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Update: Greek Yogurt Might Be Healthy for Humans, but Unhealthy for Environment

Update: Greek Yogurt Might Be Healthy for Humans, but Unhealthy for Environment


In the past half decade, Greek yogurt has received enormous attention for its health benefits, and it’s here to stay. According to Packaged Facts, Greek yogurt made up 35% of all yogurt sales in 2012, increasing from just 1% in 2007. However, with increased sales comes increased waste. Even though the benefits are undeniable, new research has shown that Greek yogurt might actually be harming someone – the environment.

Greek yogurt companies can only strain one ounce of Greek yogurt to every three to four ounces of milk, leaving behind a byproduct called acid whey. However, simply dumping it would cause huge environmental problems, tainting waterways and killing thousands of fish. But with such a rise in consumer demand, these companies are desperately trying to keep up with America’s love affair.

Chobani has apparently called upon local farmers to take the whey off their hands for significant compensation. Modern Farmer first reported that local farms mix the whey with silage to feed their livestock, add it to their fertilizer, and even convert it for electricity usage. It’s unhealthy for livestock, though; one farmer tells them, “it’s also sort of like feeding your cows candy bars – they like it but can’t eat too much of it.” There’s also some talk about using the excess to create a new infant formula, but acid whey in large doses is harmful to the digestive system of humans as well.

In the meantime, companies are secretly racing to find the best disposal options, but with the more Greek yogurt eaten, the more acid whey is produced. Despite the valiant effort, it seems we are a long way away from finding a solution to whey.

UPDATE: A rep from Chobani had this to add:

"At Chobani, we are committed to being a good community partner. That includes finding responsible uses for whey, a natural byproduct of the process to create authentic strained Greek Yogurt. We are constantly exploring the best ideas and options for beneficial whey use.

Right now, we choose to return whey to farmers, most of whom use it as a supplement to their livestock feed. Some is used as a land-applied fertilizer but only at farms that have nutrient management plans in place with the state environmental conservation agency. A small percentage is also sent to community digesters, where the whey is used to produce energy."


Release notes

We have a roadmap now (see here), and you can expect more frequent releases from this point on. We are aiming for a new version every two weeks. We were initially aiming to have the Lakka version ready to be released concurrently with this version, but had to postpone it. We are definitely aiming to have a new Lakka version ready with future releases of RetroArch though.

We have implemented core info file caching and enabled this by default for the console platforms. This should lead to significantly reduced startup times and content loading after the first initial startup. The first time RetroArch starts up (and/or new core info files are added), it will need to build/rebuild the cache. After that though, it only has one cached file it has to load at startup instead of having to sequentially read every single core info file. This used to take a very long time on platforms with slow disk I/O (such as game consoles). PSP/Vita and 3DS users in particular will definitely notice these improvements.

WiiU users get a couple of new cores, such as bk (the Oberon RISC emu), xRick (the Rick Dangerous game engine reimplementation), and REminiscence (the Flashback game engine reimplementation).


Social Media Increases Censorship

In the wake of the new virus, Facebook announced that it would remove any content about the coronavirus “with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities,” saying such content would violate its ban on misinformation leading to “physical harm.”

This is a much more aggressive policy than Facebook has taken before. Up to this point, censorship efforts have mostly involved restricting search results and advertising while still allowing the content to remain published. The ban will also apply to Instagram, which will subject users to pop-up ads when they click on hashtags related to the virus.

Google has followed suit, pushing updates from the WHO to the top of search results involving the coronavirus. YouTube, owned by Google, will also make it harder to find independent information about the virus, promoting videos from public health organizations and mainstream media outlets.

Twitter said Wednesday that it would begin prompting users who search for the coronavirus to first visit official channels of information about the illness. In the United States, for example, Twitter directs users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, beneath a bold headline that reads: “Know the facts.”

The campaign is running in 15 locations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia, and “will continue to expand as the need arises,” the company said in a blog post.

Twitter has even banned financial market website Zero Hedge from the social media platform after it published an article linking a Chinese scientist to the outbreak of the fast-spreading coronavirus last week.

Zero Hedge had their account permanently suspended for violating “platform manipulation policy”. The account had 670,000 followers as of its suspension. The suspension was in response to a complaint by Buzzfeed which said Zero Hedge had released the personal information of a scientist from Wuhan in an article that made allegations about coronavirus having been concocted “as a bioweapon.” The article was titled “Is This the Man Behind the Global Coronavirus Pandemic?”

Tik-Tok, a Chinese-owned company, already removes posts and blocks users. This is standard practice in communist China, where state-run media and extreme surveillance of its citizens makes it easy to control what information is released.


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