A little less than $600,000 or would it be appropriate to say that a little more then half a million dollars is about to be spent on cows in Sweden. To be more precise, on their burps! Apparently, a Swedish university has received $590,000 in research funds to measure the greenhouse gases released when cows belch. Cattle release methane, a greenhouse gas believed to contribute to global warming, when they digest their food. Researchers believe the level of methane released depends on the type of food they eat. As 95 percent of the methane released by cows comes out through the mouth, project leader Jan Bertilsson said that the cows involved in the study will have different diets and wear a collar device measuring the methane level in the air around them. Ever wondered what and how much do you contribute to this atmosphere when you let out that loud and nasty BURP!
About 20 cows will participate in the project run by the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, about 40 miles north of Stockholm, officials said Monday. And all this money is coming from the government’s Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.