Sheep, Cows, Goats, or Pigs?

9/28/2009 Uncategorized


“Pigs were the champion garbage consumers in Cairo. Other animals just don’t seem up to the task.” The New York Times

We have gotten positive feedback for our proposal for temporary boardwalks and a small farm at the Filene’s construction site, but no comment has been quite as actionable as Cory Zehngebot’s suggestion that goats (or better yet pigs) might also solve Downtown Crossing’s trash problem.  She directed us to a story that was published in the New York Times on September 19 that described Cairo’s mounting garbage crisis, caused by the misguided slaughter of all of the pigs in Egypt in response to the Swine Flu outbreak.  As the story reports, goats are not as voracious as pigs when it comes to “processing” urban garbage, especially at the metropolitan scale of Cairos. Goats may be just about right for our fair city, however.