10 Apr '12, 11am

Pigeons Could Poop Soap, Thanks to a Special Diet

Pigeons Could Poop Soap, Thanks to a Special Diet

The pigeon is widely regarded as a scourge of the city- the rat's flying cousin, dropping poop on residents, tourists, statues and buildings. But what if that poop could be useful instead of a nuisance? In one of the stranger projects to grace our pages, a Belgian designer-cum-scientist is working on a pigeon diet that would turn the birds' feces into soap- so they clean up our cities instead of dirty them. Tuur van Balen calls the project "Pigeon d'Or " - French for "golden pigeon." It's a two step process: 1) make pigeons poop soap. 2) Build specially designed coops to house the pigeons where they can be fed, and direct their feces onto car windshields. Understandably, the first part hasn't been easy. © Tuur van Balen In March 2010, Van Balen began working with synthetic biologist James Chappell to create a special bacteria that, when fed to pigeons, would make the birds...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/tuur-van-balen...

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