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Onions Could Stop Cows From Farting The Planet To Death

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Categories: Biology   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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Cows produce 500 liters of methane a day, adding to the dangerous volume of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Could onions be the answer?

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Scientists Feed Cows Onions to Make Them Stop Farting So Much Methane
"Methane gas makes up 11 percent of America's greenhouse gas emissions, although its up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. As we've reported before, around twenty percent of our methane emissions comes from ruminants, like cows, belching, farting and pooping."

Adding seaweed to cattle feed could reduce methane production by 70%
"If we add dried seaweed to 2 percent of sheep and cattle feed, we could cut methane emissions by more than 70 percent, scientists have found."

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"Cows, of which there are some 1.5 billion on the planet, are greenhouse-gas machines. Cows digest their food with the help of stomach bacteria in a process known as enteric fermentation. A side effect of this is the production of methane, a gas some 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of trapping heat and exacerbating global warming."


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