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Amusingly (and amazingly), theres a type of seaweed that when added to the cows diet, can actually reduce their methane emissions by 90+ percent. It apparently interferes with the chemicals that produce methane while breaking stuff down. Isnt science amazing?

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I know this was a joke, but it was Gov. Brown who wants to regulate how much cows fart. probably got tired of forgetting he ripped one and walked into it too many times.

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  chrisbeaudoin

Who ever said it, they are right, cow fart produces way more pollution than anybody notices.

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Perhaps, but it's completely impossible to regulate. A farmer can't control their cows' farts. Edit: also, aren't cars much more polluting than cows?

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You can influence how much a cow farts or burps methane by diet. Actually counterintuitive, grass eating cows emit more harmful gases than cows being fed silage.

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Yes, cows doing better on any food other than the one they were designed (or evolved, pace darwinists) to eat is certainly counter-intuitive.

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It's good in theory, but it's currently impossible to control cow gas. At least without some horribly painful death from a prostate exam gone wrong. The difference between theory and oracticallity

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I came on here to make this exact comment! Methane is a way more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2. I'm rusty on the stats. But it's a legitimate problem, well studied, and unfortunately not well regulated.

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How much gas can be affected and therefore changed by what they eat, to an extent. However, is it possible that this may be talking about for an entire farm/ranch, and that instead it could affect the number of cows they could have while staying under their total gas limit. So if the farmer/rancher could figure out how to have his cows produce less gas, he/she could have more cows.

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Like most things they will take an average and limit the amount of cows you have....This is just my opinion not a fact...politicians can be so illogical sometimes you never know.....But this can be a good thing if all the stars align....we eat too much beef, we can limit the amount of cows, which will raise the price of meat. we will eat less meat be healthier and the farmer will make more money....Too bad that in reality things never work out like this and probably the big ones going profit and the small farmer will suffer

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29 - Actually what's most likely going to happen is the dairy farmers and cattle ranchers will move to other states which have better prices on property and are more business/farmer friendly. It's sad how California continues to consistently force all business besides tourism out of the state. It leaves a lot of people trying to support families in part-time, minimum wage jobs.

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Maybe they're trying to get businesses to do things better? Profits may be important, but you don't _actually_ have to be as bad as you can get away with. Quality and morals sell.

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It's typically an outrageous tax based on heads of livestock. You have 150 cows, that's $2000/year because they cause global warming! #The Inconvenient Truth

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I don't know the specifics in this case. However, it would be possible to install additional air quality monitoring stations. (Besides the ones that already exist and monitor the concentration of specific pollutants). I also don't know how expensive that would be.

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