Will the final product be safe for human consumption as well?  After last night's dinner, we kind of hope so.

As you probably know by hearing about it over the years, a cow's digestive system produces methane gas, which overall is adding to the earth's global warming problem.   Yes, every time a cow emits gas by either burping or by letting one loose, Maine's shoreline decreases just a little bit more.

Meanwhile the smart people at both Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay here in Maine, and also at the University of Vermont, will soon be working with different varieties of seaweed to see if there's maybe a certain kind that will ease a cow's digestive system and prevent excessive amounts of emitted gas from the animals.

Researchers will be focusing on seaweed from Maine, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News.  If these very smart people are successful in cultivating an algae derived from Maine seaweed, the seaweed will eventually be grown and not harvested from the ocean.

Meanwhile, thousands of Maine cows are happily out there chewing their cud and innocently firing off farts left and right, because they can.


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