Apr 2, 2009 | 1
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.
Dec 9, 2008 | 2
The Irish apparently poisoned their pigs—accidentally feeding them food contaminated with dioxin, a toxic by-product of combustion that causes cancer. This is not just bad news for pigs, this is bad news for the ham and sausage consumers in 21 countries, not including the U.S.—so far.
Ireland has urged consumers worldwide to dump pork products from their country that have been purchased since September 1. Of course, most of those pork products—bacon, sausage, ham, etc.—have probably already been consumed.
Eating one or two tainted sausages won't be enough to kill you, or tip the balance in favor of cancer most likely, but the pig feed, when tested, did contain as much as 200 times the acceptable safety limit for dioxin levels. More than 100,000 pigs will be killed—and not eaten—as a result of the contamination, according to Irish authorities. And the scandal may spread to Irish beef as well; investigations are ongoing.
Sep 29, 2008 | 1
The Jewish High Holidays, which begin at sundown tonight, celebrate the turning of the calendar with symbolic foods (apples and honey to signify a sweet new year) and ask the observant to reflect on their actions. Sermons by rabbis often touch on issues of social justice, including the environment, and ask congregants how their choices in those realms do — or do not — represent Jewish values.
So what better time to ask: Is keeping Kosher good for the environment? Turns out, the green perks of keeping kosher are sometimes offset by what's eaten instead of no-nos like pork and shellfish, Emily Gertz reports.
Sep 28, 2008 | 6
When the presidential nominees verbally duked it out during their first televised debate Friday night, many people -- including perhaps Democrat Barack Obama -- were flummoxed when Republican John McCain started railing about forking over funds to study bear DNA.
What's up with that? Check out this ScientificAmerican.com article from earlier this year for the answer.
(iStockPhoto of grizzly bears by Paul Tessie)
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