Unlocking a Cow’s Ability to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Maola farmers don’t just celebrate Earth Month in April; they are constantly investing in sustainable solutions all year long! Our farmers are working towards achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. But what are greenhouse gases (GHGs) and why should we as consumers care about them?
Greenhouse gases are an essential part of regulating the earth’s temperature. Without them, our earth’s temperatures could drop as low as -0.4˚F and would be therefore unable to sustain life. So why is there an urgent need to reduce them? The goal of greenhouse gas neutrality is to have GHG net out at their input vs. output levels. An overabundance of GHGs, mostly caused by human activities, can cause the Earth to overheat at an accelerated rate making our planet too hot to live.
The four main GHGs are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapor. Let’s take a closer look at methane, as its overabundance is mainly thought to be a byproduct of agriculture, or more specifically, cow burps and cow poop.