Scientists look to cut cow flatulence

Mar 21, 2008

Scientists in Scotland said they've found a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions by curbing cow and sheep flatulence.

The Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen said 60 percent of global methane formation is due to agricultural activities, with just under half of that produced by ruminants such as cows and sheep, the Scottish government said Wednesday in a release.

Researchers said the average cow contributes as much to global warming as a family car that travels 12,000 miles, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The scientists found that adding fumaric acid to animal feed can inhibit the production of methane that occurs naturally as part of the animal's digestive process. Tests of the feed additive on lambs showed methane production can be cut by up to 70 percent. The feed also resulted in lambs gaining weight faster.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Ag-tech could change how the world eats

Dec 14, 2014

Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming - the world's oldest industry - with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough ...

Harvesting the power of big data in agriculture

Jun 12, 2014

Connecting with old friends? There's an app for that. Logging your fitness goals? There's an app for that. Making your farm more sustainable? There, too, is an app for that. In our technology-driven world, farmers, scientists ...

Recommended for you

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

Dec 21, 2014

As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for ...

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

Dec 20, 2014

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

aufever
3 / 5 (1) Mar 22, 2008
I wonder if it has been tested on goats?
SDMike
not rated yet Mar 22, 2008
See: http://en.wikiped...ric_acid
Fumaric Acid, 500 mg, 90 capsules - Complete psoriasis relief Price $26.95
I gota try it and see if I can resign from the "Old F**Ts Club".

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.