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. 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.

  2. ECA says:


    A new add for INSTANT burger king??

  3. Miss_X2b says:

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

  4. ECA says:

    OK, OK…

    The NEXt terrorist weapons…

    STAMPEAD, BEWARE of the Methane carrying COWS.

  5. Miguel Correia says:

    Why not use all that methane as fuel?


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