"There's CO2 and then there's methane and then there's nitrous oxide. The big one for agriculture is methane and methane is depicted as the really bad gas because it's about 28 times more potent, meaning more heat-trapping than CO2," says Frank Mitloehner of the University of California Davis.
"But, the three greenhouse gases are not created equal. CO2 and nitrous oxide, they have a lifetime of 1,000 years. Once you put them into the air, they stay there forever pretty much. But methane is different."
The lifespan for methane is only 10 years, a micro-fraction in time compared to the other two gases. To put things into perspective, if an operation never increases the number of livestock over the generations as that operation is passed down, then the methane levels produced should stay constant. Therefore, producers are not advancing global warming, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
Click here to read and listen to Mitloehner as he debunks the myth that the U.S. ag industry has a greenhouse gas emission problem.