Oregano May Reduce Methane from Cattle

September 13, 2010

In Meat Market, I made the point that while factory farming carries any number of negative environmental consequences, animal advocates should be very selective when raising these arguments. That’s because, over time, technological advances will fix some of the worst environmental hazards associated with animal agribusiness.

Ever since the United Nations published Livestock’s Long Shadow in 2006, the methane production associated with cattle has been the primary environmental concern publicized by the animal protection movement. But now some preliminary research involving oregano oil may enable feedlots and dairies to significantly reduce their methane production.

This approach alone won’t totally solve the problem, but it underscores the hazards that animal advocates face when incorporating environmental topics into their rhetoric. (Thanks, Matt.) Link.

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