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Seaweed feed additives ‘can reduce methane of farm animals by 80%’

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Seaweed from Ireland’s west coast is getting used as forage to feed cattle and sheep after scientific analysis discovered it may reduce the quantity of climate-warming methane that the animals produce.

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“Seaweed additives can reduce methane considerably in ruminants [cows]. In explicit, the crimson seaweed has been proven to reduce methane by 80 per cent,” says Sharon Huws, a professor of organic science from Queen’s University Belfast.

Ireland has 7.4 million cattle and is one of the most important exporters of beef and dairy in Europe. Its output of methane per capita is the best within the European Union.

At the COP26 local weather summit, Dublin signed as much as lower the worldwide output of methane by 30 % by 2030, which suggests a discount within the measurement of the Irish farming sector is important until other ways to reduce the fuel are discovered – alongside the seaweed feed additives, a decrease common slaughter age of animals is among the many measures being explored.

Scientists are hoping the seaweed additives might be mass produced to assist meet the local weather change targets.

 

Video modifying: Feng Beijing

Source(s): Reuters