recalculations based on a new approach, US researchers from the
University of Missouri have concluded that the amounts of methane
emitted from the waste on dairy and pig farms could be underestimated by
as much as 65%.
US factory farms, which house thousands of
animals at a time in one building, are often forced to dispose of the
overwhelming quantities of waste in manure “lagoons,” open and untreated
cesspits holding up to millions of gallons of liquid waste.
these livestock waste lagoons generate toxic methane gas as a
byproduct, they are rarely measured due to the technical difficulty and
high costs. As a result, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
had been estimating the emissions of this potent greenhouse gas based on
a certain United Nations formula. However, the scientists found that
the lagoons generated methane more rapidly than calculated by the UN
This, combined with other equation updates, suggested
the current methane emissions could be up to two-thirds higher than
estimated. In addition, the report stated that other farmed animal
operations may in fact be producing methane pollution beyond the
threshold currently required for reporting to the EPA such as livestock
farms with less than 3,200 dairy cows or 34,100 pigs.The harmful effects
of livestock manure on environment and health due were further
described by US investigative journalist David Kirby in an interview. David Kirby – Award winning US investigative
journalist, author of “Animal Factory” (M):
There are all the
gases that come up off the lagoons, that come out of the barns
themselves, and that come from the spray fields, where when they have to
get rid this liquid waste. Of course, if the wind comes, well that’s
great for the farmer, because he’s just gotten rid of several hundreds
of gallons of liquid that just flew away out in the air.
themselves give off gas, and they emit methane, which is very hazardous
to human health; hydrogen sulfide, which can cause neurological
disorders, depression, anxiety, even suicide, aggression – hydrogen
sulfide is a horrible thing to be exposed to; and ammonia.
Our appreciation, Mr. Kirby and University of Missouri researchers for
your factual observations that help quantify this harmful greenhouse
gas. With such serious considerations as these, may governments and
individuals make the urgent and necessary shift to low-emission, humane
plant-based agriculture to save the planet.
Supreme Master Ching
Hai has conveyed on many occasions her concern for the environmental
impact of animal farming, as during this September 2009 videoconference
in South Korea.
Ching Hai: The animals and their waste also produce very potent
greenhouse gases, like methane and nitrous oxide, even other toxic
gases. Methane is up to 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide. And
nitrous oxide is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Respected
scientists recalculated and found that the meat industry is actually
producing more than 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions. http://www.physorg.com/news196618186.htmlhttp://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1884745/scientists_question_epa_estimates_of_greenhouse_gas_emissions/
is the number one cause of global warming. So, the number one solution
is to stop producing it. Logical, yes? So, we all have to be vegan. That
is what the science is clearly telling us right now.