by Christopher J. Spurlock
Another ‘Crappy’ Story
I’ve run across some bad luck recently, and it involves the stories I’ve been covering. Somehow, each of my last two radio stories for KBIA radio have in some way involved…poop. Defecation. Excretory functions. CRAP.
My last story involved fish that ate algae and secreted it, which allowed scientists to harvest the algae and extract biofuel from it. Cool, but also disgusting.
In my most recent radio piece, I covered another Mizzou scientist doing some unique research that also involved feces. Keith Goyne, a professor in Mizzou’s School of Natural Resources, found a way to keep veterinary antibiotics out of drinking water.
You see, when farm animals eat food that contains antibiotics, most of the antibiotics in the food aren’t absorbed into their bodies. Instead, they excrete them. And when that animal manure is used for fertilizer, it seeps into the soil. And then when it rains, the antibiotics in the manure wash out and end up in streams, rivers, lakes, etc.
So Goyne is putting ‘buffer strips’ of strategically grown grass and/or plants around the farmland to keep those antibiotics from contaminating the drinking water. You can listen to my story about it below…
Click on the link to listen —> BUFFERS0216.mp3
In other news, this was officially my final story for the radio station, as I worked my last shift Wednesday. I’ll be moving on to the Columbia Missourian in a few weeks, so keep on the lookout for either a print story or some type of multimedia piece.
Thanks for reading!