Supplement curbs cow farts to fight climate change

Scientists at Penn State University believe they have developed an additive that can be used to clamp down on a major contributor to climate change: cow farts.

According to the UK Daily Mail, the 12-week research conducted by UPenn researchers revealed that cows who consumed food with the methane inhibitor 3-nitrooxypropanol, or 3NOP, added into their food not only reduced methane but resulted in the cows gaining 80- percent more body weight. EPA estimates show that livestock methane emissions encompass less than half of the total methane emitted from the United States. Meanwhile, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says that animal agriculture makes up about 44 percent of global human methane production.

A study released about this time last year by the EPA concluded that cows emit more methane (a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide) than the oil industry in which the supplement developed to cut down on cow emissions can reduce their flatulence by 30 percent. Other methods were developed for this same purpose but were rejected due to worries over animal health, food safety or environmental impact.

Last year President Obama said he would make curbing cow flatulence a major focus in his attempts to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions in order to curb climate change. However, the UPenn study’s lead researcher, Alexander Hristov, said that their compound would have a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions if approved by the FDA and used by the livestock industry. The biggest obstacle to overcome, he says, is the cost and if the product is too expensive for the dairy or meat companies and they do not see a benefit in using the drug they will not implement it.

When I first saw this article I thought it was an attempt at humor. For cow flatulence to be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions then the answer is clear that efforts to curb them should be focused on this first and debunks the notion that human carbon emissions are the cause of climate change. As the article points out, methane from animals is biggest contributor. However, this fact is not preventing the Obama Administration from seeking to curb carbon emissions from fossil fuels which is the basis of civilization itself. It goes to show that Obama’s Climate Action Plan stinks like animal methane and is nothing more than an attempt at shutting down industry. When it comes to the President’s plan to address the so-called climate crisis I am reminded of the immortal words of the Father of the Bill of Rights and fourth President of the United States, James Madison who said: Crisis is the rallying cry of tyrants.