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  There are a lot of books out there about pigs, but too many of them are made for children. Still more are about farming and livestock. Fascinating stuff, but they kind of get repetitive for me. So when I found Christien Meindertsma's book called PIG 05049, I nearly fainted.   The special thing about this book is that it's not just about pigs - it goes through every single product made from pig parts and reduces the scale of the story to one single pig as its organs, skin, nose, and other parts go through the wires of industry and commerce to various destinations.   Some of the products made from pig parts - and this really shocked me - include porcelain, chewing gum, heart valves, cosmetics, cigarettes, bio diesel fuel, photographic paper, medicine, hair conditioner, and even ammunition! Meindertsma spent three years researching for this book and tracked every pig part on its way through factories and into products that you and I use every day.

  Miru Kim, a creative artist, is doing an art exhibit at Art Basel Miami called 'I Like Pigs and Pigs Like Me' as part of her series, 'The Pig That Therefore I Am.'  Even though she's a germaphobe, she undergoes this art performance where she spends...