Source: Governor’s office.### Governor Jim Douglas and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee will visit France in early September as guests of the French government and at the request of the French Embassy. The purpose of the visit is to investigate potential markets, export/import opportunities and resource exchange for Vermont agricultural producers. Building on a long history of shared agricultural practices and methodology, this study tour will facilitate an exchange of ideas and systems that can mutually benefit both countries.“France has a system in place based on geographic indicators supporting its agriculture industry and that fosters economic development. Vermont is in a unique position to move forward with a similar model,” said Governor Douglas. “Through this system of “terrior” or taste of place, France has been able to better isolate themselves from commodity pricing in food production – similar to what many Vermont producers are trying to accomplish here.”In the past few years, there has been great consumer demand for and support of the Buy Local initiative in Vermont. A taste of place or geographical indicator within the state’s food systems is a logical next step. “As people become more concerned about knowing where their food comes from and how it is grown, this model could have significant and positive economic impacts for Vermont producers,” Governor Douglas said. “We need to continue to do everything we can to support Vermont agriculture, and that includes exploring new opportunities and learning from successes elsewhere,” he added.Vermont and France have many similar characteristics agriculturally. Vermont is now known for its artisanal cheeses – many of them national and international award winners. Cheesemaking is a value-added, growth industry for the state. Many of Vermont’s artisanal cheesemakers owe their growth to France where they have studied the French model and brought those skills back home.And perhaps the best example of Vermont’s unique position to capitalize on the geographical indicator model is maple syrup. When people think about Vermont they think of maple. Not only are maple products value-added for producers, but they draws tourists from all over the world – further benefiting the Vermont economy.The study trip will involve meetings and exchanges with top level French agricultural officials including Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Agriculture and Michel Mercier, Minister of Rural Development.
Dr. Ryan says, “The FDA has made some allowances for a manufacturer to market an antibody test that has not been vetted as fully as the standard process.” Dr. Ryan used the comparison of a lock and key working hand-in-hand. He says, “That antibody helps to eliminate the foreign or infectious substance from the body and helps you get over the infection.” Broome County Health Department’s Medical Director Dr. Christopher Ryan broke down what an antibody is, and how it may help the fight against COVID-19. “The presence of those antibodies would imply that at some point, a person has at some point or another been infected with this coronavirus,” said Dr. Ryan. Antibody tests detect whether or not your immune system has produced antibodies to fight a specific disease. An antibody is a protein certain types of white blood cells make when they’re faced with a virus. Dr. Ryan says “when these white blood cells encounter these, your body would think of them as foreign substances.” “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. The biggest question surrounding antibody testing is the range in quality of tests on the market. “It takes some time for the antibodies to develop. We don’t know a lot about this virus yet but what we know so far seems to suggest 5-7 days before those antibodies are detectable, that’s after infection,” he says. Dr. Ryan added they are not there yet with the coronavirus, and said it may be coming but that would be speculation on his part. He also said that high level research is ongoing. As for whether or not we’ll get to a point where antibody testing is widespread? Dr. Ryan warns that a test does not determine when you had the virus, or if you currently have it. In addition, if your test shows an absence of antibodies, that does not necessarily mean you aren’t currently infected. “That could be a useful thing, as long as we had access to antibody tests that were reliable and accurate,”Dr. Ryan told 12 News. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Researchers are working around the clock to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and part of that is determining who is immune through antibody testing. read more