How Farm Odors Contribute to Global Warming: New Research Happening in NYS


WETM – June 27, 2007

I know that others are taking a more cynical view on this legislation (see this blog and that blog and another blog) but I think this is wise money.

I have commented before on methane and its ability to add to the greenhouse effect.  It is only logical that we would spend money to research this area and see how we can control it. In fact, it may be a better investment than trying to control the carbon dioxide pollution in the environment.

The United States Department of Agriculture has released reports stating that when you smell cow manure, you’re also smelling greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.S.D.A. reports that cow and hog manure produce methane, which is a greenhouse gas.

The main focus of the grant-funded research in New York State would be to tarp off areas where farmers dump cow manure, commonly called manure lagoons. Researchers would then prevent those gases from entering the atmosphere, measure how many units are produced, and farmers would receive cash incentives, called “Carbon Credits,” for each unit produced. They would also receive annual payments for use of their properties.

You can read the rest of the article that particularly applies to the State of New York here.

Here is some related reading for you to enjoy:
A New Global Warming Strategy: How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes
Humans? beef with livestock: a warmer planet
New law sounds full of hot air

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3 thoughts on “How Farm Odors Contribute to Global Warming: New Research Happening in NYS”

  1. Joel says:

    Agreed that methane is a potentially dangerous greenhouse gas. However, from a political standpoint, it’s hard to find the constitutional authority for the government to get involved in such research. There’s even less reason for why farmers should receive what amounts to corporate welfare for efforts that- let’s be honest- will have zero impact on global warming (keep in mind that the vast majority of farm subsidies go to large agricultural companies. Here’s some additional reading:


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