Scientists recently discovered that a special seaweed from Australia has the ability to reduce methane emission in cow burps, which has a significant impact on the greenhouse effect.
Well, the fact is that cow burps most methane than in flatulence. It was thought reverse so far and scientist from CSIRO came up with some numbers regarding greenhouse and cow burps. The cow burp estimates for around 90% of bovine methane emission which has some serious effects in the greenhouse. This could mean a huge impact on the environment considering the fact that there are around 1 billion cattle around the world. But the CSIRO scientists came up with an ingenious solution for the bad gas problem.
They found that a particular seaweed could be added to their daily diet in order to drastically reduce the burp emissions. When it comes to greenhouse gasses, methane is 28% powerful than CO2 in inducing a negative impact. In terms of agriculture, burping methane means 15% of feed is wasted, which was supposed to be converted to meat and milk. The farming practices have tried almost all possible cow feeds, and farming concepts to reduce the methane emission and it is until now, they had a permanent solution.
Special red algae found abundantly in the tropical or subtropical regions around the world is found to aid their gas problem. Asparagopsis taxiformis collected from the Queensland Australia had the potential to reduce the methane emission by a whopping 99%. Such a perfect result even baffled the research team and they had to double check their operations and devices to confirm they actually did get a 99% efficiency. The seaweed affects the certain enzymes in the gut of the bovines, which contributes to the conversion of feed to methane. With enough seaweed in the diet, negligible conversion takes place thereby no negligible emission of methane.
But there is a pullback. Producing enough seaweed diet for 1 billion cows ain’t a relaxing task. Around 60,000 hectares of space is required for cultivating daily doses for 2.5 million cows in Australia alone. So globally the numbers are out of our scope. But the benefit side strongly urges the humans to attempt a global cultivation.