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(CBS News)   Scotland is breeding cows that produce fifty percent less gas. I'm holding out for an EV   (cbsnews.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Carbon dioxide, Methane, Greenhouse gas, Rainer Roehe, Natural gas, environmental impacts, Scotland's Rural College, experimental farm  
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2021-10-21 2:44:46 PM  
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2021-10-21 2:53:36 PM  
Yes, because it's the cows, not large scale human activity, which causes pollution. Right.

Ya shiatheads.
 
2021-10-21 2:53:54 PM  
"There are huge variations in the stomach"

You can say that again.
 
2021-10-21 2:56:16 PM  
Environmentalists believe that when it comes to global warming, meat, especially beef, is among the worst foods that can be eaten.

Eat less beef, eat more environmentalists. Gotcha.
 
2021-10-21 3:00:16 PM  
So no catalytic converter butt plugs for old Bessie?
 
2021-10-21 3:01:06 PM  
Retaining flatulence just encourages it to barge out during unwarranted situations - like in the middle of a symphonic cadenza.
Don't say I didn't warn you when your Big Mac busts ass on the first bite.
 
2021-10-21 3:01:09 PM  
Electric Veal?
 
2021-10-21 3:03:54 PM  
EB subby. It's an EB.
 
2021-10-21 3:06:08 PM  
Scotland? I hope they're talking about highland coos.

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2021-10-21 3:08:05 PM  
I bet my wife's looking for the same thing in her next husband.
 
2021-10-21 3:10:40 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So no catalytic converter butt plugs for old Bessie?


I was thinking gas collection systems for the hydrogen and methane. I suppose the trick for either option would be dealing with the feces. I'm sure an engineer could whip up a solution.
 
2021-10-21 3:10:49 PM  

Stavr0: Electric Veal?


Electro-vaca!
 
2021-10-21 3:21:22 PM  

Eravior: fragMasterFlash: So no catalytic converter butt plugs for old Bessie?

I was thinking gas collection systems for the hydrogen and methane. I suppose the trick for either option would be dealing with the feces. I'm sure an engineer could whip up a solution.


Both gaseous and solid collection systems.

Combine the hydrogen with excessive carbon dioxide in the air. Crack the molecules, and bond the carbon to the hydrogen. Now we've got hydrocarbons.

Blend it with the existing hydrocarbon methane, then run through a petroleum reactor to build HC chains.

BOOM! Synthetic gasoline/petrol as well as diesel and heating oil.

Which is precisely what Porsche is doing.
 
2021-10-21 3:24:42 PM  

Eat The Placenta: Environmentalists believe that when it comes to global warming, meat, especially beef, is among the worst foods that can be eaten.

Eat less beef, eat more environmentalists. Gotcha.


Those people are all gristle.
 
2021-10-21 3:28:25 PM  
Or feed the cows what they evolved to eat instead of corn and soy.
 
2021-10-21 3:29:10 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Yes, because it's the cows, not large scale human activity, which causes pollution. Right.

Ya shiatheads.


That was just dumb.

You're not a shiathead, it's not your fault.
 
2021-10-21 3:34:30 PM  
You're gonna have to pry that burger from my cold dead hand.
 
2021-10-21 3:34:54 PM  
I like that it's also good for the cow, ie. more meat.

https://ing.dk/artikel/danske-forskere​-finder-nyt-vaaben-kampen-mod-metanudl​edning-koeer-230036

Article in Danish, use Google translate, but I'll just mention the two points here.

Researchers found that the 10% "best" cows produced 41% less Methane than the average. So, yeah you can just breed those, the numbers are the same as they found in Scotland.

However, they also have developed a product that decreases Methane production with 99%, ie. more or less eliminates it. They're waiting for acceptance. They point out that its cheap, and actually good for the cow.

A Dutch company has already released a pill that reduces it with 33%, which you can combine with the genetic breed ones.

But obviously the 99% one is the best if its accepted, because then you can go back to just breeding on quality/quantity.
 
2021-10-21 3:38:33 PM  

big pig peaches: Or feed the cows what they evolved to eat instead of corn and soy.


Why should my food eat better than me?

/chugs a coke
 
2021-10-21 3:42:16 PM  
FARMING LONG AGO: When All The Cows Had Names [POEM by Charlie Gillen]
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2021-10-21 3:44:24 PM  
I believe that's fifty percent less petrol, subby.  Also, remember that highland coos only fart when they're upwind of the English.
 
