Gobar Times

Whoever thought... Cowpats - June, 2016

Eat that!

To counter climate change, Denmark has decided to introduce a tax on red meat. Initially, beef would come under the tax slab, but eventually all the other red meats would follow suit. Cattle alone are responsible for some 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while the production of food as a whole makes up between 19 and 29 per cent.

Pollen pains

Junk lovers, welcome a new addition to the group—the bees. Pollen is the only natural source of protein for bees, but every day it is becoming starchier—thanks to the increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is sapping the nutritional quality of pollen. Bees need adequate proteins to feed their larvae and maintain their immune systems; some bees store pollen to tide through winters. This low-quality food source is now shortening bees’ life spans and thus causing a global decline in their numbers in the recent years.

The scent that wasn't

If you are walking in a forest in Southeast Asia and suddenly smell the scent of popcorn, don’t be surprised. You have just passed by a trail left by a bearcat. It has been found that the chemical that gives off the popcorn smell—2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (2-AP), is also found in bearcat pee. Bearcats, like other animals, leave their chemicals wherever they go to mark their territory