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Snowzilla hitting Wyoming and Colorado

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It’s really coming down in Wyoming, according to my daughter Sophia. She’s watching the snowfall from her college apartment. Good thing she stopped off at Wal-Mart earlier in the day to stock up on a few supplies. She wasn’t the only one.

With only a few days left this winter, residents of Wyoming and Colorado are going to get a historical snowfall, according to AccuWeather. The snow is expected to reach a depth of 6 feet.

Bad news for my daughter who is 5′ 2.” LOL.

According to AccuWeather, the storm has been brewing since last week and will “take aim at parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska this weekend with a potentially historic snowfall that could bring travel to a standstill.”

I hope everyone stays safe and enjoys the last of these beautiful winter weeks. Also, please don’t forget to bring your pets indoors. Sophia made sure to take her dog out for a walk just before the snow pummeled her college town.

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Lane, a fun loving Border Collie mix, enjoying a walk before the big snowfall in Wyoming.

From Accuweather:

AccuWeather forecasters say that Cheyenne, Wyoming, will be in the storm’s bull’s-eye and could potentially pick up the biggest snowstorm in the city’s recorded history. Denver may not set a new snowstorm record, but the Mile High City is still expected to be buried under hefty snowfall — and the hardest-hit areas could be left digging out from waist-deep snow with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 60 inches predicted. 

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Winter storm warnings were plastered across southeastern parts of Wyoming and northern Colorado, and winter storm watches extended farther east across southwestern South Dakota and western Nebraska on Friday. An avalanche watch was also posted for the Front Range mountains in Colorado. The wintry blast could feel all the more shocking because it is following closely behind springlike weather in some places like Denver, where temperatures averaged nearly 20 degrees above normal earlier this week.

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Food & Drug Administration clears first lab-grown meat product for human consumption

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Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the first time ever, approved a unique “meat product”. Reported by Reuters, the FDA announced the product is “grown from animal cells for human consumption.”

In a release from the FDA, it announced UPSIDE Foods, a company that makes cell-cultured chicken by harvesting cells from live animals and using the cells to grow meat in stainless-steel tanks, will bring the new “meat” product to market once it has been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“The world is experiencing a food revolution and the (FDA) is committed to supporting innovation in the food supply,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf and Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in a statement.

Documents released by the FDA stated it had reviewed data from the company and had no further questions about the company’s conclusion that its product is safe for humans to eat.

“We are thrilled at FDA’s announcement,” said David Kay, UPSIDE’s director of communications, in an email. “This historic step paves the way for our path to market.”

Reuters reports:

The review is not technically an approval and applies only to UPSIDE products, though the agency is ready to work with other firms developing cultured animal cell food, the FDA said in a release.

USDA and FDA together regulate cell-cultured meat under a 2019 agreement between the two agencies. USDA will oversee the processing and labeling of cell-cultured meat products.

Demand for alternatives to farmed meat has grown alongside awareness of the high greenhouse gas emissions of raising livestock. Cultivated chicken was served to attendees at this year’s COP27 climate conference in Egypt.

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