30 Jul '17, 12pm

Could Feeding Cows Seaweed Help Fight Climate Change? #care2

Could Feeding Cows Seaweed Help Fight Climate Change? #care2

In the climate change fight, scientists are always exploring new ways to tackle our emissions problems. One recent suggestion is to, well, make cows fart and belch less — something that could be music to the ears of Irish farmers. Researchers from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, released a study in 2016 , which appeared to support what other scientists had previously discovered: Adding seaweed, specifically Asparagopsis taxiformis , to a cow’s diet in small amounts — just two percent of total feed — may cut the animal’s methane emissions by over 90 percent. This approach has also been tested in sheep , with similar positive results. Cows belong to a group known as ruminant mammals . And via their four chambered stomachs, these animals can eat foods that are difficult to digest, like grass. This ingenious evolutionary trait creates a number of byproducts, th...

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