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Are Cow Farts Destroying the Planet?

By   /  September 30, 2013  /  3 Comments

Well….it’s not the farts, as many scientists will tell you; it’s the burps. But regardless of which end it comes out of, cows and other ruminants do produce methane. What we don’t know is precisely how much methane they produce. So next time you run into someone who wants to talk about this, here’s a little information you can add to the discussion.

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Here’s just one example of a device researchers have built to collect and measure methane outp
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Fred Griffen says:

    I certainly prefer the terms “flatus” and “eructation” in public discourse. Thank you.

  2. Paul Nehring says:

    Australian research has demonstrated that microbes in well managed pasture consume much more methane per day than the cattle produce, so methane production on pasture may not be problem at all.

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