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June 2, 2009

Ba Ba Black Sheep

Ba Ba Black Sheep,Have you any Methane? ...is how the new jingle goes and it seems to be rhyming pretty serious paeans towards Global warming . Climate change through green houses gases emanating all the way down to a sheep’s stomach?  UN believes it is . Livestock like Sheep, Cows, Goats process the grass in their stomach with microbes known as Methanogens and in the process convert Hydrogen to methane. This gets released either through Belching or flatulence. Methane is among the most potent green house gasses and can far outdo the damage caused by CO2 emissions by cars to Climate change. Much ado about all that ‘hot air’ ?  
Maybe not but consider this, some serious threat to Human habitation is looming from the livestock industry. It started with Avian flu among chickens, then mad cow disease among cattle and now Swine Flu among Pigs. Every time it rings a global pandemic and the last one went to level 4. Is it high time to go Vegetarian, just for survival sake?


Nona said...

Seriously, I would love to. But the darn meat is so tasty. :(

Clyde said...

Methane is emitted by all mammals… We should all switch to a high-garlic diet to fight the farts…
Let the meat remain!!!

Michelle said...

My husband's comment... if so how come the huge dinosaurs brought about an ice age rather than Massive Methane global warming?

I do think those wanting to tax farmers for methane is a bit unfair. Personally I suspect politics as being the biggest producers of "hot air". ;-)

Vasant Prabhu said...

Thanks Nona, Clyde & Michelle for your valuable comment. The mandate is clear,PETA can wait & Al Gore can take up other cudgels to fight the Fahrenheit rising.

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