Gen-Mod Wood Sparks Controversy
Issue: Issue 348.5
Posted Date: 4/1/2014
Imagine wood that has color and figure similar to cocobolo, machines as easily as birch and costs less than red oak per square foot. (It apparently grows faster than aspen!)
You’d think that would be great, right … so what’s the hangup?
The wood’s name is Spolir Floa® and it is a genetically modified tree from the Mount Santa’s corporation. Starting with Indian rosewood and splicing in the genes from both Alfalfa (Medicago sativa
) and Cannabis Sativa
(so this stuff really does grow like a weed), Mount Santa’s has produced an environmental miracle. The downside of the wood is that its sap is saturated with THC, the psychoactive constituent of cannabis sativa ― more commonly known as marijuana. This has raised several red flags.
“Inhaling the sawdust and any smoke made from burning this wood will get you righteously stoned.” said Kara Knott, spokesperson for USDA. “There is no way this is getting approval into the country!” (The exceptions being Washington and Colorado.)
Mount Santas responded to criticism saying that proper dust collection and masking will make this product safe for any intended use. “Heck, people with nut allergies can die from using walnut … that’s way worse than a little buzz, sheesh!” complained Dennis Mitchell, Mount Santas’ Liaison for Unintended Consequences.
There is a Federal hearing scheduled for 1 April, 2015. Details to follow.
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