Japan’s All-White Eggs

A recent push by the Japanese government to use rice as livestock feed has resulted in chickens laying eggs with white yolks. A hen’s diet is known to significantly influence the color of their egg yolks, so substituting the normal corn-based feed with rice has unsurprisingly led to the milky color. The new eggs, called Komestuya, are known to have a naturally sweet flavor and …

“Light Recipes” are Creating Tastier Crops

Though they’re efficient at accelerating the growth of plants, fertilizers can produce unhealthy side effects. To avoid this, the GrowWise center—a Netherlands-based research lab—considers the other crucial aspect of photosynthesis: light. By playing with a mix of red and blue lights, the Philips-owned LED laboratory has found ways to drastically improve the quality of crops without having to add any artificial nutrients. “Light recipes” can …

Eco-Friendly Cows

Scientists in Britain are working to develop the country’s first eco-friendly cows in order to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases created from cattle farming. Due to their unique way of digesting food—and the subsequent flatulence they produce—cows leave behind a massive carbon footprint each year. By experimenting with both sugar-heavy and protein-packed grass diets, scientists at Rothamsted Research aim to curb the production of …