What’s worse – garlic cow breath or cow toots? Scientists in the UK have discovered that feeding cows a mixture of garlic and oats could reduce their greenhouse emissions by as much as 25%. Anyone up for some garlic milk?
Through their burps and, er, toots, farm animals produce 4% of the world’s total greenhouse emissions. Their new diet could cut that number down to 3%.
A team of researchers tested out different diets while measuring the amount of gas being emitted from the animals. They discovered the emissions could be reduced through a combination of different food, special rations and additives.
While the results look promising, further research still needs to be done to see what kind of effect the taste of garlic could have on beef and milk.
Meanwhile, another study in Australia found that feeding cows grape marc, or the stems, seeds and skins remaining from making wine, decreased methane emissions by about 20%. So cheers to a possible future of drunk and garlicy cows!