Testosterone-like beef hormone lingers in environment far too long

May 18, 2015 by  
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A study published last week in the journal Nature focused on the longer term environmental effects of trenbolone acetate or TBA, which is the steroid commonly given to beef cattle that mimics testosterone and speeds up muscle growth. That is, it helps a cow grow “beefier” in a shorter period of time, to maximize the efficiency of cruel livestock farming . Cows given TBA excrete it as a compound called 17-alpha-trenbolone, which washes away into groundwater and shallow stream beds. The compound is known to break down in sunlight and it was previously thought that it had no lasting effect on the environment, but the study proves that the compound reverts back to its original state in darkness. Effectively, that means it temporarily disappears and then reappears elsewhere in the environment—namely, in the fish living in those stream beds. The study reveals a wicked side effect of the meat industry: a host of reproductive-related problems in minnows living downstream from cattle farms, including “reduced reproduction rates, partial or complete sex reversal, and alterations to their endocrine system,” all attributed directly to the run-off from hormones given to cows raised for the mere purpose of becoming hamburgers and steaks. Via Modern Farmer Images via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beef hormones , cattle farming , cattle hormones , cow hormones , environmental effects of hormones , farming animals for food , growth hormones in environment , side effects of meat industry

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10 Innovative, eye-opening products from Designjunction EDIT NYC

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Artist Steve Messam built a 16-foot paper bridge without glue or bolts

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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

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The International Contemporary Furniture Fair opened its doors this past Saturday at New York’s Javits Center , inviting design fans to delve into 165,000 net square feet of home furnishing goodness. Known for being New York Design Week ‘s heaviest hitter, the show has grown even larger this year with an entire additional floor of exhibitors. Inhabitat hit the ICFF scene this weekend, and one of the design trends that stood out to us was an even more pronounced presence of multi-purpose, transforming furniture . From chairs that charge your phone to entertainment systems that slide out into beds, read on for our top double-duty furniture picks. Read the rest of 8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , design events , design shows , double duty furniture , green design , green housewares , green interiors , green products , ICFF , International Contemporary Furniture Fair , new york design week , nyc x design , sustainable design , Transforming Furniture

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