Most of the emphasis on global warming has been about cutting carbon dioxide, but methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas, and is produced by all sorts of animals, such as ruminants, cattle, sheep, and college boys showing off.
Methane produced by rotting vegetation, such as mulch and manure that are used in rice cultivation is a major problem here in Asia. But a major source for Australia and New Zealand is the gas passed by cattle and sheep…and Australia, who just signed the Kyoto treaty, is eager to find a way to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.

Taxing cattle based greenhouse gases became a big controversy in nearby New Zealand (which supplies much of our cows milk here in Asia) when that government started imposing a tax on their d 45 million sheep and 9.6 million cattle. Irritated farmers protested, and labled it the “fart tax”.

But help is on the way.

The source of the methane is bacteria in the animal’s stomach and intestines that ferment the grass inside the cattle and sheep.

But a recent study shows that kangaroos do not produce methane filled flatulance.

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian scientists are trying to give kangaroo-style stomachs to cattle and sheep in a bid to cut the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, researchers say.Thanks to special bacteria in their stomachs, kangaroo flatulence contains no methane and scientists want to transfer that bacteria to cattle and sheep who emit large quantities of the harmful gas.

So feed the little mooers and bleaters some probiotics, and voila, gas no more.

Of course, another alternative would simply be to switch to eating high protein, low fat Kangaroo meat.

Recipes for kangaroo can be found HERE… YUM! Stir Fried Kangaroo Strips with Bok Choy and Chilli Black Bean Sauce

Well, it probably tastes better than Aso stew

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

FYI: We usually drink the local waterbuffalo milk in our coffee, but when we run out we use imported NewZealand milk.

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