Swiss firm claims new feed will curb cow farts — and global warming

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    California politicians would love this! Right up their alley with laws aimed at reducing bovine flatulence.

    BIERE, Switzerland — Cows burp and fart more than they need to, according to a Swiss firm that says it has developed a feed that cuts methane emissions from livestock — helping to combat global warming into the bargain.

    A single cow produces the equivalent of about three tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, says Agolin, based in Biere, near Lausanne. Co-founder and managing director Kurt Schaller told Reuters its specialist feed can reduce that by 10 percent.

    We sell our mixture for around 1 million cows per year… There are 25-28 million cows in the European Union, so it is a big percentage,” he said. “That represents 300,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction today.”

    The United Nations says livestock farming alone is responsible for up to 18 percent of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

    Nearly a quarter of that comes from bovine flatulence.

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