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An end to cow flatulence?

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posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 12:13 AM

Cure for cow flatulence cooked up by scientists

Cows belching and breaking wind cause methane pollution but scientists say they have developed a diet to make pastures smell like roses -- almost.

"In some experiments we get a 70 percent decrease (in methane emissions), which is quite staggering," biochemist John Wallace told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Wallace, leader of the microbial biochemistry group at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, said the secret to sweeter-smelling cows is a food additive based on fumaric acid, a naturally occurring chemical essential to respiration of animal and vegetable tissues.

A 12-month commercial and scientific evaluation of the additive has just begun, but he said if it proves successful it could be a boon to cutting down on greehouse gas emissions.

"In total around 14 percent of global methane comes from the guts of farm animals. It is worth doing something about," Wallace said. Other big sources of methane are landfills, coalmines, rice paddies and bogs.

Scientists in Australia and New Zealand have also been working to develop similar products amid growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions from cattle and sheep.

In New Zealand the government in 2003 proposed a flatulence tax, with methane emitted by farm animals responsible for more than half the country's greenhouse gases. The plan was ultimately withdrawn after widespread protests.

"We've had more success than they (scientists in Australia and New Zealand) have. Everyone has been trying different methods. We just got lucky," Wallace said.

We have messed with just about every part of a cow's we are eliminating their farts???

Is nothing left sacred?

All kidding aside, this actually worries me... I need to do more research on this additive.

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 04:07 AM
Nature grows it's own solution to this problem.

Put a cork in it........

(sorry loam, I couldn't resist)

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 04:39 AM
I hope they do do this (no, not the cork :lol


posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 08:35 AM
Cool, i'd like to see the end of Human flatulance as well

Emissions run high around these parts...

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 08:52 AM
All the industrial solvents, mercury, PCB's and other assorted yuk we dump into the environment and we blame the cows. Scapecows?

Yeah, let's throw some serious R&D money at that "problem".

Here ya go dgtempe, for that little gas pooter in your life-

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 10:43 AM
loam said in the original post;

All kidding aside, this actually worries me... I need to do more research on this additive.

The additive that they are researching is fumaric acid, and if you eat bread or sour candy and sooooo many other things, you already eat the stuff.
The dye in your blue jeans was probably fixed with fumaric acid and it is likely in some of the inks and paints around your home.

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