The EPA has spent roughly $15 million to measure the pollution caused largely by cow farts and burps. I truly want to meet the researchers who got this assignment. Nevertheless, it turns out that California and Wisconsin are massive contributors to cow-based emissions. While Ronald Reagan may have identified trees as a major source of pollution, the report below reveals the dark untold story of those cute dairy cows that you see on the cartons of Ben and Jerry Ice Cream.
Cows produce large amounts of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) particulates, nitrous oxide and methane. They produce so much that they surpass: Coal Mining Manure Management; Waste Water Treatment; Mobile Combustion and Iron & Steel Production.
For those of us who watch the Simpsons, this is no surprise. That leading attorney, Troy McClure, (who you may remember from such educational films as “Lead Paint: Delicious But Deadly,” and “Here Comes the Metric System!”) warned: “Don’t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!” Read this report and you will finally understand.
For the report, click here.