"When something doesn’t smell quite right, we must examine the source of the odor" ~CordieB.
Gee : "Did you hear that President Obama proposed 1.7 million dollars for swine odor research??"
Me : "And???"
Gee : "Now I know you support your president, but swine odor research…come on…" "What about the old lady who has no health care benefits?"
Me : "Well, it may not be important to you, but I’m sure it’s very important to someone."
Gee : "Even though we support your president, some things are simply ridiculous …, you’ve got to, at least , admit this is."
(Notice the trigger words here, your …ridiculous …at least and admit …lol)
Me : "No, I don’t find research in swine odor research no more ridiculous as environmental research." "He’s a smart man, I’m sure he would not have proposed 1.7 million dollars for swine odor research, if it were not important and needed… yada…yada…yada…"
(At this point, I don’t really believe what I’m saying…I ‘m just refusing to disagree with with "my" President (or myself)…especially after those trigger words…in fact, I know absolutely nothing, nada, about what I’m adamently defending "my" president (and my views- although, uninformed) on – I’m actually now defending my own point just to be right)!!!
So, off I go on my internet tangent to find out more information about swine odor research. Wow, it’s a real big issue and business for farmers and swine factories, and most importantly the communities within "smell" reach of these factories and farms. How factories and farms cut down on swine odor is big, big business. The President has decided to use 1.7 million, which is not a lot of money for research, to find better, environmentally friendlier, and cost effective ways to reduce swine odor.
I learned that people actually work in the "nose" industry, and make good money as "smellers." Of course, they cant’ be smokers or pregnant! I gave myself a small course on:
Pig Diet Manipulation and Feed Additives
Wow! I learned so much on this subject today! And, I’ve passed on a bit of it to you. At least, perhaps I’ve tweaked your curiosity!
Manure Storage Tanks and Basins (High-Load Systems)..i.e..
Following are examples of permeable covers and biocovers that still need research and/or further development.
A manufactured material in the form of self-dispersing granules or powder (German product, Pegulit) results in over 95% reductions in odor, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide emissions, according to laboratory tests. The product floats back to the surface after agitation. It is not yet available in the U.S.
Peat moss with wide variety of particle sizes and dried at 212 F for five hours is very effective (>99% odor reduction) at 8 inches thick. Peat moss costs $0.27 per square foot.
Leka rock is effective but very costly ($5.10 per cubic foot or $0.90 per square foot).
Some positive testimonials have been reported about using coconut fiber with peat moss added (a German system), tree bark, rice hulls with waste oil, and grass clippings with waste oil. However, scientific tests have not been conducted…..
My conclusion. Many people may find this research wasteful. But, I for one, like the smell of this! I feel and act better in an environment which smells at least permitable. The fact that people can live within smell distance of a swine factory is not natural. Research and development is being used each day to assure that the smells are maintained at a comfortable level.
Lesson for the Week: There is something to learn from every disagreement in life. This week, let us look for the lesson in all our disagreements. We might find it interesting, or not – but anything learned is gained! This week, let’s concentrate on doing a little research whenever we have disagreements, instead of sounding off just to be right! I feel we might be surprized at what we might find out! I was! We might just change our own mind! Either way, we won’t be disagreeing just to be right!
Remember, only a fool sounds off without knowledge of what they speak!!!! Knowledge is Power!!!
Peace, Light, Love and Knowledge