Monday, June 1, 2009

Greenhouse Gases

Last Friday, May 29,2009 Fonterra’s news release stated, “Fonterra says Carbon Footprint study important step in driving further efficiencies and cuts to greenhouse gases.”

“Key findings of the research are:

  • The carbon footprint was 940g of CO2 equivalent per litre of liquid milk
  • Around 85% of the greenhouse gases are emitted on the farm (59% of these are methane, 17% are carbon dioxide, and 24% are nitrous oxide)
  • Processing/manufacturing accounts for 10% of total emissions
  • Distribution accounts for 5% of total emissions
  • Products requiring larger quantities of milk have a larger carbon footprint.

Mr Harris said completion of the study is also an important step towards getting carbon footprint measuring methodology agreed with key international dairy organisations and producers so that the dairy sector globally can contribute to reducing climate change.”

If available, I have not been able to find the actual study. It seems to me that a grazing situation would offer some reduction in greenhouse gases.


  1. I wasn't going to comment on anything for awhile, but most will find this interesting. If you doubt what I'm telling you, look it up.
    For starters; without CO2 in the air, the earth as we know if would really change, and we would probably all die.
    Now a classic example of the atmosphere;
    Imagine if you will a football field as a graph of the gasses in our air; nitrogen would get us from the goal line to about the 78 yard line, oxygen gets us down to the one yard line. One yard and goal to go. Most of the one yard is argon (an inert gas), argon gets us down to about the 3-1/2 inch line. How much of the last 3-1/2 inches is CO2? About one inch. One inch in 100 yards - not very much. Yes, most agree CO2 is increasing, in fact since we stated keeping track, CO2 has increased about 60 parts per million (ppm) from about 915 ppm to about 975 ppm. Are we to believe that this small little amount of CO2 has thrown the entire planet into a catastrophic warming trend?
    Now on to methane. How much methane is the air? About 1745 parts per billion, yes billion. Anybody use natural gas to heat their home or cook their food? Natural gas is mostly methane, swamp gas is methane. Termites, which outweigh all the cows on earth by 1000 times, produce tons of methatne.
    Couple more points; sorry this can't be explained in two lines, I'm making it as quick as I can.
    The earth travels around the sun at about 67,000 miles per hour. Our sun and little solar system spins around the center of the Milky Way at about 500,000 miles per hour. The Milky Way is about 100,000 light years in diameter. It takes our solar system about 200 million years to make a complete revolution. In that time we are traveling through all kinds of gasses, dust particles and so on, that can cause changes in our little planets climate ~ things we probably can't even imagine are out there.
    Last point. The single one thing that affects global warming (and cooling) the most? Water vapor, yep them darn clouds. Very simple examples; very hot day, clouds over = earth cools. Cold winter nights, colder without clouds, warmer with clouds. Get it?
    So in conclusion, you can probably go outside right now, take a leak or even spit, and have more of an affect on the climate of earth than all the methane from all the cows in the world.
    Maybe, just maybe, these "climate change" people have an ulterior motive? All I ask, get the facts and think for yourselves.
    Jeff Suehring

  2. Small correction; there is only about 375ppm of CO2 in the air. I wrote this off the top of my head and messed up on that data. If there really was 975ppm of CO2 in the air maybe it wouldn't be so darn cold here right now? By the way, last year was the coldest year (earth average) in recorded history, with the single biggest change in temp. ever recorded, up or down. Most agree the lack of sun activity is the cause of the cooling.
    Jeff Suehring