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BVT News Roundup, Friday 7 March 2014

Imagine Brad Pitt helping serve the food at your fucking pizza party.

Imagine Brad Pitt helping serve the food at your fucking pizza party.

Hung out with a good friend in NYC last night and much more ketchup was had.

Morning News Read 14 November 2013.

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One of these things is actually the other.  (Bottom image via)

Morning News Read 9 October 2013

(Hilarious stock photo by Shutterstock via the Post)

I may have gone a little overboard at the Filipino store today. Not seen: the kaldereta.

I may have gone a little overboard at the Filipino store today. Not seen: the kaldereta.

WHERE’S THE BEEF?  IN THAT PETRI DISH, ACUTALLY  A hamburger patty made from cow muscle grown in a laboratory was fried, served and eaten during a demonstration in London on Monday.  The experiment, paid for by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, represents the first step in providing “high-quality protein for the world’s growing population while avoiding most of the environmental and animal welfare issues related to livestock production,” according to the New York Times.  Not addressed: the world’s growing gag reflex at seeing their Big Mac plop out of a petri dish.  (Photos: David Parry / PA via EPA [top]; Toby Melville / Reuters, both via the New York Times)

Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of American wheat, and the European Union urged its 27 nations to increase testing, after the United States government disclosed this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in an Oregon field.

Although none of the wheat, developed by Monsanto Company, was found in any grain shipments — and the Department of Agriculture said there would be no health risk if any was shipped — governments in Asia and Europe acted quickly to limit their risk.

South Korea, which last year purchased roughly half of its total wheat imports of five million tons from the United States, said Friday it would suspend purchases until tests were performed on arriving shipments. Results of the tests, by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, were expected in the first week of June, according to local media.

Seoul also raised quarantine measures on wheat for livestock feed, while Thailand put ports on alert.

The European Union, which has a “zero tolerance” approach to genetically modified crops, said through its consumer protection office Friday that if any shipments tested positive, they would not be sold.

It also said it was seeking “further information and reassurance” from Washington and had asked Monsanto for help in developing a reliable test for the genetically modified strain.

The New York Times, "Japan and South Korea Bar Imports of U.S. Wheat"