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Against the Enviropig.

The aspect of the project that bothers me is the claim that it will allow CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to increase the numbers of pigs they are raising.

Project leader John Phillips told Reuters that with their reduced phosphorous poop, hog farms could raise 50 per cent more animals and still meet environmental rules.

Where will all the extra feed come from? Since we export most of our pork, will we get the environmental impacts while the U.S. customers get the meat?

I think the Enviropig is just a technofix – a solution added on to a problem, rather than preventing the problem from arising in the first place.

Beneficiaries

Gerry Ritz announces $3.4 million to update livestock handling.

Research, which includes dialogue with farmers, is how new ideas turn into codes of good practice. “There’s new technology and new information available,” Ritz said. “Farmers have to review their codes of practices and make sure they are the latest and best.”

Farm animals are the beneficiaries of this federal commitment.

No. 1 species

At the Ontario Veterinary College’s Animal Cancer Centre.

“One of the things that continues to amaze me is how many people don’t realize that animals get cancer, even physicians,” says Elizabeth Stone, dean of the veterinary college, which began training vets in 1862 and boasts graduates such as W.G. Ballard, of pet-food fame.

“Just the fact that we call our facility the Animal Cancer Centre hopefully will make people realize, yes, animals get cancer. And, yes, their physiology isn’t that different from the No. 1 species.”

Frankenswine

Environment Canada says University of Guelph’s “Enviropigs” do not harm the environment.  Health Canada to decide if the genetically modified Yorkshire pigs are fit for eating.

The so-called “Enviropigs,” the world’s first transgenic animal created to solve an environmental problem, were created in 1999 with a snippet of mouse DNA introduced into their chromosomes.

The pigs produce low-phosphorus feces.

The Guelph scientists were able to reduce phosphorus pollution by creating a special composite gene that enables digestion of a normally unavailable form of phosphorus. This allows the pigs to produce manure that is 30 to 65 per cent lower in phosphorus than found in the manure of regular pigs — blamed for polluting surface and groundwater when raised in intensive livestock operations.


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