California Now Regulating Cow Farts
Once again, California has proven that it is truly the land of the crazies. The state government has how turned its attention to dairy cow derrieres, and the gasses that these bovines's backsides emit.
According to Fox 5 in New York, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law that will limit the methane gas rising from farms created by the cows belching, farting, and manure. Yes, you read that right.
Dairy farmers say the new regulations will drive up costs when they’re already struggling with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. They’re also concerned about a newly signed law that will boost overtime pay for farmworkers.“It just makes it more challenging. We’re continuing to lose dairies. Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist,” said Paul Sousa, director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen.The dairy industry could be forced to move production to states and countries with fewer regulations, leading to higher emissions globally, Sousa said.“We think it’s very foolish for the state of California to be taking this position,” said Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager for the Milk Producers Council. “A single state like California is not going to make a meaningful impact on the climate.”