Global Warming Follies


Techies love farts too

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on January 29, 2008

This comes from one of my favorite tech blogs, Gizmodo. Usually pretty informed about all things gadgety, these guys pass some news along without noticing how silly they sound.

Sure, Hummers are bad for the environment, but do you know what else is? Cow farts. Yep, the methane in cow farts contributes to a surprisingly-high 5% of all global warming gasses out there, with methane being 22 times more potent at capturing atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide. The good news? A couple of Japanese scientists seem to have stumbled upon a way to neutralize this problem.

According to the article, the solution would cost about $1 per day, per cow. Wait, what? I don’t know how much it costs to feed a cow for a day, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find a dairy farmer willing to pay the extra charge to “neutralize” their cows’ farts.

I looked around and found this source that puts the average number of cows on a dairy farm in Massachusetts in 2004 at 111 cows. At $1 per cow per day, that’s an extra $40,515 per year! Sounds to me like more of a profit saving quest for feed producers than a global warming solution. At first, I thought the story was just another in a long line of funny fart-blaming stories, but this one really showed some true colors.

Link to Gizmodo’s post

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