Skip to comments.Sheep flatulence inoculation developed
Posted on 06/05/2008 8:06:31 AM PDT by Keli Kilohana
New Zealand scientists claim to have developed a "flatulence inoculation" aimed at cutting down on the massive amount of methane produced by its sheep and cows.
Such animals are believed to be responsible for more than half of the country's greenhouse gases, causing huge environmental problems.
But Phil Goff, New Zealand's trade minister, told an Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris yesterday that a solution was in sight.
"Our agricultural research organisation just last week was able to map the genome ... that causes methane in ruminant animals and we believe we can vaccinate against" flatulent emissions, Mr Goff said.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Leave it to human ingenuity to save mankind.
I’m really hoping this can spread to the human population...
Inoculate? Against something a mammalian body is supposed to do?
When you honestly start claiming that sheep—which have been raised by humanity for time immemorium—are causing the earth to heat and somehow responsible for destroying life as we know it...
...you’d think you’d realize you were absolute full of it and barking up the wrong tree. But such is the mindless push of the global warming lemmings.
What happens to an animal that can’t fart? I hate to think. Not a pretty picture.
Quick, somebody alert PETA to this madness.
Why not ‘capture’ all that gas and become energy independent?
Animal Flatulence, PING!!
I wonder how damaging those giant buffalo herds were in the past!
It’s amazing anyone survived!
A sure candidate for the Nobel prize.
“Why not capture all that gas and become energy independent?”
The most abundant known reserve of flatulence on the planet resides in Tennessee and his name is Al Gore...so I suggest they ‘capture’ that gas in a bag first and
“LEAVE THE SHEEP ALONE”
New Zealand just may be the most beautiful natural place in the world. That said, what are these "huge environmental problems" that the sheep are causing there? Where are they? What parts of NZ?
The easiest job in the world today has be one of Jay Leno’s joke writers. Just open a paper and copy down a few headlines.
Muzzy terrorist already have a way of plugging the hole :)
This is excerpted from The Broker, http://thebrokeronline.eu/en/articles/driving_on_organic_waste
“While biogas methane can be used as fuel for cars (see box Bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas) it is generally used to generate electricity. In the Netherlands, some farmers already ferment animal dung and use the methane released in the process to heat their cattle sheds. Orgaworld, a company in Lelystad, is using biogas from organic waste to generate green electricity, and composts the fermented residue.5 In Nepal, the Biogas Sector Partnership, an NGO, is promoting the use of this process. Over 150,000 Nepalese households now have a biogas plant an airtight container that can digest half a cubic metre of buffalo dung. The methane released is used for cooking and in gas lamps, and the residue is returned to the fields”
Now we know what propulsion system Harold was going to use!
*** From the first Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode ever!!! ***
(A tourist approaches a shepherd. The sounds of sheep and the outdoors are heard.)
Tourist: Good afternoon.
Shephrd: Eh, ‘tis that.
Tourist: You here on holiday?
Shephrd: Nope, I live ‘ere.
Tourist: Oh, good for you. Uh...those ARE sheep aren’t they?
Tourist: Hmm, thought they were. Only, what are they doing up in the trees?
Shephrd: A fair question and one that in recent weeks ‘as been much on my mind. It’s my considered opinion that they’re nestin’.
Tourist: Like birds?
Shephrd: Exactly. It’s my belief that these sheep are laborin’ under the misapprehension that they’re birds. Observe their be’avior. Take for a start the sheeps’ tendency to ‘op about the field on their ‘ind legs. Now witness their attempts to fly from tree to tree. Notice that they do not so much fly as...plummet.
Tourist: Yes, but why do they think they’re birds?
Shephrd: Another fair question. One thing is for sure, the sheep is not a creature of the air. They have enormous difficulty in the comparatively simple act of perchin’.
Trouble is, sheep are very dim. Once they get an idea in their ‘eads, there’s no shiftin’ it.
Tourist: But where did they get the idea?
Shephrd: From Harold. He’s that most dangerous of creatures, a clever sheep. ‘e’s realized that a sheep’s life consists of standin’ around for a few months and then bein’ eaten. And that’s a depressing prospect for an ambitious sheep.
Tourist: Well why don’t just remove Harold?
Shephrd: Because of the enormous commercial possibilities if ‘e succeeds.
How about beer?
Beer drinkers should be required each year to purchase carbon credits to offset the atmospheric carbonation from each and every beer they drink.
To expand this thought, think carbonated beverages. Carbon is the root descriptive. Each and every Coke or Pepsi or Dew emits a substantial amount of atmospheric carbon. Some is direct as fizz and some is emitted as burps or belches. Every consumer of carbonated soft drinks must be required to purchase an annual carbon credit for the amount of estimated consumption. Any unused credits can be carried over or redemmed at the end of the year.
The severe magnitude of the carbon based beverage fizz has escaped notice but in the interest of fairness and carboniferous diversity, must be addressed. McCain being tied closely to the beer industry can be excused from his opposition, but there must be a pronouncement from Obama on his position on beer carbon emissions.
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