Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide.

In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.

The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country’s total greenhouse emissions…

Scientists are now carrying out trials of new diets designed to improve cows’s digestion and hopefully reduce global warming. Silvia Valtorta, of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations, said that by feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain “you can reduce methane emissions by 25 percent”.

I can think of a few politicians who might advance the cause of science with one of these tanks plugged into their whatchmacallit.




  1. jlm says:

    forget cow tipping, cow fart bag exploding is going to be much more fun

  2. Mister Ketchup says:

    You know those cows will be competing to see who can fill up their bag first.

  3. Kelvington says:

    Um… point of order… aren’t they tapping the wrong end? More methane comes out of the cow’s mouth than their rear. This must have been done by people who aren’t farmers.

  4. Special Ed says:

    “…feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain “you can reduce methane emissions by 25 percent.”

    I like my beef low-emission.

  5. JimR says:

    #22, that would be a pssssing match.

  6. Rick Cain says:

    Blame idiot-boy Ronald Reagan, who claimed that cow farts and forests were the cause of pollution.

    Now the Bushies are trying to prove it!

  7. Glenn E. says:

    9.GetSmart – Oh thank you for bring that to everyone’s attention. The same thing occured to me as I saw the Cow with the gas tank on its back. There were herds of a million head each at one time. The total far exceeding all the domestic cow herds today. The buffalo now only exist in the hundreds. Their rapid decline didn’t lead to any noticeable climate change. And their replacement by cattle and sheep shouldn’t cause any either.

    There’s also the dinosaurs. When they were plentiful, I’m sure they emitted all matter of gases. Did they fart their world to death, or was it some plague that wiped them out? Probably the latter, as they inbred their immunity away. And cost them in the long run. A lesson we’ve haven’t learned either. Today’s germs, and our ignorance, will probably kill us all off, long before the G.W. does.

  8. QB says:

    “The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country’s total greenhouse emissions…”

    In the US, college dorms account for 40% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions…

  9. Jägermeister says:

    #27 – Glenn E. – There were herds of a million head each at one time. The total far exceeding all the domestic cow herds today. The buffalo now only exist in the hundreds.

    Really… There are between 250,000 to 350,000 bison today.

    Their rapid decline didn’t lead to any noticeable climate change. And their replacement by cattle and sheep shouldn’t cause any either.

    13 million bison were killed… compare that with this chart on number of cattle in different countries. 13 million is a piss in the Mississippi in comparison, so what effect would it have had?

    This is the second truly ignorant post from you this evening…

  10. Winston Smith says:

    Why is this a problem?

    We already have a solution: Beano!

  11. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    who wouldn’t want to be the grad student that gets to insert the hose

  12. dcphill says:

    No tube coming out of the mouth to collect belches, no tube in the anus or the cow can’t
    shit. So where are they collecting this flamable gas? I think this is a very funny hoax
    a little late for April fools.

  13. GetSmart says:

    #29 But what about the number of cows that are turned into Krystal Hamburgers? That’s got to create an awesome amount of methane by itself.
    Probably more than all the poor underfed buffalo ever could.

  14. ECA says:

    WHAT IS THIS??

    A new add for INSTANT burger king??

  15. Miss_X2b says:

    Strapping it to the backs of politicians, I guess it lends new meaning to the phrase “gas bag”…

  16. pedro says:

    #32 You should call PETA and tell them to give acknowledgement to McDonalds. I’ve heard that the number of cows turned into burgers for them is 0

  17. ECA says:

    OK, OK…

    The NEXt terrorist weapons…

    STAMPEAD, BEWARE of the Methane carrying COWS.

  18. Miguel Correia says:

    Why not use all that methane as fuel?