And you thought you knew it all...
You know I like random animal facts right? Don't know why, but I've always been fascinated by the fact that African elephants poop eighty pounds per day. Really makes you appreciate cage cleaners doesn't it?(HT: Mark Batterson)
What I'm about to reveal ranks right up! Thanks to the NCCers who know me well enough to know that I'd care about cow emissions.
Here's the entire article if you want to check it out.
According to a United Nations Report, cow "emissions" are the greatest threat to the environment.
The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organization, Livestock's Long Shadow, says that the world's 1.5 billion cattle are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. That is more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.
Cow farts account for 9% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Their "wind" and manure account for more than 33% of methane. And their farts produce 100 other polluting gases including ammonia, one of the major causes of acid rain.
One more random cow fact: a cow drinks 990 litres of water to produce one litre of milk!