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Experimental wearable technology is now available for cows to catch ‘methane burps’

Some boffins believe we should ask
The farmers to take on the task
Of saving methane
Which would, they explain
Be trapped if each cow wears a mask

John Moynes

Bloomberg

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11 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. ce

    Wow – lets waste resources building unnecessary tech… bit like a Tesla…well done humans

    1. Rob_G

      Methane is 20x a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, anything that reduces the enormous volume of methane released into the atmosphere by livestock is worth investigating.

      (of course, it would be better if we just stopped breeding so many cattle altogether, but baby steps…)

      1. ce

        “of course, it would be better [and cheaper and waste less resources] if we just stopped breeding so many cattle altogether, but baby steps…” or let them eat the kind of food they should be eating …. but we prefer to do things the hard way, rather than baby steps more like smearing ourselves in the contents of the nappy of a baby on laxatives…

        The suckler herd will kill us all…

        1. Rob_G

          that sounds promising, but I don’t know if there is enough seaweed to feed all of ireland’s thousands upon thousands of cows (or if farmers would be willing to pay for it, even if there was).

          1. Rob_G

            I’m sure, whatever forage the cows eat, their diet would still need to be supplemented with imported feed, which would (often) be soy shipped all the way from Brazil, grown on land that used to be occupied by rainforest.

        2. scottser

          wild meadow flowers also keep the methane down. this craic of using heavy nitrates to grow grass is a bit of an environmental nightmare.
          still, it won’t be long till we’re all eating bugs.

  2. Nigel

    Not sure solving the cow burp roblem with tech addresses the many, many other problems posed by intensive cattle farming. Going to go out on a limb and predict this won’t even solve the burp problem to any significant degree.

  3. millie bobby brownie

    And it’s really as simple as that folks. Climate crisis averted.

    If only all those scientists had stopped to think!

  4. Fergal

    While it is clear that farming has work to do to improve, I do not believe blaming livestock for all our environmental woes is right or fair. I produce top quality beef using minimal nitrates and imported cereals while also sequestering carbon through hedgerows, woodland and multi species grasses.

    Just for comparison
    Cattle in Ireland 1997 – 7.5m 2020 7.3m
    Number of Vehicles 1997 1.43m 2020 2.8m Source: CSO
    And our cattle are now a lot more efficient producing more for less.

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