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Cow Farts

We’ve all heard someone say that mass flatulence from livestock is harming the environment, but is it true? To the casual observer it might seem like an urban legend. But sadly, unlike a good fart joke, it’s no laughing matter. Take a look at this report Dr. Fuhrman emailed me from The UN News Centre, pretty scary stuff:
Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according to a new United Nations report released today…


…The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to water pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.
Another great thing about this report is it’ll give you a glimpse at how the “magic” happens here at DiseaseProof. Check out the brief email exchange between me and Dr. Fuhrman regarding this article:
Dr. Fuhrman:
I am sending it over to Gerry, he may want to blog about it. I know he loves things related to flatulence.


Me:
Yes, I do fancy myself a bit of a fart connoisseur.
Hey, not all our collaborations can be winners!
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