This week’s crisp news is packed! 

This has been a long week for Japan. This week, they’ve had natural disasters, heat waves and politicians fighting over dumping radioactive waste in the ocean.

Outside of Japan, recently the world has been taking huge steps towards an eco-friendly future. This time it isn’t about plastic and the oceans, it’s about getting poor animals out of science labs!

We also have another win for holistic health in the medical field. They just keep coming and doctors who don’t believe in holistic medicine won’t be able to unsee it anymore.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Crisp News for you.

The EPA Works to End Animal Lab Tests by 2035

A world where people are humane to animals? I can get on board with that.

The Environmental Protection Agency is working on a project to end mammal lab tests. 

This is the first time for a federal agency to take a strong enough position to have an agenda with a timeline to stop animal lab tests. Their administrator said that they plan to reduce funds for animal lab tests by 30% in 2025, and they will invest 4.5$ billion to come up with another way to test chemical substances.

There is a catch, though. Ideology aside, working on this project practically won’t be easy.

How Would That Work?

As lovely as this plan sounds, it won’t succeed unless the EPA can find an alternative for lab tests in the next decade. 

Right now, there are only 2 – possible – alternatives for the poor animals. It’s either to run the chemical tests on cells or to use computer modeling to assess the effects of the chemicals. However, these methods aren’t as effective or as accurate as seeing how these chemicals affect a “living biological system” (Aka our lovely animals)

Of course, the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) and other health organizations believe that what the EPA is trying to accomplish is ludicrous. 

Long story short, they’re saying that the EPA is doing this to save the cost of animal tests. Although, it will be a very expensive process to stop using animals and also invest in finding a good alternative.

Either way, this is a huge step for humanity to change the way we test chemicals. It’s true that animal tests have helped us in the medical field for many decades now, and it’s also true that we don’t know any better way to run chemical tests. 

Still, is it okay to keep making a mistake just because we’ve been making that mistake for a long time?

Next, we have some good news!

Boston Hospital Grows Food for Patients

Finally, someone realized that good medicine and stinky food cancel each other out.

So, do you know how holistic healers have been ranting about living healthy? 

The theory here – that’s been proven practically countless times – is that your body will stay healthy as long as you’re eating the right food, doing the right exercise, and breathing consciously. 

For 3 years now, a hospital in Boston is applying the food part. They’re growing their patient’s food on their rooftop farm. 

Why Not Just Buy Healthy Food?

This hospital is one of many medical centers that decided to grow food locally. 

When people eat food that is grown locally, they eat it when it’s as close to its most natural state as possible. This means that the food isn’t processed and still carries all of its healthy nutrients.

So, Is It Different From Other Hospital Food?

Let us just tell you that hundreds of prediabetic patients are living diabetes-free because of this hospital.

The hospital has a food pantry to provide healthy food for patients who can’t pay a lot of money. One of the prediabetic patients said that not only the hospital helped her to get better, but they also taught her how to eat proper food and maintain her good health.

Growing food locally can change the healthcare game. This hospital is seeing amazing results with the patients. Do you think other hospitals will follow along?

 

Next, we have some bad news from Japan.

Natural Disaster in Japan Takes Lives

A strong Typhoon hit the Tokyo Narita Airport. It took the life of 3 people and injured 40 more.

The typhoon traveled at 130 miles an hour (we don’t know Typhoon math, but that’s a lot). It’s one of the strongest Typhoons to hit Tokyo in decades. 

How Bad Was It?

Pretty bad really. 

Picture “cars flipping over, stop signs blown away, and people getting blown off” bad. People were unable to go to work for hours. At some point, people were at risk of radiation because a cooling tower from a nuclear plant fell. Luckily, there was no radiation leak.

Factories of Nissan and Sony had to close down until after the Typhoon had passed, and over 6800 people were stranded at the Narita airport because there was no way for them to leave without risking their lives. 

After the Typhoon passed a terrible heatwave hit Japan. The temperature was higher than 97 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Things are bad for our friends in Japan now, we all hope it gets better soon.

 

While we’re still on the topic, something else has been going on in Japan.

Japan Debates Whether or Not to Dump Radioactive Waste in Fukushima Water

Wait; what? 

In case you don’t know, a Tsunami and an Earthquake hit Japan 8 years ago and it was one of the worst natural disasters that have ever happened.

During the Tsunami, a nuclear power plant near Tokyo was hit and it ruined 1 million metric tons of cooling water – that’s not contaminated – and it’s been stored there since then.

Now, the Minister of Environment of Japan is debating whether or not they should just dump it all in the ocean as they have no other place to store it. The deal here is that dumping that much-contaminated water into the ocean is going to harm Japan and other neighboring countries. 

The Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is working with his department to find other ways to dispose of the contaminated water. Until now, the other options are to either vaporize it or to store it on land until they learn how to safely get rid of it.

Hopefully, they’ll find an option that doesn’t involve risking the health of millions of people.

So, that was it for this week’s Crisp news.

This week we covered the events of tragic natural disasters in Japan. We offer our virtual condolences to our friends over there for the very tough week. Hopefully, they’ll get back up from the hit as they’ve been doing for centuries now. 

Outside of Japan, though, people are achieving a milestone in animal rights and holistic medicine.

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