Peaches in cans! What’ll they think of next?
The Green New Deal hasn’t yet been passed into law, but that doesn’t mean the planet’s brightest minds are busy realizing aspects of it.
Take a report from Reuters celebrating the development of a new mask that suppresses “bovine belches.” According to the report, a video version of which follows, cow burps account for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. The mask, which fits around the animal’s snout, squelches the burp.
Every time a cow burps, it releases methane into the atmosphere which is responsible for nearly 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN. This new mask that squelches bovine belches could be the solution pic.twitter.com/0PAyLwtF7O
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 19, 2020
Now I’m no scientist, but I have been around long enough to know that gas trapped in the body will “out.” If you hold in a burp, the gas might find its way to the body’s built-in escape valve, located around to the rear.
But more importantly, there are health implications. According to The Conversation:
Trying to hold it in leads to a build up of pressure and major discomfort. A build up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with some gas reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath. Holding on too long means the build up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.
The research is not clear on whether the rise in pressure in your rectum increases your chance of developing a condition called diverticulitis, where small pouches develop in the gut lining and become inflamed – or whether it doesn’t matter at all.
Then there’s the matter of creature comforts — in this case of actual creatures. Isn’t it cruel to prevent a cow from releasing built-up gas?
Where’s PETA when you need them?