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Cow fart collection to help combat global warming

Posted by TheGreen on 07/09 at 03:14 PM
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If you thought you saw it all, check this out. The Argentine government is collecting cow farts in an effort to combat global warming. Now, I have heard the story before that cows are one of the highest contributors to green house gases, so this in a way makes sense. Argentine researchers are claiming that cows produce more than 30% of the countries methane. As a major beef producer with over 55 million cows and each cow producing between 800 and 1,000 litres of methane a day, that is a lot of cow farts gas.

The story though begs the question, what other methane producing industries does Agentina have? What produces the other 70% of the methane in Argentina? According to the CIA’s World Fact book on Argentina, the major industries of Argentina are:
Agriculture: sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock
Industries: food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel

There were no figures the makeup in percentages of each industry. However the WFB goes on to state that Argentina’s natural gas production for 2005 was estimated at 43.76 billion cubic metres. The cows produce roughly 49 billion litres of gas or 49 million cubic metres of gas. That’s an addition half billion cubic metres of gas. I wonder if the CIA took that into consideration?

I am thinking that Echelon might have picked up this discussion since I include the Central Intelligence Agencies name a few times, and perhaps if the folks over at the CIA could shed some additional light on this subject, we would all be grateful.

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