By Malee Oot April 29, 2014
Cows, take heed, it’s about to get personal. Very personal.
Researchers at Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (NIAT) have developed a ‘backpack’ for cows able to capture and store methane gas generated by the most personal type of bovine emission.
Argentina is a good candidate for experimentation with methane capture on this, more individual scale, as the country supports more than 54 million head of cattle, according the Embassy of Argentina.
Sadly, experimentation with the bovine backpack is not on-going, but, representatives from NIAT explained the purpose of the research was to demonstrate capturing and storing methane from an individual cow to use as fuel is possible.
Globally, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the ruminants, like cattle, are the methane emissions generated during the ruminant digestive process, called enteric fermentation. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ruminant Supply Chains, methane emissions generated during ruminant digestion account for more than 47% of emissions generated globally by ruminant supply chains.