Regulating Cow Farts- Methane Madness of the EPA

Years ago, the UN was funding studies with cattle wearing back packs that measured their flatulence to determine the amount of methane being pumped into the air by cattle. The idea was that cattle farts were creating global warming to some extent. Well, now the EPA is setting the stage to reduce methane emissions by cattle in the dairy sector in the US by 25%. Never mind that our overall cattle levels are at 1951 levels. Never mind that the number of dairy farms fell by 52,000 from 1997 to 2007. Evidently we need more destruction of those who would actually try to feed us good quality food that isn’t factory produced. Smaller diversified farming is better for the land, farmers, consumers and the economy. It’s also better for food security, distribution and civilization overall…But those who want us off the land and easily controlled want to regulate cow flatulence. Grr.

White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations.

This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.

The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas.

Some of these methane emissions come from cow flatulence, exhaling and belching — other livestock animals release methane as well.

“Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence,” according to How Stuff Works. “Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day… while others say it’s up to 500 liters… a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.”

“Of all domestic animal types, beef and dairy cattle were by far the largest emitters of [methane],” according to an EPA analysis charting greenhouse gas emissions in 2012. Cows and other animals produce methane through digestion, which ferments the food of animals.

“During digestion, microbes resident in an animal’s digestive system ferment food consumed by the animal,” the EPA notes. “This microbial fermentation process, referred to as enteric fermentation, produces [methane] as a byproduct, which can be exhaled or eructated by the animal.”

It’s not just the dairy industry that the Obama administration is clamping down on. The White House is looking to regulate methane emissions across the economy from agriculture to oil and gas operations — all this despite methane emissions falling 11 percent since 1990.


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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gaetan Charron
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 16:22:04

    Dear Truth Farmer God bless you!I was trying to go to your site and got this error message in my Explorer window. I kept going to your site ok but that they treat your site with a warning like this to scare people from going is quite low and it makes me realise how even Microsoft is in line with all the evil doers fighting Godliness and truth.I love your articles! I am from Canada in Quebec and we have almost no farming happening! So many close shop because of too much regulations and other evils. When I go ot the store most things come from the USA and Mexico and Chile! The stuff grown here is expensive because they often claim it is bio! Anyway I am not so educated in all that is happening but am impressed by your courage!Gaetan CharronDate: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:11:24 +0000To: gaetancharron@hotmail.comFrom: comment-reply@wordpress.comSubject: [New post] Regulating Cow Farts- Methane Madness of the EPA

    truthfarmer posted: “Years ago, the UN was funding studies with cattle wearing back packs that measured their flatulence to determine the amount of methane being pumped into the air by cattle. The idea was that cattle farts were creating global warming to some extent. Well, n”


  2. InalienableWrights
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 16:48:40

    Government is just a collective mental disorder. Let’s get rid of it. There is no reforming it…


  3. Anita Messenger
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 13:42:00

    I put this on my facebook…the insanity continues. Come quikly, Lord Yeshua! Hey, Passover is almost here! 🙂 Shalom…


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  6. bobmaginnis
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 17:48:53

    It helps to go to the source instead of multiplying a bad rumor. It isn’t about cow farts but cowshit:

    USDA signed a 3-year agreement with the Innovation Center for US Dairy, which represents the industry. USDA will develop a “roadmap for biogas,” a key technology for converting farm waste to clean energy, which makes fertilizer as a by-product


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