Anthropic recently launched new AI technology also. As a result of the flood, governments and other institutions have started pouring investments into companies developing them. It's moving too fast and transparency is being questioned. Each of us, consumers and policymakers must have a seat at the table.
Italy has banned ChatGPT temporarily, citing privacy concerns.
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