Skip to comments.Silence the Cows and Save the Planet
Posted on 04/05/2011 10:42:33 AM PDT by mandaladon
Flatulent cows are not a laughing matter. (Pause.) OK, they are a laughing matter. And flatulent sheep and goats are almost as funny though not to the chickens and pigs in the pen next door. But pull-my-hoof livestock are a problem too.
The emissions produced by nature's woodwind section contain a nasty mix of many gasses, among them methane. Though carbon dioxide is the first gas that comes to mind when we think of greenhouse emissions, pound for pound, methane is more than 20 times more powerful in terms of its global warming potential. Methane doesn't linger in the atmosphere quite as long as CO2, and it's not produced industrially in anywhere near the same quantity, but it does its damage all the same and livestock toots out a surprisingly large share of it.
According to one Danish study, the average cow produces enough methane per year to do the same greenhouse damage as four tons of CO2. The average car, by contrast, produces just 2.7 tons. Multiply that by the planet's 1.5 billion cattle and buffalo and 1.8 billion smaller ruminants and you have the methane equivalent of two billion tons of CO2 per year. According to the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), livestock account for about 4.5% of all of the country's annual greenhouse gas emissions. Globally the figure is thought to be higher about six percent.
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Do they make Beano in cow size?
I worry more about farting liberals. How much methane do they produce in a day??
I really want to swear loudly and profusely right now.
STOP FEEDING THEM CORN! COWS WERE NOT MEANT TO EAT CORN!
Cows eat grass whether its alive or dead. If they do that they will not fart.
THIS IS SO SIMPLE EVEN A TWO YEAR OLD CAN FIGURE IT OUT!
Thank you, I feel better now.
If the worst thing in the world these morons had to worry about were farting cows, they could consider themselves very, very lucky.
These people are truly insane.
w To save the planet from a similar fate, we need a massive new government program to subsidize Beano for livestock herds and fund it with a flatulence tax on beans, sauerkraut, cauliflower, cabbage and other gas producing foods.
So, we all stop eating meat, and so that we can get all the protein we need, we start eating beans and rice. Then, instead of livestock creating greenhouse gases.......
Where is this going to end?
Let’s not put all the blame on the Animal Kingdom. The human digestive process puts a variety of gases into the environment.
In 2010, the U.N. proposed a global levy on livestock’s methane emissions, a measure that was promptly and unavoidably dubbed a fart tax in the press. A similar surcharge was proposed in the U.K. three years earlier, and farmers howled though it’s arguable that this is one case in which the tax collector would dread an audit even more than the taxpayer.
All insanity starts at the U.N.
All those third world cattle raisers are in for a shock.
But the obvious answer is that the British no longer want to be taken serious on ANY issue.
But...corn is a form of grass.
“These people are truly insane.”
This too will be resolved during the next revolution.
Hey, I’m doing my part. I am eating them as fast as I can.
Thank you, Peter, for saying that!
The corn plant (green parts) is a form of grass, but the corn ear, kernels, etc. is a grain, and as Peter said, cows were designed for grass eating, not grain eating.
Must ... refrain ... from ... making ... Gloria ... Steinem ... joke ...
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A good novel called “The Facade” by Mike Heiser is a sci-fi thriller which includes as part of its plot, cow flatulence. The book is based on real possibilities that the US government has been hiding UFO evidence and uses global warming as a ruse to hide its deeper secrets. The cow flatulence issue was hyped as a major cause for GW and as a pretense to enact other clandestine activities... an intriguing read.
You know, the methane is formed by fermentation of the forage in the cow’s rumen (and is expelled by cow burps, not farts). Feed rations including substantial non-forage ingredients (such as grains, distillers spent grains, beet pulp, and the like) will reduce the methane production by both reducing the fermentation and shortening the3 animal’s life.
The methane escapes from the cud chewing, not from the other end.
Ronal Reagan was pilloried for saying this.
We have an instruction manual, if we bother to read it. Has a very nice ending too.
>> Cows eat grass whether its alive or dead. If they do that they will not fart.<<
You didnt grow up on a dairy or beef farm did you.
Okay, noted. But, who cares that they fart anyway?
Well, from a global warming stand point, not I; one of the craziest damn things I’ve heard from the glo-bull warming crazies and there have been some lulus. However, cow farts from eating grains means that what they’re eating is hard for them to digest, so from that standpoint I guess it matters if you care your cows have tummy aches. :)
Just curious if the dairy/beef farm you grew up on strictly grass fed?
There are no shortage of Commie/Fascist/Socialist/Progressive/Islamofascist in the U.N.
Most all of them are grass fed until they go into the feed lots to be fattened. A cow is a ruminant. The process produces gas. Cows that are put out on a new pasture especially would have gas like you wouldnt believe. If they were allowed on that new pasture for too long each day until they were used to it they would produce so much gas that they would have to be treated for it. It was called bloat. A tube would be put down into their stomach to release the gas.
Hmmm, there are some strictly grass-fed beef/dairy farmers that rotate their cattle to new pasture every day; guys like Joel Salatin and Dennis Stoltzfoos.
I realize that the conventional farmers raise their cattle on grass until they go to the feed lots. They can get bloat on grain as well.
>> Hmmm, there are some strictly grass-fed beef/dairy farmers that rotate their cattle to new pasture every day; guys like Joel Salatin and Dennis Stoltzfoos.<<
A controlled rotation of established pasture yes. I was talking a new pasture that has not been grazed before where the grass will be rather tall because of letting it go to seed first to establish the pasture better.
HUH! Stopping feeding cows corn will prevent farts??
Just WHERE did you come up with THAT bit of b.s.
As a farm kid I milked the family cow and can assure that pastured cows do indeed fart.
Speaking of putting gasses into the environment..
When these folks can prevent all the horrendous gasses that volcanoes belch into the atmosphere by the ton. THEN, and only then, can they attempt to regulate anything else.
I shouldn’t have not. But it will lessen it by 13-18%.
Being a farmboy, I don’t recall a whole lot of excessive flatulence from the cows, and we did feed them corn, but I guess, whatever.