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Cow Farts Cause Explosion on German Dairy Farm

Cow Farts Cause Explosion on German Dairy Farm

The flatulence of 90 cows blew the lid off of a dairy farm in Germany this week. High levels of methane – the gas that is emitted through the cows’ farts and burps – caused the eruption, which included “flashes of flames,” according to local police, damage to the roof, and injuries to one cow. (The cow was treated for burns but is expected to make a full recovery.)

Animal agriculture is the number one contributor of methane emissions in the United States, according to the EPA. And all that talk you hear about global warming? Scientists have traced it back to the high amounts of methane that come from factory farmed animals. That methane has proven to be 20 times more effective than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat in our atmosphere, say the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

A powerful and effective step to contribute less to global warming is to adopt a vegan diet. Even the United Nations urges everyone to move toward a plant-based diet, stating that raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”

If you wanna go green (and keep farms from randomly going up in flames), go vegan!

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6:15PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

funny, then again, not!

1:06AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

Install proper ventilation or at least aim it at wind turbines for an added punch.

12:28AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

consumer must know it

10:04PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

This is too crazy, but true. People don't think about all the abilities we have to control our circumstances, like turning on a fan or opening a window when we fart. It's so horrible because people know we can light our own farts on fire but don't realize that cow farts are flammable, too.

2:07PM PST on Feb 13, 2014

sounds like a joke

9:02AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Well, if we all move to beans we'll be the ones increasing the methane! But it is still bettter than killing animals to eat!

4:46AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Methane, yep we all expel it

10:58PM PST on Feb 9, 2014

The cause/solution here is laughable. Lets get serious. Vent fans might help. But more importantly, have you ever been in a high school boy's locker room?

11:28PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

A little ventilation might have helped avoid the problem. (That's why we have bathroom fans...)

6:43AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

:(

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