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Do grass fed cows have methane burps?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

My farts and burps have disappeared on this diet. Is it the same for cows?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78447)

on February 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Whose job is it to check for cow farts anyway?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:48 AM

Fun fact, it is those farty beasties, who are ironically our best bet at reversing global warming by chomping on the grasslands and compacting the snow underfoot to prevent melting. Mother earth is about to let out one hell of a methane cloud up in Siberia (if Sergey Zimov is right, and the permafrost melts much more there are going to be clouds of methane released into the atmosphere that will overshadow all the cows, landfills, and industry put together). Cattle drive to Siberia anyone?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:30 AM

FALSE; grass fed cows produce more methane.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on February 23, 2012
at 10:41 PM

This doesn't answer the question; also, it's unnecessarily rude. Everyone starts out a "noob."

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Soccertanker, are you proposing that if cows went cannibal and started eating each other, the world's atmosphere would be saved?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on February 23, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Soccertanker -I think you should clarify your question. Especially the title, that is -if you want any real answers.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

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on February 23, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Matthew, I'm simply wondering if switching cows to their ancestral diet will have similar effects as switching us to our ancestral diet.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

(360)

on February 23, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Is this methane situation a real environmental problem?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:52 PM

More grass = more ferementation = more methane.

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(19230)

on February 23, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Are you eating 100% grass?

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887a9c6c0ee243584548f02d45c439a6

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on February 23, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Yes, grass fed cows produce less methane. It has something to do with their omega-3/6 ratio, so they're even trying to give cows in CAFOs fish oil.

See for example http://www.motherearthnews.com/sustainable-farming/grass-fed-cattle-zm0z10zrog.aspx

EDIT: After Jay mentioned it's the other way, I did some digging and it seems he's right.

http://jas.fass.org/content/77/6/1392.short

http://pubs.aic.ca/doi/pdf/10.4141/cjas96-035

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=906140

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 24, 2012
at 09:48 AM

Fun fact, it is those farty beasties, who are ironically our best bet at reversing global warming by chomping on the grasslands and compacting the snow underfoot to prevent melting. Mother earth is about to let out one hell of a methane cloud up in Siberia (if Sergey Zimov is right, and the permafrost melts much more there are going to be clouds of methane released into the atmosphere that will overshadow all the cows, landfills, and industry put together). Cattle drive to Siberia anyone?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on February 24, 2012
at 01:30 AM

FALSE; grass fed cows produce more methane.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78447)

on February 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Whose job is it to check for cow farts anyway?

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F3d1055bc3e4893b95eb301b4d62917a

on February 24, 2012
at 09:25 AM

In new zealand where cows are are almost entirely reared on grass there was talk of making farmers buy carbon credits to offset the methane production.

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on February 23, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Its not a diet,too many noobs forget that

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on February 23, 2012
at 10:41 PM

This doesn't answer the question; also, it's unnecessarily rude. Everyone starts out a "noob."

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