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Farmer speaks out against forcing cows to wear face masks & diapers to contain methane emissions: ‘Gone to loony town’

Stephanie Nash told ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ the government needs to stop telling farmers what to do

A Tennessee farmer condemned the idea of forcing cows to wear masks and diapers to contain their methane emissions, saying the people who came up with the idea have “gone to loony town.”

French dairy giant Danone announced in mid-January it plans to put masks and diapers on cows to trap their flatulence and burps in an effort to reduce methane emissions by 30% come 2030.

Stephanie Nash called the whole thing udder madness Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Well, Tucker, you know, I’m not going to wear a mask. I’m not going to allow my cows to wear a mask,” she said,

Nashville farmer Stephanie Nash demonstrates how cows react to being forced to wear a mask. 

Nashville farmer Stephanie Nash demonstrates how cows react to being forced to wear a mask.

Nash put a mask on one of her cows during the interview to test the theory but explained “she’s not having it” and is “struggling to breathe.”

Livestock, especially cows and cattle, produce methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas that warms the atmosphere, as part of their normal digestive process, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

New data from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition found livestock emissions-manure and gastroenteric releases – account for roughly 30% of methane emissions.

Nash told host Tucker Carlson her farm is doing “big things to cut emissions.”

“We have ruminants on our farm that can digest byproducts. A good example is we feed our cows soybean meal that comes from soy oil production,” she explained.