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New diets for cows, sheep could cut emissions
Yahoo ^ | 4/4/11 | Nina Chestney - Reuters

Posted on 04/04/2011 4:54:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LONDON (Reuters) – New diets for cows and sheep could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, research funded by the Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) shows.

Feeding the animals maize silage, naked oats and higher sugar grasses could reduce the amount of methane they produce, the study by Reading University and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences showed.

Agriculture accounts for around nine per cent of all British greenhouse gas emissions. Most of this comes from sheep, cows and goats.

Farming accounts for 41 per cent of Britain's overall methane emissions, which are harmful to the environment.

A trial showed that high-sugar grasses could reduce an animal's methane emissions by 20 per cent for every kg of weight gain and naked oats could reduce methane emissions from sheep by 33 percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: cows; diets; emissions; sheep

1 posted on 04/04/2011 4:54:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Libtards holding their breath WOULD cut emissions.


2 posted on 04/04/2011 4:56:02 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (POTUS 45 Sarah Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: NormsRevenge

If we’re ever going to “save” the greenhouse, we need to develop one of these types of diets for Democ’RAT politicians.


3 posted on 04/04/2011 4:57:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (How's that Keynesian economics working out for ya so far?)
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Hey. Help. I want out.. Somebody just ate some sweet grass, Man.

A Charlevoix lamb looks through a fence at the Ferme Eboulmontaise in
Les Eboulements, Charlevoix May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger


4 posted on 04/04/2011 4:57:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Next they will have training crews dispatched to train Termites to change their dietary behavior as well

TT


5 posted on 04/04/2011 4:58:45 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is real islam. Moderate islam is the trojan horse.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey, how about just putting a big balloon on their rear ends and collecting the methane to use to generate electricity? You could have some cows in your back yard and use them to power your Volt.


6 posted on 04/04/2011 4:59:44 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: NormsRevenge
New diets for cows and sheep could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, research funded by the Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) shows.

What are we going to feed them when some other snake oil salesman convinces those intellect challenged masses that we need MORE cow and sheep flatulence to save the planet?

7 posted on 04/04/2011 5:00:40 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL! Now THAT made me laugh!


8 posted on 04/04/2011 5:02:48 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: NormsRevenge
... naked oats ....

I don't know what naked oats are, but they sound damned sexy!

9 posted on 04/04/2011 5:07:20 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“New diets for cows and sheep could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions”

“And it will only cost you twice as much, comrades! Thank Obozo!”


10 posted on 04/04/2011 5:07:52 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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11 posted on 04/04/2011 5:10:44 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This could be something that Mrs. Barack Hussein Obama Jr could dedicate her life to......and leave every body elses diet alone.


12 posted on 04/04/2011 5:13:27 PM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: NormsRevenge

Next it will be our greasy foods and beer...


13 posted on 04/04/2011 5:18:26 PM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: La Lydia
Hey, how about just putting a big balloon on their rear ends and collecting the methane to use to generate electricity? You could have some cows in your back yard and use them to power your Volt

I often wonder, when I am cutting my grass, how hard would it be to convert the grass clippings to methane, collect the methane and use it to power the mower? I think if you held enough grass clippings in a tank, kept it warm and wet, and introduced some of the bugs that live in a cow's gut you could make a lot of methane over a week's time. It could be pumped into a couple of small tanks and by week's end you might have enough methane to power your mower for a few hours. Basically the machinery would do the same thing as a cow but you could get around zoning ordinances that prohibit livestock.

14 posted on 04/04/2011 5:39:02 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: La Lydia

And on Mikey Moore’s ass too.


15 posted on 04/04/2011 5:42:21 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TheConservativeParty

As well as each human emits 3 to 3.3 liters of gas a day. Do the math. There are nearly 7 billion on the face of the earth right now. Maybe these libtards should change their diets.


16 posted on 04/04/2011 5:48:49 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh, sure, the Brits would know. They brought us BSE (Mad Cow Disease) by feeding other animals to animals. Their recommended diet is too legume-heavy, BTW.


17 posted on 04/04/2011 5:56:51 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: NormsRevenge

18 posted on 04/04/2011 6:14:42 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Bean Counter

19 posted on 04/04/2011 6:48:17 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: rlmorel

LOL.


20 posted on 04/04/2011 7:00:36 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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21 posted on 04/04/2011 7:01:55 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: SIDENET

I thought that graphic was great!

I know a crusty old New England conservative, cantankerous as can be...if we have beers and the conversation drifts around to liberalism and global warming, he always has to point out to me that liberals are concerned about “cow farts”!

I don’t know why, but it just tickles the hell out of me that liberal concern over “cow farts” imparts a kind of implacable ridicule in him...not spending...not cuts in the military...

cow farts!


22 posted on 04/04/2011 7:06:54 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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I don’t know why, but it just tickles the hell out of me that liberal concern over “cow farts” imparts a kind of implacable ridicule in him

I have to say that it has the same effect on me as well.

I mean, with everything going on in the world, the fact that libs are worried about a "Global Climate Change" bogeyman caused by COW FARTS (!) sounds like something out of a bizarre, dystopia novel.

We truly live in interesting times.

23 posted on 04/04/2011 7:45:58 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET

In every sense of the Chinese curse, too...


24 posted on 04/04/2011 7:46:47 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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(nods)


25 posted on 04/04/2011 7:53:38 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let them eat enviro-wackos.


26 posted on 04/04/2011 9:30:25 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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