Today I read the most disturbing thing.
The Smithsonian Magazine reported that scientists are now messing about with the DNA of cows. Reason? To combat climate change and the rise in global temperatures.
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So, let’s step back a minute. The first thing is that these particular scientists have declared their belief in global warming … which is a good thing.
Now that they’ve done that – they have realized that, in order for the meat and dairy industries to continue, the cows are going to have to change. (We’re talking for both meat and dairy). So, they’re busy at trying to change the DNA so that the cows can “beat the heat”.
“…Scientists and ranchers have an idea of traits that can contribute to heat tolerance – metabolic rates, ability to shed their coats, hair color – but there is no silver bullet. ….Several independent studies, however, have managed to link heat tolerance – at least in part – to the color of a cow’s hair….”
What does that mean? A bit of GM will be going on.
The stupid part is … Livestock (and the majority are cattle), is the largest source of methane gas emissions worldwide, contributing over 28% of total emissions. So let’s think about reducing the intake of meat and dairy ???? Right! As if that’s going to happen while it’s such a big industry.
And, talking about genetically changing animals – In Australia, pigs are being bred to have more ribs than normal!
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At the moment, it’s so they can have more piglets. You see, the more ribs, the longer the pig, the more nipples, the more piglets. But it does make you wonder if they will bring this idea into the pork eating side of things.