Project Aims to Turn Pigeon Waste into Soap





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Published on Jan 18, 2013

A new project aims to make pigeons defecate soap to clean a city.

Like other birds, pigeons can be fun company but they are also messy.

Well, a London-based innovative organization has developed a plan to make the city a cleaner place.

Instead of ridding the pigeons, the group wants to use them in a novel experiment. Dubbed 'The Pigeon d'Or project', the birds will be fed a specially designed diet, which will contain bacteria known as Lactobacillus.

The individuals behind the idea claim that they are using synthetic biology to create the bacteria which will modify the metabolism of the birds. The pigeons will in turn produce and defecate....get ready for this... soap!

Hopefully the project will not only clean up the city, but also change the public's perception of pigeons. Last year, residents of a Ukrainian town became concerned about pigeons relieving themselves and covering a popular monument in bird droppings during a citywide celebration.

A local city official proposed a novel solution to ridding the pesky birds stating "Let's give them wine-soaked bread and then deport them somewhere where they'll wake up the next day."


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