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Does Cow Flatulence Accelerate Global Warming?

4 June 2010 24,059 views One Comment

Researchers Discover Cows’ Effect on Climate Change-


With the planetary effects of long-term human negligence exposing itself more and more everyday, experts are now experimenting with cow farts and burps in an attempt to curb global warming. Scientists claim that the slow digestive system of cows designates them a leading producer of methane – a potent greenhouse gas that receives far less social awareness than CO2. To further “digest” the impact of the flatulence produced by cows on climate change, Argentine scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs. Researchers discovered that methane from cows accounts for more than 30 percent of Argentina’s total greenhouse emissions. As one of the world’s largest beef producers, the country has more than 55 million cows grazing in its famed Pampas grasslands. Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, asserts that every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 liters of emissions every day. Not to mention, methane – which is also discharged from coal mines, landfills, and leaking gas pipes – is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Analysts are now performing research trials of new diets planned to enhance digestion in cows and lessen the impact of climate change. Silvia Valtorta, of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations, claims that by feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain “you can reduce methane emissions by 25 percent”. Researchers have also recently discovered that kangaroo flatulence is methane-free, due to an unidentified bacteria. According to scientists, if they are able to infect cows with such a bacteria, it may possibly prevent global methane pollution. However, it would take years to segregate the bacteria, and scientists are clueless as to what impact the germ would have upon the health of cows.

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  • Laurie Snegosky said:

    I am shocked at how unrealistic the above theory is. Accoding to an April 2010 article from CNB News explains:
    “Although, environmentalists have long argued that bovine flatulence was a major source of greenhouse gas, a new study shows that livestock could be good for the environment.

    Research shows grazing cattle and sheep can cut emissions of nitrous oxide, a chemical compound some scientists consider to be a dangerous greenhouse gas.

    So, it looks like farmers won’t have to put plastic bags on the bovines’ bottoms after all. And that should make all those California cows just a little happier.”

    I am a daughter of a large dairy farmer in Minnesota, I cannot fathom that anyone can point to cow flatulance for this supposed “global warming” especially while we sit in our controlled temperature environments.

    P.S. it was -23 degrees F today in MN.

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