How pigs and manure helped bring down East Germany

The author of a new book argues that pig farming and manure pollution played a significant role in the end of Communism in East Germany.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~13 min

pollution history agriculture livestock germany pigs society-and-culture

Smoothie time? Pig blood becomes protein powder

An enzyme from papayas can turn pig blood into protein powder, report researchers. Right now, the blood ends up in animal feed.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~4 min

sustainability protein food blood pigs meat science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Cold plasma can kill dangerous airborne pig virus

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv) can make pigs super sick. But it's no match for a cold plasma reactor, researchers say.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~5 min

agriculture viruses plasma farmers pigs health-and-medicine

Don’t buy the hype about a looming bacon shortage

Some reports have indicated that there could be a bacon shortage in 2020, but one economist isn't convinced you need to freak out about your breakfast fave.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Nov. 29, 2019 ~5 min

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Don’t buy the hype about a looming bacon shortage

Some reports have indicated that there could be a bacon shortage in 2020, but one economist isn't convinced you need to freak out about your breakfast fave.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Nov. 29, 2019 ~5 min

agriculture food money pigs meat global-trade featured society-and-culture

Wild boar genes recreated domestic pigs

"...when we look at modern European pigs, they look like they were domesticated in Europe even though we now know that is not true."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 16, 2019 ~3 min

dna evolution genomes livestock domestication pigs science-and-technology

To repair torn meniscus in the knee, turn to pigs?

Scientists have tried developing scaffolds from plastics and textiles to repair a torn meniscus in the knee. Now, an organic model shows promise in the lab.

Samiha Khanna-Duke • futurity
June 20, 2019 ~3 min

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Is it ethical to revive a dead pig’s brain?

Recently, researchers reported they revived function in a dead pig's brain. Is that ethical? An expert weighs in.

Rich Barlow-Boston U. • futurity
May 2, 2019 ~2 min

ethics death brains research pigs society-and-culture

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