Just the Facts
Go the Extra Mile
Carnegie Mellon University researchers report that 83 percent of the average U.S. household’s carbon footprint for food comes not from transporting it, but simply from growing and producing it. The most important step is going meatless. Cutting out meat for just one day a week is more effective than buying everything you eat locally, the researchers found.
Animal Experiments Up in UK
Use of animals in experiments in the United Kingdom increased by 3 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to new figures. This increase means 105,000 more animals were used in laboratories. The main areas that led to this jump were increased use of mice and fish and more experiments breeding genetically modified animals and animals with genetic defects.
The good news is that animal testing for products such as air freshener and furniture polish could soon be banned in the United Kingdom. The government is taking steps to end the practice of testing household products on animals.
“We believe it is possible to sell household products without inflicting pain and suffering on animals, and it is unacceptable that testing in this area continues,” says a statement from the Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone.
Monkeys Die at Notorious Lab
Three rhesus monkeys died at New Iberia Research Center after being trapped in a metal chute that connects two outdoor cages. When the monkeys’ bodies were found, they had already started to decompose. This is the same laboratory that was recently investigated for abuse of chimpanzees.
The University of North Texas recently opened Mean Greens dining hall, serving 100 percent plant-based food for students looking for a healthier lifestyle.
Steroid Lo Mein
There was no pork or beef to be found at the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China, this year. Chinese pork and beef contains such high levels of steroids that they can cause athletes to test positive for doping.
Pig Production Escalates
For the first time, U.S. pig producers are averaging more than 10 piglets per litter. This increase is likely related to new breeding methods and the fact that pork producers eliminate female pigs with the smallest litters.
Niacin Study Stopped
Niacin, a vitamin that increases “good” cholesterol levels, does not prevent heart attacks or strokes, leading U.S. officials to abruptly halt a $52.7 million National Institutes of Health study of niacin in individuals with a history of cardiovascular disease.
A Nice Souprise
The U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests adding meat substitutes to soups and stews “to boost protein without adding saturated fat or cholesterol.” This August 25th daily tip on the USDA’s MyPlate website explained that tempeh, tofu, and seitan are great alternatives to meaty soup ingredients.
What a Waste
The chicken industry produces millions of cubic feet of waste each year, according to a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Environment Group. Chicken production operations in Delaware and Maryland alone generate enough chicken waste each year to fill the U.S. Capitol dome about 50 times. Some farmers eliminate chicken waste by feeding it to cows.