Sea Weed in Cow Feed

bright green seaweed in the ocean

Who would think that cow burps and farts but mainly (90%) burps would have a significant impact on our global climate change situation? Not many people we’d guess would tie these two things together directly.

The fact is methane (the gas produced then released inside a cows gut from the digestion process) is actually 28 times more harmful a greenhouse gas in our environment than carbon dioxide is, further trapping global heat and advancing the climate change.

However, science does have a positive solution to this issue of methane stemming from dairy, feed cattle other livestock digestion emissions. The answer is seaweed. But not just any seaweed. The answer lies in a chemical compound found in one select seaweed collected from Australia’s Queensland’s Coastal Waters called: Asparagopsis taxiformis.

Sound scientific testing was conducted on 20 other seaweed types (please see study link below) however, only Asparagopsis Taxiformis was able to reduce the emissions from the cattle tested by 99% (in the lab) and with only a 2% portion of the cow feed being this type of seaweed in fact.

Other seaweeds helped reduce livestock digestion emissions up to 50% but no other type of seaweed was able to reduce the emissions as significantly as Asparagopsis Taxiformis when tested.

Including seaweed in the cattle feed also produces other health benefits to the animals such as longer breeding cycles and increase healthy weight and milk production of dairy cattle as well. Feeding seaweed to livestock is not a new concept either just one being re-discovered out of sheer need to find more ways to reduce carbon and hopefully save humanity from today’s climate crisis.

Learn more about the details of this problem and the solution at any of the links provided here below.

Canadian Supplier of Seaweed Products
Peer Reviewed Scientific Paper – IPCC
World Economic Forum
The Conversation

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