New research from a study by scientists in California has suggested that introducing seaweed into the diets of beef cattle can cut methane emissions by as much as 82%. The study was conducted on 21 beef cattle which were each given around 80 grams of seaweed in their diet over a period of 5 months. This resulted in a significant methane reduction and did not affect weight gain of the cattle. Methane production was assessed using an open-air device that measured the methane in the breath of the cattle. Seaweed works by inhibiting an enzyme in the cow’s digestion that produces methane. The study suggests that adding seaweed to the diets of cattle could be an effective solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pave the way for a sustainable farming future.
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Farming Uk: Seaweed Helps to Reduce Methane Emission in Cows