Greener Diet for Cows Reduces Methane

Holstein cowA group of Vermont dairy farmers is working to reduce the carbon emissions of its cows.  Dairy cows produce tons of methane gas, with the dairy industry producing 2% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the US.  But, a simple change in their diet can significantly reduce those emissions.  Farmers are switching from a corn & soy based diet and are now feeding cows alfalfa, flax and grasses, all high in Omega 3s, which settle their stomachs.  Also, the farmers have found that the cattle are healthier on this new, greener diet.  For more information, see the Associated Press.

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