There is an exciting new weapon in the arsenal against global warming: The lowly garlic clove.

Despite all the demonization against CO2 emissions, the dirty little secret is that a much more potent gas attributing to global warming is methane, and one of the major sources of methan emission is…cow flatulence.

Yes, that wonderful smell that one finds in barnyards everywhere.

A single dairy cow could be producing as much as 500 litres of methane per day and there are more than two million of them across the UK.

They are the UK’s biggest single source of methane – a gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming.

Sheep and cows produce 30 percent of methane emissions in the UK, and in other countries it’s even worse: in New Zealand, cows and sheep produce 90 percent of the methane emissions, and the farmers went up in arms when in 2003 the government decided to try to tax the “emissions”..

The farmers, who promptly renamed it the “Fart Tax”,  and protested by sending samples of the offending object to their lawmakers.

Well, now there may be hope, and it’s name is that of another condiment whose odor is part of it’s charm: Garlic.

initial results from the start of the three-year study show that feed containing garlic could cut the amount of gas produced by up to 50%.

The bad news: it is not certain if the garlic will make the milk and meat also smell and taste like…garlic.

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


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