Article on Cows and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- DanaB Jun 21, 2009 11:49 AM
An article was published on yahoo today, indicating that research has shown that the dairy industry's largest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is produced by the cows themselves, but if they change the cow's feed to alfalfa, flaxseed and grass instead of corn and soy beans, the cows' enteric emissions can be reduced. Plus, they suffer from fewer stomach ailments. Here's a link to the article:
Feed a cow its natural diet instead of corn, and it is healthier for the cow and the planet. What a concept!
Thanks for posting that.
Our tropical forages program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture is going one step further developing forages and legumes that even further reduce methane emissions for cattle already eating what cattle are supposed to eat.
There was an article about this a few weeks ago. Not only are the cows healthier on a flax/alfalfa diet, but they also apparently produce more milk. Unfortunately for the emissions-reducing cause, the flax used currently is grown in Canada, shipped to Europe for processing, and shipped back. The hope is that if farmers embrace the new diet, there will be enough demand generated to merit a processing facility in the US.