Did you miss this one?: Ever hear of an Enviropig?

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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:

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 grows 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:

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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!

10 thoughts on “Did you miss this one?: Ever hear of an Enviropig?”

  1. WOW… Double WOW!!! Very interesting post.. to say the least.. bwahahahaha.. Coming by to check out your blog.. n thank you for the follow.. We are now following back.. Looking forward to reading more.. (= Have a great weekend..

  2. I ma so glad you stopped by my blog because I absolutely LOVE yours!

    I am trying to be more eco friendly. I am really looking forward to moving to my house in 2 weeks where I will be able to do a lot more eco friendly things. 🙂

    I’ll be following you with interest! 🙂

  3. Also wanted to add I am disgusted by the pig thing. I signed the petition against the salmons and have sent letters to my local politicians against GM foods.

    My husband and I have discussed renovating and selling our house to buy acerage and farm our own animals, especially pigs. I know it is hard work, but at least we’d know what we were eating (although, I have cut back on meat majorly!) We’d farm enough to sell as well.

    I just can’t believe we as consumers put up with this sort of thing.

  4. It could just be the vegetarian in me speaking, but I find it SO odd that instead of simply cutting back on industrialized pig farming, we’d rather genetically engineer slightly less pollutant pigs. It seems like we and the planet would all be a lot healthier if we got back to the mostly plant-based diets we used to follow and ditched the industrial agriculture system.


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