I know it’s early in the week, but we have to have a serious conversation… about cow burps.
As we’ve all heard, the massive amount of beef humans consume is bad for the environment in many different ways. One reason is that cattle contribute to greenhouse gases that cause climate change. The biggest culprit to that contribution is methane, a byproduct of cow digestion that the animals release into the atmosphere via breathing and eructation – aka burps. It’s one of the many reasons you want to avoid kissing a cow on the lips.
However, despite these issues, steakhouses aren’t going anywhere in the short-term, so scientists have been working on cutting the amount of methane that cows release – kind of like a cow breath mint that saves the planet. One compound that’s shown promise is called 3-nitrooxypropanol, or 3NOP for short. According to Modern Farmer, when added to a cow’s feed, it can cut methane emissions by 30 percent.