Going Greenish

Mark Tobola

Going Greenish

1 min
October 20, 2021

While I may not be a complete and total "Green" person, I do admit that, like all of you, I like clean air, clean water, and not seeing trash all over the place.  I like nature to be taken care of, preserved, and there for us all to enjoy.  So, I do pay some attention to the research and news surrounding environmental findings all over the world.  On September 14, 2021, the BBC News posted an article about one such effort.

The headline was "Cows toilet trained to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."  In this article, it covered how in Germany, a research group was working to tackle the issue of greenhouse gas emissions from cows.  Their solution was to focus on something fairly easy to work on, which was the urine from the cows.  So they built a special pen that captured the urine and allowed them to treat it to minimize how much ammonia it gives off.  Apparently when cow urine and the soil interact, it releases a fair amount of ammonia, which is a major and problematic greenhouse gas.

The article explained how they trained the cows to go into the special pen, which they called a MooLoo, and how in a very short amount of time, they had a rather high success rate of training the cows to use the MooLoo regularly.  By the end, most of the animals were using the MooLoo 75% of the time, by their own will.  

I'm absolutely amazed that someone came up with this idea.  I'm even more amazed at how well that idea ended up working!  I feel like it just goes to show you that there are always more solutions to be found to the problems we face.  We just have to open our minds and keep thinking!

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Mark Tobola

Mark Tobola is a resident of Thorp and weekly columnist.