When the weather gets cold and the birds are hungry, you can feed your pigs with feed that automatically converts the sugar into fodder for their feeders.
But when the birds have been eating their fill for months, they’re likely to start to get hungry again, and this can lead to a serious health problem.
So we need to figure out a way to help the pigs eat their fill without having to do any work themselves.
That’s exactly what researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK have developed an auto-trained system that uses a computer to make a special sugar called glucose, and then converts it into fodder to feed the pigs.
The system is just the first step in a longer-term research project to find out if it can do more.
“The idea is to be able to feed pigs to people who would normally eat their own food,” says David Stiles, an associate professor of animal science at the University.
“In a way, it could be like a virtual food truck.”
Stiles, who is also a PhD student in animal science, says that he and his team have already been working on a similar system that can convert glucose into fat.
“Our system has been working well so far,” he says.
“It’s a big project, but we think it has the potential to be useful for other animals as well.”
We’ve already used it for pigs, and it works well.
We’ve shown that it’s safe to feed piglets to people, and the feeder uses only glucose, which is what people need to make the sugars that the animals eat.
“But we’re not done yet.
We’re working on using it to feed sheep.
It could be used for goats, or we could eventually use it for cattle to keep them happy.”
The idea of making artificial sweeteners into real food is not new.
In recent years, a number of scientists have been trying to find ways to make sugar into real sugars, with the aim of producing a cheaper alternative to cane sugar.
But Stiles says that the artificial sweetener market is still very young, with a wide range of products on offer.
“It’s important that the products are safe to use and they are very affordable,” he explains.
“But the problem is that there are so many different products out there.
And there are very few ways to find a product that’s actually safe and affordable.”
He suggests that we have to look at the different types of sugar that we can make, and use them as alternatives to other natural products.
“For example, you could try to make it from sugar that is already in nature, such as cane sugar or honey,” he adds.
“Then you could look at other ways of making the sugar, like converting it to a new sugar that can be consumed by humans.
Or you could use it as an ingredient in food or pharmaceuticals.”
There are also other ways to use sugar, such in foods and supplements, but Stiles argues that we should look at different options, to make sure we don’t miss out on the real sugar that humans need to get the full benefit of the artificial solution.
“This is the real solution,” he said.
“If we’re making artificial food, then we should also look at ways to develop artificial food for humans.”
If you can’t use sugar in other ways, you should look to make your own food, and look at what else is out there.
“For more information about artificial sweetening, check out this article from the BBC News website.
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For further information, contact:Dr David Stokes, University of Bristol, BSBSE, [email protected], 07878 539000.