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Farmers Feeding Seaweed To Cows In Effort To Reduce Greenhouse Gas

by | March 11, 2020

Farmers in Australia are experimenting with adding seaweed to cattle feed in order to stop cows producing as much methane.

Methane — which is nearly 30 times stronger than carbon dioxide — is a gas produced by cows that is known to be harmful to the planet.

Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have created an additive made from red seaweed, known as FutureFeed.

Adding just a small amount of FutureFeed to the cow’s food is estimated to reduce methane production by as much as 80 percent.

The red seaweed grows naturally in the waters of Australia and is also now being farmed in a number of other countries.

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FutureFeed is said to reduce methane production by 80 percent (Budimir Jevtic/Shutterstock.com)

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Cows & Climate Change

Over 20 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the livestock industry — a leading cause of climate change.

Top climate advisors have recommended that meat and dairy consumption should be slashed to help protect the planet.

A tax on meat in the European Union is being considered as one solution, so that the price of animal products reflects “environmental costs such as CO2 emissions.”

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