Archive for April, 2012

  • BPEX: Water-saving advice for pig farms

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

    Practical steps to save water and money on pig farms have been published by BPEX. There are a number of short-term and long-term measures producers can take to conserve water in this latest Knowledge Transfer (KT) Bulletin.
    BPEX environment project manager Anna Davis said: “Both drought and flooding [...]

  • FDA proposes phasing out antibiotics in farm animals

    Monday, April 23rd, 2012

    WASHINGTON — The bacon you had for breakfast is at the center of a 35-year debate over antibiotics.
    That’s because the same life-saving drugs that are prescribed to treat everything from ear infections to tuberculosis in humans also are used to fatten the animals that supply the chicken, beef and pork we eat [...]

  • EPA publishes national U.S. greenhouse gas inventory

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 17th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory. The final report shows overall emissions in 2010 increased by 3.2 percent from the previous year. The trend is attributed to an increase in energy consumption across all economic sectors, due to [...]

  • FDA Introduces Voluntary Initiative on Antimicrobials

    Thursday, April 12th, 2012

    Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes develop the ability to resist the effects of a drug. Once this occurs, a drug may no longer be as effective in treating various illnesses or infections. Because it is well established that all uses of antimicrobial drugs, in both humans and animals, [...]

  • Fuel from Chicken Feathers?

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

    If we go by the stats, every year 11 billion pounds of poultry industry waste accumulates annually, because we have gigantic appetite for poultry products. They can’t be stuffed into pillows. Mostly they are utilized as low-grade animal feed. Scientists in Nevada have created a new and [...]

  • Will Apple Beat Google to Tap North Carolina’s Pig Power?

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

    Renewable methane gas produced by North Carolina’s massive hog farms has already attracted the attention of Google, and it looks like Apple could become the next tech giant to join the state’s hog waste “black gold” rush.
    Earlier this year, Apple revealed that it would build an enormous 5 megawatt fuel cell installation at its new [...]