Anti-methane pill for cows

Livestock – predominantly cattle – are responsible for a fifth of all emissions which is more greenhouse gas emissions than all the transport on earth [earlier interesting post].

The Guardian reports on a new pill to trap some of the energy from the methane, which is naturally produced in the fermentation process when a cow digests grass and is later mostly burped out through their mouths.

Cut down on flying, sell the car and recycle your bottles. But if you really want to tackle global warming, you should stop your cow from burping.

According to scientific estimates, the methane gas produced by cows is responsible for 4% of greenhouse gas emissions.

And now, German scientists have invented a pill to cut bovine burping.

The fist-sized plant-based pill, known as a bolus, combined with a special diet and strict feeding times, is meant to reduce the methane produced by cows.

FAO report,
“Livestock’s Long Shadow”- Celsias report
“The Cow – Public Enemy Number One?”