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Felix: Our cumbersome carbon footprint

27 July 2007

You have to feel sorry for the farmers. First it was BSE, then it was foot-and-mouth, and now it is flatulence. Farmers are now getting the blame for global warming because the cows are pumping out gas at both ends more than the apocryphal vicarage tea party.

You would have thought that having been through a crisis where the cows were mad, so had to be killed, then they risked getting ill so had to be killed, but now are no longer falling over or foaming at the mouth and are in the pink, in fact in rude health, they might feel that they would be left alone to chew the cud and bicker about whether it is going to rain or not (not so tricky to decide this summer, admittedly). But no – now being healthy and doing what they are meant to do has brought them a whole lot more bother.

From Wellington boots to wigs

So then if the average farm has a carbon footprint more the size of Wellington boot, I wondered what ours is, down the Crown Court. ...

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