Corn eating Hamster Cannibals; why are these cute animals eating their young

Corn eating Hamster Cannibals; why are these cute animals eating their young

Corn eating Hamster Cannibals

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A lot of noise is being made up about the inverted yield curve and how it is signal that a recession is inevitable. First of all, remember what we have been stating all along: after 2009, everything changed. Free market forces are dead, and therefore, one cannot assume what worked in the past will continue to work going forward.  Just because the treasury yield curve inverts does not mean that one has to panic and flee for the hills. In fact, due to the coming currency war’s we feel the issue is being overblown.

If this were an issue, we would have addressed long ago, but in our books, this event is a non-event. The only reason it’s generating any attention is that the so-called experts are blasting the airwaves with their nonsense. Think about it for a second if no one spoke about this issue, then the masses would not care. Yield Curve Fears As Treasury Yield Curve Inverts

Corn eating Hamster Cannibals; what gives

Researchers in France have discovered that a monotonous diet of corn causes hamsters to exhibit some unusual behavior—cannibalism. 

new paper outlines the efforts of scientists at the University of Strasbourg to determine why the European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) has been dying off at an alarming rate.

The hamster is critically endangered in western Europe and research into the cause seemed to hit a brick wall. At first, it was theorized that pesticides and industrial ploughing might be to blame. Perhaps the hamster’s underground layers were being destroyed, leading to the population drop off. But that was determined to not be the cause.

Researchers led by Mathilde Tissier decided to look into the hamster’s diet. Previously, the rodent’s diet consisted of grains, roots and insects. But the regions in which it’s numbers were dropping have been taken over by the industrial farming of corn.  Full Story

Experiments were carried out to determine what drove these Corn eating Hamster Cannibals

“Females stored their pups with their hoards of maize before eating them,” the scientists reported. “Pups were still alive at that time.”

The cannibal mothers showed other signs of abnormality. The usually cute-and-cuddly hamsters ran in circles, “climbing and pounding their feeders,” when scientists entered the room.

The females also had swollen and dark tongues, and blood so thick it was difficult to draw for samples. The researchers recognised the symptoms, and had a hunch as to what was causing them.

Vitamin B3 deficiency has been linked to black-tongue syndrome in dogs, and a condition in humans called pellagra, also known as the “3-D” disease: diarrhoea, dementia and dermatitis, such as eczema.

“Improperly cooked maize-based diets have been associated with higher rates of homicide, suicide and cannibalism in humans,” the researchers note.

Pellagra is thought to have decimated some three million people in North America and Europe from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century.

Tissier and her colleagues thought of a simple way to find out if their corn-crazed hamsters were suffering from a similar condition.

In a second set of experiments, they offered hamsters corn-based diets, one of them with B3 added. Sure enough, the vitamin-enriched diet was enough to eliminate the horrific symptoms, and prevent the female hamsters from eating their young.

The dire consequences of the B3-deficient corn diet, the scientists concluded, stemmed not from reduced maternal hormones, but rather a change in the nervous system that induced the same “dementia-like” behaviour diagnosed in humans.

“Knowing that these species already face many threats, and that most of them are in danger of extinction, it is urgent to restore a diverse range of plants in agriculture schemes,” the researchers urged.

Baumgart, who has been fighting for years to protect the endangered rodents, agrees. “Monoculture in agriculture is really bad for biodiversity,” he said. “Now we need to take concrete action.” Full Story


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