News last update:6 Aug 2012

Cows major contributor to green house gases

A recent study has revealed that cow flatulence is to a great extent responsible for global warming and the green house effect.

British researchers have found that bovine emissions account for about one million tonnes or roughly 36% of the UK's methane emissions, and cows contribute the vast majority of it.
"The problem is worse in Scotland, which has a higher concentration of agriculture, meaning farm animals produce 46% of methane emissions," said a scientist at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Changing the diet
Researchers said that the only way to get out of this was for farmers to alter what they were feeding their cows.
"We do encourage farmers to look at this research and consider acting on it. There is no regulation saying they will have to change fodder, although that may be something we will have to look into in the future," he said.

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