Monday, March 30, 2009

Fish Oil Against Cow Farts

Flatulence from cows contributes a significant amount of greenhouse gases [28 percent of all methane emissions] into the atmosphere, but scientists have discovered that fish oil can reduce cow farts. Fish oil could cut down on the boom-booms, a new study suggests.

Specifically, including 2 percent fish oil in the diet of cattle reduces flatulence, apparently due to the omega 3 fatty acids in the oil. The study was a small one, however. The technique cut methane output of three cows by 21 percent, said Lorraine Lillis of the University College Dublin.

I wonder, though, will milk products have a hint of fishiness because of this ingestion by the bovines? A ghastly thought, for sure.

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