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Silence the Cows and Save the Planet
Time ^ | 20 mar 2011 | Jeffrey Kluger

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ecocentric.blogs.time.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: cows; farts; methane
We're going bankrupt and liberals are worried about farting cows?
1 posted on 04/05/2011 10:42:35 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Do they make Beano in cow size?


2 posted on 04/05/2011 10:45:23 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: mandaladon

I worry more about farting liberals. How much methane do they produce in a day??


3 posted on 04/05/2011 10:47:07 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: mandaladon
Since nobody is going to re-engineer the ruminant digestive tract anytime soon, the solutions are limited: stop eating meat or at least eat other kinds. (A 2010 study from the Science and Environment section of the Library of the U.K.'s House of Commons reported that a pair of Australian biologists have recommended eating marsupials instead of livestock, since kangaroos and their kin produce almost no methane when they digest.) But there's one more answer too: reformulate the diet of the animals themselves. If you change what goes in, you should be able to change what comes out....libs will soon propose a tax on cow fart emissions or something similarly insane.
4 posted on 04/05/2011 10:47:43 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

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.


5 posted on 04/05/2011 10:48:31 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: mandaladon

If the worst thing in the world these morons had to worry about were farting cows, they could consider themselves very, very lucky.


6 posted on 04/05/2011 10:48:47 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: mandaladon

These people are truly insane.


7 posted on 04/05/2011 10:49:06 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


8 posted on 04/05/2011 10:50:33 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: mandaladon
Imagine the size of dinosaur farts...now we have the answer why they died out. The dinosaurs were victims of their own flatulence which caused fatal climate change.

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.

9 posted on 04/05/2011 10:51:39 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: mandaladon

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.......


10 posted on 04/05/2011 10:53:18 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: mandaladon

Where is this going to end?


11 posted on 04/05/2011 10:54:04 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: mandaladon

Let’s not put all the blame on the Animal Kingdom. The human digestive process puts a variety of gases into the environment.

http://www.heptune.com/farts.html


12 posted on 04/05/2011 10:54:31 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: mandaladon
This is irrational.

I wonder if the author wears leather shoes?

Or considered that the silage making process generates gasses?

Or reflected upon the population of wild herbivores on earth?
13 posted on 04/05/2011 10:55:37 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: mandaladon

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.

Read more: http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/03/30/silence-the-cows-and-save-the-planet/#ixzz1IfiuNQSg

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.


14 posted on 04/05/2011 10:56:17 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Russ
cows Pictures, Images and Photos...Leave cows alone!
15 posted on 04/05/2011 10:56:24 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: Peter from Rutland

But...corn is a form of grass.


16 posted on 04/05/2011 10:57:56 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: GeronL

“These people are truly insane.”

Exactly!


17 posted on 04/05/2011 11:00:38 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Nepeta
cows Pictures, Images and Photos....I bet these cows are very damaging to our environment!!!
18 posted on 04/05/2011 11:04:57 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: Marty62
All insanity starts at the U.N....I would say it starts in the liberals mind.
19 posted on 04/05/2011 11:08:09 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: therightliveswithus
Where is this going to end?

This too will be resolved during the next revolution.

20 posted on 04/05/2011 11:16:32 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Army Air Corps; Normandy; FreedomPoster; Para-Ord.45; Entrepreneur; tubebender; mmanager; ...
Thanx for the ping Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

21 posted on 04/05/2011 11:20:28 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: mandaladon

Hey, I’m doing my part. I am eating them as fast as I can.


22 posted on 04/05/2011 11:23:12 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: McKayopectate; Peter from Rutland

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.


23 posted on 04/05/2011 11:28:40 AM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: mandaladon

Must ... refrain ... from ... making ... Gloria ... Steinem ... joke ...

... NOW ...

:-)


24 posted on 04/05/2011 11:33:56 AM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: mandaladon
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.

The American plains were once just one vast herd of bison, covering what are now several states. There are estimated to have been between 60-100 million bison just in the mid-19th century and the number before the arrival of Europeans was certainly higher. The current US cattle population is about 90 million. There are certainly fewer large ruminants on the North American continent than there were in, say, 1400, and far fewer than there were in the Pliocene era. If methane emissions are a problem, it's a problem the Earth seems to have been dealing with successfully for thousands of years without the hysteria of the enviro-cultists.
25 posted on 04/05/2011 11:42:29 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: mandaladon

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.


26 posted on 04/05/2011 11:43:48 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: mandaladon
“The Silence of The Cows”, coming to a field near you and sponsored by Beano!
27 posted on 04/05/2011 11:51:12 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Peter from Rutland

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.


28 posted on 04/05/2011 11:59:47 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: mandaladon

The methane escapes from the cud chewing, not from the other end.


29 posted on 04/05/2011 12:48:57 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama will be president until Fri, Jan 20, 2017.)
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To: mandaladon
Flatulent cows are not a laughing matter.

Ronal Reagan was pilloried for saying this.

30 posted on 04/05/2011 12:59:16 PM PDT by itsahoot (Almost everything I post is Sarcastic, since I have no sense of humor about lying politicians.)
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To: therightliveswithus
Where is this going to end?

We have an instruction manual, if we bother to read it. Has a very nice ending too.

31 posted on 04/05/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT by itsahoot (Almost everything I post is Sarcastic, since I have no sense of humor about lying politicians.)
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To: mandaladon
"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."

I had a grandmother who farted so much, she squeaked when she walked. She also identified herself as being very British. Maybe the Brits should have a look at their grandmothers and stop obsessing on cattle. Hmmm...though, there might be a reason for that after all.


32 posted on 04/05/2011 1:09:14 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Peter from Rutland

>> Cows eat grass whether its alive or dead. If they do that they will not fart.<<

You didn’t grow up on a dairy or beef farm did you.


33 posted on 04/05/2011 1:21:34 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: Roos_Girl

Okay, noted. But, who cares that they fart anyway?


34 posted on 04/05/2011 2:17:49 PM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: McKayopectate

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. :)


35 posted on 04/05/2011 3:07:24 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: CynicalBear

Just curious if the dairy/beef farm you grew up on strictly grass fed?


36 posted on 04/05/2011 3:12:05 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: mandaladon

There are no shortage of Commie/Fascist/Socialist/Progressive/Islamofascist in the U.N.


37 posted on 04/05/2011 3:53:56 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Roos_Girl

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 wouldn’t 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.


38 posted on 04/05/2011 4:07:07 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: CynicalBear

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.


39 posted on 04/05/2011 5:19:50 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Roos_Girl

>> 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.


40 posted on 04/05/2011 5:24:04 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: mandaladon
The rotting organic materiel in the soil of the rain forests of the world produce more methane and CO2 than anything.
41 posted on 04/05/2011 6:30:48 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: Peter from Rutland

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.


42 posted on 04/05/2011 7:11:01 PM PDT by bog trotter
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


43 posted on 04/05/2011 7:13:59 PM PDT by bog trotter
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To: bog trotter

I shouldn’t have not. But it will lessen it by 13-18%.


44 posted on 04/06/2011 5:51:47 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Roos_Girl

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.


45 posted on 04/06/2011 7:21:33 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: McKayopectate

http://flyingferret.com/ffstrip.php?date=2005-08-01


46 posted on 04/06/2011 7:27:29 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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