Monday, February 16, 2009
the clue to reduce CO2..
Over here in Denmark the government is just so smart. They have figured out the problem to excess CO2 emissions.. it's not the cars.. it's the cows.
"The Denmark Tax Commission estimates that each cow produces around 4 tons of greenhouse gases per year. Cows release methane from their stomach gases through burps and farts - a gas that is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere." - http://www.fairhome.co.uk/2009/02/13/cow-farts-taxed-in-denmark
But Danish farmers aren't impressed. This tax would raise their costs around 1 million danish kroner a year ($200,000). So basically, either people start eating other meats like chicken and pigs (pigs are already heavily taxed for their farts), or people have to pay ridiculously high prices for cows. Farmers would also be forced to cut down their number of cows.
“Cows burp and emit gas from the other end irrespective of whether there is a tax or not,” says Steen Nørgaard, a danish farmer in Jutland. The cows aren't going to stop farting.. their farts will just be worth more money now!
Bjarke told me and Solvej the news when we were eating dinner tonight.. (luckily it was chicken).. which got me thinking : when are they going to start charging US to fart? soon it will be "You can only fart 30 times a month! So choose your farts carefully! You must think: do I really need to fart? or can I hold it?"
I appologize for this partially disgusting blog.. but I felt it was a topic worth discussing. :)