Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Burping Cows

Now i haven't gone crazy and you may have to bear with me on this one but cows are a huge threat to the planet! To some this is common knowledge, many may have herd of this (sorry couldn't resist), but cows emit as much carbon in a year as the average famliy car!

But do not worry because help is at hand from experts at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth. They believe that by altering the diet of cattle they can prevent them from producing as much methane.

And before you laugh at this latest revelation people are taking this very seriously. Especially those at Cadbury. They are currently attempting to reduce their carbon emissions by sending their farmers a guide to dairy farming which produces less carbon emissions. By altering the diets of the animals the hope is that they won't burp as much. How about that for an example of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Although I remain slightly sceptical of this mooove by the company it will hopefully do some good.

Producing their chocolate amounts to 60% of their carbon emissions. Although how much difference making their cows less flatulent will make to the planets future is debateable. Surely the figure will be a long way off the 60% mentioned. A publicity stunt or a big step in the right direction for the company? You decide.

I wonder if they can harness the emissions instead...


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