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Among the gripes about the economic stimulus package has been pork for porkers – $1.7 million earmarked to study smelly pigs. Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain listed the program as among the “Top 10 Porkiest Projects” in the bill, and columnists chimed in, too. “Hey, Iowa researchers, I have one word for you: Febreze,” columnist Laura Rowley wrote on Yahoo Finance last month following passage of the $787 billion legislation.
While one might argue that foul odors come with pig territory, the smell is a quality of life issue for people who live near them, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) noted when he defended the project. But foul pig smells are also bad for business: so-called boar taint – the odor you might notice when savoring a link of sausage or strip of bacon – is a turnoff for consumers.
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