Earthworms like to eat some plastics, but side effects of their digestion are unclear

Journal Reference: Lei Wang, Yawen Peng, Yali Xu, Junjie Zhang, Chunguang Liu, Xuejiao Tang, Yuan Lu, Hongwen Sun. Earthworms’ Degradable Bioplastic Diet of Polylactic Acid: Easy to Break Down and Slow to Excrete. Environmental Science & Technology, 2022; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c08066 Soil is becoming increasingly contaminated by fragments of plastic — especially microplastics less than 5 … Read more

People with diabetes who eat less processed food at night may live longer

Journal Reference: Wenbo Jiang, Qingrao Song, Jia Zhang, Yunyan Chen, Hongyan Jiang, Yujia Long, Ying Li, Tianshu Han, Hongru Sun, Wei Wei. The Association of Consumption Time for Food with Cardiovascular Disease and All-Cause Mortality Among Diabetes Patients. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2022 DOI: 10.1210/clinem/dgac069 Mealtimes should be in line with the … Read more

ABN Amro advocates thrift pig – Do you eat vegan or thrift and therefore meat? – Food log

ABN Amro advocates thrift pig Do you eat vegan

47% of the feed for Dutch pigs consists of residual and by-products from the food industry. The animal thus contributes to the reduction of human food waste and converts these products into high-quality animal proteins. Due to the use of these residual products as well as the high efficiency of Dutch pig farmers, the CO2 … Read more

California mice eat monarch butterflies

Journal Reference: Sara B. Weinstein, M. Denise Dearing. Harvest mice ( Reithrodontomys megalotis) consume monarch butterflies ( Danaus plexippus ). Ecology, 2021; DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3607 In a new study, University of Utah biologists found that mice at California monarch overwintering sites can also consume monarch butterflies. Working at one of the largest monarch aggregations outside of … Read more

Study finds reduced microbial diversity in guts of wild bears that eat human food

Journal Reference: Sierra J Gillman, Erin A McKenney, Diana J R Lafferty. Human-provisioned foods reduce gut microbiome diversity in American black bears (Ursus americanus). Journal of Mammalogy, 2021; DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyab154 “We know a ‘western’ diet can reduce microbial diversity in the guts of humans, mice and other species, which can have an adverse effect on … Read more