It would seem the cows are getting a lot of blame for things like global warming and melting the polar icecaps. With their flatulence and eructation, methane pollution is on the rise, and some have thought the best solution might be to breed them into smaller animals, thereby reducing their gas expelling into the atmosphere. Another remedy is to keep the cows in regular contact with liquor! This and other solutions being worked on around the world as well.
So you might be asking yourself, “Wait, what? Cows are polluting the environment by simply expelling gas?“ Yes it is true! Here are some facts.
• On average, cows produce 500 liters of methane a day.
• The methane is released by eructation or burping and flatulence or farting.
• According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, global livestock accounts for 14.5% of all manmade green house gas emissions and near 44% of all livestock emissions are in the form of methane.
• Methane is a common byproduct of the digestive process of cows and other ruminants, like sheep for example.
• Burping is about 95% more responsible for the production of methane.
When researchers took note of one Canadian rancher having her cows consume wine, they noted the radical reduction in bovine methane production. For a full 90 days before a cow is to be slaughtered, they are given daily doses of 1 liter of red wine, and chefs that utilize the meat have admittedly attested to the pre-marinated technique, so to speak, makes for better tastes and amazing mouthwatering aromas. An added benefit, ranchers have observed a happier and calmer cow before its end.
The other solution of attempting to breed smaller cows is underway. Ranchers are raising mini cows or teacup cows across the U.S. As of now, there are 20,000 mini cows across the country, and combined, they are only expelling what 2,000 normal size cows would. The increased logic also means more breeding land for smaller cows to make up the difference a normal size cow would harvest.
By 2018, a Dutch company hopes to launch their product; another solution for the pollution issue. They are testing a powder feed additive they created, that they believe can reduce the methane emissions by up to 30%. In test subjects, dairy cows were saw nearly 60% reduction rates and in cattle raised for beef cuts, there was a 35% decrease. They do add that the chemically engineered compounds are safe for human and cow consumption.
Some economy experts believe the better solution is to heighten the quality of meat production, as opposed to quantity and let the methane levels drop naturally through avoiding high volume of meat and considering the cow population and the environmental impact they have.
With some possible prospects in cleaning up cow pollution issues, some will be underway and will become common practice among the ranchers to significantly reduce the methane levels.