How do steaks in space sound?

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I’m Betsy Jibben with today’s AgDay Minute.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says it has found “conclusive evidence” of a company in China using forced labor to make a sweetener called Stevia. It is now banning any imports from the company and is instructing U-S ports to seize the products if they arrive here. The CBP says the company used convict, forced, or indentured labor to make the products. The CBP says this is it’s first forced labor finding since 1996.

Burger King is showing off its new reusable sandwich containers and cups. It plans to test out the containers next year at certain locations in New York, Tokyo, and Portland, Oregon, with more to follow. When customers opt for the reusable packaging, they’re charged a small deposit, and once the packaging is returned, they get a refund. A company will clean the packaging for reuse. Burger King says the program is important for reducing waste, as more people order take-out during the pandemic.

How does this sound; growing steaks in space? A company called Ah-lef Farms wants to take a step toward accelerating what it calls “extra-terrestrial food production”. The idea to produce fresh quality meat anywhere including space independent of climate change and the availability of local natural resources. You might remember, the company was able to grow meat on the International Space Station a year ago, using cow cells.

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