New Zealand recently imposed a tax on farting and burping of cattle on farmers.
In the UK, they are taking a different approach. From 2025, cows can be administered methane blockers via medication to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Other animals are not in the equation for now. Nor are the 8 billion people inhabiting this planet, even though, according to science, each human farts an average of 50 times a day.How many greenhouse gases does this cause ?
The matter becomes really interesting when we know who is behind the methane blockers : Bill Gates. How could it be otherwise? The man has his tentacles in just about everything for the "good of our planet ".
What does the British press, among which The Guardian, say about this topic ?
"Cows in the UK could be given “methane blockers” to reduce their emissions of the greenhouse gas as part of plans to achieve the country’s climate goals.
Farmers welcomed the proposal, which follows a consultation that began in August on how new types of animal feed product can reduce digestive emissions from the animals.
However, green campaigners were sceptical, arguing that the move would not address the other major environmental harms resulting from the beef and dairy industries and showed a fixation on “techno fixes” rather than reducing consumption.
There are about 9.4m cows and calves in the UK. Methane from cattle burps and manure is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions; globally, cows and other farm animals are responsible for about 14% of human-induced climate emissions.
The government said in its net zero growth strategy published last week that it expected “high-efficacy methane-suppressing products” to enter the market from 2025 and could force farmers to use them if they prove effective.
It said: “We … will explore the role of industry and government to maximize uptake of such products for suitable cattle farm systems at pace, through a phased approach.
“This will include the ambition to mandate the introduction of products with proven safety and efficacy in compound feeds for cattle as soon as practically possible in England.”
Tom Bradshaw, deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), said most of the methane emitted by cows is released by belching, “the front end rather than the back end”. “The evidence suggests these products could be useful,” he said. “I don’t think we know enough yet about the impact they will have on the efficiency of the diet … but it’s something that we have to investigate to try and reduce methane emissions.”
Methane-suppressing products are being trialed in the UK, he said, but have yet to yield evidence as to what extent they work.
The government has been criticized for a reliance on unproven technologies to pursue its climate goals. One group of 700 scientists criticized last week’s net zero strategy for its emphasis on carbon capture and storage, which they said was “yet to be proved at scale”.
Vicki Hird, head of farming for Sustain, an alliance of organizations that promote better food and farming, was similarly sceptical of the methane blocker plan. “Governments and industry love their techno fixes like cattle feed methane suppressants and these may help a bit.
“But they won’t fix the major harms associated with our huge livestock fixation, from rain forest clearance for feeds and pasture to UK river pollution and harm to wildlife, all of which inhibit action on climate, too. We need to produce and eat less and better meat using agro-ecological tools known for whole farm and nature benefits.”
The Food Standards Agency is responsible for licensing all animal feeds and would have to carry out a robust risk assessments of the impacts of each additive on animal health and welfare, food safety risks, risk to workers, wider environmental risks, and of the efficacy of the products, before licensing them for use in feed to reduce methane, according to the NFU.
At the moment, there are no additives licensed and available for use in the UK that suppress methane. However, applications have been submitted while the trials are conducted.
Bradshaw also pointed to genetic advances, namely breeding cows and sheep that emit less methane. Some countries, such as New Zealand, say they have reduced methane emissions from cattle through genetics.
A government spokesperson said: “Well-managed livestock can provide various environmental benefits and we plan to encourage the uptake of high-efficacy methane-suppressing products once they reach the UK market.”
The government is yet to publish its response to the consultation of the farming industry, scientists and the public on cattle feed.
The Guardian and other media outlets do not mention Bill Gates' investment in the start-up Rumin8, which is developing the methane blockers, nor the obvious collusion between Bill Gates and the British government that is going along with the plan although it was The Guardian that announced in January 2023 that Bill Gates had invested $12 million in this project. Is the memory of its staff so short that they don't remember what they published 2.5 months ago or is Bill Gates deliberately being hushed up ?
And what about the quality of cows' meat and milk if they ingest even more junk than they already do ? What about their health ? Is this being investigated ? A cow has 7 stomachs where gas formation is part of the digestive process. If the biological processes of the cow are interfered with, what will be the consequences ?
Cows worldwide are responsible for 14% of man-made ( ? ) climate emissions ?
It is worth adding up the percentages of so-called pollution that science haphazardly quotes. Obviously, no database is developed for this, otherwise it would be too obvious that, all together, they are over 500%, while 100% is the maximum ceiling.