Just the Facts
A Heavy Carbon Footprint
If you’re a meat-eater, you’re an anti-environmentalist. Half of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to human diets come from meat, even though meat makes up only about 14 percent of what people consume. This is due to the large amounts of energy required to feed, raise, and slaughter animals, and to transport and refrigerate the meat.
Now in 3-D!
A new advancement in tissue engineering could mean less animal testing. Biomedical engineering students at Brown University grew three-dimensional clusters of cells in a petri dish and then added them to more complex 3-D clusters. This level of complexity would allow researchers to build microtissues that mimic patterns in the human body, eliminating the need for less precise animal testing.
It’s Not Rocket Science
Children with high IQs are more likely to become vegetarian, according to researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Scientists believe this could help explain why people with higher IQs are generally healthier.
What do baboons, humans, and pigeons have in common? Animal behaviorists have found that pigeons and baboons have the same ability as humans to determine whether two or more items are the same or different. For example, if you have two strawberries in your right hand and a strawberry and a blueberry in your left hand, you know the two berries in your right hand are the same and the two in your left hand are different. Many had thought this skill was unique to humans.
No More Fish and Chips
Shops in the United Kingdom are making larger versions of children’s clothes to accommodate the expanding waistlines of British children.
At Wycliffe College in the United Kingdom, students willing to adopt a vegetarian diet receive a 10 percent discount on school fees. Since the school’s founding in 1882, a vegetarian diet has been an important part of school life.
Goodbye, Mystery Meat
Hospitals in England will be promoting meat-free menus in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. Livestock production is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
A driver in Ireland who crashed into the back of a car blames the accident on fainting due to his high-protein diet.
Denmark may soon follow Estonia in taxing farmers on greenhouse gases produced by their livestock. Cows and pigs release methane gas, which has more than 20 times the atmosphere-warming effect of carbon dioxide. The Denmark Tax Commission estimates that each cow releases more greenhouse gas than the average car.
Vegan Diets: Not a New Idea
Oetzi the iceman was found in the Alps in 1991, more than 5,000 years after his death. While his bow and arrow led many to assume he was a hunter, a few strands of his hair reveal that he was following an essentially vegan diet.
¡Viva los Frijoles!
Eating traditional Mexican food may help prevent cancer. University of Utah researchers found that breast cancer rates are lower for women who eat a diet of beans, rice, tomatoes, corn, and squash. The key is to stay away from Americanized versions of Mexican favorites that contain fatty meats, cheeses, and sour cream.
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