For the past 27 years, greenhorn inventor Jay Jensen has been crusading to design a system that would lower the very cost of cattle, based on a fundamental premise: Cows suck methane and generate carbon dioxide, and they also need fodder. But with the skyrocketing cattle price and the rising pollution, his program might actually be a good economic deal for the livestock industry.
“To be incredibly vague,” Mr. Jensen told The New York Times, “I think if you can stop a lot of the fossil-fuel-consuming practices and make more feed from animal waste, the average 20-acre farm can be turned into a 40-acre farm.”
He also believes that livestock farming is the greatest single contributor to climate change. “I think there’s something we can all do to change the industry,” Mr. Jensen said. “I get frustrated that more people don’t recognize what a big problem it is.”
“To be ultra-sophisticated,” Mr. Jensen said, “if you have two cows that produce a ton of methane, all that energy has to come from CO2. It’s real. So what’s the price of emissions right now? $13 a ton. And we’re somewhere in the neighborhood of a trillion-plus dollars a year on carbon emissions. So why not consider if we could incentivize them to reduce, we could lower the cost to our society significantly.”
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