According to a FoxNews article, the California State Legislature has passed new legislation that will regulate California cow farts!
It’s apparent, from the anxious look on the face of the cow above, this issue raises serious concerns for humans and cows alike.
Seems that cow farts have become a major problem requiring new legislation to deal with them.
The article describes how Governor Jerry Brown signed new legistion in September that will regulate heat-trapping gasses from livestock operations and landfills.
The new legislation focuses on the methane gas that cows release when they belch, fart, and poop.
I understand the seriousness of this issue because I grew up next door to my grandparents’ farm in Indiana and can attest to how disturbing it was to listen to Grandma and Grandpa’s cows belching, farting, and pooping in the middle of the night.
I’ve often wondered if my ongoing insomnia resulted from those terrifying early life experiences.
The United Nations claims that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy animals contributing the bulk of it.
The goal (mandate?) of the new legislation is to reduce methane emissions by 40% from 2013 levels by 2030.
Enforcement of the new laws will be handled by the California Air Resources Board, provided that there are practical ways to reduce bovine belching and farting.
The apparent solution for this problem (if it is, indeed, a problem) appears to the implementation of massive regulations and accompanying fines that will drive the cattle farming industry from California.
The alternative, if you’re a cattle farmer, is to “invest” $4 million to install a “methane digester”.
Maybe it’s just me, but my fertile mind is having difficulty contemplating the concept of a “methane digester”?
Has anyone considered regulating human farts?
Source: Fox News article