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Scientists breed cows that burp less

By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2009 · Comment icon 14 comments



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In an unusual attempt to curb the amount of methane emissions contributing to global warming scientists in Canada are breeding a special type of cow that has been designed to burp less.
Canadian scientists are breeding a special type of cow designed to burp less, a breakthrough that could reduce a big source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.Cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total methane emissions, according to Environment Canada."


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (14)


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Comment icon #5 Posted by MirrorImage 14 years ago
I thought it was interesting that cows are responsible for 3/4 of the methane gas in the atmosphere.....see we're not responsible for global warming, cows are! Yay! That means I can burp all I want, since cows are burping less. *eye roll* seriously we waste time and money on THIS and we wonder why fewer people can afford to eat beef.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sag!ttarius 14 years ago
Yay! That means I can burp all I want, since cows are burping less. *eye roll* seriously we waste time and money on THIS and we wonder why fewer people can afford to eat beef. Being a farmer, I can tell you right now that the reasons people can't afford meat is NOT because of wasted money on genetics studies, in Canada anyway. Farmers growing beef get barely by on a few pennies a pound profit. Turn your attention to the slaughtering/meat processing plants margins difference today and 10 years ago, and the fact that there has been a bad industry wide consolidation in slaughter houses that can d... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by ROGER 14 years ago
I don't know how accurate this is, but on the T.V. show MANSWERS they said the biggest contributor of methane gas was not the cows, but the lowly wood eating TERMITES. There are a heck of a lot more of them than cows!
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
After reading the article, all I can do is this:
Comment icon #9 Posted by Der 14 years ago
After reading the article, all I can do is this: Canadian scientists are breeding a special type of cow designed to burp less, a breakthrough that could reduce a big source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total methane emissions, according to Environment Canada. Most of the gas comes from bovine burps, which are 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Cosmic Fluke 14 years ago
hmmm.... Problem: feeding corn to cows makes them gassy (and sick) Solution: Breed cows that burp less.... that's thinking with your wallets! we need to breed humans that care more about their world and their place in it. IMPOSSIBLE! well, then we need something a tad stronger than the swine flu.... (I'm sure they're working on it....)
Comment icon #11 Posted by trancelikestate 14 years ago
I'm far from a vegetarian myself.. but you know if we all stopped eating beef we could severely reduce methane gas, helping to slow global warming AND use that grain fed to cows and the land cows are on to produce more vegetables and feed currently starving people instead.... just saying
Comment icon #12 Posted by shaka5 14 years ago
After reading the article, all I can do is this: im still stuck in this same pose since reading this yesterday...but nothing tops the time and money put into the seedless watermelons
Comment icon #13 Posted by MirrorImage 14 years ago
Being a farmer, I can tell you right now that the reasons people can't afford meat is NOT because of wasted money on genetics studies, in Canada anyway. Farmers growing beef get barely by on a few pennies a pound profit. Turn your attention to the slaughtering/meat processing plants margins difference today and 10 years ago, and the fact that there has been a bad industry wide consolidation in slaughter houses that can dictate prices paid. When the mad cow scare 3-4 years ago, prices plumetted, but not the supermarket prices, the meat packers and slaughter houses took all the progfit margins a... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by OilFight 14 years ago
I thought it was interesting that cows are responsible for 3/4 of the methane gas in the atmosphere.....see we're not responsible for global warming, cows are! Technically, we would still be responsible since we're the ones breeding them to such large numbers


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