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.
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.”