Feds Research Breeding Sheep With Lower Methane-Emitting Flatulence
The U.S. government funded research into methane emissions from sheep digestive systems ‚ÄĒ flatulence and burps ‚ÄĒ to see why some sheep produce more of the greenhouse gas than others.
Researchers with the Energy Department‚Äôs Joint Genome Institute wanted to find out exactly why animals of the same species produce different levels of methane. The ultimate hope of the the research is to find ways to breed livestock that produce less methane when they pass gas.
‚ÄúThe deep sequencing study contributes to this breeding program by defining the microbial contribution to the methane trait, which can be used in addition to methane measurements to assist in animal selection,‚ÄĚ said senior scientist Graeme Attwood with AgResearch Limited, a senior author on the paper....
Who Me wrote: Is this something to do with the modern political product of Congress?
Congress is the easy target, and often should be, but...
"The publishing of the study comes as the Obama administration launches its plan to cut methane emission in its crusade against global warming. The largest man-made source of methane emissions comes from livestock, particularly cows and sheep."
Once a politician latches onto a bad idea, he pushes it harder so as not to get caught looking dumb. I don't think it will work in this case.