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  •  Not correct. (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, gravlax

    But I might buy that they are different animals than domesticated cows and probably don't have the same digestive issues.

    Bison (American buffalo) are so closely related to domestic cattle that they can interbreed.  The digestive systems are virtually identical.  

    The continent also had a lot of deer and moose, which both also belch methane from similar digestive processes.

    Renewable energy brings national security.

    by Calamity Jean on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 10:31:15 AM PDT

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    •  Good to know. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Everything is connected.

      by sciphile on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 08:59:48 PM PDT

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      •  My feeling about "modern" "agriculture" is (2+ / 0-)
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        that the methane problem isn't caused by the animals' digestion, because before Europeans got here there were a lot of similar animals with similar digestions.  The problem is that the animals are kept in high density pens or barns, and the manure after it leaves the animals is collected in big fetid ponds of shit.  These "lagoons" inevitably lack oxygen, which means they produce more methane as a result of rotting.

        If the animals were kept on pasture, so that their manure rotted in the presence of oxygen, this cleaner decomposition process would produce only carbon dioxide and water, which are less powerful greenhouse gasses than methane.  Another way to solve the agricultural methane problem would be to cover the shit ponds and catch the methane coming off to burn as fuel.  

        Animals with this type of digestion are called "ruminants".  Sheep, goats and antelope are also ruminants, pigs and horses aren't.  

        Renewable energy brings national security.

        by Calamity Jean on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 05:38:22 AM PDT

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        •  well put Calamity Jane (0+ / 0-)

          pasturing would be the ideal solution for multiple reasons.  First of all, I swear the meat tastes better.  Secondly, it is more humane, And thirdly, as you pointed out, it is better for the environment.

          But I have to say that I love the idea of capturing the gas and using it for fuel.  I'm a realist.  I don't expect factory ranching to end anytime soon.

          Thanks for contributing.

          "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" -6.75, -6.26

          by gravlax on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 03:55:53 PM PDT

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