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Can Garlic Stop Climate Change?

Can Garlic Stop Climate Change?

From Ode Magazine

Over 20 percent of methane gas, a greenhouse gas, is emitted by cows. There are about a billion cows in the world, and their methane emissions total more than the methane gas produced by all the cars, planes, ships and trucks in the world combined, according to Springwise.

UK company Mootral thinks they have found a solution to reduce methane gas emissions by cows by a minimum of 25 percent with a natural garlic-based extract that would be added to their food. Mootral is working with Welsh Neem Biotech to produce the additive, with plans to have a sample ready for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen this December.

What are your thoughts on this project? Do you see garlic as the answer to cutting green house gas emissions? Or should we spend more energy encouraging vegetarian diets to reduce livestock demand?

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2:40PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

This is good news not least because although many of us would agree that we should reduce the amount of meat we eat not that many of us actually do anything about it (I have cut out meat from one meal a week, okay not that much but if we all did the same thing!!).

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2:27PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

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4:48AM PDT on May 6, 2011

The best answer is reduce the consuption of meat.

12:15PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Another reason to go Vegan, and just leave me enough galic to cook with

1:20PM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

An interesting prospect - I hope the scientists get their extra funding for this project.
However, as already noted in several comments, use smaller herds and feed them more naturally. Less intensive farming for better results all round.

And yes, food places could do their bit, especially (I think) in USA - stop providing such huge helpings.
I was brought up that a quarter pound of meat per person was the norm. Now it's a half pound or more.
Let's get back to slightly smaller plates, and smaller helpings - I understand the current suggestion is a quarter of the plate for meat/protein, a quarter for potato/carbs, and the rest of the plate for vegetables. Many eateries seem to forget about the veg requirement, and add a wee drop as an after thought.
My husband and I don't eat out very often, but when we do, we seem to have to ask for extra veg every time.

10:30AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Less meat, more garlic. Sounds good. :D

9:27AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Or simply raise cattle as nature intended ... grazing on grasses with freedom to move! Eating red meat is not the problem, industrialization is the problem. Read more here: http://www.eatwild.com/environment.html

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