It seems that animal poo has been in the news quite a lot lately (not to mention on my shoes, unfortunately,) as a number of recent stories have shown both its uses and its pitfalls.
PHD students in University of Queensland have been working on a way to use tiger poop as a pest repellent. The idea is that if you spread it around your field, that animals that could damage your crops will be repelled by the scent of the predator. Tests where the excrement of GardaÃ is spread around outside of off-licenses have so far failed to show any evidence that scangers are repelled…
Meanwhile, the city of San Francisco is running tests to see if it can partly power the city from the waste left behind by its 240,000 canine an feline inhabitants. The plan is to use the tons of organic waste to produce methane that can be burnt to generate electricity. It sound like the humans will have to be doing quite a bit of pop-a-scooping though, they expect to get $20 – $30 of power per ton.
People living in the town of Elsa in Bavaria experienced the down side of animal excrement. The world literally turned to shite for them when a tanker full of pig manure burst and flooded the centre of the town. “The village was swamped with green-brown liquid – the mother of all muck,” police spokesman Rainer Prediger, from nearby Coburg, said. The depth of faeces was said to have reached up to half a metre in some places; that’s nearly as deep as a your standard election manifesto !
Finally, a man in Yorkshire got quite a surprise a few weeks ago when he read the ingredients on a packet of ‘premium’ ham. Alongside the usual e-numbers he found that ‘Dog Shit’ was clearly labelled as one of the ingredients ! It would appear that some enterprising worker at the factory had succeeding in tampering with the label design resulting in a batch of ham with some very strange ingredients !