Livestock is one of the most significant sources of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas. Burger King is concerned about this as they start testing a diet for cows to lower their daily methane emission (yeah, that's the burps and farts). The beef is named the Reduced Methane Emissions Beef Whopper and is now being sold at select Burger King restaurants across the United States.
Burger King is one of the most popular food chains worldwide, and their innovation to support caring for the environment cannot go unrecognized.
Octavio Castelan, Ph.D., professor at the Autonomous University at the State of Mexico, says:
"The Burger King brand has taken the right step to initiate mitigation of enteric fermentation methane emissions originating from the beef cattle industry showing the path to follow by other companies in the food sector."
The fats food chain recently announced that it is collaborating with scientists to create a new diet for cows, which, according to initial study results, reduces up to 33 percent of cows' daily methane emissions.
Are you wondering how cows could emit methane?
You may not want to believe it, but methane emissions can come in the form of a cow's burps and farts!
While it makes for a hilarious picture, the facts signal more devastating consequences. Research studies report that farm animals like cows are responsible for approximately 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions known r their damaging effects on our planet and contribute to climate change.
Burger King's new methane-reducing cow diet involves having the cows eat 100 grams of lemongrass leaves during the last four months of their lives.
They have found this to help cause a reduction in the number of burps and farts the cows have each day as it reverses the course on some of that.
This is a small step, but it is in the right direction; this will, hopefully, prompt other notable food chains to take similar measures to care for the environment.