2021-10-21 3:44:48 PM  
Of course, this results in a vast increase in the number of exploding cows. But hey, you can't make an omelette without splitting hairs in a glass house or however that saying goes.
 
2021-10-21 3:47:06 PM  

patrick767: Scotland? I hope they're talking about highland coos.

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They've gone back to drinking domestic brew, not that fizzy American pish
 
2021-10-21 3:58:52 PM  

Stavr0: Electric Veal?


Do Androids Dream of Electric Bovines?
 
2021-10-21 4:00:55 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Yes, because it's the cows, not large scale human activity, which causes pollution. Right.

Ya shiatheads.


These cows, both the breeds and their large numbers, only exist due to large scale human activity.
 
2021-10-21 4:03:23 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Yes, because it's the cows, not large scale human activity, which causes pollution. Right.

Ya shiatheads.


Large scale human activity like CAFOs? (Concentrated agricultural feeding operations)
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Cows themselves aren't an issue. How we farm them is.
 
2021-10-21 4:06:29 PM  

Stavr0: Electric Veal?


RedVentrue: EB subby. It's an EB.


Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: Stavr0: Electric Veal?

Electro-vaca!



They already exist....It's called an E-Moo
 
2021-10-21 4:08:23 PM  
Some environmentalists believe that when it comes to global warming, meat, especially beef, is among the worst foods that can be eaten.

That's a weird way to say that the science consistently shows something to be true. The gas emissions from the animal are part of it. Another major factor is the large quantity of feed required and the carbon cost and other environmental costs of growing all that. It's been understand for quite a few years that in terms of carbon footprint, food goes something like this from highest to lowest:

Cows
Pigs
Poultry
Fish (but it's complicated... farmed salmon is closer to poultry, farmed catfish/tilapia can be as bad as beef. Some seafood like crustaceans can be terrible.)
Plants
 
2021-10-21 4:14:29 PM  
"Then maybe there's hope for you mother, Trebek! Haw Haw Haw!!!"

- S. Connery
 
2021-10-21 4:19:33 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Yes, because it's the cows, not large scale human activity, which causes pollution. Right.

Ya shiatheads.


Cows are large-scale human activity, there, gruntcakes. They're farmed in massive herds. You don't go into the woods with a rifle and hope to find the rare cow scampering around in the bushes. These massive herds of cows (you've heard of cows, right?) turn out to generate massive amounts of methane from both ends.
 
2021-10-21 4:48:59 PM  
The cream comes out pre-frothed though.
 
2021-10-21 4:49:46 PM  

Eravior: fragMasterFlash: So no catalytic converter butt plugs for old Bessie?

I was thinking gas collection systems for the hydrogen and methane. I suppose the trick for either option would be dealing with the feces. I'm sure an engineer could whip up a solution.


Was trying to find a screen cap of Thunderdome showing the methane production facility, but nothing really cut the cheese.  They figured it out though.
 
2021-10-21 5:04:16 PM  
Yes, but will the electric cow need to be spherical?
 
2021-10-21 6:35:08 PM  
Makes sense it'd come from Scotland; they've been corking sheep for centuries...
 
2021-10-21 7:10:06 PM  
I've read that a lot of the gas comes from us raising cattle the same way that advertisers and CEOs picture us: on a small couch, a huge mouth, and being fed straw.
 
2021-10-21 7:47:51 PM  
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2021-10-21 8:52:17 PM  
Even industrially raised cattle eat grass for most of their lives.
As the last paragraph of the article points out, there is a lot of land out there that will never be good for growing things that humans eat, that will only be good for growing grass.
Using that land to feed people is better than not using it at all, in my opinion.
Of course greenhouse gas is the number one environmental concern, but if you just look at greenhouse gas numbers only, you can lose sight of the fact that this planet is supposed to feed people.
You can also lose sight of the fact that methane is a temporary greenhouse gas.
 
2021-10-21 11:04:50 PM  

Eat The Placenta: Environmentalists believe that when it comes to global warming, meat, especially beef, is among the worst foods that can be eaten.

Eat less beef, eat more environmentalists. Gotcha.


Meh. Greta turned 18 past January, so you do you.

Speaking of which, did Hollywood give us any RomCom between an industrialist and an environmentalist? (Ala "You've Got Mail")
 
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