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emissions from livestock contribute significantly to greenhouse
Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming.
|Animals fed on poor meal
(common in warm climates), generate a lot more gas
(and produce less meat and milk).
produce about one pound of methane for every two pounds of meat
An average cow burps about 280 liters of methane
"A burping cow is a polluting cow."
How about a nice veggie
"Accumulation of methane in the Earth's atmosphere has nearly doubled around
the globe over the past 200 years. Scientists believe that rising concentrations
of this "greenhouse gas," which absorbs and sends infrared radiation to the
Earth, are causing changes in the climate and contributing to global warming." Livestock
animals naturally produce methane as part of their digestive process, belching
it while chewing cud and excreting it in their waste. Read
about some of the harmful effects of raising livestock.
EMagazine - Home of E/The
Environmental Magazine (Week of 1/8/06) - Scroll down to 2nd question and
Researcher measures the gases cows emit
Find out more about methane gas
on our Global Warming resources page.