Skip to comments.Canadian scientists breeding cows that burp less (Breeding a greener hamburger?)
Posted on 06/23/2009 9:10:15 PM PDT by Maelstorm
Canadian scientists are breeding a special type of cow designed to burp less, a breakthrough that could reduce a big source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.
Cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total methane emissions, according to Environment Canada. Most of the gas comes from bovine burps, which are 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
Stephen Moore, a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, is examining the genes responsible for methane produced from a cow's four stomachs in order to breed more efficient, environmentally friendly cows.
The professor of agricultural, food and nutritional science completed primary tests using traditional techniques to breed efficient animals that produce 25 percent less methane than less efficient animals. But more work needs to be done before the long-term impact is known. Moore's study was published earlier this year in the Journal of Animal Science.
"We are working on producing diagnostic markers for efficient animals. We are looking at the next generation of technologies that will enable us to determine the genetics of an animal through a blood test or testing some hairs that you might pluck from the animal," said Moore.
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Sorry, I want my beef fully-flatulent. I also have to have the dolphin-flavored tuna.
Reminds me of school lunches.
I prefer the green eggs and ham.
I guess God Almighty didn’t get the memo when he made cows that their farts/belches would eventually destroy the ozone layers and wreak enviromental catastrophe. This should be a joke in the pages of MAD magazine instead...un’effin believable!
I’ve got some “green” hamburger in my refrigerator right now.
Maybe I should throw it out but it keeps getting greener every day
I’ve always said reality is far stranger than fiction.
The stupid things liberals worry about; Cow farts/burps are as far from my mind as can be..!
I want them to genetically engineer a cow which gives chocolate milk from one of its teats and beer from another.
o One of Rush's favorite commercials was for Weemsco Tuna: <> Mom, the tuna doesn't taste as good as it used to. <> Millions of Americans feel the same way little Bobby does, ever since companies came out with dolphin-free tuna. <> The tuna doesn't taste as good as it used to. <> Luckily, not every company shamelessly bends over and drops their pants for each whiny special interest group that comes along and complains about something. When animal rights activists pressured Weemsco into eliminating the dolphin in our tuna, we politely said `*blllphht* - get a life!' Weemsco Tuna has the great dolphin flavor you grew up with. In fact, it's chock full of dolphin because now there's more for us to use. Weemsco Tuna tastes great because it's a secret blend of tuna, dolphin, shark, medical waste, and dead sea turtles who choked on deflated helium balloons. <> The tuna doesn't taste as good as it used to. <> But this is Weemsco Tuna, honey. Try it! <> Mmmmmm! <> Weemsco!
Yes but they are saving the planet from cow burps.
But if I ate the greener burger would that mean that my flatulence would also be greener? ;-)
Is there another time in history when the world has gone this insane?
When do these new cows turn on the human creators? Classic setup of a Saturday afternoon made for TV Sci Fi channel movie.
HooBoy. After reading that, what is it that still makes me think chemicals are involved? Couldn't they just sprinkle a little Maalox in the feed? Would Maalox get into the milk supply?
It’s happened already.....
This is a fabrication from liberal, orally fixated scientists.
Ask any one who operates a dairy farm. Most of the gas is produced from the opposite end.All they need to do is afix small seismic sensitive lighters under the bovine tails, to flame out the gas as it is expelled.
Light your cow today!!!!!!
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