Muscle-packed pigs in Cambodia raise alarms

October 9, 2017 by  
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Videos and images of Cambodian pigs with extremely muscular physiques have gone viral in recent weeks, raising concerns and questions over the origin and well-being of these augmented animals. Although PETA claims that these animals have been genetically modified , there is no clear evidence to confirm this theory. It is possible that the animals were simply bred to display these characteristics. “We could do this through breeding,” said Jin-Soo Kim, a researcher at Seoul National University, “but then it would take decades.” Regardless of the specific reason for the pigs’ appearance, one can certainly add this to the already long list of unsettling happenings in the meat industry. In 2015, Kim and his peers at  Seoul National University led an experiment in which pigs were genetically modified to posses “double muscles” by altering the myostatin gene, a relatively minor tweak to the genetic code. By changing the amount of lean meat on an animal, these modifications could increase profits for animal producers. The pigs in Cambodia could have come from the same lineage. However, there is no evidence yet to confirm that this is the case. Related: Chinese scientists genetically engineer muscular superdogs While the US Food and Drug Administration has declared that GMO salmon is as safe to eat as natural salmon, no other GMO animal product has yet been approved for human consumption in the United States. However, pigs have been genetically modified in the past, for meat production or otherwise. The EnviroPig is a trademarked, genetically modified organism created in Canada that has been altered to produce waste that contains less phosphorus, which decreases the environmental costs of hog raising. Scientists in Japan have spliced spinach genes into pigs to create a less fatty animal. While the pigs in Cambodia may appear disturbing, there may be benefits to humans and the environment from genetic modification. However, further study is needed and animal welfare standards must be improved around the world. Via Newsweek Images via Facebook/Duroc Cambodia and  Xi-jun Yin

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Uber deploys 50 Tesla electric vehicles to Dubai

October 9, 2017 by  
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Under the UberONE service, which utilizes only electric vehicles, Uber will add 50 new Tesla electric cars to its ride-sharing fleet in Dubai. “We are tremendously excited to be the exclusive ride-hailing partner for this fleet of premium electric vehicles in Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation, and for the clean vehicle technology to deliver our driver-partners and riders with more efficient, less-polluting mobility,” said Chris Free, General Manager for Uber UAE. “We will continue to work hand in hand with Dubai Taxi Corporation to bring innovative infrastructural solutions to Dubai and grow the city’s smart mobility ecosystem.” This expansion announcement by Uber builds upon Tesla’s entrance into the United Arab Emirates market earlier this year, in which it signed a deal to provide 200 Model S/X self-driving vehicles to the Dubai Taxi Corporation. Uber’s electric moves in Dubai are only its latest in a global campaign to encourage greater use of electric vehicles by its drivers. In London , Uber, which is currently not authorized to work in the city, announced a program to shift its 40,000 London-based drivers to using electric cars. In Oregon, a similar program empowers Uber EV drivers as electric ambassadors who educate their passengers about electric vehicles. Related: Uber rolls out autonomous cars in Arizona In addition to its reinforcement of ride-hailing fleets, Tesla has recently begun customer deliveries of its Model X and Model S vehicles in Dubai. The wealthy emirate features prominently in Tesla’s regional strategy and for that reason, the company has invested in charging infrastructure in Dubai as well. Dubai itself has taken several important moves towards a more sustainable society, including a massive solar power park which will contain the world’s tallest solar tower , and a plan to build 500km of bike lakes . As for its taxi services, Uber will have competition; the first flying taxis have officially started testing in Dubai. Via Electrek Images via Tesla, Elliott Brown/Flickr ,  Brandon/Flickr , and Michiel2005/Flickr

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Solar-powered ‘Cultivator’ lets you print your own meat at home

July 2, 2015 by  
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If meat is printed in your kitchen rather than butchered in a slaughterhouse, is it vegan? This is one of many questions raised by a conceptual appliance which uses solar energy and a 3D bioprinter to make the most efficient and delectable meat this side of Utopia. Designed by German design students Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer, the Cultivator is a tool intended to provide flavor and nutrition for carnivorous consumers while reducing the environmental costs of meat production . Read the rest of Solar-powered ‘Cultivator’ lets you print your own meat at home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , artificial meat , bioprinting , food system , food systems , future of food , Meat , meat industry , meat production , resilient design

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Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

