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Meat the future – Ralph Sims

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 24th, 2016.

By mid-century, it’s estimated the world’s population will exceed 9 billion and they’ll need to be fed, writes Massey University’s Professor Ralph Sims. An excerpt (read in full): Unfortunately, methane emissions from the digestion processes of cattle, sheep and deer and nitrous oxide emissions from animal urine and fertilisers are proving challenging to reduce. We […]

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Dietary protein, health and mortality – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 5th, 2014.

Two separate studies published in the journal Cell Metabolism each suggest that low protein intake may play a key role health and longevity, at least until old age. However, independent experts feel the health claims from the authors maybe overstated. The first study suggests that consuming moderate to high levels of animal protein prompts a […]

NZ Herald: Organic food on rise – but birds not so keen

Peter Griffin posted in on May 31st, 2010.

Eloise Gibson writes in the New Zealand Herald about research which showed that, given the choice, birds preferred ‘conventional’ over organically grown seeds. The research suggested it could be due to the higher protein levels of the non-organic seeds, but also made it clear that other impacts, such as environmental impact of farming chemicals, had […]

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