So, here we’ve blamed cow farts for all the methane in the atmosphere. 95% of the methane that is produced by cows is actually from cow burps. Now that we have that straight I thought I’d also let you know that diet has a big impact on cow gas. There are studies showing that some simple changes and additions to cattle’s diet will reduce gassiness. Adding items like garlic and fish oil as well as switching to high-sugar rye grasses, bird’s foot trefoil and clovers. Plus if we can move cattle away from such a heavy dependence on corn that will also reduce cattle’s overall carbon footprint. Producing corn uses a lot of petrochemicals. It’s not just the farm equipment that uses fossil fuels. The fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are all petrochemicals. It’s just some food for thought.
Methane From Cows October 29, 2009