GENET-news articles on GE pigs (EnviroPig)

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2010-09-28 |

Could Canadian-made GE Enviropiggy go to market?

Call it Enviropig or Frankenswine, but a Canadian-made genetically enhanced pig could make its way on to North American dinner plates in the near future. Developed by University of Guelph scientists, the pigs are genetically modified to better digest and process phosphorous.

2010-05-31 |

Enviropig™ - A piggy you hope never to meet at market

As technology grows increasingly complex and our environmental problems ever more serious, the proposed ”technological fixes” from industry grow more ludicrous and dangerous. And so it is with genetic engineering. The common disconnect between science and reality is represented perfectly by the ridiculous, and yet threateningly real GM Enviropig™ project. Enviropig™ is the grotesque realization of early scientific aspirations and laboratory accidents.

2010-05-20 |

Canadian industry wary about GE Enviropig

[Laurie Connor, the head of animal science at the University of Manitoba] said reducing phosphorus output from pigs is a key industry concern, but genetic modification is not the only answer. Already supplements like phytase and research into balanced feed rations are allowing producers to increase phosphorus digestion and limit phosphorus extrusion. She said the Enviropig is probably a long way from getting into the commercial herd because not only will it need to be approved by health authorities and markets around the world, but it will also need to catch up with the breeding industry.

2010-04-06 |

Scientists say Canada’s ”Enviropig” is both eco-friendly and will cut farmers’ feed-supplement costs

Canada has approved for limited production a genetically engineered, environmentally friendly pig. The ”Enviropig” has been genetically modified in such a manner that its urine and feces contain almost 65 percent less phosphorus than usual. That could be good news for lakes, rivers, and ocean deltas, where phosphorous from animal waste can play a role in causing algal blooms. These outbursts of algae rapidly deplete the water’s oxygen, creating vast dead zones for fish and other aquatic life.

2008-11-20 |

GE ’Enviropig’ may go to market in the USA

It’s been called ”Frankenfood.” But backers of genetically engineered meat say it’s just as tasty and safe for consumers as regular cuts from the butcher. We’re not talking about mad scientists holed up in castles. Some of the biggest links in the food chain are expecting farm animals with altered DNA to end up on the dinner plate -- unless the Food and Drug Administration says no. The creators of ”Frankenfood” push health and costs benefits, but diners also could be doing their part for the environment by gorging on modified pork chops in the not-too-distant future.

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