Because scientists think (know) more than half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gases are from massive amounts of methane produced from sheep, cattle and deer farts, those same scientists decided to turn off the gas valve genetically.
So they did. The Kiwis have managed to map the genome causing those animal belches and gas. Meaning, they have the cure for cow farts? Maybe.
“Our agricultural research organisation just last week was able to map the genome … that causes methane in ruminant animals and we believe we can vaccinate against flatulent emissions” said Phil Goff, New Zealand’s trade minister.
Though I’m not sure if the government numbers are right, New Zealand’s 45 million sheep and 10 million cattle may have farted and burped contributing more than 90-percent of the country’s methane emissions. This is huge, not to mention the environmental problems it may be causing.
We’ll have to see what the Kiwis will do to the animals to stop them from doing their needs. Cow pills, cow psychologists or a plug maybe ?
Original image at skinnyde