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#300189 - 03/30/17 04:36 PM Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L
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Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut Less Farts [VIDEO]

Andrew Follett
The Daily Caller
March 29, 2017

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Global warming could be solved by genetically engineering or breeding cows to fart less Bill ‘The Science Guy” Nye said in an interview Tuesday.

“Agriculture researchers are going to produce or breed farm animals that produce less methane by changing the bacteria that are in their stomachs,” Nye said on BigThink. “To get all the way down to a plant based diet might be tricky for a lot of people. However, it seems like a good idea.”

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#300195 - 03/30/17 05:36 PM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Golem]
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I think Mother Nature can take care of the cow fart issue, we just need to fix our end; reducing the added stress of industrialization, fossil fuel use, polluting and destroying the environment. Also develop efficient and effective space flight; spreading out to some of the other planets, moons and larger asteroids, and in the not to distant future the stars.

Oh well that is my dream for the day idea Hmm
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#300197 - 03/30/17 07:27 PM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Golem]
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It’s my understanding that the cows produce much more methane by belching than by farting. So perhaps a daily dosage of antacids would suffice. And some Beeno if needed.
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#300198 - 03/30/17 08:28 PM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Golem]
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Feed them a small percentage of biochar and their methane "emissions" will drop by 30% and their weight will increase 25% ( in one study).
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#300200 - 03/30/17 09:30 PM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Golem]
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of course we could just stop eating beef or drinking cow milk ...
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#300203 - 03/30/17 10:24 PM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: rporter314]
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of course we could just stop eating beef or drinking cow milk ...

I'd rather feed them a small percentage of biochar.

I read an article like this once which cited the amount of water "consumed" by cattle. It included all the rain that fell on all the pastures and hay fields as water consumption.
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#300221 - 03/31/17 05:54 AM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: rporter314]
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of course we could just stop eating beef or drinking cow milk ...


They belch and fart so much because people keep fattening them with corn. If you keep them grass-fed they are much less gassy. And I'm sure they like green pastures a lot better than crowded feed lots standing in a foot of their own poop.

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#300244 - 04/01/17 12:24 AM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Golem]
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The cow fart people aren't taking the methane bubble issue under all the permafrost seriously.
They should fly over some of the Arctic and Russian tundra, and over some of the Arctic ocean areas, so they can actually SEE the ocean and land BURPS happening in REAL TIME.
Two hundred acres of tundra belches equals an amount of methane equivalent to ten times the number of cows on the entire planet.

Giant CHUNKS of clathrate are flying up from the ocean floor. My God, just one twenty pound chunk of clathrate will sublimate into what...how many hundreds or thousands of cubic feet of gas?

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#300247 - 04/01/17 12:50 AM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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20 pounds * 1 kilo / 2.2 pounds = 9.1 kilograms methane
9.1 kilograms methane * 1 meter^3 / 0.668 kilogram = 13.6 cubic meters
13.6 cubic meters * 1 cubic foot / 0.028 cubic meter = 485 cubic feet

But that's for pure methane.

It looks like methane clathrate is 136:24 water to methane ratio. Water's molecular weight is 18 and methane's is 16 so with that ratio, methane clathrate is only about 15 percent methane by molecules or 13.3% by weight. So say:

485 cubic feet * 0.133 = 64.5 cubic feet
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#300248 - 04/01/17 01:19 AM Re: Bill Nye: Global Warming Could Be Solved By Cows Genetically Engineered To Cut L [Re: Golem]
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For the first 2-3 years of their lives cows eat grass and hay almost exclusively. They're only fed corn for a few weeks.
Also...most of the land used to graze cattle really isn't much good for growing anything else. If it were they'd be growing crops on it that paid a lot more per acre than cattle.
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