Methane has 21 times the impact of carbon dioxide on global warming. So should we eat more charred food to reduce the production of stomach gas?


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Ray  Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

We should revive the use of these:

Of course, you have to burn wood, releasing carbon dioxide. Reducing the number of willow trees is not necessarily good either. Apart from that, it's a good idea, right?

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I checked your link. I'm sure they're effective. And delicious. But perhaps a little too coarse for my delicate antipodean taste buds.
Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Bottom line: Nah.

A typical fart is composed of about 59 percent nitrogen, 21 percent hydrogen, 9 percent carbon dioxide, 7 percent methane and 4 percent oxygen. Only about one percent of a fart contains hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans, which contain sulfur, and the sulfur is what makes farts stink.  (Internet)

Significant in context, but "---Guess what---the device you're using to read this article was manufactured with the help of methane. Specifically, the semiconductors in computers and mobile devices are produced using several different methane gases, including trifluoromethane, perfluoromethane and perfluoroethane. Some of this gas escapes in the waste process. According to an EPA report (pdf), the total of all of these gases released in 2010 was the equivalent of 5.4 teragrams" (a unit of mass equal to (one trillion) grams)."

"Most of the methane that humans emit comes from natural gas, landfills, coal mining and manure management, but methane is almost everywhere and it comes from some surprising sources."

Interesting link:


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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Aww, you went all scientific on me. I gotta confess, that's an informative answer and a most interesting link. Thanks for taking the trouble Tom.

(Are you sure you didn't just dig it out so that Thanksgiving wouldn't be celebrated with charred turkeys?)
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Lard Ass Profile
Lard Ass answered

What? Noooo! I think we just need "filters" to fart through! That way we still get the giggles and all out laughs and help save the of both worlds! ;)

Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

Didge! Your questions are above my pay scale! All i heard was meth and gas and then some sort of reference to my cooking! Lolololololol!

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
You too, Yin? I don't know if it helps with all kinds of cooking but Ogden Nash once gave the recipe for perfect toast as, "Cook it till it burns and then twenty seconds less."
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
.......... sad part is is that I understood it perfectly.......... Lol!
Pepper pot Profile
Pepper pot answered

Food which has been coloured or burned by cooking is far more likely to contain acrylamides, which are carcinogenic.

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Pepper pot
Pepper pot commented
Well all the leaders travel to the Climate Conventions by personal jet, so they are certainly not laying their lives down for the planet.
I don't eat baked beans as much any more to cut back on the methane gases, and I like my baked beans! :)
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Good point about the air transport. Baked beans, huh? I wonder if our politicians could be persuaded to put them on the banned list in the interests of the environment?
Pepper pot
Pepper pot commented
They wouldn't ban it they'd tax it Didge. History has a bizarre way of taxing.

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