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Introducing the Fuel-Efficient Cow

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posted on May, 22 2009 @ 07:38 PM
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Introducing the Fuel-Efficient Cow


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The man behind the effort is Stephen Moore, a agriculture research scientist from the University of Alberta. Moore is greening cattle in two ways, by modifying the food cows eat, and by modifying the cattle themselves.
By selectively breeding cows that are more fuel-efficient, Moore has created a line of cattle that produce 25 percent less methane than the average bovine.
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posted on May, 22 2009 @ 07:38 PM
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Although genetic engineering makes me cringe, if this has no harmful effects on cows it could be very beneficial to our planet. It uses less resources to provide the food for cows. This could reduce costs for farmers, and also preserve grasses used for grazing.

And because the bacteria inside the cows produce less methane, as long as the cows can remain healthy, it could help protect the very environment that they rely on.

The best part is that the farmers who reduce their CO2 emissions can sell their carbon credits to oil industry companies and other companies that produce greenhouse gases. This may encourage more local fossil fuel harvesting and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. If it works in Canada, maybe it can work here.

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posted on May, 23 2009 @ 11:29 AM
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Is no one interested in fuel-efficient cows? I must say that I'm a tad surprised.

Would anyone buy one of these? I totally would if I were a farmer.



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