02 May 2007

Mmm...long-chain complex hydrocarbons....

...And can some one please remind me why the animals are all dying again????

Melamine is in big demand in China as a feed additive

BEIJING (Reuters) - Melamine is so popular as a protein lookalike feed additive that at least one Chinese manufacturer is believed to have torn down buildings to get to leftover scraps, industry officials said on Monday.

Melamine, used in making plastic and fertilizers, was blamed for killing pets in the United States and South America last month after it was found in wheat gluten and rice protein exported from China for use in pet food.

More than 100 brands of pet food were recalled, triggering a round of finger-pointing among pet food suppliers in the U.S. China last week said it would ban melamine-tainted protein products from export and from domestic markets.

Melamine scrap is believed to be commonly mixed in animal feed in China to artificially boost the protein level, especially in soymeal, tricking feedlots and farmers into paying more for feed for chickens and pigs.

Fuck, people will do anything to make a quick buck. It's disgusting.


Jeff Skybar said...


What about the helium crisis? I heard today that helium is in shortage now and there will be no more helium filled balloons..I tell you everything is running out fast...6 workers kidnapped on an oil rig in Nigeria and we pay more for gas because of it? Wow.

RD said...

That's apparently because refining capacity is tapped out, but the report below says otherwise. You know what? Maybe nobody really knows what is dictating the prices these days. There's probably a grumpy old man like Monty Burns in exile somewhere. On days when he's cranky, the price goes up, but on the days he's in a good mood, the price goes down. Slick, eh?

Spring has sprung and so have gas prices

The price of gasoline jumped yesterday to a national average of $1.10 a litre, raising fears that by summer it could eclipse a record set two years ago after hurricane Katrina. Gas prices typically rise in May, pushed higher as demand for the fuel increases with the start of summer driving season, when consumption peaks. In addition, refinery shutdowns have created tight supplies in the US, a market that is closely linked with Canada's. In Washington, US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman warned yesterday that the price of gasoline could surpass the record reached after hurricane Katrina shut down US refineries in September, 2005. That sent gas prices in Canada that week to an average of $1.26 a litre, though they fell quickly thereafter. While Bodman's outlook is negative, other market watchers are more optimistic, suggesting gas is probably near its peak for the year. “I think we've seen most of the runup,” said analyst Cathy Hay of MJ Ervin & Associates. “It wouldn't surprise me to see some moderation in the coming weeks.” Hay said she didn't think there was any reason gas prices would set a new record, though she added if the US does see gas prices soar, the impact will be felt in Canada. Hay said any increase would likely be short-lived, as high prices probably would attract more imports from Europe, adding to supply.
(Globe and Mail 070502)