December 4, 2014 by  
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Smithfield  is one of the biggest meat production companies in the world, and in the U.S. it feeds pigs, cattle and turkeys the growth-promoting drug ractopamine. However, ractopamine is not used in 160 other countries because of the risks it poses to public health and animal welfare as it unnaturally accelerates weight gain in animals raised for meat. Robyn O’Brien has begun a petition on Change.org requesting that Smithfield stop feeding ractopamine to animals intended for consumption in the U.S. Read on for details. Read the rest of Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , animal cruelty , animal feed , animal husbandry , change.org , Cow , drugs , factory farming , farming , food production , growth accelerator , livestock , Meat , meat production , petition , pig , public health , raptopamine , smithfield , turkey

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Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

December 4, 2014 by  
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Giraffes may not be the first animals to come to mind when we think about endangered species, but it might not be long before these majestic creatures disappear from the face of the earth. Thanks to a combination of poaching and habitat loss, giraffe populations have dwindled by nearly 50 percent over the last 10 years, and even the newly defined species may face extinction. The good news is that we can help : there are many organizations dedicated to protecting and saving these gentle, graceful animals, who are loving parents and form strong family bonds; they’ve even been known to kill lions in defense of their calves! They also like to play tag with ostriches, as the baby giraffe in the video demonstrates. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “World Wildlife Fund” , baby giraffe , body parts , brains , donate , donation , extinction , giraffe , giraffe baby , giraffe calf , giraffe charity , giraffe conservation , giraffe donation , giraffe poaching , giraffe protection , giraffes , giraffes in danger , habitat loss , help giraffes , hiv , hunted , hunted to extinction , hunting , poaching , poaching giraffes , save giraffes , sponsor , sponsor a giraffe , sponsor an animal , tanzania

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

December 4, 2014 by  
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A new report reveals most consumers aren’t aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport — and that’s even when air travel and shipping are included in the transport figures! However, the report, titled Livestock — Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector ,  also found that consumers were more willing to reduce their meat consumption once they better understood the impacts, giving hope that awareness campaigns could work towards reducing the meat and dairy industries’ contribution to global warming. Read the rest of World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Animals , Chatham House , Climate Change , eating too much meat , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , livestock , Livestock Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector , meat consumption , meat-eating , methane emissions , report , vegan , vegetarian , worldwide meat consumption

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Study Calls for 50 Percent Reduction in Meat Consumption to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change

April 16, 2012 by  
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It’s hardly news that eating meat is a bad idea: it’s long been recognized that the dietary choice is not only damaging to your health , but also a significant driving factor in global warming. However, a new study has detailed another worrying element in meat production – the greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizers used to grow animal feed. The study from the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, published in Environmental Research Letters , calls for a 50 percent reduction in meat consumption and changes in agricultural practices so as to stem rising emissions of nitrous oxide , reported to be the most potent of all greenhouse gases. Read the rest of Study Calls for 50 Percent Reduction in Meat Consumption to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture environment , eric davidson , fertilizers pollution , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , meat environment , meat production , nitrous oxide , vegan , vegan diet , vegetarian , vegetarian diet , woods hole research center

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Ford Focus Electric Becomes the First All-Electric NASCAR Pace Car

April 16, 2012 by  
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Ford has announced that the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric is set to become the first all-electric pace car ever to lead the field for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400. The Focus Electric pace car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on April 25. It will then perform all pace car duties at Richmond International Raceway on April 28. Read the rest of Ford Focus Electric Becomes the First All-Electric NASCAR Pace Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , epa , ford , ford focus electric , Ford Focus Electric pace car , green car , green transportation , Nascar

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Freestanding Garden Tower Provides Green Space For 50 Plants to Flourish

April 16, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we love bringing our green-thumbed readers revolutionary designs to help indoor gardens flourish – and that’s exactly what this clever  Garden Tower compact farm does. The tower contains a miniature garden and composting system that provides enough space to grow up to 50 plants within 4 square feet.. Maximizing the space inside the towers, gardeners can grow plants vertically through the 45 openings around the outside and then pop in a few taller plants up top. Read the rest of Freestanding Garden Tower Provides Green Space For 50 Plants to Flourish Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Colin Cudmore , eco design , garden design , garden tower , garden towers , green design , hydroponics , indoor garden , indoor gardens , miniature gardens , sustainable design , Urban Farming , vertical gardening

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The ‘Livestock Revolution’ is Environmental Disaster & Social Mess

March 17, 2010 by  
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photo: Wm Jas via flickr. Science Daily has some more compelling stats about the impact of the the growing global and increasingly industrialized meat industry’s impact on the environment and on society. The top line is that global meat production has tripled in the past thirty years and will double present levels by 2050 at current growth rates, hence the “livestock revolution”….

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