In an interesting preliminary report scientists claim feeding seaweed to cows could slash the amount of climate change-inducing methane emissions from their burps. A small amount of marine algae added to cattle food can reduce methane emissions from cattle gut microbes by as much as 99 per cent.
Whilst their early results are yet to be released, team leader Professor Ermias Kebreab at the University of California, Davis, said their initial experiments were “very surprising and promising”.
We look forward to more detailed reports to confirm this major result.
This work builds on a previous report along similar lines – “The red macroalgae Asparagopsis taxiformis is a potent natural antimethanogenic that reduces methane production during in vitro fermentation with rumen fluid