I am taking a few days off with my family to visit friends, hit the beach, hunt for fossils and check out some museums. While I am gone, I thought you might like to check out a post from the past:
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I came across an article in our local paper this past weekend (the Atlanta Journal Constitution) that was all about genetically engineered foods. (you can see the entire article HERE). I had heard about some of the issues already…genetically engineered salmon that grow faster, fruits that contain vaccines, corn that is resistant to drought, etc. But, I came across a term I had never seen before: Enviropig.
According to wikipedia
, the enviropig is: “the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs that was developed at the University of Guelph. Enviropigs produce the enzyme phytase in the salivary glands that is secreted in the saliva. When cereal grains are consumed, the phytase mixes with feed in the pig’s mouth, and once swallowed the phytase is active in the acidic environment of the stomach degrading indigestible phytic acid with the release of phosphate that is readily digested by the pig
Basically, someone figured out how to genetically manipulate pigs so they can be fed less grain and their poop will not pollute the environment as much. Sounds like a good thing, right? Lets look at it this way:
PIGS ARE OMNIVORES: they are supposed to be foraging for their food. The natural diet of a pig should include: leaves, grass, roots, fruits, insects, worms, trees, bark, and flowers. NOT JUST GRAIN
Pigs are not supposed to live packed into cages so that their poop has no where to go and can’t be broken down naturally.
So, I’m not sure whether to be disgusted at the horrid state of factory farming
in this country or to be happy that the poop will be less of a contamination in our environment. I think both!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.