GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Stop drinking milk....

It's them thar cows that are the problem...
Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide.

In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.

The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country's total greenhouse emissions.

As one of the world's biggest beef producers, Argentina has more than 55 million cows grazing in its famed Pampas grasslands.

Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, said every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 litres of emissions every day.

Methane, which is also released from landfills, coal mines and leaking gas pipes, is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

3 Comments:

Blogger Louise said...

I've often wondered how the methane produced by North America's cattle industry compares to the methane produced by the massive herds of bison that used to roam the continent. I'm curious how the numbers of each type of animal stack up and how much methane pre-Columbian bison herds produced compared to the modern day bovine source.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Your link isn't working by the way. I've rescued it here

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luckily, Canadians have 'marketing boards' that double milk prices and reduce the size of the industry in Canada. Coke is better for kids anyway, and much cheaper!

1:38 AM  

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