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An ‘Inconvenient Toot’

Written by PETA | May 4, 2010


Be proud, California: Thanks to your meat and dairy industries’ “Happy Cows,” you’re number one … on the EPA’s “fart chart.” And you thought the Golden State was known only for its Hollywood beauties and killer vegan food.

Rounding out the top five in the bovine emissions sweepstakes are Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.

Animals raised for food fart and burp massive quantities of greenhouse gasses—so much so that they’re a leading contributor to climate change. The EPA estimates that the nation’s 170 million bovines, sheep, and pigs are responsible for one-quarter of the methane released in the U.S. each year.

Check out the “fart chart” to see how your state ranks. Then tell everyone you know what they can do to lower their emissions.

Written by Paula Moore

P.S. We’re not going to raise a stink about the fact that the “fart chart” should really be called the “Burp-O-Meter.”

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  • Klara says:

    Yup Buddie… “study shows that cows that graze on grassland might actually help the environment”. Thinking about Land O’Lakes Let the cows run free on the grassland or whereever you would like to nutrify the environment!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I have observed that people who consume dairy products seem to make a lot of body noises…perhaps that is because people are not meant to consume the milk from another animal. I watched an episode of “America The Story Of Us” last night. The episode stated that many who settled in the western United States died of a disease called “milk sick.” This was caused by cows eating the root of the soaproot plant which is poisonous to humans. The poison was transmitted to humans through the cows milk. Abraham Lincoln’s mother died this way.

  • Robyn Allysse says:

    The grass fed cows not contributing to global warming actually makes sense. They’re out at pasture doing what they are meant to do. Unlike cows that are stuck on poop covered stockade grounds.

  • Robyn Allysse says:

    woah…. what’s up with Wisconsin?

  • Chris says:

    Buddie your argument is flawed the last paragraph of the story concedes that the researchers were not accounting for the methane cows emit which is an enormous contributor to climate change. In addition comparing a cow grazing on the thawing grasslands of Inner Mongolia is utterly irrelevant to the thousands of grainfed cattle packed into mudandfeces filled lots on US factory farms a situation that undeniably emits copious amounts of greenhouse gases. Unfortunately for meateaters this article does nothing to refute the fact that going vegan is one of the best things we can do for the planet.

  • jordan says:

    So how do we fix this? we eat the cows

  • X says:

    The people who eat meat also fart a lot.

  • Stacey G says:

    You’re right Buddie. Cattle fed grainbased diets have higher “emissions” than those on pasture.

  • Buddie says:

    Actually there has been recent studies showing that “cow farts” don’t contribute to “climate change” as much as previously thought. One study shows that cows that graze on grassland might actually help the environment. httpwww.nydailynews.comlifestylepets2010040920100409donthaveacowbovinegasesdontcontributetoglobalwarmingafterallstudys.html